If we are not earnest in our religion, and if our wills and inclinations are not strongly exercised, we are nothing.

- Jonathan Edwards

May 2010

“Our hope of  satisfaction later in an eternal experience of God is a more reliable foundation for following Jesus in this life than a satisfying experience of God now.”

Larry Crabb, Real Church

I know I pray it often enough.  We want to see Jesus.  And we should want to.  But too often that prayer leads us to believe we should see Him.  And when we don’t, something must be missing from our spiritual life; something that must be fixed.  So we read another book, go to another seminar or maybe even change churches, just to relieve a poorly defined ache within.

What would it be like for us to embrace the ache as an indication that not only do we want more of Jesus (a good thing), but that possibly the ache itself is what spiritually forms us?  Could it be that some of what we experience as soul pain can be “transformed by the Spirit into a desperately compelling hunger for God that will keep us seeking Him with all our heart for the rest of our lives”?

We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Rms. 5:3-4)

May you discover joy in troubles, a spiritual stamina your never thought you had, a deeper character than you ever thought possible and a fuller hope that He truly is up to something good… in you.

Because He Is Near,



NOTE:  This is the month we begin gearing up for our staff training early next month.  The Lord has graciously provided much of the cost for this event as well as bringing Dr. Larry Crabb to provide the training.  Please be in prayer regarding our final preparation both in the details and final fund raising for it.

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