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Rhythms of Grace

Self-Control (Part Two)

Cultivating Play and Rest, Letting Go of Exhaustion • November 20, 2016 • Paul Stewart

A critically important component of wholehearted living is rest and play. In today’s culture our self worth is often tied to our net worth and we base our worthiness on our level of productivity. But if we want to live a wholehearted life, we have to become intentional about cultivating rest and play, and letting go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self-worth.

Self-Control (Part One)

November 13, 2016 • Paul Stewart

When Jesus Christ comes into your life and gets power over you, He in turn, puts His power into you. The result is self-control. The counterfeit solution is willpower. Self-control is choosing the important thing over the urgent thing.

Faithfulness

Faithfulness: Cultivating a Resilient Spirit, Letting Go of Numbing • November 6, 2016 • Nate Evans

Whether we’re overcoming adversity, surviving trauma, or dealing with stress and anxiety, having a sense of purpose, meaning, and hope in our lives allows us to develop understanding and move forward. Without purpose, meaning, and hope it is easy to lose perspective, numb our emotions, or become overwhelmed with circumstances.

Kindness

Cultivating Self-Compassion, Letting God of Perfectionism • October 30, 2016 • Paul Stewart

Perfectionism is not the same thing as striving to be your best. Perfectionism is the belief that if we live perfect and act perfect we can minimize or avoid the pain of blame, judgment, and shame. Perfectionism is about trying to earn approval and acceptance. The gospel sets us free to love ourselves and others because he first loved us and laid down his life.

Goodness

Cultivating Authenticity, Letting Go of What People Think • October 23, 2016 • Paul Stewart

Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are. Choosing authenticity means cultivating the courage to be vulnerable and compassionate with ourselves.

Patience

Cultivating Patience, Letting Go of Anger • October 16, 2016 • Nate Evans

Patience means living with delayed gratification; to suffer and to endure without lashing out in anger.

Peace

Peace: Cultivating Calm and Stillness, Letting go of Anxiety • October 9, 2016 • Paul Stewart

There’s an enormous difference between controlling or suppressing our fear and insecurity through willpower and seeing it permanently changed through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Joy (Part Two)

Cultivating Creativity, Letting Go of Comparison • October 2, 2016 • Paul Stewart

Comparison is all about conformity and competition. Creativity is the unique contribution each of us can give to make the world a better place. The church is a collective of creators and co-creators working together to paint a picture of God’s kingdom. God uses each of our gifts and talents to create a work infinitely greater than the sum of its parts.

Freedom Sunday

#UntilAllAreFree • September 25, 2016 • Paul Stewart

Jesus’ ministry of good news was not simply to tell people of the good news of salvation. But it encompassed justice and freedom for all the oppressed. As Christ's followers we all called to do the same. When governments and those whom God has placed authority fail to protect those who are weak, God looks to his people to be the voice of justice and his hands of rescue.

Joy (Part One)

The Essence of Joy • September 18, 2016 • Nate Evans

Joy is the essence of being a Christian because joy is a characteristic of God himself. The invitation of the gospel is to join the eternal dance of joy of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Love

Belonging and Being Enough • September 11, 2016 • Paul Stewart

We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and true selves to be deeply seen and known. Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow - and we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.

Walking in the Spirit

Wholehearted Living • September 4, 2016 • Paul Stewart

The Bible tells you that you have two natures at work inside of you. You can live in the flesh or live in the Spirit. The false self or the true self. Two natures. Only when we are brave enough to explore and share our darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.