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Moving Into Dangerous Uncertainty

“God calls us to move beyond the silence of Adam. We are to abandon ourselves to God with absolute confidence in his goodness; and with the freedom created by that confidence, we are to move into the depths of dangerous uncertainty with a life-giving word. That kind of movement might be something as simple as encouraging a child by giving extra attention, or something as terrifying as giving your heart where it may not be wanted.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Men of Courage, “Authentic and Inauthentic Men” Page 119

Questions for Reflection:
• What intentional action of trust or kindness can you make this week toward those God has placed in your life?
• If your primary desire is to walk faithfully with God, how does that shape the things to which you say “yes” or “no” this week?


Living Imperfectly But With Holy Vision

“God is telling a story, a story full of life, love, and grace, a story of hating evil and honoring good, a story rich in drama, poetry, and passion. As we see his story told through our lives, we find the courage to handle the inevitable confusion of life. We find the strength to move ahead, to take risks, to relate deeply, because we are caught up in the larger story of God.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Men of Courage, “Authentic and Inauthentic Men” Page 118-119

Questions for Reflection:
• What areas of your life bore or frustrate you?
• How do you usually respond to that boredom or frustration, and what impact does that have on your relationships?
• What changes is God calling you to make to engage ALL of your life’s story in a way that honors the magnificence of the larger story He is telling?
• What is the long term cost if you lose this eternal vision while you deal with daily demands?
• What is gained by living imperfectly but with holy vision?

Strength of Christ

“God calls a man to speak into darkness, to remember who God is and what He has revealed about life, and – with that memory uppermost in his mind – to move into his relationships and responsibilities with the imaginative strength of Christ.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Men of Courage, “Authentic and Inauthentic Men” Page 118

Questions for Reflection:
• What do you currently avoid, feeling ill-equipped to handle relationally?
• What frightens you or feels “too much” for you?
• Share those thoughts with God honestly, but then ask Him to reveal to your heart the reality of His relationship with you that can transform how you respond to the things you currently want to avoid.

Vast Throngs Of People

“Imagine what it would be like if our Christian communities were made up not of experts and ordinary folks but of elders and disciples: elders, men and women who know God well (who would insist, of course, that they barely know him, but who would observably live to know him better); and disciples, vast throngs of people whose hearts have been stirred by the possibility of actually knowing Christ, a possibility they see lived out in the lives of the truly mature. If reformation is to come, it will come through elders, not experts.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Men of Courage, “Authentic and Inauthentic Men” Page 47

Questions for Reflection:
• When you are struggling, do you tend to look for a “spiritual expert” or for a person whose relationships reveal the love and truth of Christ?
• When life is going well, do you tend to seek to be an expert or is your life marked by humble gratitude for God’s faithfulness?
• When are you most prone to seek an “expert” and what do you hope to gain from that person?
• In what circumstances are you most prone to present your expertise rather than to serve those around you unselfishly?

Until Then…

“…We must remember: we live in a fallen world. Neither evil, famine, disease, nor hardship should surprise us. But too often we are surprised that God does so little to make things better. Many prayers for healing and protection go unanswered. And we tremble. Confidence in the goodness of God and the story He is telling must be rooted in Christ’s promise to make everything new (Rev. 21:5). Until then, we trust He is doing good in us and through us.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, Coming Soon!! To be released in July, 2018!

Questions for Reflection:
• How does the tension between the life you long for and the life that you actually experience impact your relationship with God?
• What anchors you in the truth of God’s good character when pain or disappointment threaten to distort your ability to see Him clearly?
• Take some time to consider both the joys and struggles of today in light of the promise that God is even now at work to one day reveal all things made new.
• As you wait, offer yourself His Spirit, to be part of the good plan that He is unfolding.

Don’t Pretend

“Don’t pretend everything is to your liking when it’s not. Face the hard truth that God may allow terrible suffering in the lives of people He loves for at least two reasons. One, to prod us into waiting eagerly with grateful anticipation for the trouble-free life we will forever enjoy in heaven, with Jesus. Two, to discover the Spirit’s power to love like Jesus in any circumstances of life or condition of soul and to thus tell God’s story of amazing grace.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, Coming Soon!! To be released in July, 2018!

Questions for Reflection:
• What parts of your life have you stopped talking to God about because of what He’s allowed to occur?
• Are you silent because you’re waiting for words to express your heart to Him or because you’re withholding your heart from Him?
• How does the promise of eternal joy and of a growing present freedom to love deeply impact your silence?
• Take some time to offer to God the truth about those silent places in your life and to wait for Him to speak into them.

2 Spots Available for the May School of Spiritual Direction (SSD)

A FAST update for those short on time!

We just received two cancellations for the May School of Spiritual Direction (SSD) scheduled to start in a few weeks, May 30-June 6 in Asheville, NC. If you or anyone you know has expressed an interest in attending please share the news or forward this email.

Click here for additional information and details for the SSD, requirements and costs.

Please pray that we could fill the empty seats with some very spontaneous students, that thier time off and funding will come together. It is always a joy to watch how God moves those individuals into our presence and covers the details.

Feel free to call or email with any questions or pass my info to anyone that might be interested in this last minute opportunity.
Andi Sigler
Director of Operations and Conferences
303.217.3909 Cell