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The Narrow Road That Jesus Said Leads To Life

“If you know Jesus and therefore possess a nature made of the same stuff as God’s nature, you can discover a kind of happiness that can be yours even if nothing outside of you changes. But you must learn what it means to walk the narrow road that Jesus said leads to life. Only then will you enjoy the fruit of loving well.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, A Different Kind of Happiness, Page 23

Questions for Reflection:
• If your life is currently marked by ongoing challenges that make happiness seem out of reach, what’s your response to this invitation to a happiness not dependent on improved circumstances?
• Does the call to walk the narrow road as the path to life entice or irritate you?
• Begin a dialogue with God about His invitation and your response to it, and ask Him to increase your desire for the life that only He can give.

Connection Between Loving Others And Finding Happiness

“Nothing in today’s world, including our church world, has been more lamentably treated as fiction, if it is even considered, than the God-arranged connection between loving others and finding happiness. If Jesus is our model, then loving others sacrificially generates a kind of happiness, an awareness of destiny fulfilled, that remains alive even when life is unjustly difficult and our hearts feel empty and alone.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, A Different Kind of Happiness, Page 21

Questions for Reflection:
• If you were asked what would make you happy, would your response typically be: “It would make me really happy to love more sacrificially”?
• What level of internal resistance do you experience when you consider the link between your happiness and the love that you offer others?
• Take some time today to talk with God about this connection between happiness and loving as Jesus does.

Loving Others With A Costly Love

“First thing happiness, in God’s thinking a better kind of happiness, develops when we struggle to love others with a costly love that is possible only if we have a life-giving relationship with Jesus that is grounded entirely in His love for us. This love lets us rest, not complacently but comfortably, in our ongoing weakness and failure.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, A Different Kind of Happiness, Page 20

Questions for Reflection:
• Is the love you’re offering to others fueled by your relationship with Jesus or by your own efforts to be a loving person?
• As you look at any ways you’ve failed to love well today, are you still resting in Jesus’ unfailing love for you?
• Take some time to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal ways in which you’ve moved away from His life and have carried the burden of life on your own.
• Offer those areas to Him again, and allow Jesus’ love to be your strength and rest.

Reveal The Father’s Heart To The World

“The kind of prayer that pours out of us as we walk the narrow road doesn’t center on the good things we legitimately want, such as good health and a decent job or even a happy family and good friends. It rather meaningfully and passionately asks God’s Spirit, at any cost to ourselves, to make us little Christs who reveal the Father’s heart to the world by the way we love.

Dr. Larry Crabb, A Different Kind of Happiness, Page 17

Question for Reflection:
• In what ways are you being given the opportunity to be a “little Christ” to those around you today?

Discover Soul Happiness

“Those who live on the narrow road discover happiness – not always the familiar pleasant feelings that come when life goes our way but rather soul happiness, a weighty anchor that sustains us with hope and joy as we live to love.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, A Different Kind of Happiness, Page 17

Questions for Reflection:
• Think of a time when you experienced the anchored happiness that rose from living to love another.
• What were the circumstances?
• What was God doing in your heart during that time?

Yearning To Put Jesus On Display

“The most important battle is not between ourselves and others….The battle for a better love is fought in us, in everyone whose vision of real love is coming into enough focus to expose our sometimes subtle but always ongoing love of self. It’s a battle that we want to enter when we experience a profound yearning to put Jesus on display by how we love.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, A Different Kind of Happiness, Page 13

Questions for Reflection:
• In what ways does the realization that our most important battle is within us rather than with others offer hope?
• What promises and provision has Jesus made for this internal battle?
• What opportunity is currently before you to engage this internal battle and put Jesus on display in the process?

Rachael’s Prayer Initiative

Dear Prayer Warriors;
 
This is the third time I’ve had to redo this prayer initiative ….This has NOT been a good week for me; two cars stolen from our home, with robbers even coming in the house to get the key fobs WHILE we were home; losing hours of prayer initiative writing and not getting things completed for future speaking deadlines. We just want to be part of 11 Cor 3:3 where our light from within shines forth so that those who witness us know that Jesus is who He says He is because we treat those around us with love…

With that said -join us if you can!

April 29, 5:15; April 30th 8:15, 9:30 and 11pm Larry will be speaking at our church, The Church at Charlotte on the topic of the Faithfulness of God( he has gotten up to date illustrations with the car situations;

May 15-17 Larry will be leading a seminar at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove: Counterfeit Christianity: Recognizing False Teaching in Order to Live the True Gospel based on Colossians;

May 18-19 I will be leading a women’s seminar also at The Cove: Love- The Mark of a Christian , John, 1 John, etc. recognizing that Love is mentioned many times but holiness is mentioned more (for more information visit www.TheCove.org or call 1-800-950-2092.

June; takes us to Colorado for CCU, family and friends. The June 16-23 for our 65th SSD which will also take place at The Cove. Then we take one of our grands to cooking school for her 12th birthday. Trip and Judy will join us for some of that time just like they did when we took Josie to Paris (helped that they speak French);

July; Larry will be doing a plenary and workshop at CS Lewis Oxbridge in Cambridge. (for more information visit www.cslewis.org)

Since moving to North Carolina we have been busy, chaotic, frustrating, etc unpacking, trying to get things settled in NC, selling our Frisco, CO condo in less then 2 days, SSDs, NextStep#10; Medical tests (Larry’s numbers are up -should be 100 or less and are now over 4,000) and 5 mostly small lesions in his liver but they will try something new if his situation changes and the symptoms come back. Pray with us that there is a study on rare cancers taking place at one of the fine teaching med schools here in NC and we can get Larry into one.

Our last visit to CO gave Larry another opportunity to do a legacy piece, the book of Numbers, videoed at our CO church, 1st Presbyterian of Golden—what a fine group of servant friends. Legacy pieces are under the direction of Kep and a group of associates who have formed a ministry named The Larger Story(specifically started to carry on the legacy of Larry and folks from IBC, SSD, and NewWay with Larry’s fingerprints all over it.) Look for more info about The Larger Story in the coming months.

Andi and Chad are continuing on with their dream of the salt float studio, VIVE Float Studio, in Frisco and now in Cherry Creek, Denver, CO and Old Town, Chicago, IL. If you are ever that way, be sure to drop in and have a float. Floating in Magnesium does so much for your body-check it out sometime.

Don’t panic-Larry is not retiring but Kep and Andi are looking toward preparing for the future when Larry does retire.

We cherish “hang out” time with our Spiritual Directors: Trip; Maribeth, Paul, Kent, Karla, Anthony, Tom and Sonja. We are grateful for this great group of folks to hang with and minister with.

NEWS: I didn’t lose this email when we got a call from the police saying they found the stolen Sonata, arrested 2 of the 4 and needed us to come about 40 mins from home to collect it. So one car found and another car to go….They said they had been looking for the driver for awhile knowing he was wanted in several areas. We asked why? but they said they couldn’t tell us…They gave us a tip: Never program a garage opener into your car, use your opener and take it with you as you would your keys; always lock your garage door with the slide lever on the side of the garage track; Since that car was new, only 794 miles on it and most of them done by the robbers, most of the things in the car were not ours…including the bullets, a baby bottle lid (how sad), marijuana, new clothes, foreign money, etc…4 hours later we’re home and I want to say good night.
We thank our God upon every remembrance of YOU,

Rachael, for the little team-Larry, Kep, Andi and me