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Disconnection

Didn't See It Coming

September 15, 2019 • Ronnie Rothe

SUMMARY We’ve never been more disconnected as a culture, and we’ve never felt more alone. Many experts are beginning to call loneliness a cultural epidemic. Why is it that we can have 500 friends on social media and feel so utterly alone? A devious disconnect is underway in our culture, and it’s not just a tech problem…it’s a human problem. MAIN POINT Avoiding the trap of disconnection requires intentionality. KEY VERSE “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." – 1 Peter 5:8 CHALLENGE QUESTION How can you begin to put your heart and mind out there again? ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURE REFERENCES Luke 19:1-10

Burnout

Didn't See It Coming • October 6, 2019 • Ronnie Rothe

SUMMARY Burnout seems epidemic these days. Many of us don’t see this trap coming because we start off in this life so optimistic. But when burnout traps us, we experience a paralyzing collapse. This week, we take a look at the causes of burnout, how to know if you’re in it, and how to get back. MAIN POINT To avoid burnout, ask the most important question, practice the most important discipline, and remember the most important word. KEY VERSE “After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” – 1 Kings 19:12 CHALLENGE QUESTION What step do you need to take today to avoid burnout tomorrow? ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURE REFERENCES 1 Kings 19:1-7, 11b-13

Emptiness

Didn't See It Coming • September 29, 2019 • Ronnie Rothe

SUMMARY So many people are surprised by something that generation after generation of successful people encounter: success is emptier than they ever dreamed. Even when all your dreams come true, you may feel grateful. But feeling grateful doesn’t leave you full. Only God can produce the fullness in our lives that we are seeking. MAIN POINT There’s no end to the emptiness of making you the center of your life. KEY VERSE “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” – Jeremiah 2:13 CHALLENGE QUESTION (1) Are you the center of your life? (2) What step can you take today to make Jesus the center of it all? ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURE REFERENCES Ecclesiastes 1:2,8, Jeremiah 2:13, Matthew 6:33-34, Matthew 16:25

Pride

Didn't See It Coming • September 22, 2019 • Ronnie Rothe

SUMMARY Most people believe that pride is a problem only for narcissists. What if they’re wrong? What if most pride springs not from narcissism, but from things like being insecure, ungrateful, or judgmental? As strange as it might sound, most of us have fallen into the trap of pride. MAIN POINT Only humility will get you out of what pride got you into. KEY VERSE “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” – Matthew 23:12 CHALLENGE QUESTION How do you need to begin to make humility a habit? ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURE REFERENCES Proverbs 16:18, James 4:6, Matthew 23:11-12, Matthew 20:28