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Breathing Room

We live in a culture that’s constantly encouraging us to do more. There are so many things competing for our attention and we often believe the lie that we need to be a part of as many of them as possible. In this series we’ll be talking about how to simplify your life by looking at examples that Jesus set for us.

From this Series

Gasping for Air

January 3, 2016 by Mark Stuenzi Message 1 of 3

Our tendency is to run everything right to (or beyond) the edges. Our schedules, commitments, spending, pace, access and expectations are full or overflowing. We lack “margin.” Margin can be defined as “an amount available beyond what is actually needed; the extra; the reserves.” The best things in life happen in the margins. It’s in the margins where we find the time and energy to love people and love God. When we live without margin, our emotions become strained, our relationships become superficial and our hearts become shriveled. In this message we will learn about the concept of margin and why it’s necessary. The people of Israel were required to live with margin. They observed a weekly Sabbath day and a Sabbath Year. They were told to leave margin on the edges of their fields as a resource for the poor among them. Jesus himself lived with margin; he “often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”

First Things First

January 10, 2016 by Mark Stuenzi Message 2 of 3

We live in a world where there are many, many things constantly screaming for our time. We live in an age of “opportunity overload.” One of our greatest challenges is to choose wisely – to give our time and energy to the very best opportunities instead of things that are mere diversions. We not only need a “to-do” list, we also need a “stop-doing” list. The choices we make now will determine the legacy we leave in the future.

Soul Space

January 17, 2016 by Paul McGuinness Message 3 of 3

Frederick Faber wrote these words: “God is always whispering to us, only we do not always hear, because of the noise, hurry, and distraction which life causes as it rushes on.” He wrote that in the 1800s—how much more true is it today? In this world where we are constantly connected, there is rarely a moment when we are quiet and undistracted. But without soul space our souls will shrivel.