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Feeling Good Is Not The Goal

“Feeling good is not the goal. When we feel bad, we have the opportunity to do battle against the enemy within that keeps us from entering the Presence of God with no greater passion than to glorify Him.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Shattered Dreams, Page 156

Questions for Reflection:
• How do you respond to dark seasons in your walk with God?
• Do you tend to seek Him in hopes that doing so will ease your struggle?
• Do you withdraw from Him until you feel more like praising Him?
• Are you able both to share honestly with Him how you feel and yet not make your feelings the point of coming to Him?
• Consider the opportunity provided by dark times to come before God with no other agenda than to give Him pleasure.
• Take some time today, whatever your circumstances or state of heart, and thank God that Jesus has made a way for you to approach Him to worship.

His Most Important Work

“When God seems most absent from us, He is doing His most important work in us.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Shattered Dreams, Page 152

Questions for Reflection:
• Consider what the disciples must have experienced, watching Jesus’ death and burial but not grasping the resurrection that was coming.
• What area of your life appears right now to be defeated or destroyed?
• What would it involve for you to embrace this as an opportunity to wait for redemption?

We’ll Be Empowered To Glorify God

“The good news of the gospel is not that God will provide a way to make life easier. The good news of the gospel, for this life, is that He will make our lives better. We will be empowered to draw close to God and to love others well and to do both for one central purpose, to glorify God, to make Him look good to any who watch us live.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Shattered Dreams, Page 150

Questions for Reflection:
• What part of this good news – that through Jesus we are empowered to draw near to God, to love others well and to reveal God’s goodness to those around us – do you currently wrestle most with?
• Which part of the Gospel resonates most deeply with where you are right now?
• Ask the Holy Spirit to deepen your appreciation for the gifts He offers us now and to strengthen your hope as you wait for the fulness that eternity will bring.

Shattered Dreams

“Our shattered dreams are never random. They are always a piece in a larger puzzle, a chapter in a larger story.

Pain is a tragedy. But it’s never only a tragedy. For the Christian, it’s always a necessary mile on the long journey to joy.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Shattered Dreams, Page 4

Questions for Reflection:
• Consider shattered dreams that have marked your life and, perhaps, shaped your view of God.
• What thoughts stir in you? What do you find yourself wanting to say to God regarding what has occurred?
• Take some time today to share your heart with God and ask Him to restore any hope that has been buried in your pain.

Terrifying Doubt

“Let what you see drive you to the precipice of unbelief. Let what you feel bring you to the brink of despair.

If I exist, if I am good, if My story is loving and My plan is on course, My Spirit will speak into the deep place in your heart that only terrifying doubt renders accessible.

And in that place I will anchor you in hope.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, God’s Love Letters to You, Page 80

Questions for Reflection:
• In what ways do you buffer yourself against facing the darkness of doubt and the pain of despair rather than bringing them to God?
• Have you considered that embracing, rather than managing, struggles with unbelief and desolation may be an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to penetrate your heart more deeply?
• What is stirred in you at the thought that unbelief and despair are the place in which God can deepen your hope?
• Ask the Holy Spirit to work in your heart, regardless of your current struggles or lack of them, to anchor your heart more firmly in God’s character.

Denver Metro Complimentary Event With Dr. Larry Crabb

Jonah: The Prophet Who Hated Success

A Denver, CO, complimentary event with Dr. Larry Crabb. Join First Presbyterian Church of Golden and NewWay Ministries as we present a one day seminar taught by Dr. Larry Crabb!

A complimentary event including lunch!

A Denver, CO, complimentary event with Dr. Larry Crabb. Join First Presbyterian Church of Golden and NewWay Ministries as we present a one day seminar taught by Dr. Larry Crabb!

A complimentary event including lunch!

Saturday October 31, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM MDT

First Presbyterian Church of Golden
17707 West 16 Avenue
Golden, CO 80401

Seating is limited-Registration closes tomorrow, Oct. 26 or when sold out!

Register Now!

Drawing Near To God Will Purify Our Desires

“When any ambition other than drawing near to God assumes first-place significance in our hearts, whether the ambition is blatantly self-serving or clearly kingdom-advancing, we’re living the Old Way.

Drawing near to God will purify our desires and energize godly ambition to counsel well, preach powerfully, and write helpful books, and that’s good. When our first-place privilege of nearness to God remains in first place, we abide in the vine; second-place desires become sought-after blessings. Then fruit grows on the branch. That’s New Way living.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, The Pressure’s Off, Page 53

Questions for Reflection:
• Consider the things that have taken most of your time, energy and mental focus lately.
• Have you been primarily living to draw near to God or driven by desires for other things?
• Take some time to thank God for His mercy and ask His Spirit to work in your heart, re-ordering your attention and actions to embrace intimacy with Him as your greatest treasure.


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