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It often seems impossible that anything could bring peace to our world, our relationships, and especially the turmoil we secretly feel inside of us. But the impossible things Jesus did proved it is possible to experience true, lasting peace now and forever.

Episode Breakdown:
0:00 Welcome
3:00 Impossible Proof, w/ Jon
29:00 Giveaways & Drive In News

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#SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on Social Media later this week)
- Enter to win this week on Social Media: Cooke Stationary https://www.facebook.com/Cooke-Stationery-Company-381360651092
- This week’s winner: Valiant the Sandwich- https://www.valianteats.com/

Suggested Readings:
Psalm 103:8-18 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20103%3A8-18&version=NLT
Matthew 18:21-35 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+18%3A21-35&version=NLT
Ephesians 4:31-32 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+4%3A31-32&version=NLT

▶ Additional Resources:
The Chosen (Paralytic scene), Season 1, Episode 6:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlBOmQ1PaMY

Music we listened to making this episode:
Enya: Exile- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rWyNFiKq2A
Bruno Mars: Grenade- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR6iYWJxHqs
Michael Ketterer & Influence Music: Spirit Lead Me- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABWnLjXer10

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What stood out to you in this week’s episode and/or passage (Mark 2:1-12)? What challenges you or encourages you?
  2. Read Matthew 18:21-35. How does this clarify the concept of forgiveness for you?
  3. What are you struggling to forgive or be forgiven for right now and why do you think that is? How can your group pray for you in this?

The biographies of Jesus’ life offer some impossible stories of Jesus doing impossible things. Miracles. Healings. People coming back from the dead. What if it’s all true? What if Jesus can do the impossible? What could be actually possible now? As Jesus once said, “…with God everything is possible.”

SHOW NOTES

As we get older, we realize more and more the hopes, relationships, and lives we wanted are impossible. We decide it’s time to “live in the real world” and we stop dreaming and hoping. But what if the impossible was actually possible? There was once a man who did impossible things and made impossible promises. And he still offers to do the impossible for us today.

Episode Breakdown:
0:00 Welcome
3:00 “Impossibly Willing,” w/ Jon [Pt 1 of our new series]
26:00 A Giveaway & A Challenge

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#forSalem JANUARY Opportunity: Pay it Backward! Treat someone in the drive-thru behind you! Hand the attendant a #forSalem card so let them know it’s because you believe God is for them, and that they matter! Get your cards here: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/welcome/

#SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on Social Media later this week)
– Enter to win this week on Social Media: Valiant the Sandwich- https://www.valianteats.com/
– This week’s winner: Epilogue Kitchen- https://epilogue-kitchen.square.site/

Suggested Readings:
Luke 4:16-21: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%204%3A16-21&version=NLT
John 9: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+9&version=NLT

▶ Additional Resources:
The Chosen’s Leper Scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL8DThllZAY

Music we listened to making this episode:
The Beatles- A Hard Day’s Night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yjyj8qnqkYI
Weezer- Troublemaker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LSGvziX_6Y
Red Rocks- Breakthrough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ni5_JGRrgs

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What personally stood out to you in this message and/or passage? Why do you think that is?
  2. Jon said, “Sometimes it’s easier to accept that God is ABLE to do the impossible than that he is WILLING.” Do you agree or disagree, why? How do you think Romans 8:31-32 helps with this idea?
  3. If Jesus were to say to you, “I am willing,” what impossible thing would you ask him to do? How can your group pray for you in this?

New Year’s Special  (Ep 41)>>

This Christmas you’re invited to come and see what God has done, and what he is doing.

SHOW NOTES
Darkness seems overwhelming until the tiniest light is lit. The darkness around us, and even in us, often feels overwhelming. But Christmas is the story of God’s light breaking through the darkness and bringing us more light than we could have ever imagined.

Episode Breakdown:
0:00 Intro & Welcome
2:30 Christmas at Home w/ the O’Connors
4:25 Unexpected [A Light in the Darkness, pt 1], w/ Jon
25:30 Noel, ft Donna, Michael & Aaron
29:30 Giveaway & Glove-Drive

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#forSalem December Challenge: Church @ the Park Glove Drive
Collecting 50 pairs of Warm Winter Gloves (Gender Neutral) – heavy and warm, in NEW OR LIKE NEW Condition (“Like New” means CLEAN & NO rips, stains, holes, or fraying). Physical Location Drop-Off Details here. More info on Church @ the Park: https://www.church-at-the-park.org/

Crosscreek’s Drive-In Christmas Party! December 19, 2020, 2pm: Info at www.yourcrosscreek.com/xmas/

#SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on Social Media later this week)
– Enter to win this week on Social Media: Noble Wave- https://www.enjoynoblewave.com/
– This week’s winner: French Press Coffee & Crepes- https://frenchpressroasters.com/

Suggested Readings:
The Christmas Story: Luke 2 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%202&version=NLT

Music we listened to making this episode:
Robert Goulet, Christmas Waltz – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2Vo4rNjObg
The Greatest Showman Cast, The Greatest Show- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyVYXRD1Ans
MIchael W. Smith, All is Well- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdlwrhxomfA

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. This series is called “A Light in the Darkness” and this message is titled “Unexpected”. What would be your own theme/title for Christmas and why?
  2. Read John 1:1-9 (read until verse 18 for extra credit). What stands out to you in John’s description of Jesus and his coming? Do you get any encouragement or insight from this passage?
  3. Where do you see God’s light in your life right now? How can your group pray for you this week?

 

▶ Soundtrack thanks from this episode 🙂
Hip Hop Christmas & B Canon and Variation by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/     Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

SHOW NOTES
There is a darkness in the world that we seem powerless to remove. Almost all belief systems offer a solution to this darkness. Christmas, however, is God’s unique and lasting answer to the darkness in the world and the darkness we find in ourselves.

Episode Breakdown:
0:00 Intro, Welcome, Giveaway
3:00 Christmas at Home w/ the Liudahl Sioda Fam
5:00 The Solution [A Light in the Darkness, pt 2], w/ Jon
32:00 O Come O Come Emmanuel, ft Aaron
33:00 Christmas Party & Glove-Drive

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#forSalem December Challenge: Church @ the Park Glove Drive
Collecting 50 pairs of Warm Winter Gloves (Gender Neutral) – heavy and warm, in NEW OR LIKE NEW Condition (“Like New” means CLEAN & NO rips, stains, holes, or fraying). Drop-Off by December 23, 2020, location request here. More info on Church @ the Park: https://www.church-at-the-park.org/.

Crosscreek’s Drive-In Christmas Party! December 19, 2020, 2pm: Info at www.yourcrosscreek.com/drivein/

#SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on Social Media later this week)
– Enter to win this week on Social Media: Konditorei- https://gerryfrankskonditorei.com/
– This week’s winner: Noble Wave- https://www.enjoynoblewave.com/

Suggested Readings:
The Christmas Story: Luke 2 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%202&version=NLT

Music we listened to making this episode:
Lauren Daigle- O come, O come, Emmanuel: https://youtu.be/HGw0QK6ICZA
Musicality- From Now On (Cover from “The Greatest Showman”): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruCl8X-xWPA
Joy Williams- Here With Us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOyHuYGE1Mg

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What was your reaction to the description of sin in this message? Why do you think that is?
  2. Read John 3:16-21. What stands out to you in terms of what Jesus offers you/us?
  3. What questions/barriers are there for you in following and responding to the light of Jesus? How can your group pray for you in this?


▶ Soundtrack thanks from this episode 🙂 

Hip Hop Christmas & B Canon and Variation by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/     Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

SHOW NOTES

It’s human nature to be afraid of the dark. It isolates us and hides reality. But in the presence of light, darkness is nothing. Christmas is the story of God shining his light in the darkness of the world to end our isolation and give our lives true purpose. 

Episode Breakdown:
0:00 Church at Home with the Fiedlers
3:00 Christmas at Home w/ the Tanners
5:00 Lights [A Light in the Darkness, pt 3], w/ Jon
24:00 Light of the World (cover), ft. Gillian, Luke & Aaron
38:00 An Invitation, A Giveaway, & The Office (?!)

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For Kids: Crosscreek Website

#forSalem December Challenge: Church @ the Park Glove Drive
Collecting 50 pairs of Warm Winter Gloves (Gender Neutral) – heavy and warm, in NEW OR LIKE NEW Condition (“Like New” means CLEAN & NO rips, stains, holes, or fraying). Drop-Off by December 23, 2020, location request here. More info on Church @ the Park: https://www.church-at-the-park.org/.

#SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on Social Media later this week)
– Enter to win this week on Social Media: Isaac’s Downtown- https://www.isaacsdowntown.com/
– This week’s winner: Konditorei- https://gerryfrankskonditorei.com/

❅ Want to buy a #forSalem hoodie? Drop us a note using the welcome form! https://bit.ly/wlcmccc

Suggested Readings:
John 8:12-20,  1 Peter 2:9-10- https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+8%3A12-20%2C+1+Peter+2%3A9-10&version=NLT

Music we listened to making this episode:
Pentatonix and Dolly Parton: Jolene-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYCoyUxY2HY
The Beatles: Norwegian Wood (The Bird has Flown)- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_V6y1ZCg_8
Lauren Daigle: O Come All Ye Faithful- https://youtu.be/rZn59OrLNYU

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What do you relate to more the idea of darkness isolating or the idea of darkness concealing reality?
  2. When Jon said, “Jesus didn’t come just so we could leave Earth and go to heaven someday… he came so that we can bring the light of Heaven to Earth now,” how did that sit with you? Do you agree or disagree? Why?
  3. Being the light of God means reorienting your life around the love of Jesus. What might be some steps you can take to continue reorienting your life around the love of Jesus?
  4. Read 1 Peter 2:9-10. What are some ways you can bring God’s light to those around you this week? How can your group pray for you in this?


▶ Soundtrack thanks from this episode 🙂 

Hip Hop Christmas & B Canon and Variation by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/     Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

Thanksgiving Weekend Special  (Ep 37)>>

FAITH THAT WORKS [series]

How to be happy when the world is falling apart.

SHOW NOTES
Happiness often seems like a fleeting dream that is just out of reach, especially now. But God actually wants us to be happy. Though it might seem a bit counterintuitive, he’s shown us how to achieve lasting happiness. Let’s discover together faith that works and how to be happy when the world is falling apart. 

Episode Breakdown:
0:00 Welcome
1:30 Wisdom in the Craziness w/ Jon
25:30 Giveaway deets!

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For Kids: Crosscreek Website

#SalemOregon #local Giveaways: – Enter to win this week on Social Media- Top Drawer Boutique
– This week’s winner- B2 Taphouse

Suggested Bible Readings:
Related Passage: 1 Peter 1:6-9
This Week’s Challenge: James 1:2-18
Bible Reading Tips (PDF)

Music we listened to making this episode:
Michael W. Smith- Ashton
Lindsey Stirling- Gavi’s Song
Ram Jam- Black Betty

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What from this week’s message do you agree with /disagree with /wonder about /question? Why?
  2. Read James 1:2-18 as a group. Make some observations together. What stands out to you? What seems challenging for you?
  3. What might be keeping you in survival mode and holding you back from thriving? How can your group pray for you in this?
SHOW NOTES
The things we hope will make us happy seem to only work for so long. But Jesus promised us a happiness that would never run dry. How can we experience this true, lasting happiness when it seems like the world is falling apart?!

Episode Breakdown:
0:00 What a Week & #forSalem cards
2:40 Illogically Happy w/ Jon
28:40 Giveaways, Announcements, Snickers warning

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Get your #forSalem encouragement cards: https://bit.ly/wlcmccc

#SalemOregon #local Giveaways: – Enter to win this week on Social Media- Gilgamesh https://www.gilgameshbrewing.com/
– This week’s winner- Top Drawer Boutique

Suggested Bible Readings:
Related Passage: Matthew 25:31-46 
This Week’s Challenge: James 1:19-2:26 
Bible Reading Tips (PDF)

▶ Other Recommended Resources:
The Biggest Happiness Mistake

Music we listened to making this episode:
Weezer: Freak Me Out
Jonas Brothers: What a Man Gotta Do
Josh Baldwin: Stand in Your Love

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Talk about a time when acting selflessly made you happier. Why do you think you felt happy?
  2. As a group, read Matthew 7:15-27. How do you think this relates to what we know God wants us to do and how we actually act?
  3. Everyone has a “knowing/doing” gap. What would you say yours is and how can your group pray for you this week to close this gap?
SHOW NOTES
We all think we know what will make us happy. We also think we know what will make everyone else happy… if they would only listen or see the truth. Unfortunately this attitude often creates more conflict than happiness. Maybe happiness doesn’t come from fighting for our own happiness.

Episode Breakdown:
0:00 Breaking News
1:40 You First with Jon
25:00 Giveaways for Days

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#SalemOregon #local Giveaways:
Gilgamesh this week.
Next week: Every Child Oregon Comment on Social Media all week, and we donate $5 per comment!

Suggested Readings:
Related Passage: Colossians 3
Andy Stanley Election 2020 Article

Music we listened to making this episode:
Thompson Twins: Hold Me Now
Eddie and Alex Van Halen: Respect the Wind
Lauren Daigle: You Say

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Honesty time- how does “choosing to make ourselves second” REALLY strike you? Dig deeper- why do you think that is?
  2. Read Philippians 2:3-8 as a group. What challenges you? How do you think this relates to this week’s theme of making ourselves second?
  3. What changes do you need to make in your life as a result of this message and what are the barriers you see in doing this? How can your group pray for you this week?
SHOW NOTES
We often pride ourselves on our self-reliance, but sometimes the “what if’s” start eroding the confidence and happiness we thought we had. What if I don’t have what it takes? What if I don’t know enough? What if…? There’s a better way. We can find a reliable happiness when we change who we are relying on.

Episode Breakdown:
0:00 Go for a Walk
1:30 Reliable Happiness w/ Jon
29:45 Podcasting & Pajamas

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▶ #forSalem November Challenge: United Way Pajama Drive

Suggested Readings:
Luke 12:13-21

Music we listened to making this episode:
DC Talk- I Luv Rap Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4Nd7lZgp4o
Bruno Mars- Count on Me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k8cpUkKK4c
Tedashii- Home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgCGejHgW2I

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Think of a music/movie/book reference that exemplifies your current state of self-reliance.
  2. Read Matthew 6:19-34. What stands out to you? Pick a theme from this passage (self-reliance, focus, worry, etc) and relate it to your current situation.
  3. In what areas does it seem to be a challenge to rely on God right now? What barriers do you see with that and how can your group pray for you?
SHOW NOTES
When the world is falling apart the way we usually respond (complaining, blaming, fighting) usually only creates more problems. Maybe it’s time to try something else. Something that has been available to us all along. Something that isn’t simply “the least we can do,” but actually the most powerful force for good in the world. It also just happens to be the most reliable path to happiness.

Episode Breakdown:
0:00 Studio Arrival
1:30 Happy Little Prayers w/ Jon
27:30 Behind the Scenes

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#forSalem November Challenge: United Way Pajama Drive

#SalemOregon #local Giveaways (Happening on Social Media later this week)
– Enter to win this week on Social Media- Geppetto’s Italian https://www.facebook.com/geppettossalem/
– This week’s winner- Every Child Oregon! $290 donated thanks to you! https://www.everychildoregon.org

Suggested Readings:
Acts 4 (disciples praying in hardship)

Music we listened to making this episode:
Jimmy Eat World: Pain- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaP6KgwbOvo
Michael Jackson: Why You Wanna Trip on Me- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2FUzoy-UCg
Josh Baldwin/Bethel: Surrounded- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlBiE4dXT2I

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What do you think about prayer? What personal questions / stories do you have about it?
  2. Read Psalm 86. What stands out to you as it relates to prayer?
  3. As Jon said in the message, share a couple of things going on in your life right now. You might have to fight through the awkwardness, but spend some time specifically praying for one another in your group.

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