Third Way Relationships: Who Will Go First?

May 20, 2018

Last week we talked about all the great hopes we bring to our relationships that turn into unwelcome expectations when handed over to others to fulfill for us. It’s a stuck place we all create from time to time, but there is another way. Not just an alternative, but a Third Way. It’s possible if we are willing to make one of the biggest and most important moves we human beings are capable of, and perhaps that defines us as human beings; the move from Me to We.

Find the outline to go along with Greg's message on page 2 of the Sunday Paper and other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Third Way Relationships: I vs I

May 14, 2018

May 13 was Mother’s Day; a day with all sorts of baggage, good and, well, not-so-good. But at the heart of motherhood is something that applies to everyone, all the time, everywhere. It’s relationships. And if there is anywhere we get stuck over and over again that’s it. So for the next handful of episodes we will be exploring Third Ways for our world of relationships. What better way to honor moms, kids, and just plain people than to find a way to grow and bloom with those we love, live, work and play.

Find the outline to go along with Greg's message on page 2 of the Sunday Paper and other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Third Way Having

May 7, 2018

The writer of the book of Ecclesiastes 1000s of years ago reflected on having wealth that exceeded anyone on earth and using it to have anything and everything and noted, “It all adds up to nothing.” Now I might like to verify that for myself… but I think I already know the answer. Having stuff or not having it isn’t the issue. Those are the stuck positions we get trapped in. It’s time to escape the trap and discover an alternative. Ready to take a Third Way look at ‘having’? Hope so...

Find the outline to go along with Greg's message on page 2 of the Sunday Paper and other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Third Way Change

April 29, 2018

We love the social movements of the past, because they are convenient, and match what we already believe. We also love significant positive changes in our past, because we have all the benefit with little pain. What does this mean for social and personal change today? In this message, Paul Rosenwinkel explores change with a "third way" posture. 

Find the outline to go along with Paul's message on page 2 of the Sunday Paper and other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Third Way Believing

April 22, 2018

Do you believe in God? Maybe you’ve got a resounding “Yes!” or “No!” to that question, but more and more people report that their answer doesn’t quite fit in either category. If you are one of those people it probably doesn’t mean that you ‘sort of believe’ or ‘half-way believe’. It probably means that there is a better question, a Third Way to look at this topic that is more complex than a check mark in Box A or Box B shows. Let’s take a look at what a Third Way approach to believing looks like!

Find the outline to go along with Chris Lillehei's message on page 2 of the Sunday Paper and other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Leftovers: Third Way & Traffic Circles

April 17, 2018

There is no doubt that the Third Way is more important and more complicated than most of us think. After the message on April 8 we got some great feedback from folks that got us talking. So Melissa and Greg decided to dig in deeper to this Third Way thinking. 

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Third Way Being

April 9, 2018

You’ve been there… you know, that place where you are sure you were right, dug your heels in, stood your ground, maybe even belittled the other side. And... you were going nowhere. Stuck. What is so great about being right AND stuck? There must be something because we spend a lot of time that way. There is an option, however. It isn’t just another position, but a different way of being. A Third Way.

Find the outline to go along with Greg's message on page 2 of the Sunday Paper and other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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April Fools!

April 1, 2018

It couldn’t be more perfect for an irreverent church like Jacob’s Well than to have Easter fall on April Fools' Day. Miss Manners says to ignore April Fools', it’s not holy like Easter. But our instincts run a different direction. Sometimes truth is found in funny places and we think this is one of them. Enjoy! 

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Thoughts and Prayers: Entering the Space

March 25, 2018

If you could talk naturally to anyone, wouldn’t it be someone who knows you inside and out? And whatever God is, wouldn’t God know you that way more than anyone or anything else? Yet we think talking to God is hard, it has to be done a certain way, it can only be about certain things, or that we aren’t good enough at it. Does that make sense? What if…we saw prayer as a space that we could enter more fully, unfiltered, more ourselves than anywhere else?

Find the outline to go along with Greg's message on page 2 of the Sunday Paper and other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Thoughts and Prayers: Let Us Pray?

March 18, 2018

So, let us pray. What do you think? It’s not hard to conjure up uncomfortable images of people “praying” together that, at best, feel forced and hollow and worse, hurtful and manipulative. But lots of us have had deeply meaningful times of prayer with others.  What if prayer is less a thing we do and more a space we enter into to discover something new?

Find the outline to go along with Chris' message on page 2 of the Sunday Paper and other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Thoughts and Prayers: Wishing on a Star

March 11, 2018

Can prayer actually change anything? Or does prayer just make us feel better after we say amen? The answer, of course, is more complicated than yes or no. We will be focusing on the role listening has in prayer, and the ways that prayer changes us, and makes us go out to make our world more whole. I'll be praying you join us.

Find the outline to go along with Paul's message on page 2 of the Sunday Paper and other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Thoughts and Prayers: The Vending Machine

March 4, 2018

The phrase ‘thoughts and prayers’ has become shorthand for, "I care, but not enough to change anything." It's become a stand-in for taking action. What’s the point of prayer then? Can’t we just act in the world and not deal with this whole prayer thing? Well. . . no. Prayer is an essential part of weaving the "ROPE," even if it is weird. 

Find the outline to go along with Paul's message on page 2 of the Sunday Paper and other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Leftovers: Make A Dent…Fill-in?

March 1, 2018

Chris and Melissa have some questions about Greg's recent fill-in of "fill-in" as they share thoughts about leadership, delegation, synergy, and how that can be seen in Jacob's Well. 

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Make A Dent: Can’t Someone Else Do This?

February 25, 2018

Of course someone else can do it, but that doesn’t change the fact that you were the one called. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. Leaders aren’t loners. Loners measure their impact by what they do. Leaders measure it by what others do because of them. When Moses got tapped by God, it took him awhile to figure it out but he finally realized his job was to tap others. If leadership feels heavy, maybe it’s time to start tapping!

Find this week's message outline on page 2 of the Sunday Paper and other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Make A Dent: I Have No Idea How to Do This

February 18, 2018

In desperate situations Indiana Jones is always asked, “What’s your plan?” And his classic response is, “I’m working on it.” Seat of the pants leadership is probably the only form of authentic leadership, but that doesn’t mean wishful thinking is worth following. You will need to pull the necessary pieces together and put them to work. Moses’ lesson this week is that before we start looking all around us, a search needs to happen inside us. Let’s start looking!

Find this week's message outline on page 2 of the Sunday Paper and other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Make A Dent: Who Died and Made You King?

February 11, 2018

Leadership has its own version of buyer’s remorse. It’s getting all hyped up to be the champion, take the risk, march on out there, only to lose your courage and conviction when everyone looks at you like, “Who do you think you are?” The fact is that you do not have the skills, experience or natural abilities to change the world. Sorry, but someone had to tell you that. But then, you don’t have to. Someone needs to tell you that too. You see, stepping up to leadership is up to you, but it’s not about you. That’s what Moses discovered. You will too. Make a dent!

Find this week's message outline on page 2 of the Sunday Paper and other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Make a Dent: Who Am I To Lead?

February 5, 2018

It’s easy to look at the heroes in our life and think that they are special in some way, that they never felt scared or doubted their own abilities. The reality is that all of those people we look up to are us, but just a little farther along. The only difference is that they’ve taken steps forward that we haven’t yet taken. Let’s explore those first steps that are necessary for making a dent, through the life of Moses, a long dead, much revered, very scared man.

Find this week's message outline on page 2 of the Sunday Paper and other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Check Your Baggage: Regret

January 28, 2018

You don’t have to live too long to compile a sizeable string of regrets. Things happen you didn’t intend and you have to live with them. You can’t change what happened in your past, but you don’t have to be weighed down by it either. In fact, like all baggage when you deal with your regrets you discover that they can help you shape your future.

Find this week's message outline on page 2 of the Sunday Paper and other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Leftovers - Why Check Your Baggage?

January 23, 2018

We've been digging in to huge issues that affect our life and relationships lately. Why do we do stuff like that? Here's a little bit of a taste of our approach to digging in to big things like this as a community. If you are trying to figure out how to broach those difficult conversations within your own community, it's worth it! Share comments on this episode or reach out to us through our website!

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Check Your Baggage: Ruts

January 21, 2018

One thing about the past, it taught us how to do things that we can’t unlearn. And some of it is dragging us down. I don’t care if it was the disconnectedness in your family of origin, your addiction to tobacco, meth, porn or gossip, or your bad money management practices…your ruts haunt you yet today. But they don’t have to live in your future. Learning new ways of life is something we can help each other do.

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Find this week's message outline on page 2 of the Sunday Paper and other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers. Also watch for our regular "Leftovers" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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