Everything depends on what road you take. Sometimes we know exactly what the end goal is supposed to be, but we get distracted along the way; and it ends up costing too much. We end up at a destination that is different than where we were intending to go.
Lost is a feeling we all know. Maybe it's spiritually or emotionally. We all know what it's like to be unable to find our way; especially when it begins to get dark. It can get dark when we get lost in life. Our only hope is when someone who cares about us comes to find us.
Ever run a mile? Ever tried to do it with a backpack full of rocks? Some of us have lived that way for too long - doing life with things weighing us down and holding us back. Weston (Navajo) shares how you can ditch the baggage and live life with freedom!
There are maps that often take us in the wrong direction. Sometimes we think we don't need directions and that we can "figure this out on our own." We end up getting lost, and then we realize we've been looking at the wrong map. How often do we want to get somewhere, but we don't want to follow the directions to get there?
When we think of freedom, we immediately think of a choice. "What can I do that will benefit me the most?" Doing what you feel is reckless freedom, and it can lead you to things you never wanted. Freedom to choose isn't freedom from consequences.
In this session, Bobby talks about the chains you started out with. You've tried to do your best to be free from some of the pain you've grown up with, but when you live with broken all around you, it becomes your "normal.". Our minds can wander unless there is something controlling it, and maybe that's happening to you. Something is controlling you and you don't like it.
We're all from different places and backgrounds, but we all have a story. Your whole life, up until now, was a book. It would look good, but inside that book are some things we'd like to forget. There are some dark things in that book. It's your life up until now...
Our world today can be so harsh and unkind. It truly feels like every man for himself. Yet one person – treating people like Jesus would – can really make a
difference. Hear some practical ideas and steps to help you show Jesus to the people in your world.
Doug and Brad talk about heroes and what they do: rise up in times of danger. Your generation is in danger! A generation with a lot of destruction and despair. The people you know in your life need a real hero.
Weston talks about what "Live Free" means. It can be easy to talk about being free from something, but then there's another type of freedom that can go with it: Freedom to be. Freedom to be who you are in Christ and the freedom to pursue that identity that's in Christ.
Doug talks about God's view of the bridges that bring you back to the things that have chained you, which He has set you free from. But there are powerful tentacles trying to pull you back to the old you. No matter how hard or how many times you try to get away, and no matter who you hurt, it still grabs you.
Have you ever looked at the picture of fast food on a drive through menu, and then compared it to what you get in real life? Oh, the lies! But we face bigger lies than that in life. Things go much more smoothly when we can figure out how to tell what's true and what's not, and God has given us a way to do that. Come hear how you can tune up your spiritual lie detector!
The first rule about Fight Club is that we NEED to talk about Fight Club! When you are a follower of Jesus, you're in His army, which is a great place to be. The good news is that we win, but every soldier still needs to be prepared for the fight. Spiritual warfare is a real thing, but we don't need to be fearful of it. Come hear from Bobby, who has a lifetime of experience with this, as he shares some basics about the battle, and be ready to fight.
Everywhere we turn, the world is throwing their definition of what it means to be a woman. Guess what? They have it pretty wrong. But the God who created you has it right, so let’s take a look at where your worth really comes from.
Most of us either know someone who has struggled with depression or thoughts of suicide, or we’ve been that person. In this Battle Council, you’ll hear how to choose life when it’s really hard to keep going. Discover ways you can battle those life-taking thoughts – whether for yourself or someone you care about.
Native men were relentless warriors who protected and provided for their families and communities. Over the generations Native men have been emasculated by fatherlessness, alcoholism, abuse, and addictions that run deep into the soul. The Native Masculinity Collaborative seeks to help Native men discover the real meaning of manhood by understanding our identity, embracing our responsibilities, facing our fears, and looking to Jesus as the ultimate model for true masculinity.
Craig talks about some of the real Native American heroes; like the Navajo code talkers. The efforts of these great heroes helped us win the war. But, many times, heroes are a reminder that once you're free, you sometimes have to fight to stay free.
Jackie has a complicated and sensitive conversation with us about sexuality. Conversations about sexuality are popular but often mishandled by the world and by the church. Many of us have heard this conversation before in a way that made us feel less human, less whole and less dignified. Jackie instead wants to give dignity to anyone struggling with a particular thing.
There's no greater feeling. Being close to Jesus. And feeling Him use you to make a difference in other people's lives. But that can be more than just a nice chapter in your life - it can be your life. Whether you've been living for Jesus or away from Him, come and find out how, from this point on, you can be God's warrior for life!
We are all different. We come from different backgrounds, different languages, different tribes, and we speak differently. We sometimes feel like we're stuck in a routine, nothing's changing and it's always "going to be this way." Nick tells us about how life can be pretty basic until there is something that transforms it into something beautiful.
Sometimes God allows you to hear things because He wants to get your attention. Bobby talks about four Bible characters that each of us can relate to. Each of these characters has something we've been hanging on to and have stuffed inside ourselves. But Bobby talks about how to take the hurt and put it behind ourselves.
Everyone has a story, and everyone is a story. If we were to write it down, most of our life would be about events that happened in our life, to change our life. There have been events that have transformed who we are.
We use Scripture to back ideas up; but how can we really know that we can trust it? Is it a rule book, or a religious book that people wrote? Doug talks to us about how the Bible is the only truth we can rely on, in a world of lies.
Weston and Rachel talk to us about our bodies and how we are all about our bodies. We feed them, exercise them, shower them, and pleasure them. But, a lot of times we don't realize how big of a deal it really is.
The most awesome life you can live is to follow Jesus; that tells you to be good. But that doesn't tell you how to do it. Five of the On Eagles' Wings team members talk to us about how to actually live a transformed life.
Craig talks about the power of God. Man is amazing enough to know how to harness power like electricity, but how much bigger and more powerful is God? He created it! Is it even possible for us, who are so frail and so weak, to connect with the power of God in our lives?
Grief. Abuse. Family drama. Tragedy. Life's hammers that hit hard. But a hammer can destroy – or it can build. Some people become hard and hurtful and more depressed. Others become stronger than ever. The difference? CHOICES. You didn't get to decide about being hurt. But you decide what it makes you!
Okay, this is not just for people who have struggled with this. It's also for anyone who knows someone that has, and almost all of us are in one group or the other. We'll take a look at the damage porn does, the power Christ gives us over it, and practical strategies for winning with Christ's strength.
Wow! You chose to follow Jesus, and that's awesome! But now what?! If your relationship with Jesus is new, come spend some time with the OEW Team, as some of them share a few secrets of an awesome love that will help you get off to a great start with Jesus!
Addiction comes in many forms with devastating effects on our lives and the lives of those we love. Only in Christ can we find the power to break the chains that hold so many of us back from living the life God has for us. Whether you are dealing with an addiction or know someone who is, we will talk about the freedom that can be found.
There's a lot of fun, crazy and sometimes complicated distractions all around us. So how do we live the way Jesus wants us to in the middle of it all? It's all about your eyesight! When you see things through eternity eyes, it helps makes things clear, and helps us live an even more amazing life. Let's talk about how to keep an eye on Heaven while we're right here on Earth.
Only one Person, only one Story can make sense out of the crazy world we have to live in – and show you how your story can become part of the Grand Story! You'll never understand your world and your life until you hear what only our Creator can tell us! Because there's something so much bigger going on than you ever dreamed!
Sex was supposed to mean a lifetime of love. Too often, it's meant hurt, regrets, being used, unintended consequences. It was never meant to be this way. The Inventor of sex - our Creator - has a plan for this gift He gave us. He spells it out in His "Manufacturer's Manual," the Bible - a blueprint for a future of love as God created it to be. Doug and Anna (Navajo) Hutchcraft will draw on their own story, the stories of many young people they've worked with and, most important, the Creator's own words to help you make "no regrets" relationship choices.
Some of the greatest warriors in history have shown their bravery and courage by fighting against all odds and sometimes, by themselves. The fight may be lonely and long but you can survive with the right strategy.
Don Landis will be taking a look at our Lord God and what it means that He created everything that was created. We will talk about a practical basis for obeying the Lord and enjoying the benefits of following Him. We will also talk about the beginning of the false and evil Kingdom of Satan. This includes talking about what was really going on and what was happening at the Tower of Babel.
In a follow-up to “Everything Goes Back to God,” this is a look at out Ancient past and the Two Kingdoms - the Kingdom of Jesus Christ and the kingdom of satan - including talking about which one are we following and how to win the battle over the evil in our lives and the world. This will help grasp the flow of history and where we are today in relationship to the world around us.
Living in two worlds can sometimes be confusing. As Christian Natives we are under a lot of pressure to stay true to our ancestors. At the same time we must first seek the Kingdom. Explore our dual cultures and seek to find ways to stay true to our Lord and to our People.
Discover how to make the Bible come alive! If you've never read a Bible or if you've tried to read it and gave up, this Battle Council is for you. Consider this an Intro to the Bible. Our Enemy does't want you reading the Bible - he knows the power in the Word! Experience that power, and grow closer in the personal relationship with Jesus that your heart desires.
OEW team member Anna grew up in a family full of pain. A father who drank all the time and was abusive; always having to be careful what she said to him. She has never heard her father tell her he loves her. Always having to lock the doors, sleeping with a knife under her pillow, losing family member after family member from suicide.. Anna knew she needed a change or she would end up like others who grew up like her. They hurt themselves; even kill themselves. She’s watched them all go that way; feeling what they felt. She wishes it could all end. Hear how she found a father on her reservation Who gave her peace, safety and healing.
Basketball was Dustin's way of escaping his pain. With no father, fighting, violence and nothing to do but getting into trouble, Dustin was desperately trying to make his life mean something. But, every time he tried to fix a problem by himself, everything fell apart. Dustin realized he needed a change.
When OEW team member Bach was six, there was a priest from his school who would spend a lot of time with Bach and his brothers, taking them to do fun things. The priest would sometimes tell these boys about God. But one day, it all went horribly wrong when he took Bach with him alone. If God was anything like that priest, Bach wanted nothing to do with Him. Left feeling abused and lonely, Bach turned to sniffing paint and looking at porn to ease his pain for a little while. When he got to high school, he started selling drugs. Until one night he and his friend were held at gunpoint and robbed. This made Bach think about what would have happened if he died. Bach tells us how he ended up in a place he never thought he’d go to find a difference, to find healing, to be free.
Growing up, OEW team member Connie knew all the “church answers” to life’s questions. While in high school, she thought getting good grades, having friends and partying would give her love and help her to be understood. She drank and did the drugs everyone else was doing. But, secretly, she was cutting and she quickly became overwhelmed trying to maintain three identities. This only led her to darkness, depression, loneliness and feeling nothing but not good enough. Connie tells us how she was able to find hope, worth, purpose and unconditional love in Jesus.
What are emotions? They're a reflection of who we are at any particular moment. But, is the reflection who I really am? Dino (Navajo) shares how this reflection is NOT who we are, but who we can let ourselves become.
Some people claim they're Christians but live different lives and practice different ways; this confused Trip Lee. He thought he was a Christian just because his family went to church. His life was totally changed because he found out Who the Creator really is and what He did for us. Trip struggled with being pushed down as he tried to share this new life with people, but he was able to overcome.
So many of us have been hurt by what the world and culture mistakenly calls “love”. In this fascinating session, Ron Hutchcraft leads a discussion that covers what REAL love looks like, and how you can truly love the people around you.
Sex. Often thought about, And hey - can we really say “sex” and “God” in the same sentence? Love. Does it really exist? Is it really out there somewhere? Lies, Heard too many. Want to hear truth and honesty instead? Moose and relationships. What in the world do they have in common?
If you or someone you love has ever had parts of life "stolen" by abuse or hurt, let's talk. You can take steps to keep them from stealing your future. We'll talk about how to find freedom through forgiveness, how to make things right with people you have hurt, and how to turn your hurt into healing for others.