March 30: Real & Ideal Relationships

March 31, 2014

There is no "me" in relationship, but there are two "I"s.  That's what makes them so messy.  Each "I" brings to the relationship their own needs and desires, hopes and expectations.  But, as The Rolling Stones sing, you can't always get what you want.  The reality is relationships require respect and reciprocity.  Join us next week as we explore how God's ideal of self-less love can move us toward healthier real relationships.

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March 23: Real & Ideal Finances

March 23, 2014

There is a money trap we ALL get caught in. No mistaking it, the trap clamps shut on us with the belief that more is better and less is worse. Really? Then why does the billionaire still try to earn more money and the social worker making $21K goes home and loves life with her kids? ‘How much’ defines our unhealthy real and ideal financial situations, but what defines healthy real & ideal finances? And how do we get there? 

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March 16: Real & Ideal Identity (with therapist & pastor Karen Stevensen)

March 16, 2014

Target took a huge social media hit this week for its photoshopped image of a tween modeling underwear. Bodies just don’t look like that, but somehow we think ours should or could. What is the physical, emotional, successful ideal you are trying to live up to? Does your ‘real’ measure up? If you’re like the rest of us, all sorts of murky images and ideas of these are messing with your thoughts and emotions. Today Karen Stevensen, therapist and pastor, joins Greg while we look at how God sees our real and calls us to our ideal identity.

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March 9: “To really live, I’ve got to really die.” (What Jesus said, and you wish he hadn’t)

March 9, 2014

That is a stark, harsh saying. I wish we could skirt around it somehow, but if we want to know what Jesus said, well, he said it. Six times in Matthew’s gospel Jesus says he is going to suffer and be killed. No one seems to take him too seriously. We’d all rather there was another way. There wasn’t. So what is this suffering and dying all about? Does this only apply to Jesus, or us too? Where do life and peace and all that good stuff come in? This is a something to listen deeply to.

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March 2: “Don’t worry. Be happy.”

March 2, 2014

No, Jesus and Bobby McFerrin aren’t one in the same but both of them knew all the time spent in worry was time wasted. Why was Jesus so concerned with worry? What does it do to our lives? Evidently this was important enough for Jesus to focus on and to show us another way to live. So, what does worry do to your life? What makes you worry? How do you not worry? Let’s look at what Jesus said, what he did, and where he wants to lead us.

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