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Getting God

“Christ’s relationship with His Father was the driving passion behind every request He made. Relationship preceded petition. His life is a profound demonstration of the point I’ve been making: that getting God is worth infinitely more than getting the things we want from God.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, The PAPA Prayer, Page 49

Questions for Reflection:
• In what ways are you deliberately choosing to pursue relationship with God as your primary passion?
• What things do you tend to believe are necessary in addition to God Himself?
• What does trusting in other things for life cost you?

No One Else’s Pain

“Even there, in Gethsemane, [Jesus] trusted His Father with all His troubles. Their relationship, a brutally honest one, was everything to Him. Like any other human being, Jesus didn’t relish the prospect of torture. Unlike any other human being, He was prepared to experience the agony of ultimate loneliness because (and I’d never dare say this if it wasn’t clearly said in Scripture) it pleased the Father to bruise Him (Isaiah 53:10). Never was the Father pleased to bruise anyone else. No one else’s pain could get us into the family where God could reveal Himself as our Papa.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, The PAPA Prayer, Page 49

Questions for Reflection:
• Is there any need you’re praying for God to meet that you’ve made an affirmative answer the litmus test of His goodness?
• What does Jesus’ heartfelt plea and His trusting acceptance of His Father’s “no” call us to believe being in relationship with God means?

What Did Jesus Value Most?

“And Jesus not only taught us how to pray, but He showed us how to pray. Never once did He place priority value on anything that would put distance between Him and His Father. Of course He wanted a good meal after His forty-day fast, but not if it would distance Him one inch from His Father. And if using His resources to protect Himself kept His Father’s kingdom from being displayed, He didn’t use them.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, The PAPA Prayer, Page 48

Questions for Reflection:
• Take some time to read through the Gospels over the next week, considering the ways that Jesus, by His choices, not just by His words, revealed what it looked like for oneness with His Father to be His greatest treasure.
• What do your choices reveal about what you most value?
• Is there any change that the Holy Spirit is inviting you to make right now, in order to deepen your intimacy with your heavenly Father?

Pray In The Spirit, As Christ Did

“The Lord’s Prayer shows us how to pray in a way that honors the purpose of prayer. It moves us toward abiding in Christ, toward becoming aware of His life in us, with its heavenly rhythm and purpose. First things and second things begin to sort themselves out, and we pray differently. We want different things. We want what God wants. And we pray in the Spirit, as Christ did.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, The PAPA Prayer, Page 48

Questions for Reflection:
• Take some time to pray the Lord’s prayer, slowly, considering each part of it.
• What stirs in your heart as you do this?
• How does this prayer draw you away from making self-focused demands on God and invite you into resting in God?

Scholarship Funds Available

Have you or someone you know always wanted to attend a School of Spiritual Direction (SSD) but finances have stopped you/them? We can help… thanks to a kind donor.

We have 3 spots left for this upcoming SSD.

We can help with funding- you just need to coordinate your schedule, pack fast and come prepared to let the Holy Spirit reveal your relational impact on the Larger Story.

Join us next month, March 22-29, 2017 in Ashveille, NC for the School of Spiritual Direction. Email andi@newwayministries.org for financial assistance. See below for details…
Do you ever wonder what your ‘relational impact’ is on your family, friends or colleagues? Is it time to consider how you might impact the Larger Story God is telling by the way you relate?  
Join Dr. Larry Crabb next month, March 22-29, 2017 in Asheville, NC for our School of Spiritual Direction. Listen and interact as Larry ‘unpacks the impact’ we can have on others and the Larger Story God is telling through our Holy Spirit inspired relational conversations.
This 7-day intensive will focus on three expressions of impact (among many others) that we should be aware of and the life-giving opportunities we can have on others and God’s Larger Story. If you attend, you will likely leave with:
  • a clear framework for ENGAGING in conversations that spiritually direct others through a biblical framework. Theologically guided and Spirit energized conversations often awaken a hunger to know the Father in life-giving ways, to know the Son with a passion that stirs the longing to make Him known and to know the Holy Spirit in a way that develops awareness of His promptings.
  • an experience of EXPLORING your own life in a safe community in order to discover the life of Christ within you that when released into others brings joy into your soul.
  • ENVISIONING the Larger Story God is telling through all that goes on in your smaller story of everyday living; an understanding of the beauty of God’s love story that draws you to advance its plot by how you love and relate.
In the unfolding of the week, you will become more clearly aware of the core struggle with the flesh still alive in your soul, an awareness that deepens your gratitude for grace and strengthens your motivation to follow Jesus on the narrow road to life.

Pray about attending. Come with the Spirit’s leading and you can expect to experience His redemptive, releasing, re-invigorating work in your mind, heart, and soul. It would be good to meet you. Keep in mind that no previous training, either in theology or counseling, is needed to fully profit from the week. We’re simply looking for committed Christians who want to know the Lord in a way that releases them to impact others for His purposes.

We hope to see you next month,

The Little Team

NOTE: Scholarship funds available-email Andi at andi@newwayministries.org  for specifics. CEU’s available upon completion. For additional details or to apply click here.

Entering Into Someone Else’s Battle

“Connecting begins when we enter into someone else’s battle to experience God with the empathy of a fellow struggler and the faith to know it can happen. So much ‘connecting’ centers on our problems in the hope that someone can make them go away. True connecting centers on the spirit within us, that awakened capacity to experience God.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Connecting, Page 151

Questions for Reflection:
•Is there someone that you are longing to connect with in their struggles?
• What has hindered that in the past?
• How might your engaging that person as a fellow struggler, believing that God longs to reveal Himself in and to you both, change the way you relate?

So That’s What Life Is All About!

“If you focus more on the smaller story of your life from your natural birth to your natural death, you will misunderstand everything that matters. You’ll mistake your joys and sorrows for the fullness of real joy that lies ahead and real sorrows that you’ll never experience….

But when you hear the Master Storyteller tell His story, a shift happens in the center of your heart. You pause in the middle of terrific blessings or terrible trials, or maybe just everyday life, and you say, ‘So that’s what life is all about!'”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Real Church, Page 164-165

Questions for Reflection:
• In the midst of dealing with today’s responsibilities and routines, which story holds your focus?
• Take a moment to ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to the ways He’s at work and the opportunities you have to share His story with your life.