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Interview: A Different Kind of Happiness

Listen to a new interview with Larry Crabb. Dr. Crabb interacted with Chris Brooks on Equipped (Moody Radio) August 25, 2016.

Everywhere we look, we see evidence that love is in short supply. Troubled marriages, online sniping and character assassination all point to the fact that we do not know how to love one another. Too often, our own interests, comfort, and happiness come first. Noted psychologist Dr. Larry Crabb will teach us to love when we don’t feel like it and find a love worth fighting for!

Listen to the interview online.

Even In Your Darkest Night

“It was in the darkness of unexplained suffering that Job learned he was not the prosecuting attorney nor I the defendant. My message to him is My message to you: I remain all-powerful and all-good in your darkest night. Trust Me. You don’t know enough not to.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, 66 Love Letters, Page 88

Questions for Reflection:
• Is there some area of your life that you feel God should be handling differently?
• Have you brought your struggle about what He’s doing to Him directly?
• Do you most desire an explanation from Him or a renewed vision of Him?

Relationally ALIVE!

“Important values such as obedience and endurance must be more than chosen duties or manipulative strategies. They must be energized by the life of God within us, the life of love. They must spring from the relationally alive center planted deep in our regenerate hearts that nourishes a desire to reveal the relational nature of Christ to others by how we relate.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, A Different Kind of Happiness, Page 68

Questions for Reflection:
• Do you tend to view obedience and endurance as pressure to perform well, as determined effort that produces positive results, or as the outflowing of your deepest desire?
• What, if anything, is currently blocking your awareness of the motivating desire to love as Christ does?
• Take some time today to allow the Holy Spirit to renew your awareness of His life at work in you.

NewWay Ministries LAST Colorado NextStep Sept 16-23

 Join us September 16-23, 2016 for our LAST Colorado NextStep SSD at the Glen Eyrie, Colorado Springs, CO.
NewWay Ministries with Dr. Larry CrabbThe time has come to end the Colorado NextStep School of Spiritual Direction events. While our commitment to the Colorado SSD’s will continue, we have made the provisional decision to offer only one NextStep annually. After September all our NextStep schools will be held in NC due to Larry and Rachael’s year end relocation to NC.
So… if time is on your side and you can coordinate a last minute event into your calendar please join us for our last CO. NextStep being held Sept. 16-23 with a Monday night special performance of the Great Divorce by Anthony Lawton, an accomplished professional actor that has performed this one man play around the world.
Should time be on your side but funds are not…let us help you with a payment plan.  Please email or call me, Andi, to discuss a payment plan that works best for you.
About the NextStep SSD…
It’s time to practice what we preach. This weeklong NextStep SSD focuses on translating the teaching of SSD into conversations that matter, through modeling, critique of conversations, and supervision. This will be a more experiential time then teaching, a rich week of intensive and personal interaction in the midst of a learning community.

Humility And Dependence

“The Bible states clearly that God does everything He does for His glory. Perhaps the brightest glory I can give Him comes to life and becomes visible when His Spirit empowers me to reveal by the way I relate both His holy character of love and His sometimes inexplicable but always good ways, even as my internal bedlam continues and at times seems to drown out all noise but its own. It’s then that humility is inevitable and dependence becomes necessary. And that’s a good thing.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, A Different Kind of Happiness, Page 55

Questions for Reflection:
• How does your experience of overwhelming “internal bedlam” shift when you consider it an opportunity for deeper humility, greater dependence and making God’s glory visible?
• Ask the Holy Spirit to anchor your heart today in the hope that He can reveal His love through you even when you are most aware of your own inner chaos.

Relating To Reveal God’s Nature

“We also need to be clear on something else that is easily missed: spiritual formation is relational formation. It is easier, and therefore more talked about, to practice spiritual disciplines in an effort to feel God’s presence than to practice them in order to draw on the Spirit’s power to love well. Spiritually forming people may or may not regularly experience God with them. But spiritually forming people will grow to increasingly reveal God’s nature by how they relate.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, A Different Kind of Happiness, Page 46

Questions for Reflection:
• What spiritual disciplines do you regularly practice and what motivates them?
• Do you tend to think of spiritual growth in terms of how you unselfishly you love others?
• What’s your response to the thought that spiritual formation has more to do with how you reveal God’s nature in your relationships than how regularly you sense the presence of God?

Blessings, Trials, Healing And Pain

“…The gospel of Jesus is good news that is grounded in three phases. It begins with our forgiveness; we literally become sons and daughters in God’s family. It ends when we forever live with God in a community and a city that is good far beyond our ability to imagine. And it centers now in our being spiritually formed in the middle of a seemingly random assortment of blessings, trials, healing and pain – formed to love well, more like Jesus loves.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, A Different Kind of Happiness, Page 46

Questions for Reflection:
• Which of these three phases of the gospel’s gloriously good news do you find it easiest to focus on?
• Which do you struggle with the most and why?
• Take some time to consider how all three – the forgiveness that makes us God’s children, the opportunity in every situation to become like Jesus in how we love, and the coming eternal, perfect community in God’s presence – can impact how you live today.

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