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talks by Joshua Ott (90)

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On The Full Send

Lots of different things can lead to our hearts becoming hardened. It is something that can happen to all of us. You can tell when it starts to happen because you become less patient and more apathetic. Jesus knows what your heart needs and He is on the full send to get your heart back to where it belongs.
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So Heavy

Pain is so heavy it hurts, and the more it hurts the heavier it makes everything else. Pain and suffering steals clarity and drains our faith, and it's the biggest challenge many of us will face. It can also raise our biggest questions about God and life, but God is at work in all of our painful circumstances to draw good out of the bad.
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When It's Good It's All Good

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Stuck in Your Head

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The Art of the Wait

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I Smell Trouble

  • October 11, 2020
  • Joshua Ott
  • Peace Thief
  • Genesis 32:7-8 , Galatians 4:7 , John 10:27-30 , 1 Thessalonians 5:11 , Proverbs 18:21 , Philippians 4:5-7
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I Can't Help It

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First Step

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Gotta Go

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Stay Hungry

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Stuck in the Hustle

It doesn't matter what you look like, it doesn't matter what labels are thrown at you, it doesn't matter how other people judge you, Jesus just says come to me. Come to me if you're weary. Come to me if you're thirsty. I have what you've been looking for, just come to me. Just come and see. It's an invitation that will change your life. It's an invitation to be a part of something that is unstoppable.
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I Feel Like I'm Not Enough

Most of us feel inadequate at some time or another, like we aren't enough or we don't have enough for what we are facing. The problem is we treat our feeling like it's a definitive fact about us, and we compound it with the voices of others who tell us that we're not enough. But it isn't true. We are always enough for God.
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I'm So Anxious

Anxiety is an everybody issue. The ping of anxiety interrupts our days, our lives. Maybe it doesn’t really matter so much where our anxiety comes from; maybe what God has for us is just a better way to deal with it. What you’re worrying about 99% of the time- it doesn’t even matter.
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I Feel So Purposeless

Sometimes in life we feel like we are doing so much but it getting anywhere. We’re all searching for our purpose and have trouble answering the question “why?” It’s not found in what you have or don’t have. The answer to your purpose and meaning in life starts with your heart. It’s His purpose not your plans. He’s calling you to be more like Christ. Be faithful in the little things and serve Gods people. It will lead you into a life full of meaning and purposes.
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I'm So Lonely

Your circumstances apply pressure in your life that reveal what is really going on. Loneliness creeps up when no one understands us or our circumstances, and anytime we are physically, emotionally, or spiritually isolated we can fall into a lonely place. But we are not alone. God is with you. He meets you in those lonely spaces. He goes before and comes after you. Just because you can’t see him, or hear does not mean he isn’t with you. Prioritize your relationship with God and He will heal your lonely heart. “The Lord is close to the hearted and saves those crushed in spirit.”
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The Epic Finish

Have you tasted the bitter taste of fatigue? This fight is not with people! It is with principalities, and spiritual forces. It is with the thief that comes to steal, kill and destroy. It is not how you start the fight it is how you finish. Remember your identity is "You are a Victor". It is who you are. Faith is your weapon. It is how you stand! Nothing can take your faith away from you.
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For All The Things

Ever feel defeated, loss of confidence, short on wisdom, need help fixing a relationship? Well, GOD has you covered, just pray. Sounds to simple, let’s remember it’s simple acts, that can make the most difference. Just start the act of prayer as your first choice each day. Prayer, it connects your heart with GOD.
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The Right Gear, Part Two

The right gear for any adventure make the journey much safer, enjoyable and fun. Our life journey is no different, GOD has given us a list of “gear” needed to make our life journey much safer, enjoyable and fun as well.
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The Right Gear, Part One

In part 1 of How to be Victors, we talked about the first three items needed for our journey through life and how “the right gear” makes our life adventure easier or less stressful. Here are the last three items found in Ephesians 6:14.
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The Way Through the Storm

I'm not going to pretend to know if there's a purpose for this whole virus thing. I don't know what the purpose is. I think sometimes these things are just because the world is fallen and broken and it's not our forever home. But I know He has a purpose for you in the midst of the storm. Keep living by faith. Because if you keep walking in the purpose God has for you, it’ll get a little hairy, it’ll get a little weird. But you're going to be all right.
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Make Way for the Waymaker

Whatever it may be, there is a way through it and there is a Way Maker who will you see you through whatever trouble life throws at you. Just make more room for Him, and if you need a new beginning make this it. Give Him your life, and He will make a way where you didn’t think there was one.
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Quit Quitting

You just have to follow Him one step at a time, and God will take you somewhere bigger than you could have imagined and better than you could have prayed for. But when disappointment creeps in you’re going to feel empty, hurt, beat-up…you’re going to want to quit. When you learn that the small faithful steps will lead you to big places, that you can trust this big God that is bigger than you could have expected, that you mean something to Him…your default changes. Don’t quit.
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Quit Settling

Let God be the architect and builder of your life. He will sink the foundation deep, He will be unshakeable. When you step into the more that He has for you, if you place your hope in Him, if you start looking forward to the city that He has for you, that faith will drive you to more than you could have asked for.
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Quit the Games

You are enough already. If you would just realize that you don’t have to live up to all this other stuff. You don’t have to impress others so they say you’re somebody. You don’t have to fake it until you make it. If you would just realize that as you are, God sent His Son for you. And His Son died on a cross for you. How much more value do you think you can find? Why does what other people say about us matter more than that? The significance that we’ve been searching for in all the other places has been there all along.
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Quit the Anger

Anger distorts your vision, and the more you indulge it the more it distorts. Maybe you’ve had some things happen in your life that angered you. And it’s easy to take that anger, and place that anger on God and then run from it. But God will still pursue you with grace so you can see Him for who He is.
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Quit Wandering

Maybe instead of obsessing about your future, wandering and wondering what life’s going to look like…maybe it’s time to just take the next step towards faith. Little steps add up to a journey.
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Quit the Negative

When you indulge a negative spirit, it becomes harder and harder to see the good things in your life…until you can’t see them at all. It spills over to all areas of your life, and becomes a poison.
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Quit Being Owned

God will fill what you give him…so stop holding back. He’ll fill your relationships if you give them to Him. He’ll fill your workplace, He’ll fill your purpose, He’ll fill meaning into your life…if you offer them to HIm. Quit letting your circumstances own you, and quit holding back in your faith.
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Quit Doing Everything

There are always things that we need to balance in life. When you try to do everything for everybody, you end up making a mess of something, When you try to do everything for everybody, it’s the important stuff that starves every time. Thankfully, there’s an easy fix…quit doing everything!
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Unexpected Plans

God’s purpose can’t be interrupted, and His plans are bigger and deeper than you could ever plan for yourself. He sees past all of the junk we throw up. He sees past all the faking we do and all the facades we put up to what we actually need. He’s a good God that is preparing you for what’s ahead.
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The Unexpected Journey

Maybe there’ve been times when you were headed towards the wrong thing. Maybe there’ve been times when you’ve been distracted by the little things that offer you promise and hope in the moment but end up in disappointment. Maybe your journey has looked like mine. But what I love about God is that no matter where you are on your journey with Him, He loves you.
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Be the Light

Maybe your life isn’t great. Maybe you have some challenges that you face. Maybe things have been difficult for you. But maybe even in the midst of your difficult circumstances, God wants to use you to start a journey towards joy.
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Stronger

Maybe your stance has been weakened lately. Maybe your circumstances have you feeling a little shaky, a little uncertain. Maybe you don’t have the tools you wanted to have, or maybe you thought you’d have more tools. Maybe you thought you’d have a better station in life, a better status. But what if you could use your weak, shaky stance and your ridiculous tools, and you could depend on God for more than you could ever do on your own?
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Conqueror

You are not a loser, you are not defeated. Your confidence and posture will grow, because God says you are more than a conqueror through Him. And you can start to experience that by just taking little steps of faith following Him. You are a masterpiece. You are chosen. And you are more than a conqueror.
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Chosen

When you say “Are you sure it’s me God?” It’s ok. God is patient with you, and He’s waiting for you to embrace the label “chosen” and to embrace the purpose that He has for you. He wants you to live a life of purpose and meaning in service to others. Are you in?
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Masterpiece

Maybe you look at your life and think there’s good stuff for me? Love for me? Grace for me? You don’t understand. My life can have purpose?” I can do something amazing? Nah, I’m the worst. It might be harder to see, but it’s so important to understand that God does not see you the way you see yourself.
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All In

Your next steps don’t save you. Baptism doesn’t save you. Whatever next step that you’re called to take, it will lead you to beautiful places but that doesn’t save you. It doesn’t make God love you more and it doesn’t make you a better Christian…it just helps you follow Him on the journey He has laid out for you. What saves you is your faith, and believing that Jesus is who He said he is.
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Going Public

Maybe it’s time to stop letting your story be defined by other things. You’re so much greater than letting your story be defined by your accomplishments. God wants to redefine your past, and your hurts, and your pains. God wants to redefine your story with the greatest story ever. And if you just place your faith in Him and the good work He has done for you, He will redefine your life and give you a new story.
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Forever News

It’s part of the program. It’s part of the plan. It doesn’t look perfect and it doesn’t look great every day, but He’s constantly making the beautiful out of the mess. If you’re following Jesus, the reality of this world doesn’t disappear, but the reality of the next one becomes so beautiful. God wants to make your story beautiful here, but he also wants to make it beautiful for eternity.
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The Rescue

We’re so quick to look at the destruction that we cause and blame God. And we miss that every step of the way He offers rescue. Every time. He’s never stopped. He keeps calling for you. And maybe He’s even moving in you right now reminding you that He’s coming to call you to life.
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Broken Things

The greatest story is a broken story. We’ve all experienced brokenness in our own story, and we’ve all dealt brokenness because of our own faults and failures. The good news is that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him.
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It's Personal

Welcome to the greatest story ever! It's a personal story, because Jesus sees you, and He understands you, and He cares about you. He wants to heal your heart. And even if that's messy, even if it gets a little muddy, He will keep coming back for you. Because God is a personal God and He loves you.
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The Church Trap

You ever have awkward moments in church? Any time you gather a bunch of people you can create awkwardness, because people are awkward. It gets weird because people are weird. And there are competing ideas around what church should look like and be about. How do you make sense of all that, and learn to trust a group of people that you don’t know very deeply yet? We're going to err on the side of love. We grow stronger together. We practice the greatest, because without love none of it works. We live out the hope and love we’ve experienced. We’re a church for your friends who don’t go to church.
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The Isolation Trap

Healthy community gathers around Jesus with other people that are trying to follow Him. It’s a place to connect on a deeper level with God and others. It’s a place where you are known. They know your weak parts, they know your strong parts, they know where you need encouragement, they know what junk you’re walking through life with, they know what hurts you, and they help you walk through it. Healthy community is an oasis in the chaos.
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The Pay Back Trap

You take the power that you had in your life and instead of placing it where it should be, you give all of your power to a past, to a wound, to someone who victimized you or who hurt you. It's time to take the power back to those who have offended you and it's time to give it to God.  Every kind of malice, every kind of bitterness and anger can take root in your heart when you are unwilling to let go, when you are seeking payback, and you won't forgive. When you cling on to those things, you make space for it to grow in your heart, then your heart becomes a breeding ground for bitterness.
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The Pride Trap

While pride will weaken everything, you can beat the trap with humility. Humility leads to strength. Humility reminds me that God is God and I am not. Humility reminds me that it’s not just about me and my strength and what I can accumulate, but that there’s a God who loves me and who wants to pour blessings into my life.
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The Money Trap

Money and the stuff money buys is no safe place for your identity. You’re way more important. Who you are matters so much more than what your bank account says about you. Your identity is based on what God says about you.
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The Comfort Trap

Discomfort can be better. And there are some uncomfortable steps we have to take and some uncomfortable roads we have to walk that lead to way better places. They lead our souls to life, and they lead us to the life that God has for us.
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The I Don't Care Trap

The best way to beat the apathy trap is to look at your deeds. If the “I don’t care trap” starts to sneak up on you…you will spot it in your action. How much effort you’re putting in. How hard you’re working. How much you’re willing to be uncomfortable to get to a better spot. You have to make a choice to fight off apathy in your life to buy something better.
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The Comparison Trap

It’s such an easy trap to fall into, the comparison game. And we start looking at people and comparing their lives to our lives. And we think either (1) I don’t add up or (2) I’m better than them. But every time you play the comparison game, it starts a downward trajectory in your life.
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Light It Up

We're constantly trying to light up our lives in any way that we can. Light it up with something that's constant, and not something that flares up, dwindles down and leaves a trail of smoke and ashes.
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Mindset

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Living Enough

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Finding Enough

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Why Us?

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Why Them?

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The How

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The Why