A Conversation on Race in SWFL

This past Saturday night, we aired a recorded conversation between myself and my friend and fellow Refuge misfit Dwayne Jackson.  It’s a conversation he and I have had often, and will continue to have.  It’s a conversation we all need to be having.  It’s a conversation that ought to be pointing us to no place but the Gospel.

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Know Empathy (Acts 27)

Because of past trials and storms Paul knows himself very well.  He’s grown; he’s matured; he’s been made new in Christ day-by-day, storm-by-storm.  And so, in the midst of this current storm, he’s able to empathize with others and provide assurance.  The calling of the church is not simply to tolerate one another; we’re to mourn with one another; to bear one another’s burdens; to deliberately devote ourselves to empathy.

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Know Thyself Homework (Enneagram)

How can we draw close to God when we are far from our own self // St Augustine

For the next few weeks, we’re going to continue our journey to BETTER KNOW OURSELVES so that we can BETTER KNOW GOD and draw close to Him.  One of the tools we will utilize together as a church is the Enneagram Method.

This coming weekend (May 23rd) instead of doing our normal Livestream where I give a “traditional” sermon, we are going to do a LIVE ZOOM gathering so that we can be together and see each others faces, and more importantly so that we can all have the opportunity to share with each other.

Below are some resources to help you on the road to self-discover and knowing your personality better through the Enneagram.  Again, this is just ONE of the many-many  tools available, but it is one of the more popular today, and has had several recent Christian books to help us see God better within seeing ourselves, so the tool we’ll be using together as a church.

As you look through these resources (or read one of the recommended books), I’d encourage you to do so in relationship with other believers.  Our family has had some really fun discussions (and honest tough debates) as we explore our own strengths and failures that derive from our Enneagram personalities.

Upcoming Zoom Worship Gathering Details for May 23rd

Refuge Facebook Group Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2138404829638513/

Recommended Enneagram Books

Introduction The Road Back to You // Ian Morgan Cron

Next Step The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth // Chris Heuertz

Deeper Study The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective // Richard Rohr

Online Enneagram Type Test

Free (less detail) https://www.truity.com/test/enneagram-personality-test

Free (more detail) http://similarminds.com/test.html

Not Free (very detailed) https://ianmorgancron.com/assessment

Podcast from Various Speakers on using the Enneagram

https://www.typologypodcast.com

Various Blogs & Sights Introducing the Enneagram

These are a few I found, the give a good starting point without reading a book (to give you a taste of some self-discovery).

What’s Your Number? The Enneagram and The Road Back to You

What’s Your Enneagram Number?

https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/how-the-enneagram-system-works

https://theenneagramatwork.com/nine-enneagram-types

Tour the Nine Types

4 Ground Rules of the Enneagram

An Response Critical of the Enneagram

While I think the Enneagram is a GREAT TOOL for self discover to better know God, we should also be aware of its short comings.  This author (one I respect) does nice job giving a critical response to consider.

Enneagram: The Road Back to You, Or to Somewhere Else?

And just for fun …

The Enneagram Type of Everyone in ‘The Office’

 

Know Thyself (Acts 21-22)

This past Saturday night at Refuge Church we continued our study through the Acts of the Apostles (through the power of the Spirit) and began to look at Paul and his ability to remain in control of his thoughts and emotions through his trials and tribulations.  John Calvin wrote that we can’t truly know God without knowing ourselves, but we can’t truly know ourselves without knowing God.

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For the next few weeks, we will continue the study of Paul, and continue our journey to better know ourselves including a live ZOOM meeting this upcoming week (May 23rd), and our first LIVE TOGETHER (outdoor) worship gathering on May 30th to coincide with a blood drive to serve our community.  Check out our Facebook Group page for all the details.

 

Courage vs Stupidity (Acts 21)

This past Saturday night at Refuge Church we began our 4th and final journey through the Book of Acts as part of our original four year teaching plan. This week we looked at Chapter 21, and dissected the differences between COURAGE and STUPIDITY, as well as the challenges we face in discerning the Spirit of God.

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An Honest Discussion on Doubt

This past Saturday night as a church we concluded the Gospel of Luke (chapter 24) through a virtual worship gathering.  Often in the church, doubt is like a 4-letter word.  You start expressing your doubts and people start avoiding eye contact, or even worse, they give you the look of judgment like you’re already half way down the highway to hell.  Working through doubt is like getting an immunization for a virus; it helps ward off future disease; it can make us healthier in the long run.  Faith is not the opposite of doubt; it’s the pursuit of Jesus in the midst of our doubts.

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The Alabaster Flask // A Beautiful Thing

This past Saturday night at Refuge Church we were once again a livestream from the Coronavirus stay at home order.  Our teaching came from Mark 14.  It’s the story of two people, one in slavery, the other in freedom.  Why do two people in the same circumstances experience such different levels of contentment and happiness.  It’s simple math … Happiness = Realty/Expectations. To have freedom (happiness); we have to see the beauty of Jesus.

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Normalcy Bias (the road to Emmaus)

What an odd way to gather for our Easter worship service, but God made it beautiful.  This week, we concluded our study in the Gospel of Luke looking at the first appearance of Jesus after his resurrection and the very first Christian converts.  We all assume life will continue down this linear path, but if anything, the Coronavirus has clearly shown us otherwise.

What about death?  Do you live like you have an endless supply of days, or have you stopped and considered a plan of survival when the worst case scenario happens?

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The 5 Greatest Meals in History

This past Saturday night, on our live stream virtual gathering, we looked at the five meals in history (from a Christian) perspective that changed everything.  Five meals we can look at that we can draw a line in the sand and see a clear “world before” and the “world after”.

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