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!

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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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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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Check Your Baggage: Hurt

January 14, 2018

If you are old enough to think about it, you are old enough to have bumps & bruises from life that don’t go away. In fact, ‘bumps & bruises’ probably sounds dismissive to what you’ve been through. But while scars from the past still impact your life, do they control it? Will you let them? This is a hard conversation and we don’t mean to make it sound easier than it is… but the possibility of your future is always greater than the baggage of your past

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: Failure

January 7, 2018

We fail all the time. We fail in our relationships, in our families, and at work. Wherever we go, we make mistakes. It’s part of being human. That’s the bad news. The good news is that we don’t have to carry the baggage of our failures into the future. With effort from ourselves, and a supportive community, we can leave those failures behind.

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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The Perfect Tree: Christmas 2017

January 5, 2018

You can hear Greg Meyer's message from our Christmas gatherings as well as Heidi Esposito reading our adaptation of Chloe Bonfield's The Perfect Tree.  Perfection is a high standard. We've all got expectations of ourselves, the people around us, and the holidays. Let's reflect together on what perfection really means.  

See what else was going on by opening our Sunday Paper and find other resources like discussion guides at www.jacobs-well.net/leftovers

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Everyone Loves a Baby: The Universe in Their Eyes

December 17, 2017

It has been said that when you are exasperated with your child, go peek at them asleep. You’ll fall in love all over. There are those moments when we look into their guileless, unspoilt eyes and see the stars in which their atoms were formed. The stories of the Bible give us a picture of God feeling the same way about Jesus; the precious center of existence in which life finds meaning. Was he? Are we then too? It’s time to look to the stars and see what the Christmas story tells.

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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Everyone Loves a Baby: A Special Child

December 11, 2017

Everyone wants their child to be special, until it makes their child stand out too much. It’s pretty easy to get excited about the special baby Jesus too, as long as his specialness is all about stars, shepherds and angels. But when it means he stands for peace, no matter what, or uses his power for love, despite the cost, it makes us nervous.You are special too; special because you, like Jesus, have a calling to be about peace and love, no matter what. Are you willing to be that special?

Listen to the midrash from John 8.1-11 that was shared along with this message HERE on our Jacob's Well Podcast.

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Everyone Loves a Baby: A Mind of Their Own

December 3, 2017

Don’t you hate it when those adorable toddlers, so eager to please, start having ideas, then interests, and finally values and lives of their own! We know it’s good, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Mary and Joseph swooned over their baby in a manger, only to see him turn into a regional activist with a price on his head. Do you still love him? Was it bait and switch? Let’s hear the story again.

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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Everyone Loves a Baby: Choosing a Name

November 26, 2017

Everyone Loves a Baby - Choosing a Name.  

Someone picked out a name for you. If you have a child, you’ve done the same for them. Beside your birth name you have other names given you by yourself or others. They tell you who you are and aren’t, can be and can’t be. They empower and limit you. Christmas is built around a child who was named Jesus. He had other names as well to live up to, or to live down. Today the name Jesus is loaded with meaning and baggage. Let’s get past the talk, listen to his story and see if his name is one we’d choose to be known by.

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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Divided We Fall: Every Journey Has a First Step

November 19, 2017

Listening to know and be known is the building block of compassion. Compassion is the door to recognizing our common humanity. Our shared humanity paves the way to solving real problems in lasting ways. This day we’ll hear stories from our community that make us rethink what we thought we knew. We’ll also take a dive into what real influence is and how it happens in a diverse and complicated world. God is one and seeks for us to be the same.

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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Divided We Fall: It’s Your Turn

November 12, 2017

There is no way to start breaking down the walls that divide us than getting to know each other, with no agenda but to know and be known. This week we practiced telling and listening to our stories, and it’s not too late to tell yours! We also looked into what keeps us from hearing each other's stories. This isn’t just fun, this is God stuff. God is the great storyteller who stops at nothing to know yours. Always inviting you to listen back.

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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Divided We Fall: Game Changer

November 5, 2017

Arguing is fun and all, but it doesn't really accomplish much. Sure, you might get a few zingers for the 'home' team, but you and your opponent often go home more sure of yourselves than you were at the start. We can't afford to go around in that forcing mindset, because it destroys relationships. So what is an effective way to talk with others about controversial topics? Today, we're talking about game changers, and how to apply them to our own lives.

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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Divided We Fall: The Power of Story to Unite

October 30, 2017

Polarized politics, racial divides, international standoffs. The split is so great it is infecting our families and friendships. Walls of disagreement separate us. Arguments drive the wedge deeper until the only people we know and listen to are the ones on our side. Maybe no one will ever win. What if we got beyond winning and tried understanding? What if we listened… deeply? Not to argue a point, but to get to know the person we always disagreed with. Our stories can do what our debates cannot.

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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The Inner Selfie: When All Else Fails

October 23, 2017

We’re all perfectly able to deal with what life throws at us until we get to what we aren’t prepared for. Obviously… When you hit your limit depends on the situation and the subject. You might move that point, subtract or add things from the ‘pushes me over the edge’ list, but you will never perfectly immunize yourself from what distracts, hurts, and frightens. So what will you do when all else fails? Let’s talk, let’s practice. There is life beyond success.

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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The Inner Selfie: Flooded, Forcing, Flowing

October 15, 2017

There is a miniature rapids I know called the riffle. It’s a point where one lake drains into another. Every year it confounds people who try to paddle against it, pushing them back, flooding their canoes, dumping them in the lake. However, there is an easier way to get through. I’ve seen people make it through with little effort. What have they figured out that I haven’t? How did they learn to go through it with such little effort?

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

 

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The Inner Selfie: What’s Going On In There?

October 8, 2017

Let’s face it, life is tough. Even with all the great stuff you experience everyday there are challenges swirling around you that knock you off your feet. That’s not going to change. What can change is your capacity for knowing how to be in a world like that. That won’t happen because you’ve solved all the chaos around you, but because you’ve made peace with all the chaos inside you. For starters we’ve got some things for you to think about and to try out today. 

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Humanize: A Fire and an Eyedropper

September 24, 2017

Humanize - A Fire and an Eyedropper  Overwhelming is right! How can anyone deal with all the disasters, problems and hurt of the people they know, let alone what their Facebook feed and cable news shows them. Turning a blind eye helps us cope, but it seems to diminish our humanity at the same time. So what are we supposed to do with this world full of hurt? Well, we don’t have an answer for that, but we can say more than ‘give up.’ This is a conversation to have together. Thanks for being with us today.

 Here are responses that we got from folks who were gathered at field for this message: 

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Find this week's message outline 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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