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You have it. I have it.  It’s called emotion.

I hope you already know many of the wonderful sides of emotion, part of what it is to be human.

And I’m sure you’ve felt things you never wanted to feel.  Or never knew you could feel.

Have you ever been in a situation where your emotions were leading you more than wisdom? If you’re there right now, you may not even know it!

Hindsight is 20/20 as they say. It’s often only in hindsight that you recognize how your emotions controlled you through a decision process.

But what if you could get on the front end of that?  What if you could figure out how to find the voice of wisdom when your emotions are getting the best of you?

Would you want to?

Join us Sunday.

 

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Ask It — Part 5 — Hold My Hand | Andy Stanley

You always have something working against you when making personal decisions: you. Personal decisions are emotional, yet emotionally charged environments aren’t ideal for decision-making. Your emotions make the obvious less obvious. This is why you’re probably better at managing someone else’s money than your own. It’s why you know exactly what your neighbor needs to do about his marriage, but have no clue how to improve your own. It’s why your kids baffle you, while a complete stranger’s just need a good spanking.

When it comes to making decisions, we have a real problem: It’s next to impossible to hear the voice of wisdom when emotions are raging.

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Ask It — Part 4 — Edged Out | Andy Stanley

When it comes to temptation and decision-making, we all look for loopholes. When tempted, we look for excuses to tell ourselves yes when we should tell ourselves no. We ask, “Is there anything wrong with this? Is it illegal? Will it hurt anyone?” But it’s a bad idea to assume that if something is not wrong, it’s right. Our decision-making filter shouldn’t be based on what’s permissible, but on what’s wise. In no area is this more important than decisions related to our sexual expression. There’s no area where we’re more prone to self-deception.

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This coming weekend, Sunday’s message is PG13.  Why?

Because there’s one area of life we are more prone to self-deception than any other area. Sexuality.

Bring your teens. Bring your kids under age 13 to our wonderful kids environments! Waumba Land, Upstreet or Transit.

We all have a filter we use every day, whether we recognize it or not. It’s the filter we use to make decisions.

But what happens when our filter breaks down? When it comes to sexuality, why is it so easy for us to deceive ourselves?

Andy tackles the subject of sex and sexuality head on this week as we think more about “the question that answers just about everything.”

Join us, and you’ll be glad you did.

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Ask It — Part 4 — Edged Out | Andy Stanley

When it comes to temptation and decision-making, we all look for loopholes. When tempted, we look for excuses to tell ourselves yes when we should tell ourselves no. We ask, “Is there anything wrong with this? Is it illegal? Will it hurt anyone?” But it’s a bad idea to assume that if something is not wrong, it’s right. Our decision-making filter shouldn’t be based on what’s permissible, but on what’s wise. In no area is this more important than decisions related to our sexual expression. There’s no area where we’re more prone to self-deception.

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Ask It — Part 3 — Time over Time | Andy Stanley

Scripture says God has determined the number of your days. You can make more money and you can make more friends, but you can’t make more time. You can count your money and your friends, but you can’t count your time. In light of that truth, knowing what to do with your time matters. It’s vital that you use your time wisely.

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Money wasted or spent can be earned again.  Time wasted or spent can’t be.

Time is valuable, you probably already agree with that.

We all get the same amount of it in a day, yet most of us still feel like we need more.  Don’t you?

This weekend we’re talking about the question that answers just about everything when it comes to deciding what to do with the time you use in a day.

It’s brilliant.  I’m sure they’ll a friend, they’ll think so too!

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Ask It — Part 3 — | Andy Stanley

Scripture says God has determined the number of your days. You can make more money and you can make more friends, but you can’t make more time. You can count your money and your friends, but you can’t count your time. In light of that truth, knowing what to do with your time matters. It’s vital that you use your time wisely.

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Ask It — Part 2 — Musical Chairs | Andy Stanley

Solomon, the third king of Israel, wrote more about wisdom than any other biblical writer. He was considered by some to be the wisest man who ever lived. In his writing, he laid out three kinds of people who lack wisdom: the simple lack experience; fools know the difference between right and wrong, but don’t care; and mockers not only know the difference between right and wrong but are critical of those who choose to do right.

Eventually, people in each of these categories need wisdom . . . but they may not find it.

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How many questions are you being asked today?

How many decisions are you making today?

What questions are on your mind about the future?

How do you define wisdom? Can you really “seek, treasure, tune your ear to, and call out for” wisdom?

Wisdom is defined as knowledge of what is true and right, combined with just judgement as to action.

What if there was one question that is — quite possibly — the best question ever when it comes to life choices?  Would you ask it?

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Ask It — Part 1 — Question Everything | Andy Stanley

Every day brings new questions. 

Should I stay? Should I go? Buy it? Sell it? Start it? Stop it?

Did you know there’s a question that makes it easy to determine the answer to all the other questions? It’s true.  All you have to do is ask it!

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Pursue[d] — Part 5 — When in Doubt… Remember This | Carey Nieuwhof

When we pray, we mostly want God to change our circumstances: change this, change that, change them, change me. But real prayer will help you discover that God is not only bigger than your circumstances, he’s better than your circumstances.

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5 keys to childlike faithBy Jeff Brodie

Want to have an incredible impact on who your child grows up to become? Want to see them have a meaningful spiritual life that shapes who they are? One of the most powerful things you can do is to pray with them for 5 minutes a day.

Now, for many people prayer can be intimidating and praying out loud can be even more intimidating. So praying with your child at any age, from toddler to teenager, can seem daunting to some. Before you choose to opt out on this one, there is a powerful opportunity here that I don’t want you to miss. Consider the following:

1. Your Rhythm Becomes Your Reality

90% of the impact is in the act of prayer, not in what you pray

Looking at your own family life growing up, you’ll notice patterns. Maybe you always listened to music at home, maybe you all cheered for a hockey team, maybe you always took a family vacation to the same spot, maybe you always respected your grandparents – these things shape who you are today. Your family rhythm became your reality.

Prayer is the same. Your child won’t remember 90% of what you pray, but the rhythm of regular prayer with you, even for 5 minutes, will shape who they become. Don’t worry about what you pray, it’s prioritizing the act of prayer that will speak volumes.

2. Prayer Shows Your Kids That You Are On Their Side

Prayer communicates to your child that you value them and your Heavenly Father

Prayer helps you fight for the heart of your child. No matter how difficult things may be in your relationship with your child, praying for them shows them that you are on their side. Thanking God for them shows them that you think they have incredible value. Praying good things for your child communicates that you think they are important, regardless of how bad you’ve messed up.

3. Personal Prayer Models Real Conversation

Authentic prayer creates a safe place for honesty

If you model honest conversation with your Heavenly Father, you are modelling that your child can be honest with their earthly parent. Obviously you want to communicate honestly with God in a way that your child can understand. But if you want your kids to be authentic people of faith, model it in how you pray. It’s amazing how many kids open up with their parent after their parent prays authentically in front of them.

4. Prayer Opens A Window Into Your Child’s Future

Praying with your child will change the way that you see your child

We all have tough days as parents. Some days we feel like we’ve blown it as a parent, other days we think our child is blowing it as a person. Praying for your child forces you to think about who you want them to become. It forces you to imagine the end, who you want them to become and focus your prayer and priorities on what matters the most.

It may be awkward to start, but our most awkward moments are often our most powerful. No matter how intimidating, not matter what the age. Take a moment to pray with your child. It’s 5 minutes that will echo into who they become.