Summer Playlist: Part Three
Here And Now • June 17, 2018 • Mark Foland
We live in a culture that works against us being present in the moment. We’re bombarded constantly with distractions and demands for our presence. On top of these struggles, we inadvertently put blinders on ourselves by engaging in destination thinking. We’re always looking forward to what’s next that we lose sight of what God is calling to our attention right here and right now. God often speaks in a "still small voice" to direct us, challenge us and encourage us in His path for our lives. He speaks to us in a whisper because He is close. He doesn't need to speak any louder. We just have to slow down, be still, tune our ear and listen.
Summer Playlist: Part Two
(Not so) Great Expectations • June 10, 2018 • Danny Rogers
Everyone has expectations, and quite often those expectations go unmet. Life doesn't play out as we expected. Our hopes and dreams get dashed. We get easily discouraged when God doesn’t move the way we think He should. How we respond to this tension matters more than we realize. When we encounter unmet expectations, the value of discovery allows us to back up and say, “God, what are you doing here? What are you trying to teach us? What can we learn?” Discovery enables us to see opportunity instead of only seeing failure. By embracing the disruption, our eyes focus on the opportunities God might be placing in front of us. When we do this, we experience freedom - the thing we were made for.
Summer Playlist: Part One
Preparing For What's New • June 3, 2018 • Mike Ashcraft
Summer is a disruption to the rhythm we’ve lived in for the past nine months and can serve as a great season of preparation. How can we utilize it to grow our faith? What would it look like to leverage the summer to prepare our heart, mind, and soul for something new? If we're intentional, this focus can lead to new perspectives, new understandings and a new level of trust. We aren’t asking to see what we are already looking for. We are asking Him to help us see something new by opening our eyes and learning to be expectant for the new things He wants to do in us and through us.