Yes 2 Choices Jesus
There is a yes. A lurking seed in the heart, urging us to do illogical, dangerous things. When it gets the better of us, anything could happen. Some jump from airplanes, climb mountains, drive fast cars, or fall in love. For a moment their heart throbs with the joy of risk. But it fades. We ache: for beauty, danger, and the risk of love. We watch their shadows on screens and stages. We grasp, as they slip through our fingers: they are not for sale. But some seem to have found the secret. You can tell by their burnt trails of audacious behaviour and their hungry, happy eyes. Have you seen Him? they sing. Who? The homeless man who walked by the sea singing, Come! Lose your life! Follow me. No where. No how long. Just come. Fishermen threw away their nets, prostitutes left their street corners, and taxmen shut…Continue Reading
Uncertainty and the Kingdom
One of the most common questions I get as a friend, mentor, and someone who is continually changing places is “Where should I go?”, “What should I do with my life?”, or “What if I miss what God wants me to do?”. Usually I laugh.. because I ask the same exact questions. Yet, the more that I continue to walk arm in arm with God, the more I’ve wrestled with questions like this. The more they actually become less and less about locations and time, and more about the deeper things of life. Passions, callings, purpose, dreams. Actually, the more I ask those questions, the more I come out on the other side believing that knowing for certain what I should ‘do’ or ‘where’ I should go isn’t really the right question (and not that there is right and wrong, but you get what I’m saying). My friend Dan Baumann…Continue Reading
Mercy of God
About six months ago, my wife and I were driving with our newborn son in the backseat of our car. We stopped at a stop light and were in conversation when all of the sudden, BOOM! We were hit by a van behind us. Of course we were shocked, and the first thing we both thought about was our son! He immediately started crying and we both jumped out of the car so we could check on him. We didn’t even take time to notice the catering van behind us and the young women who was driving it. We were so focused on our son. The whole incident was quite dramatic with a fire truck and ambulance arriving to check everyone out. Not only was the accident her fault, but she hit a car with a newborn baby. When I did get time to talk to the women who hit…Continue Reading
Where is Your Gaze?
There are times when we are separated from our community only to grow like we never have before. During this Christmas break, the Father has stretched me and taught me so much about not only myself, but also who He is. It started with the Holy Spirit speaking to me saying, “I am going to teach you something that I can only teach you separated from everyone.” I’ve had ample time to myself, which I chose to cultivate by reading and spending time with Jesus. Two books that have impacted me the most while being home are “Jesus Is ____” by Pastor Judah Smith and “Learning to Love” by missionary Heidi Baker. Two overarching themes that I learned from these books are “Focus on Jesus, not Yourself” and you guessed it, “Learning to Love.” When we turn our gaze toward the Father we start to hear the heavenly truths and…Continue Reading
Never Walk Alone
The last article I wrote concerned the heart motivation we all follow. I’d like to present the second major theme/ topic (which I had mentioned incredibly briefly) that God spoke to me and taught me about over the past nine months of studying the bible- community. This idea of community isn’t just about a couple of families or a few people living in a house together, but it is the idea of people needing one another and for those following Christ, the necessity of other Christians around them. I will open with this idea and expound upon it, please don’t let me lose you as this statement might shock some readers: Jesus + Just You is not enough in your life. In the beginning God created man. We know that Adam walked in the Garden of Eden with God in the cool of the day, this would seem like it…Continue Reading
STRIVE AWAKEN MAG - Photo by Paul Filitchkin
As I write this I am sitting in the Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea, where there is a light dusting of snow on the ground and an endless blue sky out the window to my left. I am on my way back to Seattle for Christmas, having just spent the past nine months taking part in an intensive bible study course that focuses on an inductive method of bible study. Reading through the text of the bible itself five times and doing historical background studies through each book, spending an average of 11-13 hours a day six days a week in the bible and study materials. If there is one thing I have learned in my time studying the bible it is that the heart motivation in why we do things is of the utmost importance. What is motivating us? Why do we do what we do? Motivations can be something as simple as…Continue Reading
advent-coming
“A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more. ‘Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded.’ declares the LORD. ‘They will return from the land of the enemy. So there is hope for your future,’ declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 31:15-17 Recently my world has been rocked by two Daniels*. If we could sit by the fire on a chilly Mexican evening, I would tell you the long version of their stories. For now, I’ll just tell enough to peak your interest and hopefully your burden to pray for each of them. Their stories are Advent stories—Jesus bursting onto the scene of their dark, turbulent existence and puncturing it with Himself. Daniel #1 In November, I had the “airmiles gift” of visiting Kenia in Cape…Continue Reading
remembering-reality
Confession: I’m not good at going slow (which also means I have a tendency to be impatient). I‘m one of those ‘all-in’ types or the ‘go big or go home’ kind—probably had a lot to do with trying to keep up with older brothers and not wanting to be the pansy little sister. I would also call myself someone who can ‘get the job done’. Give me a task and I’ll make sure it gets accomplished (and probably with a little extra flair). I was told once that we need to be historians. We must remember both our history with the Lord and the History of who he has shown himself to be.  So maybe that’s why it’s hard for me when I feel like the Lord speaks something to my heart, or gives me a little extra insight into my life and the things to come. Sometimes I get in…Continue Reading
Casa Libertad Awaken Spain Barcelona YWAM
One thing I have learned over the past few years is that God is creative. When he walked the earth, almost every miracle recorded was done differently. In contrast, my tendency is to want some format to see results—A+B=C always and forever, but maybe God likes to use the pythagorean theorem then throw in a random variable at the last minute in which case we come to a conclusion that requires calculus (ah! a reason I switched my Major in College). he looked at me and said, “The Lord is going to give you a house.”  The following is a story I could not make up if I wanted to: It was the start of an ordinary day in an Awaken Discipleship Training School in Kona, Hawaii and I was told to give our speaker for the week a bottle of water before he began. He happened to be a prophetic…Continue Reading
The Hour We are in
Never in history have we been so close to finishing the Great Task that Jesus gave us before he ascended into heaven than we are today, and it is only a matter of time until ALL have heard the Good News. I’ve never been so sobered to the reality of the hour we are living in, and unshakably convinced of the need for all of us who call ourselves ‘disciples’ to no longer meddle in the shallow waters of mediocrity and waste our time doing what we want to do, but rather give ourselves entirely to finishing the Great Commission and hasten the day of His return. The year 2020 is very significant and it is well known in the missions community because it is the watershed year that many missions leaders, including Loren Cunningham (founder YWAM), Stephen Douglass (president Campus Crusade), believe that the gospel will be preached to…Continue Reading