Mike Rohrbach - Founder/Director Run to Win
What does it mean to live a legendary life? Special guest Mike Rohrbach (founder and director of Run to Win) unpacks a Christian perspective on legacy with an appearance by two University of Washington athletes and Run to Win volunteers.
Run to Win Sports Camp (Preston): July 18-21, 2016
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Hope For 2016
Young Visions and Old Dreams
Here's Where it Gets Awkward
Jesus said it himself – when you boil it all down, life is all about love. But sometimes the gap between how good we think we are at loving others and how well others actually experience our love can be pretty wide. The question is, what will we do about it?
Meaningful Faith, Part 2
There’s a lot of things we could potentially regret as we look back someday and take stock of our lives, but whether we realize it or not, the one area of life more than any other we need to make sure we don’t have regrets about is living out our faith in a meaningful way. And that starts with understanding why God invites us into that life of faith in the first place.
1. Read Ephesians 2:8-10. How is the idea that “we’re saved for good works rather than by good works” similar or different to what you’ve previously believed about Christianity? Do Paul’s words in any way change your understanding of the gospel message?
2. Why do you think the bible emphasizes serving others as such a critical component of a growing faith? How does this relate to what you know of Jesus and how he lived? Have you experienced the powerful impact serving can have on a life of faith?
3. What obstacles do you feel stand in your way of serving in the church and building significant relationships with others heading in the same direction? What can you do to making these critical faith components a high priority in your life?
When it comes to living a fulfilling, no regrets life, it’s easy to think in terms of what we do and don’t do on the “outside.” But what role does our heart play in “going long” and making the most important stuff of life today’s priorities? The bible tells us everything in life ultimately comes back to our hearts, and therefore it stands to reason that our hearts need some serious attention when it comes to succeeding in those areas that truly matter most.
1. What do you think it means when the Bible refers to the “heart”? Why do you think protecting our hearts is something that’s emphasized so greatly in the Bible?
2. What do you think it means to be “pure in heart”? And what do you think Jesus meant when he said the pure in heart would “see God”?
3. Have you experienced a heart-level struggle with any of the “contaminants” discussed in Sunday’s message? If you’re currently struggling with something in your heart, what will you do to find freedom and healing from that?
Many couples say “I do” with the expectation that their happiness in life will increase as a result of getting married, only to find out later that wasn’t necessarily the case. But rather than concluding that marriage and happiness just don’t always go together depending on our circumstances or the person we married, perhaps we need to become smarter about how God designed marriage to make a person happy.
Though we tend to think that if I just had more I’d be better off, the reality is financial stress and burden can be present in the lives of both those who earn little and those who earn a lot. And although we all certainly need to work hard and make money, the Bible says the ultimate factor in experiencing financial freedom is found not in how much you have but rather who you allow to be in control – you or your money?
Since parenting is simultaneously the hardest and most important job we can ever have, it sure would be nice to know when we’re doing it right. But how do we measure success when it comes to parenting? As unsatisfying as it is an our quick-fix society, the reality is that the answer has more to do with a long-term perspective than a short-term to-do list.
Meaningful Faith, Part 1
No one wants to look back on life and realize that they’ve spent a lot of time, money and energy on stuff that ultimately didn’t matter, or at least that didn’t matter the most. But in order to avoid tomorrow’s regrets, we have to make the most important stuff today’s priorities. And that begins with the role we want faith to play in our lives.
Does God Really Expect Me to Forgive Those Who Have Hurt Me the Most?
One the biggest determining factors for living a breakaway life – a life free from the mistakes, messes and mindsets that often hold us back – is how we respond to those who hurt or offend us in a significant way. Although it often feels right and natural to desire retribution or hold onto a grudge, the Bible gives us a different lens through which to look at both ourselves and others when we’re wronged.
"What's With All The Rules?"
The beauty and freedom that lies at the heart of Christianity is that our relationship with God is based on what He's done for us rather than on what we do for Him. But if that's the case, why is the Bible full of so many rules? What's their purpose? And how does the right mindset about "the rules" help us breakaway from the messes and mistakes that often hold us back in life?
After all I've done, you're saying God really wants ME??
Doesn’t it feel nice when you have people in your life who accept you right where you’re at, regardless of your personality, physical appearance or even the bad decisions you’ve made? Yet on the flip side, isn’t it awful when people don’t accept you? Worse yet, isn’t awful when you feel like God doesn’t accept you? The Bible gives us a picture of just how far we can stray and how big of mistakes we can make while having God still want to be with us, and how understanding His acceptance for us can (and should) change how we live out every other area of our life.
"What You've Heard it Means to be a Christian is Probably Wrong"
In the modern era we tend to equate being someone’s “follower” as learning all that we can from that person or even being associated with what that person believes in or advocates. But in Jesus’ day being someone’s follower was something much greater, and until we understand what it meant to be a follower in Jesus’ day and age, we’ll likely not understand what it really means to be a Christian.
How can I be OK at a time like this?!
We all face difficult, sometimes even scary, situations in life. Even if we believe in God, we can still experience a loss of peace and security when things seem the hardest and most frightening. Nonetheless, the Bible tells us it’s possible to live at peace and be OK no matter what we’re facing, and it has to do with living out both “sides” of faith.