March 16, 2019 – Journey Through John: The Work of Being Healed

Welcome back as Pastor Steve continues his Easter series titled “Journey Through John.” In this week’s message, we look at the effort or work that one must often undertake in order to be healed. Be sure to follow along this…

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April 20, 2019 – Journey Through John: The Love of Christ

This week, Pastor Steve concludes his Easter series titled “Journey Through John.” Join us as we look at the radical, passionate love of Christ and the impact that it has had and continues to have on so many Christ followers.

March 9, 2019 – Journey Through John: John the Baptist

This week, Pastor Steve begins his new Easter-themed series titled “Journey Through John.” The first message in this series focuses on John the Baptist, a pretty great guy sent by God to bear witness of His truly Great Son. Be…

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March 2, 2019 – Tough Choices: Initiate Contact

This week, Pastor Steve concludes his series on the Tough Choices facing a Jesus follower and why we most constantly strive to initiate contact with those who have not yet discovered the joy found in a relationship with Christ.

February 16, 2019 – Tough Choices: Honor

This week, Pastor Steve continues in his series on the Tough Choices facing any individual who desires to follow Jesus and what it means to honor others. Week’s Scripture: Matthew 25: 31-40 (NLT) 31 “But when the Son of Man comes in…

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February 9, 2019 – Tough Choices: Putting Yourself Out

This week, Pastor Steve continues in his series on Tough Choices facing a follower of Jesus and what it means to put yourself out for others. Week’s Scripture: Luke 9: 23-27 (NLT) 23 Then he said to the crowd, “If any of…

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February 2, 2019 – Tough Choices: Forgiveness

Pastor Steve walks us through one of the tough choices that a Jesus follower must make on a daily (and often moment-to-moment) basis: the willingness to forgive others.

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January 26, 2019 – What God Wants: Love Yourself

This week, Pastor Steve visits the third, and for many, the most difficult thing that God wants from us, loving ourselves. Come with us as we explore what it really means to love oneself.

Discipleship, Community

January 19, 2019 – What God Wants: Love Your Neighbor

This week, Pastor Steve tackles the second thing that God wants from each of us by revisiting one of the most well known Bible stories, the Good Samaritan, and what it means to love your neighbor.

Discipleship, Community

January 12, 2019 – What God Wants: Love God

Join us as Pastor Steve walks us through the first key thing that God wants from us: loving Him and what that should look like.

Discipleship, Community

January 5, 2019 – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Jacob’s Well

Join us as Jacob’s Well’s new pastor, Steve Stone, speaks with us honestly and openly about the changes and challenges that the church faces in a time of transition and the Hope that we can always rely on.

Discipleship, Community

December 29, 2018 – How Far We Have Come

Join Pastor Jamey in his final message to Jacob’s Well, as he takes a look back at how far we’ve come together and forward at the exciting days still ahead for our church.

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to…

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The Hero’s Journey

At the beginning of a story we’re introduced to a hero that wants something. Because we know the hero wants something, whether it’s to disarm a bomb or get the girl, a question is asked and the audience is curious about the answer to…

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Hollow to Hope

 In this series we walk through Ecclesiastes verse by verse, thinking with the ancient teacher on the seeming meaninglessness of life and how futile our efforts to make it better appear to be. Yet many of us have found hope in…

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Easter Ecstasy

There was an Easter Saturday Night several years ago when I had a life-changing experience with ecstasy.  I had just begun to follow Jesus and was about 5 months clean.  I was out with some friends from recovery at a club and…

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Matthew’s Musings – “God be merciful to us and bless us… That Your way may be known on earth…” (Psalm 67:1-2)

This psalm is a communal psalm of thanks calling Israel to praise God for God’s abundant blessings. Israel has always been blessed to be a blessing to the surrounding nations and the rest of the world. Abram is called to leave his…

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Drunk Love: Get Naked

In the first verses of Song of Solomon we read, “Your love is better than wine.”  While too many of us have turned to the bottle to medicate our relationship problems the bible offers a better way.  But for us to…

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New Beginnings – Babel

Genesis 11:1-9 NLT Just a chapter earlier we read not 1 but 3 times that humans already possessed multiple languages; therefore, we can understand Babel not as being the only language on earth, but perhaps the first “lingua franca,” a…

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New Beginnings – Flood

Genesis 6-9 NLT The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.  Genesis 6:5 “Let’s go ahead and admit it: the world is a messed…

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New Beginnings – Eden

In Eden the blessing are many, the rules are few.  Actually there’s only one rule––God is God and we are not.  If the humans just acknowledged that God is the Landlord and we are the tenant, everything would be good….

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New Beginnings – All things New

New years eve is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings.  What’s your resolution for 2017?  Take a minute to share with someone what its going to be. . . .    I don’t mean to burst your bubble, but how…

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Bring Hope for the Holidays

              As the weather gets colder our hearts seem to grow warmer. Around Christmas time our minds are filled with giving to others, even those we do not know. We invite you to give this holiday through…

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Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap is an inner city weekend sleepover where each person is immersed into the realities of Memphis poverty, education, and homelessness through back-to-back hands-on experiences, interspersed with reflective debriefing, reflection on scripture, and teaching. We each have assumptions about…

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Doubting Thomas Anonymous

John 20:24-30 Thomas gets a bad wrap..  Most have had some healthy skepticism before committing to something.  I hope you don’t believe everything you hear about God and the bible, or believe everything on TMZ.  Thomas didn’t.  Maybe somebody needs…

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Out of Breath

John 20:19-23 Our story tonight finds our heroes behind locked doors shaking in fear.  Jesus was crucified that Friday and the disciples were distraught.  They had the wind knocked out of them.  They were shocked and confused and didn’t know…

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Christus Victor

               

Hope for the Hopeless

The resurrection of Jesus shows us that God can do the impossible. But when he just died and we haven’t checked the tomb yet, life can seem pretty bleak. This series will look at the resurrection stories in John’s gospel…

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Running Down Hope

John 20:1-18 The disciples are in a despair that we can’t really imagine. They had quit their jobs and left their families for Jesus. They believed in him with all of their hearts and had sold out to be part…

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Atonement through Substitution

Jesus died for you.  Through the last week of Jesus’ life we see a man who was arrested in place of the disciples, went on trial in place of Peter, was convicted in place of Barabbas, and died on the cross…

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Fundraising Dinner

  Thursday, April 21, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Caritas Village 2509 Harvard Ave. Memphis, TN 38112 Please join us to share a meal and hear how your financial support of Jacob’s Well impacts the city of Memphis. We will hear moving testimonies…

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Atonement through the Scapegoat

Jesus came to show us what love looks like.  He came to destroy the power of evil by disproving the system of scapegoating.  The crowds responded to God’s Son by making him the scapegoat and nailed him to a cross….

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Atonement through Suffering

To be human is to ask the question why do we suffer?  When someone is experiencing pain there is no argument or sermon that will convince them; only God coming from heaven and entering into their suffering would make a…

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Gender and Sexuality

           

Atonement

 How can we bring together all the pain and hurt of our broken world with the love of a good God?  How do we deal with sin and how does God? Why did Jesus have to die?  Journey with us…

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Spirituality and Sexuality

           

Redeeming Sex Series

Discover a holistic, biblical vision of sex and gender that honors God and offers good news to the world. In our sex-saturated culture filled with confusion & conflict, we are in desperate need for an honest conversation. Inspired by Deb…

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Redeeming Love, Sex, & Relationships

Love can be a drug and chemistry can cloud our thinking.  But love is intended to be a verb and a beautiful engine for healthy relationships.  Sex is good… but in a different way than you might think.  The bible offers amazing wisdom on…

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Reconciliation – Rehabilitation – Reciprocation

Memphis is plagued by 3 major problems:  racism, addiction, and poverty.  Jacob’s Well loves our city through a lens of faith and works towards Reconciliation, Rehabilitation, and Reciprocation.

Don’t gain the World

Unlimited money and power are offered to Jesus, but at a price.  Later he would say, “What would it profit you to gain the whole world but lose your soul?”  Jesus lived out of a different story than the world….

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Don’t make the Jump

What does it mean to test God?  Testing God is when we haven’t prayed or planned and just jump expecting God to bail us out if we can’t fly.  Jesus is tempted to do this when he was asked to…

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Hand up Internships

Thanks to generous donors we have begun a new initiative to offer financial help, job training and opportunity for meaningful service to people engaged at Jacob’s Well who are in need. These $25/week commitments will be in ministry areas such as…

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Don’t take the Bread

Our insatiable appetite for more will never be enough.   Jesus knew this and was prepared when tempted with turning stones into bread.  The big problem with sin and the reason we so ineffectively deal with it is because we…

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Don’t take the Bait

All around us are opportunities for pleasure and pain, choices that are healthy vs. unhealthy, leading to life or death. But things are not always as they seem. Under a nice juicy worm often lies a hook.  

Don’t take the Bait – Intro

Matthew 4 tells an epic story of Jesus in the wilderness that teaches us about who we are and who we can become.  It’s about learning to resist temptation so that we don’t take the bait.  God’s will for us is…

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Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy

At Jacob’s Well, we love to tell the stories of what the Lord is doing in and through our friends and family. Here are four windows into what God is up to in our midst: Hope… Drew lived on the…

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All I want for Christmas is Peace

In the midst of the anxiety and stress of the holidays the gospel promises us peace and commands us to rejoice.  Only through trusting in Jesus, the Prince of Peace can we unlearn the old ways of dealing and put on…

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All I want for Christmas

The holidays aren’t happy for everyone. Those who grew up in dysfunctional families or have experienced estrangement from loved ones often find December to be one of the loneliest times of the year. Our broken world characterized by despair, stress,…

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All I want for Christmas is Hope

Many of us have experienced dysfunctional holidays and have become jaded about all the Christmas cheer.  But the story of Jesus’ birth begins in the Wilderness where the word of God comes to John, giving us hope as we navigate…

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Stickies: This too shall pass

  Job’s riches quickly were lost.  But his sufferings finally come to an end as well.  The things of this world will eventually pass away.  Good things will pass, be grateful for what you have, love the one you’re with. …

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Stickies: Let go let God

Job Couldn’t let go. He was under attack and was doing his best to stand strong. First he came under the attack of the devil but then he was attacked by his friends!  Often when we are attacked we resort…

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Stickies: Progress not Perfection

Job 4:3-9, 17-21 6:14, 24-30 When people in recovery talk about progress not perfection it doesn’t mean that people should not try to be the best they can be. But if we always aim for perfection we will consistently disappoint ourselves so maybe we ought to try shooting for something a little less ambitious.  If we can make an honest attempt at overcoming one character defect at a time by God’s grace we will be moving closer to perfection.  But if we knew that we had arrived, our pride for having done so would set us back again!  That’s why John Wesley said that anyone who was walking in Christian Perfection, did so unknowingly. The point is that by setting the more realistic goal of progress rather than perfection the individual is far more likely to achieve their aim.   Job 4:3-9 – Job’s friends believed that if you weren’t perfect, you got what was coming to you.  In chapter 4, Eliphaz begins by complementing and encouraging his friend, but then reminding him of what…

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Stickies: Life on Life’s Terms

Job “There once was a man named Job.”  This is how writers start parables and history books and biographies and we don’t know if it is fact or fiction.  But this we know, it could happen to the best of…

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Stickies: Recovery Cliches in Job

      Cliches are simple and sticky. They can be annoying and life-saving. In the rooms of recovery, cliches are posted on the wall and etched into the memories of all seeking a new way of life. These sticky…

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When the Wine Runs Out

In John 2:1-12 Jesus graces a wedding at Cana and he showed up at the Tedesco wedding at Jacob’s Well.  The problem happens in the alcoholic’s life when the wine runs out.  What is the wine that you are seeking…

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Bridging Spiritual Poverty

2 Corinthians 8:9  You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich. Listen Later:  Download mp3 (Right-click and select…

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Bridging Jacob’s Well

Jacob’s Well celebrates 5 years with Bishop McAlilly Listen Later:  Download mp3 (Right-click and select “Download linked file as” or “Save file as”)

Bridging Prejudice

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Bridging the Gap Series

Memphis is a city divided between rich and poor, black and white, religious and secular. At Jacob’s Well we seek to bridge these gaps, so join us on Saturday nights and don’t miss the Overnight Retreat on October 16-18 where…

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Jesus Bridged the Gap for us

1 Corinthians 11:17-26   Dining Room vs. Foyer   So what’s going on in this story and how does it relate to us today?  It’s pretty clear that the way they celebrated Holy Communion was a whole lot different than…

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Swimming through Anger & Joy

Why is it that you’re so angry?  What is so important to you?  For Jonah it was about being right and doing what he wanted to do.  Yet his self-centeredness only led to deeper bitterness and resentment.  The temporary happiness…

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Nutbush Adventure

   What a night!  God was at work Wednesday night in Compassion Party on the Road.  This was only my second time going on CPR but it was quite an adventure.  We first stopped at Methodist North Hospital to see…

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Sink to Swim

The message of the world is  sink or swim, rise up or fall down.  The message of heaven is that we must sink in order to swim.  The king of Nineveh stepped down from his throne, took off his robes…

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Breathing Underwater

Jonah’s wish to escape from life’s problems led him into the belly of a whale and it was here that he was finally ready to admit powerlessness and pray to the only One who can save.  It was through this…

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Hurled In

As Jonah fled from his problems he boarded a ship heading to Tarshish.  Scholars have sought to find this ancient city to no avail and Jonah couldn’t find it either.  Tarshish is the place in his and our dreams where all…

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Sink or Swim

Feeling like your drowning? We are surrounded by a sea of pressures and stressors that can overwhelm and bring us to our bottom. We cry out the words of Psalm 69, “Save me, O God! For the waters have come…

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Running Away

Jonah’s mission at home is recounted in a few verses (2 Kings 14:23–27). It fixes Jonah in history, ministering during the long and successful reign of Jeroboam II, king of Israel. The striking feature of his task is the fact…

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All things Right

“. . .trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His will.”  The key to this line in the prayer is understanding the Kingdom of God.  It is one of the most popular topics of Jesus…

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As Jesus Did

“Taking, as Jesus did, 
this sinful world as it is,
 not as I would have it.”  This world is a messed up, broken, sinful place and a key part of receiving Serenity is to learn to follow Jesus in accepting life…

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No Perfect People Allowed

Jacob’s Well is a place where we say, “no perfect people are allowed.”  It’s a tagline that we rehearse as a reminder that we’re all in need of rehab and that each one of us are equal at the foot of the cross….

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One Day at a Time

The way not to waste your life is to live life today.  Be grateful with what you have.  Love the one you’re with.  If you need something, pray about it and do something about it.  Living just for today relieves…

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Accepting Hardship as a Pathway to Peace

God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness, gold and silver are refined by fire, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.  The story of Joseph in Genesis 37-41 tells how he grew up believing that ease and comfort was the pathway…

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Burned Out – Jesus the Unburnt One

Jesus knew that the fire within has to burn brighter than the fire without.  When the pressure was too much to handle, Jesus let go and let God.  When friends betrayed him Jesus knew who he could trust, when pain…

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Burned Out – John the Baptist Overachiever

John the Baptist is a classic over-achiever.  He didn’t just go on a diet, he only ate locusts and honey.  He didn’t just downsize to a smaller home, but moved to the desert.  Jesus talked about John as a “burning and shining light,” but even the greatest of oil lamps burn out when the fuel is exhausted. The good news is that Jesus continued where John left off and took the ministry far beyond where John could have ever taken it and so it is with us.  When we get to our end we can finally tap into the power of eternity….

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Burned Out

Stressed out. . stuck in a rut. . .overworked?  Doing the same thing and expecting different results?  You might you be burned out and you’re not alone.  In our never-enough society and surrounded by a sea of needs burnout happens…

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Presence – Unveiled Glory

We long to be free from pretending to be someone we’re not and putting forth an image to those we meet. These defenses and fronts are like a veil such as what Moses wore and like the tabernacle and temple…

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Presence – I AMnesia

We forget the things about God that we need to remember and we remember the things in our lives that we need to forget.  Like Moses, we have I AMnesia.  If we can recapture the image of God, that image…

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ATTN: Gmail Users…Are you Receiving our E-newsletter?

If you are using Gmail and not receiving our E-Newsletter, it may be due to a setting in Gmail. In your Gmail inbox, there are three tabs across the top of the page.  The first is your “Primary” tab, the second…

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Jacob’s Well engaged in Berclair, Nutbush, Highland & Mitchell Heights

From the beginning of Jacob’s Well in 2010, God has connected us with neighbors in this part of town and recently some of us have sensed a call to invest deeper in this area.  Confirmation of this call has come…

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Your Presence

The presence of God. What is it? Where can it be found? How can we get it? In Exodus 33-34 God reveals his presence and Moses realizes he can’t live without it. Today some people have “it” and some people…

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It

The presence of God. What is it? Where can it be found? How can we get it? In Exodus 33-34 God reveals his presence and Moses realizes he can’t live without it. Today some people have “it” and some people…

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Golden – Alternate Endings

In Exodus 32:7-14 there is more than one possible future for God’s people.  And God invites us to be part of determining that future.  He invites us to pray and stand in the gap like Moses does.  He invites us to leave…

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Living like its Golden

How are you living?  What’s of value in your life?  What do you turn to when you’re sad, stressed, or disappointed?  What’s your Golden Calf?

Golden – Living like its Golden

How are you living?  What’s of value in your life?  What do you turn to when you’re sad, stressed, or disappointed?  What’s your Golden Calf? [mp3player width=700 height=420 config=golden.xml file=http://www.jacobswellmemphis.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/2015.04.11-Golden-Intro.mp3] Listen Later:  Download mp3 (Right-click and select “Download linked file as”…

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Easter Eve 2015 – Sneak Peak

“Sneak Peeks” build anticipation, increase intrigue, and give us a foretaste of what’s to come.  Moses gives us a sneak peek into Jesus, Exodus gives a sneak peek into Easter, and the first Easter sneak peeks into hope and fresh…

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Tabernacle

We all live by a set of rules. When we rebel against one rule, we resort to following another. What if we rebelled against the rules of individualism and self-centeredness by submitting to community and commandments from a God who…

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Old Testament Laws

We all live by a set of rules. When we rebel against one rule, we resort to following another. What if we rebelled against the rules of individualism and self-centeredness by submitting to community and commandments from a God who…

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Fear and Distance

We all live by a set of rules. When we rebel against one rule, we resort to following another. What if we rebelled against the rules of individualism and self-centeredness by submitting to community and commandments from a God who…

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Asset-mapping in Uptown

Uptown Memphis is rich with resources and assets, from M.A.M. at Greenlaw Community Center, Girls Inc. and Bridges working with the youth of the neighborhood, Salvation Army Women’s Center and Missionaries of Charity meeting needs of homeless women,  the Uptown Community Outreach Program (COP) and Neighborhood…

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Coveting

We all live by a set of rules. When we rebel against one rule, we resort to following another. What if we rebelled against the rules of individualism and self-centeredness by submitting to community and commandments from a God who…

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Boys to Men

How do we reach a generation?  We must start with the young men.  They’re the ones causing all the trouble and they are the ones that can lead a revolution to change the world.  Men can rise up to be…

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Lying

We all live by a set of rules. When we rebel against one rule, we resort to following another. What if we rebelled against the rules of individualism and self-centeredness by submitting to community and commandments from a God who…

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Stealing

We all live by a set of rules. When we rebel against one rule, we resort to following another. What if we rebelled against the rules of individualism and self-centeredness by submitting to community and commandments from a God who…

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Lust & Adultery

We all live by a set of rules. When we rebel against one rule, we resort to following another. What if we rebelled against the rules of individualism and self-centeredness by submitting to community and commandments from a God who…

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Anger & Murder

We all live by a set of rules. When we rebel against one rule, we resort to following another. What if we rebelled against the rules of individualism and self-centeredness by submitting to community and commandments from a God who…

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Honor Mother & Father

We all live by a set of rules. When we rebel against one rule, we resort to following another. What if we rebelled against the rules of individualism and self-centeredness by submitting to community and commandments from a God who…

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Choosing Life over Death

Last time I remember seeing Robert was out on CPR (Compassion Party on the Road) on a night when the temperatures were below freezing.  Robert was tucked away for the night, but our CPR team knew where to find him….

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Sabbath

We all live by a set of rules. When we rebel against one rule, we resort to following another. What if we rebelled against the rules of individualism and self-centeredness by submitting to community and commandments from a God who…

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Rebellion Rules – Name in Vain

We all live by a set of rules. When we rebel against one rule, we resort to following another. What if we rebelled against the rules of individualism and self-centeredness by submitting to community and commandments from a God who…

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My Worship is not for sale

We all live by a set of rules. When we rebel against one rule, we resort to following another. What if we rebelled against the rules of individualism and self-centeredness by submitting to community and commandments from a God who…

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Rules for the Rebellion – Intro

We all live by a set of rules. When we rebel against one rule, we resort to following another. What if we rebelled against the rules of individualism and self-centeredness by submitting to community and commandments from a God who…

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Rules for the Rebellion

We all live by a set of rules. When we rebel against one rule, we resort to following another. What if we rebelled against the rules of individualism and self-centeredness by submitting to community and commandments from a God who…

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Individuals in their 20’s find acceptance and a way to contribute at Jacob’s Well

Some new faces you might see around Jacob’s Well include Josh, Sarah, and Christian.While each have come from a different part of the country, all have found a home at Jacob’s Well. Josh came from Kansas to engage in Downline…

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Overworked

In the midst of our bitterness and resentment the gospel brings joy and reconciliation. As we seek to quench our hunger and thirst with earthly things that will never satisfy, the gospel of Jesus fulfills our every need. We overwork…

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A Perspective on “Bridging the Gap”

I feel so blessed to have been a part of Bridging the Gap! It was a wonderful time of encouragement in my faith and also a time of personal stretching and challenge. I’m relatively new to the Memphis area, so…

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Battle Weary

In the midst of our bitterness and resentment the gospel brings joy and reconciliation. As we seek to quench our hunger and thirst with earthly things that will never satisfy, the gospel of Jesus fulfills our every need. We overwork…

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Thirsty

In the midst of our doubt and skepticism the gospel brings faith through meeting our soul’s deepest needs.  Though we continue to test God, still our needs are provided for with great generosity and patience. Quarreling with man & Testing God Here…

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Gospel in the Wilderness

In the midst of our bitterness and resentment the gospel brings joy and reconciliation. As we seek to quench our hunger and thirst with earthly things that will never satisfy, the gospel of Jesus fulfills our every need. We overwork…

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Hungry

In the midst of our bitterness and resentment the gospel brings joy and reconciliation. As we seek to quench our hunger and thirst with earthly things that will never satisfy, the gospel of Jesus fulfills our every need. We overwork…

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Exodus – Worship

This one victory sets the stage for all future victories. All of Israel’s future enemies between the sea in the promised land are as good as dead. These conflicts are already settled in Israel already has its land. The verbs…

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Jimmy’s Journey

Jimmy’s journey is a testimony of God’s power over sin and death.  Since the doors of Jacob’s Well were opened on the corner of Summer and Highland in 2010, Jimmy was there.  At first he came to worship inebriated, yet…

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Exodus – Deliverance

There is a time for prayer and a time to walk by faith.  A time to stay on your knees, and a time to rise up and walk out the answer to those prayers.  Now is the time.  The story…

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Exodus – Desert Detour

God leads the Israelites the back way and they don’t understand why they wouldn’t just take the way everyone else goes.  God doesn’t change His mind but He will change the route.  And for reasons they didn’t understand at the time the…

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Exodus: Passover

There are many types or foreshadowing that happens in the OT about the NT.  Paul talks about Jesus as the 2nd Adam.  Peter talks about how Noah’s Ark as a means of salvation from water prefigures baptism.  One of the…

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Choosing Rock Bottom: Death

Pain is a big motivator for change but we have to decide when we’ve had enough discomfort to gain the courage to seek a solution. Hitting Bottom is a choice. We can get off the elevator at any floor we…

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Choosing Rock Bottom: Pain Motivation

Pain is a big motivator for change but we have to decide when we’ve had enough discomfort to gain the courage to seek a solution. Hitting Bottom is a choice. We can get off the elevator at any floor we…

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Choosing Rock Bottom

 Pain is a big motivator for change but we have to decide when we’ve had enough discomfort to gain the courage to seek a solution. Hitting Bottom is a choice. We can get off the elevator at any floor we…

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Choosing Rock Bottom: Warnings

Pain is a big motivator for change but we have to decide when we’ve had enough discomfort to gain the courage to seek a solution. Hitting Bottom is a choice. We can get off the elevator at any floor we…

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Kroger and Superlo Foods Community Rewards Program

You can now help out Jacob’s Well while you grocery shop at Kroger or Superlo Foods! How? It’s easy. Introducing the Kroger and Superlo Foods Community Rewards program. Both Kroger and Superlo Foods are committed to donating a portion of purchases made…

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Providing a ride to worship

Providing Transportation at Jacob’s Well is at the heart of our vision for Reconciliation.  Thanks to several devoted individuals tirelessly driving our people from their homes (or homelessness) to worship and ministry partners like BDC, SV Church of Christ, Living…

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Disobedient: Obstacles

Moses wants to do the right thing but always seems to find excuses on why total obedience isn’t necessary.  And so it is with us.  When we get a glimpse of who God is and the goodness of His plans…

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Disobedient: Redeemed

 In Exodus 5:22-23 Moses asks, “Why did you ever send me?”  This question shows that Moses is in crisis with his call after his failure to convince Pharaoh and then the people’s groaning and suffering.  A return to basics is…

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Bridegroom of Blood

Moses is taken through the Refiners’ Fire on his journey to do God’s will. He moves from obedience to disobedience and back to obedience as he searches for another way, is reminded of his calling, and encounters and near-deadly test…

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Disobedient: Bridegroom of Blood

Moses is taken through the Refiners’ Fire on his journey to do God’s will. He moves from obedience to disobedience and back to obedience as he searches for another way, is reminded of his calling, and encounters and near-deadly test…

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Service Opportunity Available!

Each Wednesday afternoon a faithful team gets together to prepare meals at 602 Looney Ave. that will be distributed throughout the streets of Memphis.  Two teams go out in the Downtown area going under bridges, in parks, around the Memphis Mall…

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Disobedient

Obedience and Disobedience, is it really that black and white? Should I believe in a God who dangles his children over a fiery furnace compelling them to obey his rules? Or is there another way of understanding right and wrong?Some…

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Disobedient Intro

God lays out His perfect plan that is reliant upon Moses’ obedience.  Moses offers excuses instead and is led through a series of trials that test his trust, show God’s power to heal, and reveal the seriousness of rebellion.  God…

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Saved

From two of our CPR veterans, Mike and Connie:   One afternoon we were standing in the Parking Lot of the Smith Center (where Jacob’s Well meets) at 602 Looney Ave.  We were talking with others getting ready to go…

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Team Eden

Eden is a lively 3 year old who adores her 3 sisters, loves to swim in her pool, watch cartoons, and hang out with all her friends at Jacob’s Well. Eden also has Acute Lymphoblastic Luekemia. She was diagnosed in…

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Unmanageability of Moses: Moses’ Low Self-Worth

In Exodus 2:23-3:12, Gods ppl struggle under the bondage of their slavery and finally admit powerlessness as they cry out to God for help. In the meantime Moses hears God’s call but struggles with a different kind of powerlessness. Like…

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Unmanageability of Moses: Moses’ Exodus

Moses’ was alone and at his bottom until he met a family who accepted him and loved him for who he was. He had been rejected by his Pharaoh family and never knew his Hebrew family and was probably filled…

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Unmanageability of Moses: Anger Issues

Moses is searching for identity, disillusioned with the Egyptians but not sure how to help the Hebrews. Feeling alone and under pressure, righteous anger and self-pity merge and spill out in violence. [mp3player width=700 height=420 config=moses.xml file=http://www.jacobswellmemphis.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/2014.07.12-Moses-Anger-Issues.mp3] Listen Later:  Download…

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Unmanageability of Moses

Moses grew up without a dad and had anger issues which led to murder, running from the law, and escaping from reality by starting over in a new place. Then he was called on to do something great and his…

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Unmanageability of Moses: Daddy Issues

Moses grew up without a dad in the house and ended up allowing his aggression and anger lead to murder. Today 85% of men in prison grew up without a father… While not every fatherless kid gets locked up, u…

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Exodus: Stones, Midwives, & Justice

As the Israelites grew strong the Pharaoh was concerned about two things, rising up and making an escape.  These are what men are good at and it’s time for the males among us to stop escaping reality and start rising…

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Exodus: Intro

It’s not easy to admit that I’m in bondage to something, but admitting powerlessness is the 1st step to the solution.  The 2nd book of the bible tells the story of the underdog nation of Hebrew slaves overcoming all odds…

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Exodus

  It’s not easy to admit that I’m in bondage to something, but admitting powerlessness is the 1st step to the solution. The 2nd book of the bible tells the story of the underdog nation of Hebrew slaves overcoming all…

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Soul Armor: Prayer

Prayer is more than the 7th piece of armor.  Salvation is your helmet and Faith is your shield, but Prayer is how you learn to get dressed.  You can have all the latest battle gear available, but if you don’t…

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Soul Armor: Sword of the Spirit

Ready or not, we are in a battle and we need to pack a weapon.  Bring your faith, bring the Spirit, and bring the word of God.  Listen to Leslie Ratliff as he ministers at Jacob’s Well. [mp3player width=700 height=420…

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Soul Armor: Helmet of Salvation

We need to wear a helmet to save our soul.  There is a big problem in the world and our lives called sin.  God has provided a solution in a Savior.  As we recognize Jesus as the Truth, our Righteousness,…

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Soul Armor: Shield of Faith

We shield ourselves with money, education, fashion, and anything else to mask our true selves and keep from getting hurt once again.  When we get to the end of ourselves a shield of faith is available through a trusting relationship…

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Soul Armor: Boots of Preparation

[mp3player width=700 height=420 config=soularmor.xml file=http://www.jacobswellmemphis.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Soul-Armor-Preparation-05.17.2014.mp3] The boots for our feet are the preparation that comes from the gospel of peace.  It is a preparation for the journey and the battle.  When the pressure mounts and life gets difficult, the gospel…

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Soul Armor: Breastplate of Righteousness

[mp3player width=700 height=420 config=soularmor.xml file=http://www.jacobswellmemphis.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/2014.05.10-Soul-Armor-Righteousness.mp3] To deal with the fact that we struggle with doing what is right we often lean towards being too loose with rule-bending or too tight in our rule-keeping while Jesus invites us to become righteous…

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God comes through

It had been one of those weeks where it was difficult to remember why we were doing this thing called “Jacob’s Well.”  Men that were being discipled and showed potential and promise on their road to recovery were relapsing back…

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Soul Armor: Belt of Truth

[mp3player width=700 height=420 config=soularmor.xml file=http://www.jacobswellmemphis.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/05.03.2014-Soul-Armor-Truth.mp3] What lies have you been falling for? The Lie of Security, that if I can can get more stuff and more money I will be fulfilled? The Lie of Acceptance, if I dress right &…

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Soul Armor

In Ephesians 6:10-20 we are instructed on how to prepare for spiritual battle.  What kind of armor are you protecting your soul with? Do you put on a mask to protect yourself from others’ glares and judgment? Have you stopped…

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Soul Armor: Fighting the Devil

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The Gospel According to the Walking Dead: Easter

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The Gospel According to the Walking Dead: Ephesians 5

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The Gospel According to the Walking Dead: Ephesians 4b

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The Gospel According to the Walking Dead: Ephesians 4a

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The Gospel According to the Walking Dead: Ephesians 3

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The Gospel According to the Walking Dead

The popular show about the Zombie Apocalypse, “The Walking Dead,” parallels the Epistle to Ephesus (in the bible) with lessons about life surrendered to Jesus. For one, sin is like a flesh-eating virus that will leave us lifeless and still…

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The Gospel According to the Walking Dead: Ephesians 2

The popular show about the Zombie Apocalypse, “The Walking Dead,” parallels the Epistle to Ephesus (in the bible) with lessons about life surrendered to Jesus. For one, sin is like a flesh-eating virus that will leave us lifeless and still…

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Called:?! Here I am, Send me

In Isaiah 6 the prophet hears the call as he sees the Lord sitting on his throne (it was right around King Uzziah’s death).  Sometimes something will have to die in our life and we have to get off our…

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God Qualifies the Called:!?

God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. Gideon is the least in his family & of the weakest clan. He’s from the wrong side of the tracks, grew up in the hood, how could God use him? Yet…

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Called:?! Caller I.D.

Before finding out what and thinking about where, we need to reflect on who we are and who He is.  Otherwise we’ll get frustrated with all the wrong numbers.  1 Peter 2:9-10 reveals how we are called into an extended…

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Called:?! Following a Future Filled with the Possible

One of the biggest questions that many of us have is, “What am I supposed to do with my life?” Whether you’re in your 1st half or 2nd, we can make a difference when we answer God’s call. Over the…

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Called:?! to Jesus

Genesis 12:1-9 tells the story of leaving home to pursue God’s call.  We are called to leave the past behind and seek God in the here and now.  J.D. Walt takes us through the whole bible from Abraham to the…

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Serenity: One Day at a Time

Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace. Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, Not as I would have it. Trusting that He will make…

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Serenity: Wisdom to know the difference

The fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  Fearing the Lord involves admitting that you are powerless and need a Power greater than yourself to restore you to sanity.  It is living with the reality that we don’t have…

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Serenity: Courage to Change the things I can

Courage to Change the things we can from Joshua 1:5-9: “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not…

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Serenity: Accept the things I cannot change

“Acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation — some fact of my life — unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity…

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Serenity Prayer

God grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change, COURAGE to change the things I can, and WISDOM to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as…

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Serenity: God, grant me the Serenity

In light of Philippians 4:4-7, Serenity is the coming together of Joy, Gentleness, and Peace. God grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change, COURAGE to change the things I can, and WISDOM to know the difference….

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Christmas Blues

Christmas stories are so nice: angels, stars, wise men, presents, baby Jesus, & fluffy sheep in the field with shepherds. But if we’re honest, it isn’t so warm and fuzzy for all of us. Christmas is actually really hard for…

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Christmas 2013

Childlike Faith

This Saturday our kids and youth led the service and Kids Community Director, Christy Anderson shared the message on how to live with a childlike faith while growing up out of childishness. [mp3player width=700 height=420 config=christmas13.xml file=http://www.jacobswellmemphis.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/2013.12.14-Childlike-Faith.mp3] Listen Later:  Download…

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I Pity the Fool who is Overcome by Sin

Sin is a powerful and disruptive force that divides communities, destroys relationships, and can give you a headache, but God has a plan.  How do we overcome sin so that we do not become overcome by sin?  I think the…

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I Pity the Fool who is a Burden

Paul ends the foolishness in 2 Corinthians 12:11-18 with a vow not to be a burden.  Many of us, when receiving help from others or in an unbalanced relationship, have felt the guilt and shame of burdening someone else with our problems….

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I Pity the Fool who thinks Power is found in strength

Whether we use our muscles, our brains, or our beauty to gain power in this world, it will not stand in God’s Kingdom. Through suffering, struggle, and pain we will be strengthened through God’s Spirit. True power is made perfect…

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I Pity the Fool who Boasts

The new guys in town are acting the fool by boasting and bragging about their accomplishments and Paul fights fire with fire, or foolishness with folly.  Since they’re acting the fool, Paul decides to play the fool.  Boasting about our wins…

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I Pity the Fool who Cons their Neighbor

Tonight we look at II Corinthians 11 and find that the word around town is that Paul is a fool and they just have to put up with his foolishness like you do your drunk uncle. If you know St….

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Bread for the Hungry

A great opportunity to “Love Your Neighbor.”  The pickup is Wednesday evenings and the bread is then delivered before Saturday when it is served to all that come to Jacob’s Well and are hungry. We are also in need of volunteers to…

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Understanding Your Homeless Neighbor

You catch him out of the corner of your eye. You know what is going to happen next. He is going to come up and ask for money or food or give you some excuse about his situation. All you…

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I Pity the Fool

Paul saved the most urgent and controversial subjects until the end of the letter and he’s going to deal with them passionately and with a touch of satire and sarcasm.  And at the heart of this spirited rant is where…

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I pity the fool who brings a knife to a gunfight

Paul was being really nice in the first 9 chapters of 2 Corinthians, offering words of comfort and grace to his people, but in chapter 10 he starts to sound more like Mr. T than Mr. Rogers. But sometimes we…

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Give Cheerfully

If you have experienced the generosity of God, and want to respond by investing in the mission of Jacob’s Well and be an active part of the harvest of righteousness that God is bringing forth in Memphis, then I invite…

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Give Generously

When you have been forgiven much, you love much.  When you grasp the grace of God, you aren’t so critical and judgmental towards others.  But you can’t get the grace of God until you meet the God of grace.  In…

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Give Generously & Cheerfully

A world ruled by the dollar and driven by greed leaves us cynical and skeptical. The good news is that God’s word gives a refreshing new perspective on money. 2 Corinthians 8-9 unashamedly encourages us to give generously and cheerfully…

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Crazy: Get Depressed

Depression is something that so many in our world today struggle with and is addressed powerfully in 2 Corinthians 7:2-16.  God will not leave the downcast cast down, yet while the body of Christ comforts the afflicted, we are also…

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Crazy: Get Separated

In order for us to experience reconciliation, sometimes there has to be some separation.  We need to get unyoked from the people, places, and things that keep us from all God created us to be.  This has led to some…

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Crazy: Get Reconciled

There is hope for reconciliation of estranged relationships through a strategy of offense and defense, “weapons of righteousness in the right hand and the left.”  By confronting false ideas with the truth of the gospel and seeking to live into…

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Crazy: Get a Fresh Start

When we get a fresh start with Jesus, our perspective changes and our lives  might look a little crazy to the rest of the world.  This new creation comes through seeing the light and separating light from the darkness.  The…

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Walking the streets of Memphis

Not long ago, Rick was running the streets of what used to be known as Hurt Village and Smoky City, searching for dope.  But, tonight Rick is rolling with his new friends in the Uptown area of Memphis on behalf of Jacob’s Well.   Rick…

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Crazy: Get Crazy

They thought Paul was crazy, they thought Jesus was crazy, and when you wholeheartedly decide to give your will and life over to the care of God, they will think you’re crazy too.  But you’re in good company.  What is…

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Crazy

When Christ gets a hold of us, our lives look crazy to the world around us, but we don’t care when we’re living for Jesus. Who are you living for?

Transparent: Fading Tent, Renewing Light

As we become more and more transparent and honest with who we are, the light of Christ shines through and renews us day by day. Our momentary afflictions aren’t even comparable to the eternal weight of the glory to come….

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Transparent: Translucent Jars of Clay

Hardships and Difficulties bring pressure and stress.  Jars of clay are fragile and vulnerable, yet ones unearthed in Corinth were used as lamps.  With the light of Christ in us, the more fragile and thin our outer shell is, the…

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Transparent: Drop the Mask

One of the biggest barriers to transparency and authenticity is wearing masks that block the light of the gospel. Religious people wear masks that veil the glory of the gospel. Satan puts up blinders to block the light from irreligious…

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Transparent: Smelly Christians

When we are transparent with our lives, the good, bad, and ugly, we make an impact with the gospel. If only arguing doctrine, our words fall on deaf ears, but when sharing the messiness of our lives, we penetrate the…

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Transparent: Believe the Best, Forgive the Worst

Transparency is the answer to gossip and criticism. The people of Corinth assumed the worst of Paul when he didn’t show up like he said, but hearing his side of the story reveals that he actually had their best in…

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Transparent: Getting Beneath the Surface of 2 Corinthians.

We value Transparency at Jacob’s Well and on Saturday nights will dive into 2 Corinthians verse by verse to discover the riches that result from being transparent with God and others.

Transparent: I’m Fine

We tend to say that we are “fine” even when the world is falling down around us. We want to take care of ourselves and not ask for help. We’ve gotten into the habit of being fake! Being transparent is…

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Mission – Help > Connect > Ignite > Impact

[mp3player width=200 height=150 config=mission.xml file=http://www.jacobswellmemphis.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/2013.07.20-Mission.mp3] Jacob’s Well Mission Help > Connect > Ignite > ImpactThis is how we have seen God move people as they enter Jacob’s Well and move towards making an impact on the church, city, and world.  Join…

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Vision – Reconciliation, Rehabilitation, Reciprocation

[mp3player width=200 height=150 config=vision.xml file=http://www.jacobswellmemphis.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/2013.07.20-Vision.mp3] Jacob’s Well Vision Reconciliation, Rehabilitation, ReciprocationA vision for Memphis from John 4 and looking a couple of years into the future, followed by a response from various people active at the Well. Listen Later:  Download mp3 (Right-click…

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Values – T.O.U.C.H.E.D.

Jacob’s Well Values T.O.U.C.H.E.D.At Jacob’s Well, this is what we highly value: Transparency Others-focused Unconditional Acceptance Community Development Hope Empowerment Diversity [mp3player width=200 height=150 config=touch.xml file=http://www.jacobswellmemphis.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/2013.07.20-Values.mp3] Listen Later:  Download mp3 (Right-click and select “Download linked file as” or “Save file as”)

Vision & Values

This exciting interactive visioning night brings into focus what the community of Jacob’s Well believes in and is working diligently toward.  Listen in for a glimpse into how God is at work.

Jacob: Make a Change

Jacob returns home & comes full circle as he buries his idols, faces death, and rises victorious as a world-changer and history-maker. Learn how to truly change and embrace the new creation within by getting in touch with the Higher…

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Jacob: Break the Cycle

The rape of Dinah and circumcision and slaughter of a village by Jacob’s redneck sons illustrates the cycles of pain and sin that many struggle with today.  The good news is that we can Break the Cycle and live differently…

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A Look Back on Bridging the Gap, March 2013

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” Winnie the Pooh to Piglet I think most of us would say that we learn best by…

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Jacob: Reconciliation

Reconciliation is all about relationships. So many long for restoration between family members, friends, and God from whom we have become estranged. In Jacob’s search for God knows what he has learned how to make amends and found reconciliation with…

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Jacob: Fighting for Identity

Bible doesn’t say why Jacob woke up in the middle of the night. But there are some things you have to do alone; there are some battles that other people cannot fight for you. Yet Jacob finds that we are…

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Jacob: Brotherly Fear

Jacob has been away for about 20 years and is not the same little coward that he was when he left.  When he ran away from home for fear of his brother he had nothing but God’s blessing and a…

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Jacob: Taking Inventory

Jacob leaves his father-in-law’s land and begins the long journey home.  But this time is is not trying to escape and driven by fear or insecurity.  This time he is being led by God’s word.  But before he leaves, he…

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Jacob: Moving On

Jacob has been raising his family and working hard for like 20 years and basically has nothing to show for it.  This time its not because of bad choices on his part, but because of the greed and selfishness of…

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Jacob: What’s love got to do with it

Jacob has gotten married to not one, but two wives, and now gets involves with two more “servant-wives.”  Just because something is in the bible does not mean you should try this at home!  Leslie Ratliff delivers a powerful message…

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Jacob: Working for Rachel

Jacob’s life was in shambles when he met Rachel, the woman of his dreams.  He had lost his family and his inheritance and was filled with so much guilt and shame for the things that he had done, that he…

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Jacob: Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob has a dream about the gateway between heaven and earth.  He is struck with fear and rather than pursue his destiny, he continues to distance himself from God with conditional promises.  He has spent his whole life grasping after the…

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From Isolation to Embrace

A little over a year ago, Alex sat in his car alone in the parking lot of a Church’s Chicken on the corner of Hollywood & Chelsea where he accidentally overdosed on heroin.  Somehow, he came to and soon after…

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Jacob: People-pleasing

“Can children be conditioned to be codependent? Clearly, yes. In the Bible, Rebekah shows a blatant bias toward her second-born son, Jacob, because he stays close to hearth and home. Meanwhile, Isaac favors his firstborn son, Esau, because he has…

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Jacob: Ripped Off

In Genesis 27:30-40 Esau shows up and realizes he’s been ripped off. He feels mistreated, taken advantage of, cheated out of the blessing that was rightfully his. Esau constantly feels like he’s missing out and ends up doing more whining and complaining…

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Jacob: Blessing Jacob

Jacob has felt robbed his whole life of blessing.  He’s watched Esau get the attaboy’s from his dad, succeed in sports in hunting, in manly things, while he sat at home and watched cooking shows.  Jacob probably felt pretty worthless…

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Jacob: Comfort & Power

When Esau came in from hunting he was exhausted, famished, and vulnerable. When we have no margin, haven’t gotten enough rest, and are on edge, we are more prone to sin. We are more apt to turn to fill a…

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Jacob: Intro

Whether you love him or hate him, I think we can all see at least a little of ourselves in Jacob.  Coming from behind, the prototypical underdog, even with his deceit and trickery, we might be able to identify.  Whether…

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Jacob: Searching for God knows What

Jacob was the son seeking approval from his father, grasping at the heels of his brother, letting love blind him and revenge drive him. Jacob is know for his ladder and his well and was forever changed in a cage-fight…

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Easter Fuels Mission

In Acts 10:34-43, Peter preaches the gospel in a clear, compelling, and concise way that centers in the death and resurrection of Jesus leading to a profound peace and life on mission. Click here to listen.

Step by Step: Step 12

The first nine steps are all about reforming and rehabbing our lives in order to walk in the Spirit.  Steps 10-11 show us how to maintain the new life that comes as a result of committing one’s life and will…

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Step by Step: Steps 10-11 Lee

Steps 10 & 11 show us how to do what’s under your control so that you can do what’s not under your control. It’s like playing sports or music. Gameday doesn’t happen without day after day of practice. Yet somehow…

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Step by Step: Steps 10-11 Kilzer

John Kilzer, leader and pastor of the Way, at St. John UMC in Midtown, shared on Step 10 and unceasing prayer at Jacob’s Well. Click Here to Listen to This Week’s Message. Click here to listen to an original song…

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Step by Step: Steps 8 & 9

Our message on Steps 8 & 9 come from Genesis 4 and the the story of Cain and Abel. Maybe Cain never felt like what he offered was good enough. He always compared himself to his little brother and felt…

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Step by Step: Steps 6 & 7

Step 6:  Were Entirely Ready to Have God Remove All These Defects of Character. Step 7:   Humbly Asked Him to Removed Our Shortcomings. When we get ready for God to remove our character defects and ask Him to free us from…

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Ruth’s Heart

Jacob’s Well is proud to introduce Ruth’s Heart, an emerging non-profit begun by our volunteer staff members, Tana and Tom Vanderhooft.  It was begun to give compassionate attention to the real needs of our neighbors that we often meet on…

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Step by Step: Step 5

In Step 5, we get together with someone we are learning to trust and confess our sins.   Through sharing the exact nature of our wrongs, we are on the road to acceptance, serenity and freedom. Click Here to Listen…

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Step by Step: Step 4

The goal of Step 4 is to clean house in a way that our unclean spirits do not return.  If you want to get rid of rats or roaches, the first steps are to expel them from your house. But…

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Step by Step: Step 3

As humans, we find ways to deal with life and what it throws at us. If things aren’t going our way, we try to control things, or at least do things to make us feel like we’re in control. Jesus…

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Step by Step: Step 2

In this sermon Dr. Maxie Dunnam preaches on Step 2, the time when we must come to believe in a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. [mp3player width=200 height=150 config=stepbystep_widget_config-xml.xml file=http://www.jacobswellmemphis.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/JWELL_1-21_MaxieSmith.mp3] Listen Later:  Download mp3 (Right-click and select “Download…

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Step by Step: Step 1

Step 1:  We admitted that we were powerless, that our lives had become unmanageable. The first step to begin walking in the Spirit is to admit that we are not in control. . .that we are powerless and not the…

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Step by Step God Story

This past week we started Step by Step, where we bring together the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the framework of the 12 steps.  Lots of newcomers showed up but one is especially memorable.  She had gotten…

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Step by Step

Step by Step is a journey through the 12 steps via the lens of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Saturday Nights January to March will include both worship and group discussion. At 6:00 is a service with music, stories, and…

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Step by Step- Introduction: Desires & Deep Needs

In Step by Step we won’t dwell on the problem as much as the solution.  We’re not concerned about what we keep turning to as much as why you keeping turning to it.  We believe that all of these things…

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Step by Step

Step by Step is a journey through the 12 steps via the lens of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  At Jacob’s Well we believe that rehab isn’t just for addicts and invite all people to embrace this amazing framework for…

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WHY CAN’T SANTA DO IT?

Reposted from “A Childlike Faith” http://jacobswellkidscommunity.blogspot.com The lesson was from a book, The Sparkle Box.  When we care for others, we care for Jesus.  That was the point.  The activity was an outpouring of love with that idea in mind.  The kids’ task was to stuff…

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Christmas Reciprocation- Recipollution vs Reciprocation

Mary’s Song, the Magnifat, has been ranked among the greatest poems ever written, a reciprocation of God’s might & mercy. The mighty will fall and the weak shall be lifted up all through a God who shows mercy to the…

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Christmas Reciprocation- Blessed to Be a Blessing

When you hear good news, you have to share it.  Mary journeys to see her cousin Elizabeth and they share stories of how God is at work and are encouraged by one another.  We are blessed to be a blessing…

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Christmas Reciprocation- Impossible Empowerment

When we are driven by guilt, obligation, or trying to please others, we get burned out and are limited by our own negative feelings. When God motivates us to serve Him in response to His goodness and grace, the possibilities…

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Christmas Reciprocation

Respond to God’s greatest gift by giving to others in ways you never have before this Christmas season. Center yourself on Christ and find tangible ways to give back on Saturday nights at Jacob’s Well.

November Proved Many Reasons to be Thankful.

The past month was a very special one for Jacobs Well! As you know we moved to our new location at 602 Looney Avenue. It is wonderful to be closer to the homeless community that we serve and to also…

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Tattooed on the Heart: Even Though

This Week’s Passage: Habakkuk 3:17-19 Click Here to Listen to the Third Message in This Series.

Thanksgiving Dinner on the Road

Each Wednesday Night, a dedicated crew departs from 602 Looney Ave. and goes out on the streets of Memphis delivering a warm meal, coats, blankets, and the love of Christ. This weekly event is called Compassion Party on the Road,…

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Tattooed on the Heart: Transformed vs Conformed

This Week’s Passage: Romans 12:1-2 Click Here to Listen to the Second Message in This Series.

Tattooed on the Heart: Intro

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Tattooed on the Heart

Sometimes a word that we hear or read takes root in our heart and changes the trajectory of our life. When this happens, the word is tattooed on our hearts forever. Jeremiah 31:33 describes it as God “writing his law…

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Join us this Saturday for a moving service in our new home.

This Saturday will be a very special one for Jacob’s Well because it will be the first service, since moving to our new location at 602 Looney Avenue, off Danny Thomas, North of St. Jude. This is the culmination of many months…

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Moving Forward to Uptown

Our very last service at Highland Heights UMC was an opportunity for many of us to share stories of how God has been at work over the last 2 years at Jacob’s Well! Click Here to Listen to This Service.

Ruth: Finale

Rev. Sandra Leatherwood Clay brought the final message in our sermon series on Ruth. Click Here to Listen to This Message.

Ruth- Cost-Benefit Analysis

This Week’s Passage: Ruth 4:1-12 Naomi’s closest relative in town considers the proposition to take on the field and see’s it as a win-win, until Ruth is brought into the picture, then determines that he will lose more than he’ll gain….

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Ruth- Love Wins

This Week’s Passage: Ruth 3 Naomi devises a plan for the young, attractive Ruth to marry the older, distinguished Boaz. The risky and bold plan consists of creating a sexually-charged environment and relying on Bo’s integrity and love to win in…

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The Story of Dave & Roy

Just one of the amazing stories of God’s grace on display at Jacob’s Well…

Ruth- Bo Knows

This Week’s Passage: Ruth 2 Naomi in utter despair and Ruth who has nothing, yet gives away everything are a couple that appear to be ready for the grave, yet from God’s perspective are ripe for harvest. By “chance” Ruth meets…

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From the Well to Detox

A couple of weeks ago I (Jamey) noticed a guy in his early 20s with a woman I presumed to be his mother who I had not seen before.  I didn’t get a chance to talk with them, but wondered…

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Ruth

Saturdays in September & October 2012 Don’t forget, we’re meeting every Saturday night at 5:00 & 7:00 for worship. Childcare and Kids Community are available during the 5pm service. Ruth is the story of an unlikely girl doing some extraordinary…

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Ruth- Where You Go, I’ll Go

This Week’s Passage: Ruth 1:6-22 When the women get to the dead end of where they were headed, they must turn around and begin the return journey. But which home will they return, Moab or Judah? Ruth surprisingly clings to Naomi…

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Ruth

Ruth is the story of an unlikely girl doing some extraordinary things for the sake of others. It’s the story of self-will run into the ground and God’s will prevailing through redemption.

Down is the New Up: Jesus kept going Up

Looking to heaven we see Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, exalted King of kings and Lord of lords. Trust that God is in control and that he is good and is coming to put his hand on your shoulder…

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Down is the New Up: Joseph’s Brothers Ascent

Joseph’s brothers’ Descent to repentance and Ascent to glory… Click Here to Listen to This Message.

Down is the New Up: Non-anxious Humility

‎1 Peter 5:6-7 – Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. Click Here to Listen to the…

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Down is the New Up: Two Sons

The story of the Prodigal in Luke 15 which shows us two ways to try to get high in life. One is the way of the younger son, seeking happiness and fulfillment through immorality, breaking all the rules and doing whatever you…

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Down is the New Up: Jesus’ Lowerarchy

Maslow’s Hierarchy is about the gravity of the earth, what comes up must come down. Psychology 101 says that all people must climb up the pyramid to get to the top of life, “self-actualization.” In reality, pursuing satisfaction in worldly…

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Down is the New Up: 1st & 2nd Adam

‎”There are only two stories, the story of Adam and the story of Jesus. The story of Adam, symbolized by ^ is the story of self-will, one who climbs up only to fall down. The story of Christ is symbolized…

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Descent- Down is the New Up

Saturdays in July 2012 Don’t forget, during the summer we’re meeting every Saturday night at 7:00 for worship. Childcare and Kids Community are in full effect. Down is the New Up We try to climb up the ladder of success…

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Down is the New Up: The Gravity of Heaven

The gravity of earth says that what goes up, must come down. The gravity of heaven, proved in the resurrection, is the good news that what goes down, must come up. God has spent the history of the world coming…

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Down is the New Up

The gravity of earth says that what goes up, must come down. The gravity of heaven, proved in the resurrection, is the good news that what goes down, must come up. As we deny ourselves, God provides. As we hit…

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Urban Farming – Watering

We learn in Acts 2: 42-47  that church planting is hard and urban farmers need nourishment.  The early church offers a model of community-growth that we desperately need in this work:  teaching, fellowship, breaking bread, and prayer. Click Here to Listen

Urban Farming – Sowing

In order to sow seeds, we must be filled to spill with God’s Spirit.  The story of Pentecost told in Acts 2 is preparation for church planting. Click Here to Listen

Compassion Party on the Road: Reaching Out to Memphis’ Homeless

We had an extraordinary night out on the streets Wednesday night, 5/30/12, on CPR.  God was moving in an awesome way that was so evident.  At one of our stops there was a Hispanic man that shared with us that…

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Urban Farming: Church Planting in Acts

The story of an exciting movement that literally turned the world upside-down is shared in the book of Acts.  Seeds of the gospel were scattered and in one generation thousands of faith communities were planted in urban centers throughout Israel…

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Urban Farming – Plowing

We’re told in Acts 1:8 that church planting begins by plowing the ground with prayer and admitting our own brokenness and powerless as we prepare for God’s power to come. Click Here to Listen

Judgmental – The Power of Prayer

Rev. Jerome Scales Jr. preaches an uplifting message on the power of prayer from James 5:13-18 at Jacob’s Well. Click Here to Listen

Black Clouds at Block Party

On Wed. afternoon dark clouds loomed overhead as we worked feverishly to set up for our first block party.  I’ve got to admit I was experiencing some anxiety, especially when Jim showed me the live doppler of the heavy rain…

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Judgmental – Arrogance & Anxiety

James 4:11-17  Being judgmental is tied to arrogance and anxiety.  Who do we think we are as human beings?  We take on the role of God and think we know what’s best for our neighbors when we have trouble managing our…

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Judgmental – Root of Our Issues

James gets to the root of our issues by helping us to look at the desires that lead to many of our struggles.  While we too often spend our lives running from our problems, James gives the good news that…

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Judgmental – Wisdom

Wisdom is more street smarts than book smart, more revelation than information.  Wisdom takes an idea and applies it to life.  Worldly wisdom teaches us to rely on ambition and jealousy to get ahead and then to cover up with…

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Judgmental: The Epistle of James part 2

Two of the greatest enemies of Jesus today are Hypocrisy and Judgmental Attitudes.  James, the brother of Jesus, confronts these two issues in a compelling and relevant way.  

Judgmental – Controlling the Tongue

Our words hold the power of life and death, so James teaches to tame your tongue.  Our tongue can bring large harm through destructive means such as gossip and anger.  Yet rather than bite our tongue, the gospel teaches us…

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Dead Faith: Prejudice & Profiling

Discrimination, racism, and economic profiling are building walls between people in the city of Memphis and our churches.  James the Just offers timely wisdom to transform our prejudice to reconciliation in this weekend’s passage,  James 2:1-13.  Listen and be inspired by…

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Dead Faith: Joy through Troubles

James 1:1-11  Nobody’s seen the troubles I’ve seen but James… yet he sees them as filled with joy!  Listen as we explore James 1:1-11 and the amazing wisdom of Jesus upside-down kingdom to give a different prospective on the troubles that plague…

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Faith Without Works is Dead: The Epistle of James Part 1

Two of the greatest enemies of Jesus today are Hypocrisy and Judgmental Attitudes.  James, the brother of Jesus, confronts these two issues in a compelling and relevant way.   

When Helping Hurts, Poverty: Tough Love & Extravagant Mercy

When we’ve lived a tough life we need tough love to move forward. At the same time we need to experience the extravagant mercy of Christ in one another. The story of Hosea and Gomer brings together a tough love…

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When Helping Hurts, Poverty: Fighting Poverty without Hurting the Poor

Helping someone in trouble is generally a good thing to do, but how we help can actually do more harm than good in helping someone get back on their feet. When we communicate they are helpless without us, fail to…

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When Helping Hurts: Fighting Poverty without hurting the Poor

Helping someone in trouble is generally a good thing to do, but how we help can actually do more harm than good in helping someone get back on their feet.    When we communicate they are helpless without us, fail…

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When Helping Hurts, Codependency: Enabling Jeroboam

Helping hurts when it enables someone to continue in their dysfunction. Helping helps when it gives someone the boost they need to move forward into freedom and serenity. King Jeroboam made deceit a regular practice during his reign over Israel….

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When Helping Hurts, Codependency: People-pleasing Sampson

If Samson hadn’t been so dependent upon Delilah, he wouldn’t have lost his strength, his status, or his sight. His codependence led to disobedience when he cared about what Delilah thought about him more than what God thought about him….

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When Helping Hurts, Codependency: Codependency in the Bible

Helping someone in trouble is generally a good thing to do, but if we’re not careful our help can actually become a hindrance to someone getting better. This is especially true when codependency is present. Codependency may not be a…

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When Helping Hurts: Codependency in the Old Testament

Helping someone in trouble is generally a good thing to do, but our help can sometimes become a hindrance to a loved one getting better.  In this series we will explore various stories in the Old Testament, seeking to glean…

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Christ Comes: To Make a Way Out

The first and last things Jesus says and will say publicly (Matthew 25 & Luke 4) is about making a way out for the poor, sick, suffering, and struggling. This is good news for the oppressed but bad news for…

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Christ Comes: To Make a Way Through

Mark 1:1-18 shows how Christ comes to begin the good news of the gospel in our lives and provide a way through the wilderness. In his baptism we come to understand what God thinks of us, then we’re empowered to…

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Christ Comes: To End Suffering

The word, “advent” is the latin for “coming.” We are lighting Advent candles each week and reflecting on scriptures with churches around the world as we build up to the coming of Christ in Christmas. Tonight we focused on Mark…

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Christ Comes

Advent means, “Coming,” and the season before Christmas is not as much about presents as it is about the presence of Christ.  The bible doesn’t make a big separation between his 1st coming and 2nd coming.  In Jesus’ birth and…

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T.O.U.C.H: Hope

[mp3player config=touch.xml file=http://www.jacobswellmemphis.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/TOUCH_-Hope.mp3]Nov 19, 2011 – Leslie Ratliff T.O.U.C.H. Transparency  –  Romans 5:1-6 and 15:3-5 We wrap up the series on our values as we reflect on what the bible says about hope for your situation. Listen Later:  Download mp3 (Right-click and select…

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T.O.U.C.H: Unconditional Acceptance

[mp3player config=touch.xml file=http://www.jacobswellmemphis.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/TOUCH_-Unconditional-Acceptance.mp3]Nov 5, 2011 – Jamey Lee T.O.U.C.H. Unconditional Acceptance  –   Romans 14:1-4; Romans 15:1-7 Our third value at Jacob’s Well is Unconditional Acceptance.  In a world where people judge and exclude, we seek to live the message, “Come as…

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T.O.U.C.H: Others-focused

[mp3player config=touch.xml file=http://www.jacobswellmemphis.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/TOUCH_-Other-focused.mp3]Oct 29, 2011 – Jamey Lee T.O.U.C.H. Others-focused  –   Philippians 2:1-11 Our second value at Jacob’s Well is being Other-focused. We realize that the root of many of our troubles is self-centeredness yet the attitude of Christ is…

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TOUCH: Transparency

[mp3player config=touch.xml file=http://www.jacobswellmemphis.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/TOUCH_-Transparency.mp3]Oct 22, 2011 – Jamey Lee T.O.U.C.H. Transparency  –  2 Corinthians 4:1-12 Our first value at Jacob’s Well is Transparency. We are a safe place where you can be yourself, take the mask off, and not feel the…

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T.O.U.C.H.

Jacob’s Well is not for everyone, but many have connected deeply with the vision of Reconciliation, Rehabilitation, and Reciprocation.  As we have grown over the past year, as a body we have come to highly value Transparency, Other-focus, Unconditional Acceptance,…

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Rescue me from Denial

John 21:15-25 Peter denied Christ 3 times so Jesus gives him a chance to repent 3 times.  Jesus asks him if he is better than the rest, then he repents by simply saying that he loves Jesus. [mp3player width=200 height=120…

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Rescue me from my Day Job

John 21:1-14 What if all of this time you’ve been throwing your net on the wrong side of the boat?  What if the hope that you long for is simply a boat’s length away?  Jesus is on a rescue mission…

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Rescue me from Doubt

John 20:24-30 Thomas gets a bad wrap..  Most have had some healthy skepticism before committing to something.  I hope you don’t believe everything you hear about God and the bible, or believe everything on TMZ.  Thomas didn’t.  If your friends…

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Rescue me from Drought

John 20:19-23 Our story tonight finds our heroes behind locked doors shaking in fear.  Jesus was crucified that Friday and the disciples were distraught.  They had the wind knocked out of them.  They were shocked and confused and didn’t know…

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Rescue Me from Despair

John 20:1-18 The disciples are in a despair that we can’t really imagine.  They had quit their jobs and left their families for Jesus.  They believed in him with all of their hearts and had sold out to be part…

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Rescue Me

If we’re honest, many of us and our neighbors are struggling to keep our heads above water. Jesus is alive and leading a rescue mission to grant us the serenity, courage, and wisdom to make it one day at a…

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Substitute: Good Friday

John 19:17-37 In light of the 10th anniversary of September 11th, tonight we will remember another day in history that cast a dark shadow on the world.  Since our beginning we have been telling the Jesus story in the gospel…

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Substitute: Jesus and Politics

John 18:28-19:16 Last week Jesus was on trial with the religious leaders.  Tonight Jesus is before the political leader.  We talk a lot about what Jesus has to say about religion, but tonight we’re going to talk about Jesus’ relationship…

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Substitute

This series focuses on the idea that rather than needing a break from the stress and struggle, we need a substitute. Our admission of powerlessness can lead to turn away from our efforts and to Jesus. Our prayer is that many…

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In the world, not of the world

John 17:1-26 John 17 is the record of Jesus’ farewell prayer.  It cannot be compared to any other prayer in scripture or history.  We get the chance to eavesdrop on a divine conversation between God the Son and God the…

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Aliens Suffer

John 15:18-16:4 When we live alien to this world, we suffer consequences, but there are good things that come through it. Suffering illustrates God’s worth, He is truly worth making sacrifices for.  Also, suffering refines our faith and inspires others. …

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Aliens Abide

John 15:1-11 To be in Christ and for Christ to be in us is to abide.  Rather than be about striving and performing to become better at being religious, it is about our relationship with Abba.  It is what He…

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Alien Peace

John 14:27-31 We seek peace through escape and retreat in the world.  The peace that Jesus gives is alien to the world’s peace.  Rather than escape the troubles, he simply gives us strength to overcome them.  This powerful peace is…

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Alien vs. Orphan

In John 14 & 15 Jesus speaks about our relationship with the Spirit of God in contrast to the ways of the world. We often feel alienated and alone in this world and our tendency is to revert to an…

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I wish I was Special

This series is based out of John 13 and 14 where Jesus teaches around the Last Supper about loving and serving others, and begins to truly reveal who he is.  All the while Peter blatantly tries to get attention by…

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Origin of our Problems

John 8:37-59 When we have real problems, we seek answers, and some are found in our family tree.  For us to turn from darkness to light, it’s vital to get to the origin of our problems, oftentimes found in our…

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Light up the World

John 8:12-30 Jesus knows that he is surrounded by darkness and would be wise to hide from his adversaries, but comes forth out of hiding proclaiming the good news of Light.  One of the traditions during this festival was for…

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Light up the World

Light is the basic source of all life, understanding and beauty.  Light reflects off of all around us so that we can see.  All colors are present in pure light.  Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world; he…

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Living Water

John 7:37-39 Jesus knows that he is in grave danger, yet goes to the Festival of Booths anyway because of the burning message within his heart.  One of the traditions during this festival was for the priests to bring water…

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Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?

John 7:1-36-52 The people trying to kill Jesus were searching for him at the feast, but there was a more basic kind of searching going on, to figure out who Jesus was.  Some said he was a good man or…

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Be Offensive

John 6:60-71 Jesus’ most recent discourse has caused a lot of controversy.  In introducing the first of the seven “I AM” statements, he is declaring in a very public way his equal status with God and role as judge over…

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Bread of Life

John 6:22-59 The LOVE rEVOLution is hard work and we will need sustenance for the journey.  We turn to so many things for strength and to escape from it all, yet Jesus offers us that which will never spoil.  Like…

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Walking on Water

John 6:16-21 When we are part of the LOVE rEVOLution, we will encounter storms.  Sometimes they are there to throw us off track, other times they are just there.  The good news is that Jesus is with us in the…

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LOVE rEVOLution

John 6:1-15 On the surface, this seems like Jesus at a picnic (imagine red-checkered picnic blankets).  In actuality, Jesus and his disciples were entering the hill country on the other side of the Sea of Galilee, the hotbed of guerrilla…

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LOVE rEVOLution

On the surface, this seems like Jesus at a picnic (imagine red-checkered picnic blankets). In actuality, Jesus and his disciples were entering the hi’ country on the other side of the Sea of Galilee, the hotbed of guerilla revolutionary activity,…

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Who does this guy think he is?

John 5:19-47 So far throughout the gospel, we have seen Jesus show how generous God is when he turned water into wine, how we can learn to be real through the new birth, and stop searching to find satisfaction in…

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God is at Work

John 5:1-18 The man at the pool of Bethesda had seemingly no belief at all.  When Jesus asks him if he wants to be healed, he only complains, and when others ask him who healed him, the man doesn’t even…

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Faith Healing

John 4:46-54 This Roman official had money, power, and fame yet could not make happen that which mattered most–the healing of his little boy.  So he turned to Jesus.  Even when early evidence looked grim, he didn’t give up, but…

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Jacob’s Well

The story of the Samaritan woman and Jesus is at the heart of the vision of Jacob’s Well.  After pointing out that she had been pursuing happiness through relationship after relationship, Jesus offers the woman something that will truly satisfy…

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Extreme Home Makeover

John 2:13-25 Jesus’ first trip to the Temple in the Gospel of John is one that no one will ever forget.  As He enters the courts He is filled with so much passion over the injustice that is taking place…

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Generosity & Drinking

John 2:1-11 So often the church is defined by our rules and on what grounds we can exclude people from God’s presence.  Jesus’ first miracle flies in the face of this popular religious culture.  Jesus spontaneously changes water to wine…

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What do you want?

John 1:35-51 All of us are searching for something.  Kids to adults, Atheists, Buddhists, and Christians all are looking for something.  Some are actively seeking to find out who God is or to know God more, while others are on…

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Gospel of John

From when “the Word became flesh” to the resurrection and all of the action-packed stories in between, the good news of the gospel of John is that God has sent His Son into the world to save us from ourselves…

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