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English, Christianity, 1 season, 160 episodes, 4 days, 10 hours, 59 minutes
About
Friends church is a community of people who are on a spiritual journey together. We believe that each person is on their own spiritual journey and we strive to partner with people to help them no matter where they are in life. We are a Christian church who gathers weekly to explore the significance of the God and the Bible on our spiritual journeys and on our lives.
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Finding Calm in an Overwhelming World Lessons from Fundamentalism

Speaker: Trevor Dreher We live in a world brimming with endless choices. Everyday, we face a relentless barrage of decisions, big and small: What should I eat? Should I go...
6/16/20240
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Avoiding the Spinning Blade of Death

Speaker: Vince Klassen In our workshop collective, I teach a class designed to help people master the tablesaw, a formidable tool with a 10-inch blade spinning faster than the speed of sound....
6/9/20240
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Cause and Effect Exploring the principle of Karma

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis It’s human nature, isn’t it, to try to explain why certain things happen in our lives? To hope that in the end, life is fair?  We want...
6/8/20240
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The Spiritual Purpose of Overcoming our Relation$hit

Speaker: Vince Klassen We’ve been exploring how to “Love our Neighbour”. While it was easy for Jesus to say, it’s a bit trickier to put into practice. To truly love...
5/26/202438 minutes, 6 seconds
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Secrets of Secure People

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis & Vince Klassen Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve discussed two forms of insecure attachment: Avoidant and Anxious. Two common relational patterns that, when unaware, can create...
5/19/202453 minutes, 8 seconds
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Anxious Attachers

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis Join us this Sunday for week three of our Relation$hit series. We’re exploring the inner world of those who Anxiously attach to others. These are the ones who have highly...
5/12/202455 minutes
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Loving Those Who Walk Alone

Speaker: Vince Klassen This week on our “Relation$hit” series, we’re delving into how to love others in a way that truly connects. Our focus this week might seem counterintuitive: we’re...
5/5/202435 minutes, 54 seconds
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Increasing our Capacity

Speaker: Vince Klassen Jesus once said, “Love your neighbor.” It’s a simple yet profound teaching, but it’s not always easy to put into practice. Loving others—no matter who they are—requires...
4/28/202431 minutes, 13 seconds
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Toxic Faith

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis Throughout history, religious beliefs have been a double-edged sword, offering solace and guidance while also igniting conflicts and division. They’ve inspired acts of compassion, charity, and unity,...
4/21/202438 minutes, 6 seconds
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Would Humility Create Peace?

Speaker: Vince Klassen In recent weeks, we’ve delved into various scenarios shedding light on the What Ends Wars. From realizing that peace seldom emerges solely from victory to grappling with...
4/14/202427 minutes, 4 seconds
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Spiritual Responsibilities

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis Watching the innocent casualties of war is hard. People being forced to flee with very few belongings, often grieving the loss of loved ones. The suffering is...
4/7/202440 minutes, 47 seconds
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An Invitation to Freedom (Easter)

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis & Vince Klassen If you think about the foes you’ll wage war against in your lifetime, none of them will likely be as powerful and potentially as...
3/31/202435 minutes, 22 seconds
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Raise All Boats

Speaker: Vince Klassen After our discussion last week about how victory doesn’t necessarily lead to peace, we’ve been feeling somewhat disheartened. So, how do we actually foster peace? Our current...
3/24/202447 minutes, 17 seconds
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Watch Out for the Zealots!

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis Cathy and I have been married for over 33 years. You would think by now that we would never argue. Lol. There seems to be this subconscious...
3/17/202437 minutes, 9 seconds
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Pleasure Denied

Speaker: Trevor Dreher Recently, I heard a tale of an affluent elderly couple with a longstanding desire to witness the vibrant colors of autumn out east. Despite having the financial means...
3/10/202430 minutes, 59 seconds
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Developing a Pleasure Ethic

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis We’ve spent the last two weeks explaining where much of the toxic messaging around pleasure has come from – at least within the Christian tradition. Hint: we...
3/7/202442 minutes, 42 seconds
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Developing a Pleasure Ethic

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis We’ve spent the last two weeks explaining where much of the toxic messaging around pleasure has come from – at least within the Christian tradition. Hint: we...
3/3/202442 minutes, 42 seconds
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Vitality through Physical Pleasure

Speaker: Vince Klassen Pleasure can be a complex subject, especially when delving into the realm of physical pleasure, which may make some uncomfortable to discuss. Questions often arise, such as,...
2/25/202437 minutes, 55 seconds
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In Pursuit of Vitality

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis “Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives” ~ William Wallace Over the years I’ve had a conflicted relationship with pleasure. Don’t get me wrong, I love to experience...
2/19/202440 minutes, 5 seconds
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What does my conception of God, say about me?

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis “When we talk about God we actually talk about ourselves only with a megaphone.” Karl Barth Over the last month, we’ve been exploring different conceptions of God...
2/11/202439 minutes, 5 seconds
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Bounce

Speaker: Vince Klassen As we have walked through different conceptions we can hold of God over the last few weeks, you start to realize that things can look a little...
2/4/202434 minutes, 2 seconds
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God Has Left The Building

Speaker: Vince Klassen I had a moment, giving someone a tour of the temple that was fascinating. They walked into the sanctuary with me and I pointed out all the...
1/28/202438 minutes, 6 seconds
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“That Can’t Be You, God”

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis A couple of Sundays ago I shared some stories of my disappointment and disillusionment with God when important prayers went unanswered. My Superbeing conception of God led...
1/21/202438 minutes, 9 seconds
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“Dear God, are you there? It’s Me…”

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis “Sir/Maam, there’s been an accident…”. It’s a phone call no one wants to get. In moments like this panic can set in. A desperation that can have us crying...
1/7/202438 minutes, 20 seconds
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New Years Eve

Speaker: Vince Klassen This Sunday is the last day of 2023. It’s been a year for sure. And now, we have the opportunity to start thinking about next year. What...
12/31/202329 minutes, 44 seconds
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We Three Kings

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis Last Sunday we explored our triggers. Those instinctual negative reactions we can have to the insensitive or irritating things being said or done around us. Looking back...
12/17/202338 minutes, 26 seconds
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How to Fix your Holidays

Speaker: Vince Klassen “The hardest thing you’ll ever do is admit that you’re [part of the problem]” I was reading an article recently that had my paraphrased quote as the byline....
12/10/202339 minutes, 6 seconds
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Disagreeing Beautifully A conversation with a Rabbi just back from Israel

Speaker: Vince Klassen CHANGE OF PLANS – We were going to start the Christmas Series this week, but we had another opportunity to engage in Disagreeing Beautifully that we couldn’t...
12/3/202343 minutes, 34 seconds
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MAID & End of Life Care

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis **Content Warning** The content below could be disturbing to those who are sensitive to the subject matter. Please use caution in reading further. This week on Disagreeing...
11/26/202341 minutes, 58 seconds
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COVID-19 and Vaccination – An interview with a Naturopathic Doctor

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis & Nina Lewis-Larsson This week we’re interviewing a doctor who was heavily invested in helping people navigate the pandemic and vaccinations, by focusing on balancing both risks...
11/19/202349 minutes, 51 seconds
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Disagreeing Beautifully – An Interview with Local Drag Performer – DevaDave

Speaker: Vince Klassen This week on Disagreeing Beautifully, we are going to have a discussion with a Local Drag Performer to start to learn more about Drag, people who perform...
11/12/202345 minutes, 34 seconds
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An Interview with a Parent of a Child who came out as Trans before Puberty

Speaker: Vince Klassen This week on Disagreeing Beautifully, we are going to have a discussion with a parent of a child who came out as trans when they were in...
11/5/202354 minutes, 32 seconds
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Disagreeing Beautifully

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis Chances are, we’ve all encountered those conversations when two opposing views collide and the discussion goes South. It seems there’s a lot of it these days… over...
10/29/202350 minutes, 10 seconds
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2023 Water Awards

Speaker: Vince Klassen & Jeff Jarvis We are going to take a week and tell you some stories of people who have Taken Water in some impactful, beautiful and sometimes...
10/22/202334 minutes, 7 seconds
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Creating Heaven on Earth

Speaker: Vince Klassen There is a story about Jesus being asked, “What should we pray about?” and he responded, “Pray that earth would look like heaven”. What does that mean...
10/15/202327 minutes, 27 seconds
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Actions that Matter

Speaker: Vince Klassen & Jeff Jarvis Have you ever thought much about the endgame of your spirituality?  What is it you’re hoping to achieve by making spirituality a priority in...
10/8/202335 minutes, 13 seconds
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Being Honest and Something More

Speaker: Vince Klassen & Jeff Jarvis Church for People Who Don’t Fit Church. Nice slogan. How does a church actually do that? Help people who don’t fit church suddenly, magically,...
10/1/202341 minutes, 15 seconds
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Finding A Spirituality That Fits

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis For years we’ve said that Friends Church is a community for people who don’t feel they fit in traditional churches – but what does that actually mean? ...
9/24/202347 minutes, 9 seconds
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A huge fish story

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis We get asked why we insist so often on wrestling with stories and passages from the bible. Some argue that a collection of writings, thousands of years...
9/10/202336 minutes, 32 seconds
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I’m not a Big Mac

Speaker: Vince Klassen Our earliest ancestors were scared little creatures. And rightly so, everything around them seemed to be trying to kill them. The animals, the weather. It was all...
9/3/202328 minutes, 6 seconds
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What is it about Jesus?

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis It’s not lost on me that Christianity, as a religion, hasn’t had the greatest reputation nor track record with those who sit outside its walls. I’ll be...
8/27/202348 minutes, 34 seconds
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Maui Fires – What do we do with the Chaos of the World?

Speaker: Vince Klassen The Maui Fires of the last week have been devastating! Over one hundred dead, many more still unaccounted for, and the property destruction is almost beyond imagination....
8/20/202334 minutes, 10 seconds
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Leaving Seahaven

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis I recently re-watched “The Truman Show”. A movie about a guy named Truman (Jim Carrey) who, from birth, was the main character of a reality show and...
8/13/202347 minutes, 30 seconds
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Purpose from our Suffering

Speaker: Vince Klassen What’s the purpose of our lives? Why are we here? How do we find meaning for our lives? Knowing where to focus our lives to find meaning...
8/6/202336 minutes, 11 seconds
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Updates Are Available (Pt. 2)

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis & David Hill Last week, we talked about the vitality of evolving spirituality but it should be noted that spiritual change rarely comes without a cost. Often...
7/30/202349 minutes, 12 seconds
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Updates Needed

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis “Jeff, you’ve changed!” This is what a person wrote to me in an email a number of years back. She was concerned — specifically that I changed...
7/23/202341 minutes, 5 seconds
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What’s Our Purpose – Samson Pt. 2

Speaker: Vince Klassen I once helped a lady with a flat tire on the side of the road.  She’d been there for 2.5 hours.  No one had stopped for her,...
7/16/202334 minutes, 12 seconds
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Samson’s Mother

Speaker: Vince Klassen I was with a friend recently and they asked me, in the context of this series on stories, what’s up with the story of Samson in the...
7/9/202333 minutes, 16 seconds
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What’s your stories?

Speaker: Trevor Dreher What’s your stories? (deliberately terrible English) Do you think about moments in your life that you were happy, sad, angry, calm? What’s the story surrounding those moments?...
7/2/202326 minutes, 14 seconds
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“Why do I keep doing that?”

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis The other day I was out in the backyard after mowing the lawn and Cathy came out and asked me why some patches of lawn that I...
6/18/202345 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ned Flanders had it Wrong

Speaker: Vince Klassen There is this famous interchange between two characters on the animated series The Simpsons that points to a piece of Wisdom from our tradition. It goes like...
6/11/202333 minutes, 23 seconds
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Distracted

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis In 2020, after watching the documentary, The Social Dilemma, I devoted a Sunday morning to exploring the relationships we have with our electronic devices.  I knew at...
6/4/202343 minutes, 55 seconds
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Wise in Relationships

Speaker: Vince Klassen As we start to move our thinking into the summer season, with the weather warming up and summer plans on the horizon, we want to explore a...
5/31/202341 minutes, 22 seconds
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Removing the Thorn

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis So, we’ve spent enough time discussing ways we avoid our emotional wounds and resentments. This week we’re exploring the actual process of facing them. This critical step...
5/21/202350 minutes
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Don’t Forgive…Yet

Speaker: Vince Klassen I was out with a family member recently, someone I hadn’t seen in a while but I know them well. As I was driving up to their...
5/14/202339 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ruminating

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis Over the last few weeks we’ve been talking about ways that we avoid dealing with our resentments.  We can resort to blaming, we can shame ourselves, we...
5/7/202344 minutes, 54 seconds
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Herd Morality

5/6/202339 minutes, 35 seconds
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It’s Always Me

4/23/202328 minutes, 6 seconds
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It Wasn't Me

Speaker: Vince Klassen I sometimes watch with weird fascination when some deep part of myself, the wounded part, the hurt part, the angry part, takes over my life. It's like...
4/16/202336 minutes, 26 seconds
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Footloose Had it Right

Almost every year I go to my doctor with the same complaint: "Dr. I'm tired."  Her answer isn't that helpful ("You are getting old") but what I'm realizing is my...
4/10/202332 minutes, 44 seconds
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Easter Sunday

Speaker: Vince Klassen & Jeff Jarvis Just over a year ago, Will Smith was sitting in the audience at the Emmy Awards when Chris Rock, a comedian, made a comment...
4/9/202343 minutes, 10 seconds
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My Precious

What will bring fulfillment to your life?  I find people will often mention a relationship(s) they’re pursuing (a spouse, kids, or a friendship) - sometimes it’s a hobby or travel....
3/26/202347 minutes, 24 seconds
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Widen Your Eyes

Speaker: Vince KlassenWhen I was a teenager, I became an atheist. Strange for a pastor to say I know, but I had experienced such a profound break between what I...
3/19/202333 minutes, 44 seconds
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Wouldn’t a Lottery Win Make Life Easier?

Speaker:  Trevor Dreher  Have you ever spent time dreaming about, "What would happen to my life if I won the lottery?"  Would I buy a different house? Go on a...
3/12/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Genocide in the Bible

3/9/202345 minutes, 14 seconds
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Bouncing Back

2/26/202346 minutes, 46 seconds
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Soothing Fear

One of our family’s dogs had a fear of sidewalk sewer drains. She would freeze up any time we walked by one of them. It was so frustrating taking her...
2/19/202349 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Tussle

Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone in our lives would just accept us as we grow and morph into the healthy humans our spirituality is calling us to be? Ya,...
2/12/202344 minutes, 17 seconds
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What do I have to do to stay out of hell?

As we finish off the Fearmongering Series, we ask a final question. If we assume that there is a literal eternal hell and a literal eternal heaven, how do we...
2/10/202338 minutes, 28 seconds
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Our Need for Heaven

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis Though it seems there has always been a level of skepticism and perhaps even disdain toward the notion of hell or that of a literal devil, sentiment...
1/29/202346 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Devil Enters the Picture

Speaker: Vince Klassen We’ve talked about the evolution of the afterlife in the thinking of our spiritual ancestors and we’ve talked about the evolution of Hell. But where does the...
1/22/202338 minutes, 24 seconds
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Do You Believe in Hell?

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis Statistics tell us that over 50% of the Western world has some kind of belief in hell. Hell has been imagined in a number of ways over...
1/15/202343 minutes, 18 seconds
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What Happens After We Die?

Speaker: Vince Klassen For many, the idea of an afterlife is a foregone conclusion. All their teaching and their upbringing says “there is some place you go after you die.” But...
1/8/202339 minutes, 54 seconds
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I had a Salad for Lunch

Speaker: Vince Klassen I was at a pub with some friends recently. The server came around and asked what we wanted for supper. I ordered a burger and then she...
12/18/202244 minutes, 36 seconds
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Dealing with your Inner Critic

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis “Come on Jarvis! What were you thinking? You know better than this! Get it together!” This is the pep talk I gave myself one morning after sleeping...
12/11/202251 minutes
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The Core Issue with Failures of Willpower

Speaker: Vince Klassen Reading through one of the best sellers on willpower, I ran into this quote: “Influential behavioral economist George Ainslie has argued that this [...] is behind most...
12/4/202239 minutes, 11 seconds
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Unmovable

There are times when what we feel like doing isn't the same as what we should be doing. It happens in our health and in how we spend our money...
12/2/202239 minutes, 3 seconds
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Doing Hard Things

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis   “Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.”   Christmas is one of those times in the year when due to all the festivities...
11/20/202242 minutes, 33 seconds
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Relationship Rituals

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis   I have some people in my life that I really value. I'm sure you do too. For me, the love and respect that I receive from...
11/13/202242 minutes, 23 seconds
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Connecting Physical Routines to Living a Meaningful Life

Speaker: Vince Klassen   Wouldn't it be nice if we could just have that spiritual practice of living a Meaningful Life...without doing anything?!? Ya, it would be nice if life...
11/6/202243 minutes
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Mental & Emotional Rituals

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis   Do you remember the last time you got into a bit of a funk? When life just felt emotionally or mentally challenging? Maybe some part of...
10/30/202241 minutes, 40 seconds
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Spiritual Rituals

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis   What does it feel like when you’re spiritually “in the groove”?    Some say their levels of self-awareness are strong indicators. When they’re able to spot...
10/23/202251 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Main Things

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis   I’ll be the first to admit that I love to start things, but I’m not great at seeing projects or aspirations or dreams all the way...
10/16/202251 minutes, 22 seconds
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The World the Way it Should Be

Speaker: Vince Klassen   This is the final week of our exploration of how to find a meaningful life. We have explored the pathway of our wiring to find things...
10/9/202237 minutes, 51 seconds
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Passion is our Guide

Speaker: Vince Klassen   When we talk about a meaningful life, it sounds great. Who doesn't want to live a meaningful life? But do we know what things in our...
10/2/202247 minutes, 6 seconds
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Stay True

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis   So Cathy and I have three grown boys. Though they look somewhat similar, honestly, they couldn’t be more different. In this posse, you have a high extrovert and...
9/25/202239 minutes, 51 seconds
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Vapor

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis We were in downtown Kelowna on one of the last full days of our vacation this summer, enjoying breakfast with some good friends - when my cell...
9/18/202242 minutes, 20 seconds
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Where Do We Find Meaning?

Speaker: Vince Klassen As September starts, kids go back to school and we wind down some summer holidays. It’s a perfect time to reset ourselves and take some time and...
9/11/202235 minutes, 42 seconds
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Healing the World Around Us

Speaker: Vince Klassen As we come to the end of our Comeback series, we are starting to realize that coming back isn’t as easy as we might have thought. What...
9/4/202243 minutes, 16 seconds
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Where Do I Belong?

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis Experiencing a sense of belonging and connection with others is proving to be very challenging these days, despite how much many are craving it. Science tells us...
8/28/202241 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Difference One Can Make

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis It’s inspiring isn’t it, to hear stories of people who have so unselfishly given back to society in remarkable ways? People who have quietly volunteered their personal...
8/21/202251 minutes, 57 seconds
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“Aliyah” – The Difficult Process of Coming Back Home

Speaker: Vince Klassen Our spiritual ancestors have this word that they use to describe the process of people coming back home — Aliyah. After generations of people being forced away from...
8/14/202235 minutes, 21 seconds
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Healing from COVID

Speaker: Trevor Dreher The last two years have likely beat us up and caused us to question…lots. It’s interesting in talking with people how many are still feeling tired. Have you...
8/7/202226 minutes, 56 seconds
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Homosexual “Clobber” Passages Reinterpreted

Speaker: Vince Klassen In the Bible, there are six sections that speak about homosexuality — they are referred to as the “Clobber Passages”. And that’s how they are often used,...
7/31/202241 minutes, 31 seconds
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Homosexual: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Speaker: Vince Klassen I went to a grad from someone from our community recently named Shaun Pulsifer. He graduated from the Los Angeles Film School. And as part of his...
7/24/202250 minutes, 11 seconds
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Homosexual: Locked In

Speaker: Vince Klassen Recently we learned that there was a church that voted to exclude people from their membership because of their sexual orientation. We didn’t agree with them, but...
7/17/202245 minutes, 54 seconds
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Lonely

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis For years research has been waving red flags about the growing level of loneliness in our culture. Did you know that the number of people who have...
7/13/202237 minutes, 55 seconds
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When Music + Crowds = Magic

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis I was talking to someone this week about her experience at the Garth Brooks concert(s) that just took place in Edmonton last weekend. As she described it,...
7/3/202238 minutes, 45 seconds
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Transcendence through Love

Speaker: Vince Klassen Throughout our lives we hear stories, or maybe if we are really lucky we get to be part of these stories of people doing incredible things for...
6/26/202238 minutes, 25 seconds
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Transcendence

Speaker: Trevor Dreher To donate to this podcast and support the making of more of these please visit www.friendschurch.ca/podcast
6/19/202224 minutes, 56 seconds
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Stranger Things

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis Throughout my life, I’ve witnessed some weird phenomena. Experiences that I still can’t explain. Miracles, coincidences, strange happenings…just stuff that made my head spin — no, not...
6/12/202244 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Misuse of Self-Control

Speaker: Vince Klassen If we learned anything from Homer Simpson’s religious neighbor Ned Flanders is — if you enjoy it, it’s probably bad. Be that beer, donuts, sex, you name it. If...
6/5/202241 minutes, 57 seconds
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(More) Joy

Speaker: Vince Klassen NOTE:  We are switching things up a little bit this week. Talk first, then a little mini concert.  Going to be a blast!  Come on out and...
5/29/202239 minutes, 36 seconds
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Generous People

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis I was five years old and sleeping in my bed one night when our neighbour, “Mr. Malarchuk” called my Mom to ask if I would like to...
5/22/202249 minutes, 12 seconds
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Peace and the Freedom of Choice

Speakers: Vince Klassen I’ve been reflecting on life recently and I’m starting to see a pattern in me and many around me. Putting in much effort without seeing results can...
5/15/202236 minutes, 33 seconds
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A Skillset for Loving

Speakers: Jeff Jarvis Few would argue that one of the greatest indicators of a vibrant spirituality is a deep love for others. A way of life that demonstrates concern for...
5/8/202232 minutes, 30 seconds
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Finding Our Unique Sexuality

Speakers: Vince Klassen We can all probably agree that there is a wide range of personalities. We each have our own unique personality that makes us different from anyone else —...
5/1/202249 minutes, 28 seconds
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When Did Our Sexuality Become Something Dirty?

Speakers: Jeff Jarvis Experiencing healthy sexuality is a challenge that every human will wrestle with. It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, single or married, gay, straight, asexual, or...
4/24/202250 minutes, 17 seconds
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Easter Sunday – Resurrection of a Different Kind

Speakers: Vince Klassen & Jeff Jarvis Join us this Sunday as we explore what is arguably the largest religious weekend on the Christian calendar. We’re going to unpack Easter through...
4/17/202241 minutes, 6 seconds
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Motivating Ourselves for the Long Road

Speaker: Vince Klassen We’ve been talking about all the hacks we can do to motivate ourselves to make the changes in our lives that we know we need to make. Sometimes it’s...
4/10/202246 minutes, 29 seconds
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Flaking Out

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis Over the last couple years, my garage has evolved into a bit of a disaster. Tools, building supplies, bottles, old furniture, camping equipment, stuff from family we’ve...
4/3/202244 minutes, 26 seconds
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Overcoming Self-Doubt

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis Over the last couple years, my garage has evolved into a bit of a disaster. Tools, building supplies, bottles, old furniture, camping equipment, stuff from family we’ve...
3/27/202245 minutes, 4 seconds
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A Spoonful of Sugar…

Speaker: Vince Klassen The title of a famous song from the Disney movie Mary Poppins isn’t just a catchy title, it also shows us some wisdom around what can motivate...
3/20/202241 minutes, 9 seconds
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How to Change

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis At the heart of our Spiritual Journey Model is this idea that we are all together. It’s not focused on I against Them, it’s focused on We....
3/13/202244 minutes, 17 seconds
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Winning but Losing

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis It’s likely happened to all of us… We get focused on getting something done, perhaps we make plans or get our hopes set on things turning out...
3/6/202245 minutes, 9 seconds
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Pass the Salt

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis So one day, Jesus describes his followers as the “Salt of the Earth” and the “Light of the World”. What a beautiful description of the effect someone’s...
2/27/202250 minutes, 38 seconds
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Transcending the Physical

Speaker: Vince Klassen We have been working towards this message for the whole series so far. How do we connect with something More? Something bigger? Something beyond the physical parts...
2/20/202244 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Dark Side of Transcendence

Speaker: Vince Klassen As we start to explore the different ways we can find Transcendence in our lives – things beyond the purely physical – there are things we need...
2/13/202243 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Goal of Relationships

Speaker: Vince Klassen As we explore this idea of adding Transcendence into our lives, there are some foundational skills we need in place to build upon. One of those skills...
2/6/202238 minutes, 45 seconds
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Me, You, We

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis So depending on who you talk to in the world of Spirituality, you can come away with differing ideas as to what it’s really all about. For...
1/30/202242 minutes, 50 seconds
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Hanukkah and the Beauty of Religious Freedom

Speaker: Vince Klassen This Sunday is a public service announcement. Or maybe a Friends Church Service Announcement. Things you need to know if you are part of the Spiritual Gym....
1/23/202238 minutes, 49 seconds
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It’s Right There

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis I don’t know how many times I’ve done it. After looking for 10 minutes for something, I yell out to Cathy to help me find it. What’s really...
1/16/202232 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Unfinished and the Celebration of Sabbath

Speaker: Vince Klassen As we each explore our unique spiritual journeys, one of the things we probably all want to know is: How do we increase our connection to More –...
1/9/202235 minutes, 8 seconds
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You’re Better Than This

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis A lot of reflecting happens at this time of year. Over the next few days social media will be filled with people’s highlight reels from the past...
1/6/202244 minutes, 18 seconds
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How to Change the Beliefs that Aren’t Working

Speaker: Vince Klassen We probably all have beliefs that don’t really work anymore. Beliefs about us: I’m not enough, I’m too _____, etc. Beliefs about others: they want to hurt...
12/26/202125 minutes, 20 seconds
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Facing Our Ghosts

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis So what do you do when you can’t seem to escape a painful event from your past? For some, a haunting memory still causes anxiety, or feelings...
12/19/202154 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Toolkit

Speaker: Vince Klassen I was walking down the sidewalk a few days ago, yelling at my phone. Literally yelling out loud at my phone. I was trying to pay for...
12/12/202142 minutes
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Understanding Your Triggers

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis After last Sunday’s message, I’ve been thinking a lot about the kinds of situations that trigger overreactions on my part.  Though there are a number that come...
12/5/202152 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Body Remembers

Speaker: Vince Klassen We are just entering the holiday season. A time of festivities and gatherings (safely of course). And, often, family. And there is nothing that can make us...
11/28/202135 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ask the Experts

Speaker: Vince Klassen We are living in a more and more complex world. Much of what is going on around us is frankly, beyond our understanding. I know how to...
11/21/202145 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Tribe Has Spoken

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis So I’m not a huge “Survivor” fan but I will admit I watched my fair share in the early days. There was something fascinating about the concept of...
11/14/202143 minutes, 44 seconds
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OMG

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis Many of us who grew up in religious circles were forbidden to swear. Thankfully, there were substitute words you were allowed to use. Rather than saying “shit”...
11/7/202147 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Green-Eyed Monster

Speaker: Vince Klassen There is nothing quite so frustrating than showing up with some big news, only to be upstaged by someone close to us: “Guess what? I was accepted...
10/31/202142 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Spirituality of Rhythm

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis In a day and age when Sundays are no longer closed for business and weekends can feel as busy as most weekdays, the 4th Commandment to “remember...
10/24/202142 minutes, 34 seconds
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Put On Your Life Jacket

Speaker: Vince Klassen This week we are starting the 10 Commandments series. 10 rules for life. 10 foundational pillars of the Christian tradition. Or are they? More and more we...
10/17/202136 minutes, 54 seconds
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Transcendent We

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis Our spiritual ancestors spoke often of experiencing divine moments. Moments when unexplainable things would happen causing the hair on the back of one’s neck to stand up...
10/10/202138 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Magic of ‘We’ Moments

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis It can be a really healthy thing to take a step back sometimes to get clarity around what it is we’re doing and why we’re doing it....
10/3/202142 minutes, 30 seconds
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If I Had It All My Own Way

Speaker: Vince Klassen Where do we all fit in our spiritual journeys?  Some traditions tell us that we are bad.  Everything we want is bad.  Some go so far as...
9/26/202136 minutes, 7 seconds
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Fried Chicken for Them

Speaker: Vince Klassen If you are feeling a little stuck in your spiritual journey. if you feel like there is work to be done but you are not sure what...
9/19/202140 minutes, 58 seconds
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Stuck in a Moment

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis The spiritual journey can be frustrating, can’t it? Many of us set out at some point with high hopes of becoming “more spiritual” people (whatever that meant...
9/12/202148 minutes, 12 seconds
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Seeing the Sabotage

Speaker: Trevor Dreher Paul, one of our spiritual ancestors once said, “Why do I do what I do? Because I keep not doing the things I should do, and I...
9/5/202128 minutes, 5 seconds
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Paying Attention to the Red Flags

Speaker: Vince Klassen Looking back after some of the more brutal times in my life, I feel like I can see “Red Flags”, moments that were warning me of the disaster...
8/29/202144 minutes, 24 seconds
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Well Spent Energies

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis Every Sunday, my phone sends me a note telling me how much time I spent on it in the past week and the breakdown of which apps...
8/22/202142 minutes, 26 seconds
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Finding Unity Again

Speaker: Vince Klassen As the world starts to come out of the pandemic (fingers crossed!), I find myself reflecting on all that happened during the pandemic, and the word that...
8/15/202141 minutes, 27 seconds
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Principles of Generous People

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis Besides the obvious benefit of leaving a positive mark on someone’s life, current research tells us that living generously leads to happier, healthier, more fulfilled lives with...
8/8/202144 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Seasons of Your Life

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis Change is hard, isn’t it? I still remember the day when my business partner came in and announced that he was going to resign to pursue a...
8/1/202147 minutes, 36 seconds
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Disguises and Our Need to Belong

Speaker: Vince Klassen and Alessandra Enns What does it feel like to belong?  Or maybe the more common feeling is rejection – the feeling like we don’t belong?  The famous...
7/25/202138 minutes, 37 seconds
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Money…it’s Complicated

Speaker: Trevor Dreher The journey towards adulthood seems to come with many expectations surrounding how and where we spend our money. For example, the purchase of an engagement ring should...
7/18/202125 minutes, 55 seconds
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Pharrell Williams on How to De-Stress after a Pandemic

Speaker: Vince Klassen It’s finally here, whether we are ready for it or not, the lifting of the pandemic restrictions. For some, it couldn’t come soon enough, for others, it...
7/11/202143 minutes, 25 seconds
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Quiet Minds

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis How many moments do you get in a day or a week or perhaps for some, even a month, when you feel light, peaceful, and stress-free? When...
7/4/202146 minutes, 47 seconds
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Breaking Bad and Whose Car Can We Light on Fire?

Speaker: Vince Klassen As we end our teaching season (we start in July and end in June every year) we wanted to explore the idea of our Spiritual Endgame. We...
6/27/202138 minutes, 19 seconds
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Your Spiritual Endgame

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis The end game/goal of my spiritual journey is_______________________. How would you answer this question? In the circles I grew up in, the number one answer probably would...
6/20/202137 minutes, 54 seconds
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True Crime: Joseph

Speaker: Vince Klassen As we take a few weeks to go deeper into topics or stories that we covered this year, I want to take you deeper into the story...
6/13/202139 minutes, 29 seconds
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Finding Your People

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis I believe one of the great human experiences is to have people in our lives who we can experience meaningful connection with. To have someone we can...
6/6/202145 minutes, 45 seconds
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A Path to Spirituality

Speaker: Vince Klassen People often ask us, “What’s the end game of this spirituality thing?” Where are we trying to get?  We get it, in an age when there is so...
5/30/202144 minutes, 7 seconds
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Grudge

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis If there is one thing that we can be pretty much assured of in life, it’s that we’re going to get hurt. Many of us already have been. Broken...
5/23/202135 minutes, 35 seconds
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Stepping Out of the Cage

Speaker: Vince Klassen As we explore what it looks like to Become a person of deep spirituality, we start to ask the question: Where are we on our journey? Are you...
5/16/202133 minutes, 38 seconds
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“Trickster”

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis I love good deals! The thrill of spotting something valuable that the seller underestimated or being able to negotiate a “winning” price – these kinds of experiences...
5/9/202150 minutes, 38 seconds
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Sitting Shiva with Sadness

Speaker: Vince Klassen In the famous video for the 1990 smash hit Nothing Compares 2 U, Sinead O’Connor expresses the sadness of a breakup. But she does more than that…...
5/2/202138 minutes, 15 seconds
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Why are you so afraid?

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis So first a personal confession… throughout our marriage, I have often been annoyed by Cathy’s sense of caution. From the need to always lock doors, or to drive...
4/25/202135 minutes, 38 seconds