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.

Here's the word cloud created during this message: 

 

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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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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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Midrash of Proverbs 8

December 19, 2017

We learn from hearing each other's stories. The ancient Jewish tradition of midrash takes a story from the Bible, sometimes only a line or few words, and creates a new story around it. The purpose of midrash isn't to try to be true or accurate or not, but to explore the characters and ideas in the biblical text. It is a way of wrestling with God as Israel is charged with doing. This week Melissa Lock plays out the character of the woman from John 8.1-11. Listen to her story.

This midrash is from week three of "Everyone Loves a Baby" entitled, "The Universe in Their Eyes." Listen to that podcast.

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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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Why Listening is So Hard

December 14, 2017

An excerpt from "Everybody Loves A Baby: A Special Gift" by Greg Meyer. You are called to make a difference. What you may not be aware of is that listening deeply and openly to others may be the way you can make the biggest difference. Greg Meyer explores two of the obstacles that keeps us from truly hearing others so that understanding can happen. Listen in.

Hear the entire message from Dec 10, 2017 HERE.

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‘Tis the Season to Change Men’s Behavior Towards Women

December 12, 2017

Listen to this excerpt of the message from Dec. 10, 2017 ("Everyone Loves a Baby: A Special Child"). Greg Meyer deals with an issue that we need to talk about; the wave of accusation and truth telling around sexual misconduct and assault that is sweeping up so many men today. Believe it or not, this reflects the Christmas season in which we welcome God breaking into our world to change things, not leave them the same. We all need to own the role we play in condoning and promoting this behavior that has victimized women for centuries and needs to change.

Hear the entire message HERE.

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If our work supports you in your life, please subscribe to this channel and share what is helpful to you with others. You can also support us with a financial gift at www.jacobs-well.net/give

 

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Midrash of John 8.1-8

December 11, 2017

We learn from hearing each other's stories. The ancient Jewish tradition of midrash takes a story from the Bible, sometimes only a line or few words, and creates a new story around it. The purpose of midrash isn't to try to be true or accurate or not, but to explore the characters and ideas in the biblical text. It is a way of wrestling with God as Israel is charged with doing. This week Melissa Lock plays out the character of the woman from John 8.1-11. Listen to her story.

This midrash is from week three of "Everyone Loves a Baby" entitled, "A Special Child." Listen to that podcast.

Learn more about Jacob's Well Minneapolis on our website www.jacobs-well.net or on Facebook.

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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.

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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