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Wouldn’t it be great to actually hear God answer our questions about life? What school should I go to? What job should I take? Should I get married? It would make life so much easier if he would just clearly speak to us, wouldn’t it? So why doesn't he? Why doesn't he just tell us what we should do? Well, maybe he offers something better.

Episode Breakdown:
00:40 A mostly focused welcome with some gifs
04:40 with Jon: If God were real, wouldn't he show us?
06:40 Can we hear God?
08:01 But is it him?
15:00 When it maybe isn’t him…
16:56 Problem solved (?)
19:30 What do we really want?
21:35 A decision to make…
22:12 Advice & a challenge
25:18 Wrap up with monica & aaron
27:41 Questions & Outtakes

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SHOW NOTES:
▶ Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2022-01-23_cg.pdf
▶ Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2022-01-23_cg.pdf
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January 23: YES … February 13: NO … February 27: YES
2nd & 4th Sundays of every month (usually) @ 525 Idylwood Dr. S. in South Salem, Oregon. Music, Food, Communion, gentle hangout. Stuff for kids. It’s a good time.
Text PARTY to 94000 to receive reminders & news about our in-person events.

▶ #forSalem JANUARY Opportunity:
Pray #forSalem. Text forsalem to 94000 to receive weekly texts w/ reminders to pray and prompts.

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Psalm 23
Romans 12:1-2
Galatians 5:16-26
1 John 3:20

▶ Recommended Resources:
Henry Blackaby- Experiencing God: https://blackaby.org/experiencing-god/
Dallas Willard- Hearing God: https://renovare.org/books/hearing-god

▶ Music we listened to making this episode:
The All-American Rejects: Move Along- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XleOkGsYgO8
ZZ Top: La Grange- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vppbdf-qtGU
United Pursuit: Simple Gospel- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1kLr_KSlG8

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So, what about…? [series]

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You believe what you believe because you know it’s right, right? But how do you know? We often just assume our beliefs are correct without actually evaluating why we believe them. Maybe it’s time to start asking some bigger questions of our beliefs.

Episode Breakdown:
00:58 Aaron & Monica welcome. Pineapple?
02:38 A new series, let’s get to it.
03:58 Why don’t we question?
06:00 3 Barriers to exploring our beliefs
09:44 Barrier 2
12:45 Barrier 3
13:58 Here’s what’s sad.
16:21: Willing to be wrong?
17:58 A framework to search & discover
21:33 A wrap-up & some news!
25:38 Qs and Bloops

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SHOW NOTES:
▶ Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2022-01-09_cg.pdf
▶ Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2022-01-09_cg.pdf

▶ Ask your own “So, what about…?” Question:
https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/ask or watch last year’s series here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3wRLN-XrhoEFqmjUhGbwTkWpQiGu8TB4

▶ Upcoming #SalemOregon Gatherings
2nd & 4th Sundays of every month @ 525 Idylwood Dr. S. in South Salem, Oregon. Music, Food, Communion, gentle hangout. Stuff for kids. It’s a good time.
Text PARTY to 94000 to receive reminders & news about our in-person events.

▶ #forSalem JANUARY Opportunity:
Pray #forSalem. Text forsalem to 94000 to receive weekly texts w/ reminders to pray and prompts.

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
John 20:24-29
1 Corinthians 15:1-20

▶ Recommended Resources:
The Age of Deconstruction and Future of the Church https://www.relevantmagazine.com/faith/the-age-of-deconstruction-and-future-of-the-church/
Dusty Ones: Why Wandering Deepens Your Faith by AJ Swoboda https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/the-dusty-ones-why-wandering-deepens-your-faith_aj-swoboda/9720030/
Stages of Faith (Podcast)
https://journey-on.net/on-stages-of-faith

▶ Music we listened to making this episode:
Jose’ Madero: The Unforgiven- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pmm6BhYMRPc
Lauren Daigle: Here’s My Heart- ​​https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFw42tZVDKI
Will Reagan: Let You Go https://youtu.be/Q6R4CGIUIxI

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To be able to explore our questions about God we have to have a pretty good understanding of who God is. The problem is, we all have our own view and version of God and what he is like. So how can we find a common starting point to not only answer our questions but to truly discover who God really is?

Episode Breakdown:
00:50 Just getting started…
02:55 We all have Qs about God
06:55 Simple but true
08:10 It’s our goal
10:00 Is Jesus God?
12:45 Is Jesus a Liar?
14:00 He smelled it.
15:15 To go further…
18:00 Helpful and texting.
21:20 Discussion Qs + outtakes

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SHOW NOTES:
▶ Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2022-01-16_cg.pdf
▶ Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2022-01-16_cg.pdf

 Ask your own “So, what about…?” Question: info@yourcrosscreek.com or https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/ask

 Upcoming #SalemOregon Gatherings
2nd & 4th Sundays of every month @ 525 Idylwood Dr. S. in South Salem, Oregon. Music, Food, Communion, gentle hangout. Stuff for kids. It’s a good time.
Text PARTY to 94000 to receive reminders & news about our in-person events.

▶ #forSalem JANUARY Opportunity:
Pray #forSalem. Text forsalem to 94000 to receive weekly texts w/ reminders to pray and prompts.

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
John 1:1-18
John 8:56-59
Hebrews 1:1-4

▶ Recommended Resources:
Mere Christianity- C.S. Lewis
The Problem of Jesus- Mark Clark
The Problem of God- Mark Clark
The Reason for God- Timothy Keller
Can We Trust the Gospels- Peter J. Williams
Jesus and the Eyewitnesses- Richard Bauckham

▶ Music we listened to making this episode:
Will Reagan: Feeling Low https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVD-J_J4Z2s
Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Winter, Itzhak Perlman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXq-imi271w
AFI: Miss Murder https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMxU2ToSunY

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New series this January: “So, what about…?” [3.0]

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In our culture, Christmas promises a lot of things… things like peace, hope, joy, and happy memories. But it often seems like those promises go unfulfilled. Maybe those things aren’t found in what Christmas promises, but in what Christmas proves about our true worth.

Episode Breakdown:
00:57 Santa Hat Shennanigans
02:00 Part 1: What’s a soul worth?
04:30 Why OHN is so awesome.
08:13 What’s God’s image mean?
12:00 How do we know what we’re worth?
13:45 The early church knew it…
15:50 This week’s challenge
18:50 A little OHN on violin
20:25 Ace & Moni close us out and stay mostly on task.
24:30 Qs, Bloopers and Outtakes

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SHOW NOTES:
▶ Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-12-05_cg.pdf
▶ Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-12-05.pdf

▶ Upcoming #SalemOregon Gatherings
Christmas Together Gathering! December 19, 2021, 4:30pm https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/xmas

▶ #forSalem DECEMBER Opportunity: Christmas FOR Everyone!
Gifts for Church @ The Park, Simonka Place, CASA, neighbors, friends and strangers. Pick one or do a mix! Find out more at: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/xmas/#xmas

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
1 John 4:7-12, Romans 5:6-8

Music we listened to making this episode:
Autumn Burns Red- Oh Holy Night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxDzqmmRGLU
Josh Garrels- Gloria: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q73–8dbP_0
Garbage- A Stroke of Luck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScNTxkT8e0k

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Discussion Questions:

  1. What’s a favorite holiday tradition of yours (song, poem, movie, food, etc.)? What is it about that tradition that is meaningful for you?
  2. Jon’s main point was that Christmas proves our immeasurable worth to God. Why do you think it is difficult for us to accept, remember, and/or enjoy our and others’ true worth to God?
  3. Read 1 John 4:7-12. What are some ways you could remind others of their worth this season?
  4. How can your group pray with you this week?
SHOW NOTES

Christmas reminds us that life can be more. There are more than the usual routines we find ourselves mindlessly repeating. In fact, Christmas actually points the way to experiencing the life we long for… the life Jesus offers to everyone.

Episode Breakdown:
01:12 We welcome your Questions
03:40 That LaCroix life
05:07 Something’s missing
08:20 The real life we want
14:20 Are you mad at yourself?
15:25 Possible relief
19:05 Dangerous idea here…
23:00 Recap & for you for later
26:20 Questions and the bonuses

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SHOW NOTES:
Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-12-12_cg.pdf
Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-12-12.pdf

Ask your “So, what about…?” Questions! info@yourcrosscreek.com
https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/ask or watch last year’s series here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3wRLN-XrhoEFqmjUhGbwTkWpQiGu8TB4

▶ Upcoming #SalemOregon Gatherings
Christmas Together Gathering! December 19, 2021, 4:30pm https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/xmas

▶ #forSalem DECEMBER Opportunity: Christmas FOR Everyone!
Gifts for Church @ The Park, Simonka Place, CASA, neighbors, friends and strangers. Pick one or do a mix! Find out more at: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/xmas/#xmas

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Romans 7:19-25, Colossians 1:15-22, John 10:10-18

Music we listened to making this episode:
Foo Fighters- Walk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PkcfQtibmU
Josh Garrels- O Holy Night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05o0BUnc1kg
2Cellos- Game of Thrones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcFpvolRN3w

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Discussion Questions
1. How have you experienced flavors of God this week?
2. Sticking with the La Croix/Flavor theme from this message… how would you describe your current life and even relationship with Jesus?
3. Read John 10:10-18. What’s something that stands out to you about your relationship to Jesus?
4. How can your group pray with you through this week of excitement, exhaustion, and/or anticipation of Christmas?

SHOW NOTES

We say we are tired of all of the division around us… but we keep dividing ourselves from each other. Division just seems to be part of our human nature. But Christmas promises peace on earth. Are unity and peace actually possible or is it simply some sentimental longing? The answer is simpler and more powerful than we imagine.

Episode Breakdown:
00:55 Quick hi-welcome
01:58 THEM
04:00 Not how it’s supposed to be
06:10 Trouble brewin’
12:05 EVERY person…
15:30 If you’re ready
18:04 No more barriers
20:40 It can actually happen
22:30 Final thoughts
25:45 Qs and Bloops

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SHOW NOTES:
▶ Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-12-19_cg.pdf
▶ Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-12-19.pdf

▶ Ask your “So, what about…?” Questions!
https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/ask or watch last year’s series here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3wRLN-XrhoEFqmjUhGbwTkWpQiGu8TB4

▶ #forSalem DECEMBER Opportunity: Christmas FOR Everyone!
Gifts for Church @ The Park, Simonka Place, CASA, neighbors, friends and strangers. Pick one or do a mix! Find out more at: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/xmas/#xmas

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Matthew 5:38-48
Matthew 7:1-5
John 15:1-17

▶ Other Resources
Aristotle- Politics: http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/politics.1.one.html

▶ Music we listened to making this episode:
The Beatles- We Can Work It Out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qyclqo_AV2M
Josh Garrells- Benediction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpUqBoj2wzk
Foo Fighters- Come Back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9Sgvf_vlDc

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Prayer.

It’s not that complicated.

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At some point in your life, you’ve probably prayed. But why do we do it? What’s the point and what good does it do? Let’s find out together why Jesus thought prayer was so important.

Episode Breakdown
00:50 Who’s excited?!?!
02:30 you’ve tried it…*
04:35 Good news here
06:15 “Don’t do that junk.”
08:40 Prayer isn’t about getting anyone’s attention
11:00 Is it right words or right pattern?
15:09 Praying out loud can be scary
18:00 A difference between other religions and Christianity
19:00 Your challenge, should you choose to accept it
21:50 Closing stuff
24:20 Discussion Qs and them outtakes
[There were some tech difficulties in the audio here. We apologize. We’ll do better next time, we promise.]

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SHOW NOTES:
▶ Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-11-21_cg.pdf
▶ Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-11-21.pdf
▶ Alliance Resources: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/alliances
▶ Giving Resources: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/donate

▶ Upcoming #SalemOregon On-Site Gatherings
November 28th, 4:30pm … https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/gathering/ for more info.
Christmas Gathering! December 19, 2021, 4:30pm

▶ #forSalem NOVEMBER Opportunity: CASA Kids- https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/casa/

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Luke 11:1-13
Romans 8:26-27
Philippians 4:6

▶ Music we listened to making this episode:
Collective Soul- Heavy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoL0z6dn2q8
U2- Mysterious Ways: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZegcL_zQSs
Josh Garrels- Benediction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpUqBoj2wzk

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Discussion Questions:

  1. How have you seen God show up this week?
  2. In your own words, how would you explain prayer and why we do it?  and/or   What has been your experience with prayer?
  3. Read Matthew 6:5-8. What further thoughts or questions does this passage create for you?
  4. How can your group pray for and with you this week?
SHOW NOTES

Even though prayer doesn’t have to be complicated, it can still be intimidating or become routine. There is no “best” way to pray, but there are some helpful ideas that can guide us along our prayer journey.

Episode Breakdown:
00:55 Jon & Monica say welcome
02:00 What prayer isn’t and what it is
05:55 A few correctives
09:30 Now, some directives
23:30 Some what-ifs
25:20 Hot tips from Ken!
29:00 December is coming…!!!
32:25 Playtime.

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SHOW NOTES:
▶ Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-11-28_cg.pdf
▶ Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-11-28.pdf

▶ Upcoming #SalemOregon On-Site Gatherings
November 28th, 4:30pm: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/gathering/ for more info.

▶ Christmas Together Gathering! December 19, 2021, 4:30pm https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/xmas

▶ #forSalem NOVEMBER Opportunity: CASA Kids
Take a tag at our in-person gathering and buy a Christmas present for a CASA kid
Can’t come in person? Connect with CASA and see how you can help. They do take online donations and have an amazon wishlist! https://www.casamarionor.org/donate

▶ #forSalem DECEMBER Opportunity: Christmas FOR Everyone
Download bookmark / printable and find out more: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/xmas

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Luke 11:1-13
Philippians 4:6-7

▶ Music we listened to making this episode:
Mindful- Tow’rs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=752rW_TaTdA
King of Kings- Hillsong Worship: ​​https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQl4izxPeNU
Across the Universe- The Beatles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90M60PzmxEE

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Discussion Questions:

  1. How have you seen God working this week?
  2. What thoughts or questions do you have about prayer after watching/listening to this series?
  3. Why do you think we don’t pray more often? OR if you are a prayer… why do you think prayer can become more of a routine than a conversation?
  4. Read Matthew 6:9-13. Which parts seem to resonate with you most? Why do you think that is?
  5. How can your group pray with you this week?
SHOW NOTES

Money can’t buy happiness, right? Funny thing is, most of us think we might be the exception and try anyway. Only to just become more stressed, anxious, and exhausted. But money actually can make us happy, if we understand true ownership.

Episode Breakdown:
01:45 Monica hates the title, so what is UP?
03:02 Are we sure money can’t buy happiness?
05:20 Allowing money to make us happy, a Jesus story
08:35 The key to fighting greed
11:52 What we’re really afraid of
14:22 What we all want, and it seems dumb
17:30 The first step…
18:35 A practice
20:41 Crosscreek things 4 u

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SHOW NOTES:
▶ Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-10-31_cg.pdf
▶ Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-10-31.pdf
▶ Alliance Resources: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/alliances
▶ Giving Resources: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/donate

▶ Upcoming #SalemOregon On-Site Gatherings
November 14th, 4:30pm — https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/gathering/ for more info.

▶ #forSalem NOVEMBER Opportunity: Giving Tree
Take a tag at our in-person gathering and buy a Christmas present for a CASA kid
Can’t come in person? Connect with CASA and see how you can help. They do take online donations and have an amazon wishlist! https://www.casamarionor.org/donate

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Matthew 6:19-34, Matthew 25:14-30

Music we listened to making this episode:
Open the Door: Ludwig Goransson- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftNnSM_VnTM
Fox on the Run: Sweet- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRv7EjjwYBI
Barrett Strong: Money- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5KU34DrrPI

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Discussion Questions:

  1. Is talking about money a comfortable or an awkward experience for you? Why do you think that is?
  2. Read Jesus’ story again (Luke 15:16-21). What thoughts, feelings, and/or reactions did you have to this account?
  3. In what way(s) could giving up ownership of what you own change your view on money and even your life?
  4. Who and what can your group join you in praying for this week?
SHOW NOTES

Money can either bring happiness or stress and anxiety… but it has nothing to do with the amount we have. The key is in how we view it and use it.

Episode Breakdown:
01:13 Well, that’s a deep subject
03:00 How much would be enough?
04:42 Warning!!!
06:40 Lookin’ for loopholes
08:42 It’s not YOU
12:12 A generous history
14:52 The BIG Question…
16:18 2 options
18:38 A Free challenge
21:45 Be a square
24:20 Qs & If we had a live-audience…

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SHOW NOTES:
▶ Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-11-07_cg.pdf
▶ Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-11-07.pdf
▶ Giving Resources: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/donate

▶ Upcoming #SalemOregon On-Site Gatherings
November 14th, 4:30pm … https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/gathering/ for more info.

▶ #forSalem NOVEMBER Opportunity: Giving Tree
Take a tag at our in-person gathering and buy a Christmas present for a CASA kid
Can’t come in person? Connect with CASA and see how you can help. They do take online donations and have an amazon wishlist! https://www.casamarionor.org/donate

▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Philippians 4:10-20
1 Timothy 6:6-10
James 1:17

▶ Additional Resources:
Generous People Live Happier https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170711112441.htm
A neural link between generosity and … https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms15964
How Rich am I? https://howrichami.givingwhatwecan.org/how-rich-am-i?income=50000&countryCode=USA&household%5Badults%5D=1&household%5Bchildren%5D=0

▶ Music we listened to making this episode:
Sad But True- Mexican Institute of Sound (feat. La Perla & Gera MX): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXXeK1QSMjY

Making a Fire- Foo Fighters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ9YKVJjU1M

Peace Piece- Bill Evans: https://youtu.be/y8flNWRBDh4

 

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    SHOW NOTES

    We would all love to be generous and be able to help others in need. So why don’t we? Because we don’t plan for it. Intentions are great but true generosity requires planning.

    Episode Breakdown:
    00:20 We did it! Part 3!
    01:50 What a tease.
    02:34 It takes a little planning
    07:00 Our generosity
    9:45 What’s it gonna cost me?
    11:50 Why we don’t get around to it…
    14:40 We get something out of it…
    16:30 Unique; behind the scenes view
    19:39 Where does it all go?!?!
    21:30 Dreaming together
    22:50 Who?
    25:05 Final things
    29:00 Qs and Bloops

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    SHOW NOTES:
    ▶ Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-11-14_cg.pdf
    ▶ Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-11-14.pdf

    ▶ Nonprofits to Support: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/donate

    ▶ Upcoming #SalemOregon On-Site Gatherings
    November 14th & 28th, 4:30pm … https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/gathering/ for more info.

    ▶ #forSalem NOVEMBER Opportunity: Giving Tree
    Take a tag at our in-person gathering and buy a Christmas present for a CASA kid
    Can’t come in person? Connect with CASA and see how you can help. They do take online donations and have an Amazon wishlist! https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/casa

     Suggested Bible Readings:
    Matthew 6:21
    Luke 6:38
    Luke 21:1-4
    James 2:15-16

     Music we listened to making this episode:
    Lindsey Stirling- The Arena: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MCjU-Du3eI
    Only Murders in the Building: Mabel & Tim https://youtu.be/nhbavMxSGZ0
    Cake- I Will Survive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9rCUQjmkxU

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    Discussion Questions:

    1. How have you seen God working in the last week?
    2. If you had a billion dollars, what are some ways you would love to use it to help others?
    3. What is one thing that stood out to or challenged you in this series?
    4. Read Matthew 6:21. In your own words, what do you think Jesus was getting at here? Have you ever experienced this dynamic in your life?
    5. How can your group pray for you this week?
      Show notes

      Christianity is often presented as what you need to do in order to make God happy. But the life Jesus offers is about WHO you can be, not what you have to DO. How does that work? Can you really experience this new life? You can.

      Episode Breakdown:
      00:04 It’s us!
      00:30 It’s not what you should DO
      10:30 How do we experience new life?
      17:35 A few examples
      21:00 Imagine with us…
      23:40 Move on in confidence
      24:50 Stay Breezy, Salem + oopsies
      25:50 Qs + MORE Outtakes

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      SHOW NOTES:
      ▶ Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-09-19.pdf
      ▶ Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-09-19_cg.pdf

      ▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
      Philippians 3:3-9
      Ephesians 2:1-10

      ▶ Upcoming #SalemOregon Gatherings
      September 26th, 4:30pm — https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/party/

      ▶ September #forSalem Opportunity: FOR Simonka
      – Buy the following items and bring them to our in-person gathering. Or, deliver them to Simonka Place personally ?
      BIGGEST NEEDS this month: Copy Paper, Flip Flops, Pork / Beef Roasts (frozen), Laundry Soap.
      Find out more: https://ugmsalem.org/our-impact/womens-ministry/

      ▶ Music we listened to while making this episode:
      Lauren Daigle- Rescue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYR0xP1j4PY
      Weezer- Buddy Holly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kemivUKb4f4
      The XX- Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veHqJSC-9Lo

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       Donate to Crosscreek & keep a good thing goin’: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/donate

      ▶ Discussion Questions:

      1. How have you seen God working in your life and world this past week?
      2. Read Philippians 3:3-9. What list could you make for ways you’ve tried or seen others try to be a “good Christian?” What result(s) have you seen from these efforts?
      3. What would it look/feel like for you to “trust your position rather than your condition?”
      4. How can your group pray for you this week?
      Show notes

      Every part of our life gives us something to fear. This is a dangerous world and there always seems to be something new to be afraid of. We can try to ignore, numb, or control our fear but that only makes things worse. There is a better way. A way that allows us to experience peace and confidence no matter what is coming at us.

      Episode Breakdown:
      00:45 Quick-fast hello
      01:45 Where we go wrong
      08:05 The better way to deal with fear
      18:45 4 Smaller Steps of Trust
      28:10 5ish News-y things
      31:15 Qs and Cutz

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      SHOW NOTES:
      ▶ Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-09-26_cg.pdf
      ▶ Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-09-26.pdf
      ▶ Alliance Resources: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/alliances

      ▶ Upcoming #SalemOregon On-Site Gatherings
      September 26, 4:30pm at our new location! https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/gathering/ for more info. Every 2nd and 4th Sunday in Salem, Oregon.

      #forSalem Opportunity: SEPTEMBER FOR SIMONKA
      Find out more: https://www.instagram.com/p/CT8lJU6hteW/
      Bring your items to our on-site gathering or donate directly to UGM Salem.

      ▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
      John 10:27-29
      Romans 8

      Music we listened to making this episode:
      Diet Cig- The Unforgiven: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsNatjL0_uY
      Green Day- She: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnF0pkWD2Tc
      Josh Garrels- Fear Thou Not: https://youtu.be/BvIGgVjDJJE

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      ▶ Discussion Questions:

      1. What’s God doing in your life & world?
      2. What’s your reaction to this message that you can “confidently trust Jesus”? Why do you think that is?
      3. Read 1 Peter 5:6-7. When do you find it most difficult to trust that God cares for you? What would choosing to confidently trust in those times look like for you?
      4. How could this week’s message be applied to some of the fears you are currently wrestling with? How can your group pray for you in this?

       

      Show notes
      Religion tells us that to be accepted we must meet an unattainable standard of do’s and don’ts. This causes us to hide our true selves in order to find acceptance. Jesus came to dismantle this horrible cycle and made a way for us to authentically connect with others while being our authentic selves.

      Episode Breakdown:
      00:53 Aaron welcomes you
      01:58 “Religion forces us…”
      04:50 The Jesus way: Authentic
      15:30 The cure for loneliness
      20:30 News and Boo’s
      24:45 the Bloopers have me like…

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      SHOW NOTES:
      ▶ Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-10-03_cg.pdf
      ▶ Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-10-03.pdf
      ▶ Alliance Resources

      ▶ Upcoming #SalemOregon On-Site Gatherings
      October 10 & 24th, 4:30pm at our new location!

      ▶ #forSalem Opportunity: BOO YOUR NEIGHBOR
      Buy or make treats for a neighbor.
      Secretly leave the treats & the “We’ve Been Boo’d!” sign on their doorstep.
      Download the PDF
      We will have BOO Oreos for you to give to your neighbors at our October 10th gathering!

      ▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
      John 13:12-17, Ephesians 4:31-32

      ▶ Music we listened to making this episode:
      Blue Swede- Hooked on a Feeling
      Inhaler- Honest Face
      The Oh Hellos- Tiny Desk Concert

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      Discussion Questions:
      1. How is God working in your life & world this week?
      2. Read John 13:12-17. What stands out to you about Jesus’ “authentic connection” to His followers here?
      3. Share your 1-10 evaluation of prioritizing loving others as Jesus loves you in one or more of your relationships.
      4. What is your next step in “authentically connecting” with others or loving others like Jesus loves you this week? How can your group pray for you?

      Are you still reading this far? HI! Good job. ?

      Show notes

      One of the first words that usually comes to mind when we hear “Christianity” or “church” is boredom. That’s understandable, but it wasn’t always this way. What happened? Can you really experience the excitement and adventure the first Jesus Followers experienced? You can.

      Episode Breakdown:
      00:45 We greet thee
      02:12 Question: Why does it seem so boring?
      04:15 It’s not a new problem…
      08:20 What good is just knowing?
      11:30 Wasting our time…
      13:30 The actual point
      16:15 So let’s get started…
      18:53 Adventure time
      20:50 Interpretive Dances & Invitations
      24:20 Jon’s warm up BTS and a throwback

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      SHOW NOTES:
      ▶ Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-10-10_cg.pdf
      ▶ Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-10-10.pdf
      ▶ Alliance Resources: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/alliances

      ▶ Upcoming #SalemOregon On-Site Gatherings
      October 10 & 24th, 4:30pm at our new location! https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/gathering/ for more info.

      ▶ #forSalem October Opportunity: BOO YOUR NEIGHBOR
      Buy or make treats for a neighbor.
      Secretly leave the treats & the “We’ve Been Boo’d!” sign on their doorstep.
      Download the PDF: https://yourcrosscreek.com/boo
      We will have BOO Oreos for you to give to your neighbors at our October 10th gathering!

      ▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
      Matthew 5-7
      Ephesians 4:11-16
      James 2:14-26

      ▶ Music we listened to making this episode:
      Beethoven- Symphony No. 9 in D minor: Ode to Joy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlSR8Wlmpac
      Foo Fighters- This is a Call https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imxAeQZjBeI
      Phil Wickham- Your Love Awakens Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQyXsJMkUPg

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      Discussion Questions:
      1. How is God working in your life & world this week?
      2. What stood out to, bothered, inspired, or irritated you in this week’s message?
      3. What experiences/feelings have you had with church before? How do you think Crosscreek’s version of Independently Growing compares to those experiences/feelings?
      4. Look at Jesus’ description of life in the Kingdom of God in Matthew 5-7. In which area(s) do you feel you could use some more “Independent Growth.” What are some steps you can take to grow in this area and how can your group support/pray for you in this?

       

      Show notes

      What if life is meant for more than working for more money in order to accumulate more stuff? Maybe life becomes more when we give more of it away.

      Episode Breakdown:
      00:56 On behalf of…
      02:03 You are smart
      05:25 Is the American Dream our only option?
      07:40 The real meaning of life…
      13:40 What real love looks like
      16:52 Which life do you pick?
      18:42 If you’re ready, a challenge
      24:12 What’s next for you, for us
      29:02 Qs and Cutz

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      SHOW NOTES:
       Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-10-17_cg.pdf
       Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-10-17.pdf
       Alliance Resources: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/alliances
       Giving Resources: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/donate

      ▶ Upcoming #SalemOregon On-Site Gatherings
      October  24th, 4:30pm at our new location! https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/gathering/ for more info.

       #forSalem October Opportunity: BOO YOUR NEIGHBOR
      Buy or make treats for a neighbor.
      Secretly leave the treats & the “We’ve Been Boo’d!” sign on their doorstep.
      Download the PDF: https://yourcrosscreek.com/boo
      We will have BOO Oreos for you to give to your neighbors at our October 24th gathering!

      ▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
      1 Timothy 6:17-19
      Ephesians 2:1-10
      James 2:14-26
      Matt 6:19-34

       Music we listened to making this episode:
      Stone Temple Pilots- Vasoline: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht672-wYelc
      Bruno Mars- Money Make Her Smile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_czUZiTbwy0
      Jon Foreman- Your Love if Strong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCDO_FcF5JA

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      https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/messages/#podcast

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      Discussion Questions

      1. How have you seen God working in your life and world this week?
      2.  What thoughts/feelings come up for you when you hear, “Our life isn’t meant to be spent on ourselves but to be purposely invested for others”? 
      3. Read Mathew 6:19-21 and 1 Timothy 6:17-19. Why do you think generosity is such an important aspect of following Jesus?
      4. Jon encouraged us to evaluate our resources and advised us to “evaluate, adjust, invest, and trust” this week. What is something you want to do in response to this and how can your group pray for you in that response?
      Show notes

      For some reason, many Christians see themselves as the “moral police” of society. But Jesus has something better in mind for his followers… a way to experience love, peace, and hope and to share it with the world.

      Episode Breakdown:
      00:38 For your welcoming
      01:55 Leaving the Church
      04:15 An alternative to ‘doing’
      08:00 It’s not our job
      09:14 Hey you, Christian:
      13:12 3 ideas
      20:45 The point & some steps
      22:42 Because of Jesus…
      24:20 Enjoying together
      26:30 Discussion time

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      SHOW NOTES:
      ▶ Notes & Questions: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-10-24_cg.pdf
      ▶ Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2021-10-24.pdf
      ▶ Alliance Resources: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/alliances
      ▶ Giving Resources: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/donate

      ▶ Upcoming #SalemOregon On-Site Gatherings
      October 24th, 4:30pm at our new location! https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/gathering/ for more info.

      ▶ #forSalem NOVEMBER Opportunity: Giving Tree
      Take a tag at our in-person gathering and buy a Christmas present for a CASA kid
      Can’t come in person? Connect with CASA and see how you can help. They do take online donations and have an amazon wishlist! https://www.casamarionor.org/donate

      ▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
      Acts 4:16-22
      2 Corinthians 5:1-6:2
      Hebrews 10:23-25

      Music we listened to making this episode:
      Veruca Salt: Volcano Girls- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyVSKydUxKk
      Gipsy Kings: Hotel California- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1jJ7SA3j1U
      Bach: Cello Suite No 2- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NvZRo-3wvU

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      Discussion Questions:

      1. What pushbacks, hesitations, questions, or thoughts did you have during this week’s message?
      2. Read 1 Timothy 2:1-6. What stands out to you in this passage? How do you think our society would be different if every Jesus Follower saw this type of Intentionally Multiplying as one of their main purposes?
      3. Jon asked us, “What step are you going to take?” Which of the 5 measures (Confidently Trusting, Authentically Connecting, Independently growing, Purposely Investing, Intentionally Multiplying) we’ve discussed in this series do you feel you are ready to develop further?
      4. Who would you like your group to pray for with you this week?

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