Friday, March 21, 2014

Are You Leaning Into God?

From the base of the cross looking down to where we have The Gathering each Sunday

 We are in the season of lent and we are should be enjoying a time of reflection and anticipation in what lies ahead.  I also realize that some of us might be feeling like we are deeply lost in our our "forty days in the wilderness".  Life and all of it's ups and downs has a way of testing our trust and our faith.
 Remember this:  Easter and the resurrection of new life and new beginnings is just a few weeks away.

Looking up at the huge 90plus ft. cross from The Gathering below. (you can see me waving on the rt. side of the cross)
"Social networking and relationships are helpful, modern phenomena and have become a regular part of most of our lives.  But spiritual connectivity is powerful and eternal.  Without first being connected vertically to God, all the social networking contacts in the world won't be enough.  Don't let a temporal way to connect be a poor substitute for an eternal way.  Ask God now, to open the eyes of your heart, and you will see just how close He has been all this time---and how you can lean into Him even when life is pushing you away.
Here are some questions to reflect on:
* Do you feel like an "intimate stranger" to God?  To others?
*Are you leaning into God for support and comfort or away from Him in frustration? If the later, are you ready to draw close to Him again?
*If people or events were connected with your distance from God, can you release your hurts to Him for the healing of your wounds?
*How will your life be different if you choose to lean into God?  If you don't?"

The above is a paragraph taken from the introduction of one of my books titled, "Leaning Into God When Life Is Pushing You Away."  Many of us have endured "pushing" situations since I wrote this book and it was published in 2009.  Maybe the distance you feel from God is due to a change in your family situation, your living situation, your health, your professional life, or your life in general.  Here's the great news:  at the end of every season of sparsity and questioning God always provides options for starting over.   In the next few weeks and months I will be highlighting a few points  regarding how we might be leaning in or leaning away.  Please check back regularly as we learn how to trust in God more and more. 

* One way that you can learn how to grow closer to God is by joining my wife and I for our monthly telephone church service.  The Call takes place on the 15th of every month at 6pm Pacific time.  It's easy to join us!  Just dial 530-881-1300 at 6pm and key-in 642848#

God is blessing you.  

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  2. Revised comment:

    "Life and all of it's ups and downs has a way of testing our trust and our faith". So true.I am trying to cocoon with God in peace and quiet. I hope to emerge feeling light and energetic again as a butterfly.

  3. Robert you are an encouragement to me. Thank you for your ministry at Garden Grove and now. Many Sundays in attendance at Crystal Cathedral I have been very aware you have a special calling from God in ministry. I will continue to remember you and Donna in prayer. You both have such a special gift in sharing God's word with those which might be "giving up" in life. Hopefully I will make it down to Los Cabas from San Diego this year and attend outdoor worship with you without glass walls this time.
    God's blessing to you on Resurrection Sunday.
    David Benson