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The Point Of Church Is Journeying Together To God

“We are wrong to define only the Sunday morning event as church, and to treat small groups as an option, as an add-on that some might want to do in addition to ‘going to church.’ I prefer to think of the preaching/worship service as an important time in itself, as an opportunity to encounter God, but also as preparation for spiritual community, as a prelude to journeying more closely together in the right direction. Both define church.

The point of church is journeying together to God.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Becoming a True Spiritual Community, Page 165

Questions for Reflection:
• Is your tendency to think of church as programs that you attend or as relationships in which you help one another embrace truths that deepen your love for God and others?
• Is anything currently hindering you from “journeying together to God”?
• Are there any deliberate changes that the Holy Spirit’s asking you – to make to your priorities or schedule or relationships -so that you can strength your involvement in spiritual community?

I’ve Invited You To My Party

“Always keep My party in the forefront of your mind. I’ve invited you to My party. I’ve equipped you to love. I’ve anchored you in hope. You’ll face terrific opposition as you live to tell My story. Keep My story alive in your mind, and I’ll keep you dancing on the narrow road. Keep moving. My plan will soon come to a spectacular climax.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, 66 Love Letters, Page 394

Questions for Reflection:
• As a new year begins, are there specific ways that God is calling you to adjust your life and schedule to keep His coming party at the forefront of your mind?
• If you are having to make life changes that you hadn’t anticipated or wanted, what opportunities are you being offered within them to renew your focus on the coming joy He’s preparing?

Willing To Persevere Through Anything

“My Son is the perfect Person I had in mind for all people to be. He is the perfect Person whose image you will become. The more clearly you see perfect maturity in Him, the more you’ll be drawn to that goal, the less divided you’ll be, and the more willing you’ll become to persevere through anything in order to be formed like My Son.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, 66 Love Letters, Page 219

Questions for Reflection:
• When you think of Jesus as the perfect Person, does that stir in you hope or pressure today?
• Take some time to read the Gospels today, noting how Jesus’ perfect, obedient life was lived out of trusting intimacy with His Father, not self-motivated effort.
• Ask the Holy Spirit to renew your hope today and rejoice that the work Jesus did in opening the way for us to become children of God makes it possible for us to grow in intimate trust in our heavenly Father.

Quick NewWay Ministries Updates

1) Becoming a True Spiritual Community is a featured Kindle Monthly Deal available through Dec. 31, 2016. Please purchase through any online e-store platform located under the Kindle Monthly Deal. Enjoy and spread the word.

2) Larry and Rachael are officially in NC. The move went smooth and they are beginning to find their rhythm. While NC is their primary home all correspondence should still be sent to:

NewWay Ministries
PO Box 393
Silverthorne, CO 80498

3) The 2017 Calendar of Events to include Speaking Engagements, School of Spiritual Direction and NextStep dates has been released! View calendar.

4) The March School of Spiritual Direction is just around the corner. Please join us in Asheville, NC for this 7-day relational intensive led by Larry and team. For more information or to apply, go here.

 

What A Climactic Turning Point In History!

“To enjoy Me, live like Him. There’s no other way to experience joy in our relationship. Worship before Bethlehem’s manger. What humility! Watch My Son live. Listen to Him speak. What beauty! What wisdom! Fall down at the foot of the cross. What love! What a climactic turning point in history!”

Dr. Larry Crabb, 66 Love Letters, Pages 389-390

Questions for Reflection:
• In what ways have you sought to experience Christ this Christmas season?
• In what ways might you give others a taste of Christ’s goodness and love as we celebrate His birth?

Bringing Heaven’s Kingdom To Earth

“My Son had no greater desire than to carry out His part in My plan. That is the center of spiritual formation, not more energy, not feeling more upbeat, but a clear awareness of the deepest truly human desire, a desire that releases resolve, an unflinching determination to follow the lead of My Son in bringing heaven’s kingdom to earth, a longing to love.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, 66 Love Letters, Page 220

Questions for Reflection:
• Amid holiday preparations, are you finding joy and rest in following Jesus’ lead in bringing heaven’s kingdom to earth in the way that you love?
• Take some time today to lay down any pressured plans you’ve been carrying and to embrace the freedom of following your desire to reveal God’s glory by the way that you love others.

The Power Of Hell Cannot Destroy Them

“I sent My Son to destroy the devil’s work [1 John 3:8-9]. And He did. He has taken over. You ask what difference He has made. There is now a community of people who, though their souls may feel empty, are filled with My Spirit, a people whose lifestyle is giving from trusted fullness rather than grasping for demanded fullness. They are My people. I am their God. They are My Son’s church, His bride and body, and the power of hell cannot destroy them. They are the army I have raised up and equipped to represent Me and to advance My purposes in this world.”

Dr. Larry CRabb, 66 Love Letters, Page 208

Questions for Reflection:
• As we approach the celebration of Christ’s birth, consider the ways that Jesus’ coming did not match the expectations of those awaiting the promised Messiah.
• Are there ways that your expectations of how God “should” work may be keeping you from seeing Him revealed in the world and in His people and in your own life?
• Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you today—regardless of felt emptiness or fullness—into faithfully representing Christ and advancing His purposes in the world.