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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

Here are the word clouds that were created during this message:

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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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Humanize: What Only You Can Do

September 17, 2017

If being compassionate just fit into our busy lives it would be so much easier. But like most truly human capacities it isn’t that convenient. Compassion asks us to dig deeply and make bigger choices than our calendars and the extra couple of dollars in our wallets. Compassion asks for you. So who are you? Not just what can you do, but what can only you do? Let’s talk about how we live into the compassion that expresses the depth of our humanity.

For the video that Greg shared around 18 minutes in, click here.

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Humanize: The Battle for Your Humanity

September 10, 2017

Humanize - The Battle for Your Humanity  Try out this idea: ‘Your capacity for compassion is the measure of your humanity.’ Think about that for a while and if you agree, then consider your life and priorities. Is there room for compassion? This is not a guilt thing, this is a growth thing. Compassion is hard. It is more than being tender hearted, but it’s not being a caped crusader fixing the world’s ills either. So what is it? This message talks about it and expands our hopes for our humanity along with it.

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Well-Lopsided

September 3, 2017

Feeling the knot of stress in your gut already as you try to figure out how are you going to balance it all this year? Ok, if Jacob’s Well’s job is to help us look at life in a bigger, 3rd sort of way, then we need it as we look at our fall schedule too. What if we were to tell you balance isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and that you don’t have to chase it? Interested? 

Here's the message outline on our Sunday paper. Find 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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GODFLIX: Hidden Figures

August 27, 2017

To Infinity…and Beyond! Hidden Figures is the untold true story of three black women who served as the brains behind NASA’s launch that put John Glenn into orbit. These women not only displayed incredible intelligence and tenacity, but challenged the racial and gender discrimination of their time. While the story took place over 50 years ago, the issues are still relevant. In the wake of Charlottesville, and so many other stories of hatred, ignorance, and discrimination, we have much to learn about ourselves and how to better recognize God in each other.

Here's the message outline on our Sunday paper. Find 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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GODFLIX: Moana

August 21, 2017

Disney’s latest animated musical tells the story of Moana, a brave girl who dreams of sailing the ocean despite her father’s rule that “no one go beyond the reef.” Encouraged by her grandma to follow in the ways of their ancestors, she sets off on a journey to discover her true identity and save her village. This story illustrates the challenges of following our dreams and the need we all have for others to help us remember who we are.

Here's the message outline on our Sunday paper. Find 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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GODFLIX: Arrival

August 15, 2017

Whether you’ve seen Arrival or not, you’ll catch on to this Oscar winning movie’s mind-stretching challenges of how life works and what’s going on in it. Ted Chiang’s original short story, and director Villeneuve’s film not only make you wonder about those most basic assumptions, but eager to discover that there is more than you imagined. So if you’re open to an alien invasion movie that is more than ‘David defeats Goliath,’ your time has arrived! You should probably even pop a little popcorn.

Here's the message outline on our Sunday paper. Find 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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GODFLIX: Sing

August 6, 2017

GODFLIX: Sing  At the heart of the movie Sing is the idea of finding and following your passion. The problem for some of us is that that idea of finding our passion makes us either want to vomit or hyperventilate!  Well, let’s try not to do either of those and dive into a deeper idea of passion and how we are wired for this bigger vision that God sees in all of us.

Here's the message outline on our Sunday paper. Find 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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Boxes: Your View of Space

July 30, 2017

Boxes: Your View of Space - This week, we gathered at Minnehaha Falls! What a beautiful place to be Jacob’s Well. Did you know that the only reason we can enjoy this space today is a leader who broke down the expectation boxes of people more than 100 years ago? Theodore Wirth came to Minneapolis in 1904 with wild ideas that became parks and changed everything. Question: What opportunities surround you right now that you have never recognized because you only see what others see? It’s time to take a look.

Here's the message outline on our Sunday paper. Find 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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Boxes: Disrupting the Classroom

July 23, 2017

Boxes: Disrupting the Classroom “We’ve never done it that way before” are famously the 7 last words of any institution. Education is an institution we can’t let expire, but something has to die - maybe it’s the way we do it. Brenda Cassellius, State Commissioner of Education and Jacob’s Well groupie, has a fire in her belly for this. She is ready to help Minnesota face hard realities and guide us to new possibilities. We all need a Brenda in our lives because we all have some classrooms that need disrupting.

Here's the message outline on our Sunday paper. Find 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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