Looking Above

It’s easy to get bogged down in details of every day life. If we arent intentional, our eyes can easily be pulled away from the Lord and we can set our gaze on things of ...more

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December 01, 2022 00:27:13
Looking above - Episode 34 - Between the Seasons - Dear Younger Me...Life Wisdom

Looking above - Episode 34 - Between the Seasons - Dear Younger Me...Life Wisdom

In this episode, Karen and Brooklyn discuss what they've learned about the world's wisdom versus godly wisdom.  Listen, find a friend, and get together to discuss these questions: How would you have defined success when you were younger?  How do you define success now?  How do these compare to God's definition of success? How would you have defined beauty when you were younger?  How do you define beauty now?  How do these compare to God's definition of beauty? How would you have defined sin when you were younger?  How do you define sin now? How do these compare to God's definition of sin? How do we know what God's will or God's best is for us? Why should we be less concerned with how close we can get to the line and more concerned with how close we can get to God? What does the world tell us about fun/ pleasure?  What does Scripture tell us about pleasure?  Where does true joy come from?  Why do we live traumatized and broken, rather than seeking healing?  Why do we stay stuck? What is one thing you need to seek healing from? The Takeaway: "So we fix our eyes, not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:18 Action Step: Choose one of the above topics (success, beauty, sin, pleasure, trauma), and find a verse that helps you to remember God's truth on that topic.  Write it on a note card and work on memorizing it this week. ...

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November 16, 2022 00:31:34
Looking above - Episode 33 - Between the Seasons

Looking above - Episode 33 - Between the Seasons

This is the start to our "between the seasons season" that we have affectionately called "Dear Younger Me..."  In the break between Life Group seasons, Karen and Brooklyn are going to discuss things they wish they knew when they were younger.  But, this episode is devoted to getting to know them better.   Even though you might not be meeting with your Life Group over the next three months, we encourage you to keep listening and get together with a friend (twice a month) for coffee and to chat about whatever we discussed!  Don't let the break from Life Groups mean a break from meaningful relationship! Here are the questions we discussed...talk about them at coffee with your friend! What’s a skill you want to learn? What is the biggest risk you ever took? What is your favorite joke? What was the last book you read? What is your pet peeve? What phone app do you use the most Would you run a marathon? What did you want to be when you grew up? What situations make you feel most anxious? Have you ever been close to death? Would you rather give up eating or sleeping? Take away:  Brooklyn is not 13 :) Brooklyn and Karen are "real" people with real feelings and real fears. Action step: Set up coffee with a friend and discuss the Getting To Know You questions! ...

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November 09, 2022 00:39:27
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Looking Above ep. 32 - Ephesians 6:10-24 / Guidance

On this episode, Karen and Brooklyn wrap up their discussion on the book of Ephesians with a chat about the armor of God and the spiritual battle that surrounds us.  Tell a story of a fight you had with someone when you were much younger. Verse 12 says our battle is not against flesh and blood enemies. Why is this important information? How do we maintain that perspective when we are "fighting" with another person? When life gets hard (temptation, inter-personal conflict) who's strength do you operate in?  What "armor" do you rely on?   How have you seen relying on your own strength and on "worldly" armor to be undependable or faulty strategies? Have you ever been in a situation where you know it was God's power sustaining you, because your power was gone?  Describe that situation. How might we rely on God's power in all situations (not just when our power is gone)? As a group, discuss each of the pieces of armor and how it equips you to fight a spiritual battle. Do you have, or have you had a spiritual mentor?  What is that relationship like? How might this group work together to seek God's will in your lives individually, and God's will for the group? The Takeaway: We all need people in our lives who will give us godly advice and remind us that we're in a spiritual battle.  Seeking guidance is a discipline.  Action Step: Pray about seeking a mentor or spiritual director who can help you seek God's will in your life. Invite someone into this role. ...

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November 02, 2022 00:36:13
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Looking Above ep. 31 - Ephesians 5:21-6:9 / Submission

Looking Above ep. 31 - Ephesians 5:21-6:9 / Submission On this episode, Karen and Brooklyn discuss the biblical concept of submission as presented in Ephesians chapters 5 and 6 and discuss how this view of submission is far different than our society's take on the topic. Without naming names, talk about a best friend of yours. What makes him/ her your best friend? Why do you love him/her? What would you do for your best friend? (Would you give him/her a kidney?  Would you suffer for him/her?  Would you give your life for him/her?) Why? Talk about Jesus' submission to God.  What did that look like in His life?  What did that look like in His death? Submission is a hot-button topic. Why do people in our society hate the term 'submission' so much? Ultimately, we submit to each other because we are submitted to God.  Based on these verses, what does submission to God look like for husbands, fathers and masters? If husbands, fathers and masters lived according to this passage, how might that change wives' children's and slaves' perception of submission and desire to submit? We are called to submit to each other.  What might that look like practically in your life?   How does submission build unity? Submission provides protection.  How? Talk about the context in which this passage was written. How is Paul actually honoring and elevating wives, children and slaves in this passage? The Takeaway: Submission brings freedom in our relationships as we honor and esteem each other.  God desires order in the body, and submission brings order. Action Step: Pray about your attitude concerning submission.  Who is a godly person in your life to whom you could submit?   ...

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October 26, 2022 00:34:17
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Looking Above ep. 30 - Ephesians 5:1-20 / Fasting

Looking Above ep. 30 - Ephesians 5:1-20 / Fasting As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?  What or who do you imitate today? Do you know God well enough to imitate Him?  How do you know what you know about God?  Skim thru the passage and come up with a list of "do's" and "don'ts". Can you put a reason with each item on the list-why would Paul say "to do" or "not to do" that? Give an example of how someone else's shining brought your darkness to light. Discuss how gratitude towards God helps us avoid sin. What are some examples of the darkness of the world that we might still be tempted to participate in after coming to Christ.  How can we live as light when faced with those temptations? Have you fasted? What was that experience like? How can denying ourselves a physical pleasure (or necessity like food) bring us closer to God? Other than food and technology, what could a person fast from? The Takeaway: To imitate God we have to know Him.  One of the ways we can know Him more with through fasting. Action Step: Choose something to fast from for one day this week.  Be intentional and replace the time you would have spent on that thing with time with God. ...

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October 19, 2022 00:37:15
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Looking Above ep. 29 - Ephesians 4:17-32 / Confession

In this episode, Karen and Brooklyn discuss the second half of Ephesians 4 and talk about the discipline of confession.  They belong to a confessional community and talk about how confession helps us individually and corporately. Questions for Group Discussion: Last week you were encouraged to SOAP this week.  Take a few minutes and share something that you discovered during your Bible study. Tell a story of a time when you felt deep sadness. Vs. 30 says that how we live can cause the Holy Spirit to suffer deep emotional pain.  How do you feel about that? When we sin, we "wander far from the life God gives" (vs.18). Why does it matter? Why don't we just continue wearing our "dirty clothes" (sinful nature)? We are told to "level up" and allow the Spirit raise our thoughts and attitudes to higher levels.(vs. 23) What does that look like? Take some time to work thru verses 25-32.  What dirty clothes are we to take off?  What new nature are we to put on? Why does each matter? Have you ever practiced the discipline of confession?  If so, what did that look like?  If not, why not? What about confession sounds scary or intimidating to you?  What about confession sounds good or enticing? How might this group practice the discipline of confession? Each person tell the group one way you struggled this past week (could be a temptation/sin, could be an emotional struggle).  The rest of the group should respond by saying "We will not leave the room" (meaning "we are with you and your struggle won't scare us away.") End by pairing up (get with a partner) and pray for each other. The Takeaway: Confession is for our own good, so our hearts ...

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