About theeffect

What does it mean to have faith? To live in faith?

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If our lives and choices don’t change in the presence of our faith, if our relationships don’t grow stronger and our view of life brighter, then what is it we really believe?

We have come together at theeffect to learn to live theeffect of God’s love and Jesus’ message in a non-religious and transforming way–the Way Jesus taught us, which is as relevant now as when he first uttered it. Knowing this Way, knowing the God behind it, is what our journey is all about. It’s what our meaning and purpose in life and in our faith community is all about as well.

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Experienced as the sense of deep contentedness and well-being even in the face of difficult circumstances–it’s the connected and intimate relationships and other-centered choices that Jesus lived and assured us were the hallmark of our Father’s love—the Way of Jesus.

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Jesus’ Way, theeffect of God’s love, is only possible in life when we move beyond mere religious practice, ritual, and theology into the actual, first person experience of our living God. Religion and theology can point to God, but are not God themselves.

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Deeply practical, rooted in the day to day living out of our closest relationships and activities, we find God fully present in each moment or not at all. Herenow, not therethen–experienced not in legal conformance from the outside in, but in intimate relationship, transformance, from the inside out.

To know God is to know perfect love.

To know perfect love is to move past fear and create an inevitable, life-changing effect.

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Everyone is always welcome at theeffect, no matter who you are or where you come from. As both a faith community and a recovery ministry, we recognize that everyone is recovering from something, and because that’s true, we’re all teachers and students, servants and leaders as we begin to fully realize our relationships with God and each other.

Here you can get to know us a bit better: who we are, what we believe, where we’re from, where we’re going.

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Everyone is recovering from something… Admitting this is the first step in spiritual life, because any unfinished business in our lives–trauma, unforgiveness, fear-based perceptions–fosters compulsive behavior and keeps us from connecting spiritually and emotionally.

Since we’re all recovering, we accept everyone right as they are—no expiration dates or deadlines. We don’t tell anyone what to believe or do. We present points of view that we hope will engage seekers in their own journey; help them unlearn limiting perceptions, beliefs, and compulsions; give opportunities to get involved in community, building the trust we all need to find real identity, meaning, and purpose. In other words, to engage the transforming Way of living life that Jesus called Kingdom…non-religiously understood from a first century Hebrew point of view.

 

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Embedded in the fun and laughter of each of our gatherings and events is the connection and accountability as well as the structure, discipline, and opportunity for service that authentic community is all about. We help create programs for physical support, emotional recovery, and spiritual formation that can meet any person’s needs. Such programs work at two levels: first to address a person’s physical and emotional stability—clinical, financial, relational,professional—anything that distracts from working on the second level: true spiritual formation centered around the contemplative way of life defined by an original Hebrew understanding of the message of Jesus.

Rather than telling people what to believe or think, we model and encourage engagement in a personal and communal spiritual journey that allows people to experience their own worthiness of connection and acceptance, to find the freedom from underlying fears that brings real meaning and purpose into focus.

 

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Seeing ourselves as a learning and recovery community that worships together, the focus isn’t on Sunday morning alone, but on every day of the week as we gather for worship, healing and support workshops, studies, 12 step meetings, counseling and mentoring sessions, referral services, and social events. We maintain a food pantry for those needing more support, a recovery worship gathering, and child care for those with little ones.

Our Sunday gathering starts at 10AM and our Recovery gathering on Tuesdays at 7PM. Both gatherings include worship with one of the best worship bands in the area. See our monthly calendar and our Facebook page to stay in touch with what is happening each week. You can also sign up on our elist for email enews updates.

 

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