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Easter and the Enneagram

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The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the heart of the good news, i.e. the Gospel, of what God is doing in the world. Christianity centers on the resurrection, new life, the fact that death doesn't get the final word.

I've heard it said, and I wholeheartedly agree, that the Gospel isn't good news unless it's good news for everyone. I believe that it is. I believe everyone can find hope, love, forgiveness, belonging, and transformation at the foot of the cross and at the door to the empty tomb. It is good news for everyone! So let's take a look at how the resurrection is good news for each type on the Enneagram.
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Type Ones, The Perfectionists/Reformers
Good news: There was only perfect person - and he's not you - and we killed him for it. The empty tomb tells us that we don't have to be perfect to be loved and accepted. We don't have to make everything just right in order to enjoy God's blessing. We don't have to earn God'…

AM I OK? // Loss and Grief

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So, how is everybody doing?

Let's practice those self-check questions:
Have you been sleeping well?How has your diet been?Have you been active and having any fun lately?Have you connected some way with people who love you?Have you spent time connecting with God lately? Think about what we've been saying. You cannot love others fully unless you are also loving and taking care of yourself. Right now we have an opportunity to practice self-care for the sake of others. Staying home and keeping your distance from other people is one of the most loving things you can do right now.
But let's be honest. It's really hard. This has been a really difficult week for most of us.
In our series on mental health, I was going to spend this week discussing the stress and anxiety of life caused by busyness, demands, and pressures of life. But now all that is gone. We went from 60 to Zero in no time flat. We're all suffering from a kind of social whiplash. What a difference one week c…

AM I OK? // Anxiety Disorders

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This week we discussed stress, anxiety, threat responses, panic attacks, and anxiety disorders. Feel free to share this with anyone who might find it helpful. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, do not self-diagnose but talk to your doctor and get help. There is hope. There is healing. Your "now" is not your "forever."




















AM I OK? // Introduction

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This week we began a new Wednesday night series for our teenagers, grade 6-12, about mental health. There are some who cannot join us every week, and there are parents who need to be included in the discussion. So I will be recording these lessons and uploading them here so you can listen and follow along with the Keynote slides if you wish.
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Are You a Monkey, an Elephant, or a Crab?

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Freedom. It's what we Americans sing about. It's what we brag about. It's what we thank God for. It's what we honor our troops for fighting for.

But long before there was a United States of America, there was a longing for freedom. There is something innate within us as humans that longs to be free. Free from constraints and responsibilities and consequences. Free to make our own choices and mistakes. Free to say what we want, think what we want, act how we want, and get what we want.

We long to be free. So what about this freedom we have in Christ? One of the last things people think of when it comes to religion is freedom. Sure, we have the freedom to practice our religion without fear of state persecution. But when we follow a religion we are willingly assuming more constraints on our lives and are therefore less free. Right?

Jesus came to preach freedom as part of the Kingdom of Heaven.
He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Un…