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Stuff  Series!

We all have stuff from our past that we carry around with us. Stuff from our present that we hide behind the masks we wear telling every one we are fine, while inside we wonder how much longer we can keep it together. We all have stuff some of it is big, some of it is little but never ending. What do we do with our stuff? How do we handle the stuff? This a place where you can share some of the stuff you are dealing with as a first step towards releasing it into the hands of the one who is eager to take the stuff from you so that while it may be a part of your story it doesn’t have to define your story and identity. That in Christ Jesus you can be a renewed (new) creation. Click here to share your stuff and watch the latest message from the series below:

STUFF: The Way Home Week 1 Outline

The Stuff of our past(and present) is part of our story but it doesn’t have to be our identity.

The Lost Chapter of the Bible: Luke 16 (Page 374 Story Bible)

Young Son: Thinks he doesn’t deserve love because of his behavior

Older Son:  Thinks he deserves love because of his behavior

Both are Wrong! Both are Loved not for what they done for good or bad but because of who they are!

You are loved not because of what you have done but because of who you are! (John 1:12-13; 1 John 3:1)

The Biggest Stuff I am dealing with now is … (click here to share either anonymously or personally)


Recommended reading, “Night Driving: Notes from a prodigal soul” by Chad Bird. Journeys that begin in brokenness rarely follow a straight road to healing. There are twists and turns—and setbacks—on the path of repentance.
Night Driving tells the story of a pastor and seminary professor whose moral failures destroyed his marriage and career, left his life in ruins, and sent him spiraling into a decade-long struggle against God. Forced to fight the demons of his past in the cab of the semi-truck he drove at night through the Texas oil fields, Chad Bird slowly began to limp toward grace and healing. Bird weaves together his own story, the biblical story, and the stories of fellow prodigals as he peels back the layers of denial, anger, addiction, and grief to help readers come face-to-face both with their own identities and with the God who alone can heal them.

WEEK 2 Outline

Recap Week 1: Luke 15 Two sons who are Loved not for what they done for good or bad but because of who they are!

You can’t shock God with your sin and you can’t impress Him with your behavior. You are loved not because of what you have done but because of who you are! (John 1:12-13; 1 John 3:1)

2 Cor. 12:9-10 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Today: STUFF: Mercy Even When 

Jonah (Story Bible page 199)

Jonah doesn’t want to preach,  Live, Pray, or Repent

Jonah’s life changing sermon/tweet:

Yet 40 days & Nineveh will be overturned/changed! Jonah 3:4

Jonah’s true character comes out not in God’s wrath but in God’s mercy Jonah 4

Jonah’s problem with God is that He is, “gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love”  to everybody. Jonah 4:2

Whom do you not want God to show mercy to?

How might not wanting others to receive mercy affect your view of God’s mercy towards you?

Forgiveness is only for sinners

God show his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8

Dig Deeper into the word this week and read the whole book of Jonah. Also read Luke 6:27-36 to hear what Jesus has to say about forgiveness and mercy.  


Week 3

Today:  Slippery Slope 2 Samuel 11 & 12

Unhelpful Response to Sin- Hide It

Unhelpful Response to Sin- Rationalize It

Best Response to Sin- Confess it

Psalm 51

 1 John 1: 9 If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness

 Dig Deeper: Read Psalm 51 (See also Psalm 6, 32, 38, 102, 130, 143). Use these words daily as opportunity to come before God in prayer and one another so that sin may no longer have a hold over you. Live in the freedom of forgiveness!