Surviving and Thriving – Pt. 2


Today, we want to talk about how to “thrive” in our community. Irvine is a great city to live in, but it can be hard to live here too. To “thrive” as a follower of God, we have to make sure that we haven’t been seduced by the trappings of this world and lose our…

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Surviving and Thriving – Pt. 1


The church cannot be the church ONLY in Irvine, or any other specific community, until it is FIRST the church “of the world”. The scripture has a big YES toward the world, but ALSO a big NO to the world. This week we’re going to look at what that YES and NO entails, and talk…

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How Life Feels: Contempt


Why do we berate ourselves with self-loathing or contempt? Despite what some say, it’s NOT because we have a poor self-image or a painful past.  It is something deeper.  This week we are going to explore this issue and some other hard questions like: Why are we so stung by contempt from others? Why do…

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How Life Feels: Shame – Pt. 2


Last week we looked at how shame works. Then we began to see how God acts in dealing with our shame.  This week we’ll take a look at our only two options in dealing with shame. Most importantly how worldly shame leads us into an unhelpful spiral of anger and rage, but how Godly shame…

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How Life Feels: Shame – Pt. 1


Shame is a monster. It beats us over the head with embarrassment, contempt, and ridicule. We try to be more positive, try harder, do better, and become a better person, but month after month, year after year, shame holds its sword over our head, ready to strike over any misstep or misdeed. Why drives shame? What…

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How Life Feels: Despair/Hopelessness


Despair is a downward cycle made up of 4 parts: I know what I need, but I can’t get it, God won’t give it, and it may never come.  How does God meet us in our despair? How does He help us reverse this deadly spiral? Psalm 77

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