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Today’s sermon gripped my heart to start doing less in order to do more. Oftentimes, I think of my life in additions void of subtraction. I consistently seek to add more and more without considering the “necessary” percentages of life. What do I need and what is truly most important.

Luke 10:41-42 — But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Here are some notes I took from the sermon I heard this morning. I think superficially the concept of margin is something most of us think is easy to do but hard to implement when life gets busy. I mean how hard is it to take naps?! Well, when life gets busy and we get stressed it is because we are allowing life to take control of us rather than letting God take control of our lives. Oftentimes, letting God take control is understanding our own limitations and His own

Margin: the space between our pace and our limits

Life without margin is stress, jam-packed, and busy. This kind of life will ultimately rob us of our joy.

Life is better with margin built into it.

Ecc. 4:4- Life is rivalry between man and his neighbor. It is vanity and striving after the wind.

Imbalance is two hands full of work rather than one hand full or rest and one hand of work. Balance is key.

Mary and Martha– What is necessary?

Martha- distracted with important things

Mary- focused on the MOST important things

Biblical margin includes God

Elijah- I Kings 19:4– victory on Mt. Caramel, suicidal thoughts, margin needed, recharged through alone time with God

Jesus- Matt. 14:22-23 –, Matt 11:28-30– all who are “weary” = I will give you rest.

We need to pursue God in our lives giving him our time rather than always trying to do more at work, home, and for ourselves.

Standard of Living vs. Quality of Life

Stop using the excuse, I don’t have time” when it comes to church, family, and God. Make time for what is important. Don’t forget that rest and recharging with God is important. Naps and downtime is important. We are not made by God to run around like a chicken with our heads cut off.

When was the last time you took time to simply rid yourself of distractions and get alone with God.

Here are some takeaways:

Do I regularly get alone with my wife?

Do I regularly spend time with my family?

Do I constantly bring work home with me?

Is this pace of life regular or just for a season?

How can I start resting in faith rather than stressing for strength?


WEEK 4 ~ MARK 13-16

jordantmoody —  September 30, 2012 — 3 Comments

More information about the passage and details to take notice of but mostly we want you to comment here on this post and let us know what you have learned, noticed, or seen from your study this week from Mark 13-16.

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Here are some questions that may help to think about while your reading.

  • Is there any command to obey?
  • Is there any promise to believe?
  • Is there a good example to follow?
  • Is there any sin to avoid?
  • Do I learn anything about God?
  • Do I learn anything about man?
  • Is there anything I can thank God for?

Read the NT in 40 Weeks

jordantmoody —  September 29, 2012 — 7 Comments

Read the NT through in 40 Weeks

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We would love you to participate with us as we attempt to read the NT through in 40 weeks AND SHARE what we are learning in those 40 weeks here on Hip Fellows. You can share what you learn by commenting on the WEEKLY CHALLENGE POST.

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Read the NT through in 40 Weeks

Week # Bible Reading Passage

Week # Bible Reading Passage

1 Mark 1-4

21 Luke 8-11

2 Mark 5-8

22 Luke 12-16

3 Mark 9-12

23 Luke 17-21

4 Mark 13-16

24 Luke 22-24

5 1 & 2 Thessalonians 

25 Acts 16

6 Galatians 

26 Acts 7-10

7 Philippians & Colossians 

27 Acts 11-16

8 Philemon & Ephesians 

28 Acts 17-22

9 Matthew 1-7 

29 Acts 23-28

10 Matthew 8-12

30 1 & 2 Timothy & Titus

11 Matthew 13-18

31 Hebrews 1-10

12 Matthew 19-24

32 Hebrews 11-13 & James

13 Matthew 25-28

33 John 1-5

14 1 Corinthians 1-9

34 John 6-10

15 1 Corinthians 10-16 

35 John 11-16

16 2 Corinthians 1-13

36 John 17-21

17 Romans 1-8

37 1 & 2 & 3 John & Jude

18 Romans 9-16

38 1 & 2 Peter

19 Luke 1-3 

39 Revelation 1-11

20 Luke 4-7

40 Revelation 12-22