An Unmistakable Presence: Mission Trip Excerpt

(June 26th 2006 – Reynosa, Mexico) Monday(later that day) After lunch we began another ATL.  But this time I couldn’t hear the Spirit counseling me.  What a bummer.  And I knew what it meant.  I had seen in the morning session that those who didn’t hear  would get stuck in Covering Prayer. Being obedient to…


Reading Scripture: Final Thoughts

More about living the Word: Important Warning:  In the moment, when you first get a new insight, it might not seem all that powerful or important.  You might not take the time to write it down.  And that would be a mistake.  You don’t know what is going to happen in your life next week. …


Beauty in the Little Things: Mission Trip Excerpt

(June 26th 2006 – Reynosa, Mexico) Monday I sensed the need to fast on Monday. That morning we had our first of many ATL’s (Ask The Lord), where we would sit quietly and pray for direction on what He wanted us to do during our next session. We would have 7 sessions over the next…


Reading Scripture: Taking Action

Let’s continue our discussion on reading scripture: Once you’ve gleaned the real meaning of the passages you’ve highlighted, I recommend asking the Lord for an application for your life.  What is Holy Spirit telling you about this passage that can be applied to your daily life?  What is He revealing that you can share with…


Believe What You Hear: Mission Trip Excerpt

(June 25th 2006 – Reynosa, Mexico) SUNDAY Today we started with teachings from David in the chapel as we would every morning.  He is an incredible man of God.  He is a Jewish son of a Rabbi who at 32 found Christ.  As such he is a teacher unlike any I have ever heard.  Most…


Reading Scripture: Understanding Context

Today we’ll continue our discussion on reading scripture: I wrote earlier that we’ll typically be studying one chapter a day, but will occasionally break that into smaller chunks.  If you have time, read through the chapter or passage once straight through without stopping, just enjoying the story or the teaching.  Then, take a second pass…


I Asked, and He Answered: Mission Trip Excerpt

(June 24th 2006 – Austin, TX) We met at Gateway Church this morning at 6am and drove to Reynosa, Mexico – about a 6 hour drive.  There we rendezvoused David Schiff, our leader from Adventures In Missions (AIM), and did some exercises to begin listening for the promptings of the Holy Spirit in the city…


Reading Scripture: Hearing the Word

A couple of posts ago, I gave advice on how to start reading scripture. The advice was pragmatic:  find a comfortable place to read, and make time every day.  My advice moving forward is more ephemeral. As you start reading, pray that God speaks into your life.  I typically pray that Holy Spirit come and…


You Get What You Give: Mission Trip Excerpt

In 2006 I signed up for 2 mission trips, back to back.  It was something that had been on my heart for a couple years, but still I was too selfish to give away a week of my like.  In early 2007 my walk started to become primary to me and I decided to jump…


How to Usher The Word into Your Life

We spoke last week about the vision to create – with your help –  the most complete study on Calling and Stewardship that exists, and to have that here, free and available to anyone in the world.  Every couple of posts or so,  I’ll pick a passage, discuss it, and ask for feedback, input and…