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I Am the Bread of Life

FEBRUARY 28

I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE

Jesus claimed to be able to meet our greatest needs. What if you find yourself in a pandemic, a winter storm without power or water, in an unjust world, or all of the above all at the same time? Discover how a relationship with God reveals God’s provision regardless of life’s circumstances.

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Soul Sabotaging Self-Talk

FEBRUARY 21

SOUL SABOTAGING SELF-TALK

Proud and judgmental thoughts are destructive. These kinds of thoughts foster discrimination, division, and unfortunately, we all have them. Pride and being judgmental also sabotage our souls. Discover how to take our thoughts captive and refocus them in a way that honors God, others, and ourselves.

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Relationally Deflating Self-Talk

JANUARY 14

RELATIONALLY DEFLATING SELF-TALK

Our relationships can be negatively affected by our thoughts, especially when we are experiencing a lot of guilt and shame. John Burke interviews Dr. Chris Thurman, a counselor and author of The Lies We Believe and The Lies Couples Believe among many others. Discover how to renew your mind, transform your life, and develop healthy relationships.

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Personally Defeating Self-Talk

FEBRUARY 7

PERSONALLY DEFEATING SELF-TALK

Mental and emotional health can be fragile in these challenging days. Winning in life requires learning to overcome personally defeating thoughts. Carlos Ortiz interviews the most accurate kicker in NFL history and local U.T. legend – Justin Tucker. We can discover how to grab our thoughts and test them against what God says is true. 

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One Love Forever

JANUARY 31

ONE LOVE FOREVER

God offers us unconditional love, peace, and joy. Too often we settle for glimpses of these good gifts. We can experience the fullness of God’s transforming love on this side of eternity. Discover how God heals our hearts so we can live more fully in the mystery and wonder of who God is and help others do the same.

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Desire and The Dark Night of the Soul

JANUARY 24TH

DESIRE AND THE DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL

Too often we settle for American Churchianity, a religious version of consumerism. God is inviting us into something deeper and better. Rarely talked about in modern churches, suffering can be an important catalyst in our spiritual journey. Too often the very things we are trying to avoid may be exactly what we need for what’s next for us in life.

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Following Into Love

JANUARY 17

FOLLOWING INTO LOVE  

Balance. Security. Comfort. 

We long for these things, but are we looking for them in healthy ways? The self-help industry may share practical tips, but too often the results are short-lived and superficial. Discover genuine freedom from “being” rather than the trap of “doing.” We can become motivated by love rather than obligation while setting better boundaries and living with fewer resentments. 

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Beginnings and Failures

JANUARY 10

BEGINNINGS AND FAILURES

A new year gives us a fresh start to find ourselves by connecting with the One who created us and connecting with others in a meaningful way. When we are overwhelmed and lacking hope, we can borrow it from someone else. Discover how we can use moments of failure to actually help us move forward.

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Becoming a Centered Person

DECEMBER 27

BECOMING A CENTERED PERSON

Often times when a new year comes we place God or faith or church as a New Year’s resolution. But what if what He desires is so much more than that? Discover how to place God at the center of our lives, and what happens when we do.

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