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Simply Confess Where You Are

“God meets us where we are to empower us to move closer to where we long to be. He does not meet us where we pretend to be, or where we wish we were, or where in better days we once were. He meets us where we confess to be.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Fully Alive, Page 172

Questions for Reflection:
• Reserve some time today to sit in the presence of God and simply confess where you are.
• Allow the Holy Spirit to reveal what is true about your heart today, as opposed to seeing yourself as you pretend or seek to be or once were.
• Wait for Him to meet you in the truth of that confession.

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No Matter What Happens

“Moving through our problems toward finding God requires a fresh understanding of community and a courageous willingness to enter it. We must learn how to talk with one another so that the object of our conversation is to disturb each other with how manipulative, defensive, and self-serving we are. Our conversation must also entice us to influence others for good, to enjoy our uniqueness, and to rest fully in the goodness of God, no matter what happens.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Finding God, Page 190

Questions for Reflection:
• When was the last time that you had a conversation that disturbed you in a good way?
• What kinds of conversations have enticed you to influence others for good, to enjoy your uniqueness and to rest in God’s goodness, regardless of your circumstances?
• Is there anyone to whom you long to offer that kind of conversation today?

Engage, Explore, Envision

EEEDo 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?  

SPACE STILL AVAILABLE: Join Dr. Larry Crabb September 6-13, 2017 in Colorado Springs, CO 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 in September,
The Little Team

NOTE: Scholarship funds still available. View additional information on funding and process. CEU’s available upon completion. Go here for additional details or to apply.

 

Don’t Lose Sight Of Our Higher Calling

“It is not wrong to work actively to overcome problems….

It is wrong, however, to focus so much effort on solving our problems that we lose sight of our higher calling to find God in the midst of our problems.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Finding God, Page 134

Questions for Reflection:
• Can you think of a time when you were so caught up in trying to overcome a problem that you lost sight of drawing near to God in the midst of the situation?
• In contrast, what have you gained in the midst of hardship when you have made enjoying God your focus?

Assessing Oneself

“The mature Christian judges himself, not with the spirit of self-hatred, but with the eager desire to conform more fully to the image of Christ. Assessing oneself for the purpose of growing has nothing to do with a contemptuous and obsessive search for evil motives, nor is it prompted by an urge to defend oneself or to prove oneself worthy.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Finding God, Page 131-132

Questions for Reflection:
• Take some time today to thank God for the opportunity to become like Jesus.
• As you look at God’s redemption at work in your life, what are you most grateful for?
• In which areas do you long to grow more like Christ?

Pressure? Or Celebration.

“Either we live under pressure to grow, or we celebrate grace.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Finding God, Page 131

Questions for Reflection:
• Have your relationships been more characterized lately by pressure to grow or by a celebration of grace?
• Who is in need of grace from you today?
• In what areas of your own life is the Holy Spirit inviting you to stop pressuring yourself to grow and instead to enjoy God’s grace that has given you new desires to honor Him?

In The Midst Of Mystery

“There simply aren’t any formulas to follow in handling the things that matter most. And we think God designed it that way, not to frustrate or discourage but to call something out of us that he has already put in us, something that is released only when we abandon ourselves to him in the midst of mystery. Spiritual manhood involves the courage to keep on moving – in the middle of overwhelming confusion – toward relationships.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Men of Courage, Page 16

Questions for Reflection:
• Consider a time when you didn’t have solutions to a problem, but you kept moving toward others relationally.
• What did you find was called out from you or released through you when you made loving well more important than fixing the problem?
• Is there some situation today in which you are being called to move forward relationally rather than figuring out a formula that you can fall back on?