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Hey everyone -- tonight we'll be starting a new study about prayer. In this study, we'll look try to explain some "Christianese" phrases like "the power of prayer", "just give it to God in prayer" and the concept of "prayer requests". We'll also explore how prayer works according to scripture, and we'll have share time to discuss our personal beliefs about prayer.
As usual, I'll have temporary parking passes outside the door to the building in a manila envelope, if you can find parking between Ogden and La Brea. There is also parking available on Fountain that doesn't require a permit.
Looking forward to seeing everyone that can make it! If you have any music in mind to play, comment below with it! See you tonight 
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Thanks to everyone who voted for our topical discussion tonight. Based on your responses, the most popular option was to take the Love Languages test and then discuss our love languages. This will be a fun way to learn more about each other and ourselves.

As always, we'll meet from 8-10pm, Can't wait!
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Hey everyone -- tonight we'll be watching the conclusion of Matthew Vine's video about the Bible and homosexuality. Matthew has explored the scriptural passages about homosexuality and the conclusion really pulls together the cultural significance of these passages.

As usual, I'll have temporary parking passes outside the door to the building in a manila envelope, if you can find parking between Ogden and La Brea. There is also parking available on Fountain that doesn't require a permit.

Looking forward to seeing everyone that can make it! If you have any music in mind to play, comment below with it! See you tonight 

Hey everyone! Tonight we'll do our first topical discussion for Bridge this year. This is something folks were interested in doing every fourth week or so at Bridge and will not be a formalized Bible study, but rather a discussion of a relevant topic for our group. This week, we'll discuss The Christian Church, our experiences with the modern Church, our interest in being a part of the Church, and the place of groups like Bridge in the Church.

Hey everyone! Tonight we'll do our first topical discussion for Bridge this year. This is something folks were interested in doing every fourth week or so at Bridge and will not be a formalized Bible study, but rather a discussion of a relevant topic for our group. This week, we'll discuss The Christian Church, our experiences with the modern Church, our interest in being a part of the Church, and the place of groups like Bridge in the Church.

As always, I'll have temporary parking passes available outside my building for your use, but as it's President's Day, the meters in WeHo are not being checked.

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Tonight at Bridge we’ll discuss The Disciplined Heart and the Discipline of Emotions. This will end our study of personal discipline. A summary of last week’s study and tonight’s study will be available soon if you’d like to do the study on your own or with your own small group.

-Bridge Team
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Bridge meets every Monday evening from 8:00-10:00pm Pacific Time. We’re currently meeting at a member’s home in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA. If you’re interested in attending, please email us for further details at bridgebiblestudy@gmail.com

We hope to meet you soon.

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Bridge moved to a new location this week! And we took the opportunity to step back and discuss some things. We’re a group  of folks that’s constantly changing, so it’s a good practice to check-in every few months and see what the current mix of people need to feel fulfilled at Bridge. In addition to talking about future topical studies we’ll do, one of the really great things that emerged from the discussion was some Safe Space planning.

Safe Space is a place where anyone can relax and be able to fully express themselves, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe. It’s a place where each person’s self-respect and dignity are protected and where we strongly encourage everyone to respect others. At Bridge, there is often a lot of really personal information shared amongst the group. The more personal risk involved, the more carefully you want to frame the space at the outset, because a secure anchor is the only thing that will enable a process to fly to the heights of its potential. In order to make our weekly space as safe as possible we’re practicing five initial tenants (these will change as the group does and are not rules, but practices we aspire to):

Equalize the space by using the step-up/step-back process: this means if you’re a person who typically talks a lot, try to challenge your pattern by stepping back some and allowing everyone to speak an equal amount. This also means that if you’re a person who doesn’t typically talk in groups, challenge that pattern and try speaking up when you have something to say. Everyone’s voice is equal at Bridge.
Check your assumptions by treating everyone as an individual and not a representative of any specific group.
Bridge is a confidential space when it comes to people’s personal stories and issues. We’ll respect this by sharing stories and experiences, but not names and gossip.
We all have the right to be human. This means that we’ll all be inconsistent, emotional and triggered at times. As a group, we will practice forgiveness when people let us down, and we’ll avoid blaming people for misinformation taught to them.
We will have a “Safe Space” board present at every meeting which will list these practices. Members will be free to always add or challenge things on the board as we grow.
We recognize that no Space is entirely free from discomfort and opposing viewpoints, especially when discussing something as personal as religion. Our goal is not to make everyone think the same things, but for everyone to share the things they think in a respectful and productive way.

Next Monday, we’ll be starting our first Bible study of the year! Stay tuned!

# bridgebiblestudy #gay #christian #lgbtq

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Oh! This was also good! "Our dreams, our identities, our ambitions, our relationships, -- they often are cocoons that lead us to the next." Love y'all.

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Understanding the Fruit of the Spirit
by Joyce Meyer

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives:
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! –Galatians 5:22-23 NLT

You may not know it, but when you gave your life to Jesus, all the fruit of the Spirit were planted inside you in seed form. Through the Spirit you can experience joy and peace in every circumstance, no matter how difficult or painful.

You may not be a naturally patient person, but you can call on the Spirit within to produce patience. If you’re battling unhealthy behaviors, like an addiction or some kind of bad habit, the Holy Spirit can give you the ability to resist the devil and make healthy choices.

The apostle Paul put it this way: When we were controlled by our old nature, sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused these evil desires that produced a harvest of sinful deeds, resulting in death. But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power.

Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit. (Romans 7:5-6 NLT)

On your own, it would be impossible. But when you operate in the Spirit, you have a supernatural ability to overcome. What a precious gift! And the more you draw near to God, praying and reflecting on His Word, the more you will experience the fruit of the Spirit in your life. But where should you start?

It's All About Love, Love and Love

“ How do you love your neighbor? First, you must learn to receive God’s love for yourself. Until then, you can’t truly love anyone else. You may do all the right things, but your motivation will be all wrong. ”
All the fruit of the Spirit are held in place by love. Jesus said that loving God and other people is the most important commandment. “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.”

He added, “A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:39).

How do you love your neighbor? First, you must learn to receive God’s love for yourself. Until then, you can’t truly love anyone else. You may do all the right things, but your motivation will be all wrong. And God isn’t nearly as concerned about what we do as He is about the attitudes of our hearts (see 1 Thessalonians 2:4).

My Journey to Love

For a long time, my heart was a mess. For many years I had been verbally and sexually abused by my father. Then I married a man who ran around on me and eventually ended up in prison. By the time I met Dave at the age of twenty-three, I couldn’t remember a time in my life when I was happy.

My emotional wounds had made me harsh and short-tempered. I operated purely out of fear. And even though I knew all there was to know about Christian living, I had not learned how to receive the love of God—the only thing that can heal someone’s sick soul. It wasn’t until I surrendered control and started receiving God’s love that I finally became free.

Now I love myself! And I can’t wait to wake up in the morning and be a blessing to someone else. I study love—what it is and how God wants us to express it—more than anything else.

Begin Your Own Journey

God loves you so much, He wants you to experience that love in the deepest part of your soul. Pray and ask Him to help you be a person who walks in love. Choose to believe the best about people rather than automatically assuming the worst.

Study the passages of Scripture that talk about God’s love for you and really get them into your heart. Then ask God, “How can I encourage someone today?” Don’t wait until you feel like it. Go out and love on purpose. You will be amazed at the joy it releases in your soul! Focus on learning to love as Jesus loved, and I promise, all the other fruit of the Spirit will follow.
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