Jun 9, 2019
Road Trip With God – A Guide for the Journey
Series: Let's Go
Numbers 9:15-23
 
Moses had already gone through a 40-year spiritual wilderness journey with God (dealing with his anger and dark side, with solitude shaping him) and was therefore equipped to guide Israel on the similar journey they were to take; God sent cloud by day and fire by night to guide Israel; God provides guides and companions for our spiritual journeys
 
"The best guide for any journey is one who has made the journey him-or or herself-perhaps multiple times-and thus knows something about the terrain, the climate, the beauties, dangers and challenges present at each point along the way. Part of what qualified Moses to lead the people of Israel out of their bondage was that he had already been on his own journey out of bondage and into the freedom to follow God fully."
Ruth Haley Barton. Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry.
 
"Moses had traversed the wilderness territory of his own soul for forty years, and he knew how to find God there." Ruth Haley Barton. Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry.
 
Seek out and have a conversation with a spiritual companion or guide who has been on a similar journey.
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  • Jun 9, 2019Road Trip With God – A Guide for the Journey
    Jun 9, 2019
    Road Trip With God – A Guide for the Journey
    Series: Let's Go
    Numbers 9:15-23
     
    Moses had already gone through a 40-year spiritual wilderness journey with God (dealing with his anger and dark side, with solitude shaping him) and was therefore equipped to guide Israel on the similar journey they were to take; God sent cloud by day and fire by night to guide Israel; God provides guides and companions for our spiritual journeys
     
    "The best guide for any journey is one who has made the journey him-or or herself-perhaps multiple times-and thus knows something about the terrain, the climate, the beauties, dangers and challenges present at each point along the way. Part of what qualified Moses to lead the people of Israel out of their bondage was that he had already been on his own journey out of bondage and into the freedom to follow God fully."
    Ruth Haley Barton. Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry.
     
    "Moses had traversed the wilderness territory of his own soul for forty years, and he knew how to find God there." Ruth Haley Barton. Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry.
     
    Seek out and have a conversation with a spiritual companion or guide who has been on a similar journey.
  • Jun 2, 2019Road Trip with God – Do We Gotta Go
    Jun 2, 2019
    Road Trip with God – Do We Gotta Go
    Series: Let's Go
    Exodus 14:10-20
     
    The Israelites had to be convinced to go on the journey to the Promised Land and to not turn back. They moved from being unaware of their situation, to an awareness, and finally to a turning point at which they were willing to venture forth in a new direction toward a new location. For them, it was a move out of slavery in Egypt and its gods toward a Promised Land with Yahweh.
     
    God defeated all the gods of Egypt to set his people free. They still needed to have the courage to leave Egypt and not go back. "Awareness always calls us to take responsibility for responding to what we are seeing-which is another reason that many of us seek to avoid awareness for as long as we can." Ruth Haley Barton. Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry. God made a way for them across the Red Sea, illuminating their path forward and guarding them from attack behind.
     
    Consider if there are any gods you need to walk away from.
  • May 26, 2019Lets Go Called By God
    May 26, 2019
    Lets Go Called By God
    Series: Let's Go
    Exodus 3:1-17
     
    Hearing God's call and beginning to go on the journey/road trip with God; Moses began the journey of leading the Israelites to freedom at the burning bush; Israel moves from pre-awareness to awareness to a turning point of setting out on a journey; vision of a Promised Land; Moses and Israel begin a journey of becoming the people God made them to be.
     
    "As Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote in her famous poem: Earth's crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God; but only he who sees, takes off his shoes-the the rest sit around it and pluck blackberries. If spiritual leadership is anything. it is the capacity to see the bush burning in the middle of our own life and having enough sense to turn aside, take off our shoes and pay attention!" Ruth Haley Barton. Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry.
     
    St. Ignatius' practice of consolation and desolation to discern where we are spiritually; "God's will for us is generally for us to do more of that which gives us life (John 10:10) and to turn away from those things that drain life from us and debilitate us." Barton; Deut. 30:19-20; Also, assessing who you are and who God is calling you to be and having the courage to follow this calling.