24 12, 2018

The Incarnation…a post by Rich

By |2018-12-24T16:45:31-04:00December 24th, 2018|Advent, Beauty, Body, Emmanuel, Grace, Holy Spirit, Hope, Incarnation, Particularity, Relational Design, Trinity|1 Comment

As we turn our minds and hearts to the birth of our Savior this Christmas season we are reminded again of the significance of the Son of God’s incarnation. The descent of God in assuming human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ is history’s game changer.  Malcolm Muggeridge expresses it this way, "Thanks to the great mercy and marvel of the Incarnation, the cosmic scene is resolved into a human drama. God reaches down to relate himself to man, and man reaches up to relate himself to God. Time looks into eternity and eternity into time, making now always

14 11, 2018

Meals of Communion…a post by Joy

By |2018-11-14T16:38:39-04:00November 14th, 2018|Beauty, Body, Community, Gifts, Human, Physicality, Sacramental Perspective, Thankfulness|1 Comment

From my own experience, It really is true that to share a meal with someone is an opportunity of reminding us that we are in communion with Christ. It’s interesting to me that a number of times in Scripture, including the story of the angels who appeared to Abraham to announce to him that he and Sarai would become parents in their ripe “old age”, this bit of news was delivered in a setting around the experience of a meal. The first miracle performed by Jesus was in the venue of a wedding feast, a celebration with others. Yet

26 06, 2018

Real Butter…a post by Tom

By |2018-06-26T19:10:39-04:00June 26th, 2018|Beauty, Decisions, Ephesians 1:7, Favor, Grace, Memory, People, Thankfulness|1 Comment

Recently I journeyed with a 100-year-old woman as she neared death. When she died the family shared memories and reflections on her storied life. I find it fascinating how people focus in and remember the small things over the big. One of the grandchildren, of whom she was particularly fond, recalled going over to her grandma’s small apartment for movie night to eat popcorn made with REAL BUTTER. The grandmother did not have much materially speaking. She lived alone and worked as a waitress. However, when her grandkids came over she used REAL BUTTER! The children were accustomed to

15 05, 2018

What are you exploring?…a post by Tom

By |2018-05-15T14:19:28-04:00May 15th, 2018|Beauty, Burnout, Clarity, Decisions, Discernment, Gift, Grace, Humility, Presence, Rest, Self-Clarity, Stillness, Surrender|1 Comment

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. - T.S. Eliot   What are you looking for? A better sense of self? A better home and garden? More knowledge about the Divine or your divinely inspired pursuits? An idealized Christianity or church to validate a privatized salvation project? To figure out your dysfunctional family system? Untie some knotty existential shoelaces tightened by primal repression so that you no longer trip over fear, guilt, and shame? A well balanced portfolio?

22 04, 2018

The Thrill and Agony of Longing…a post by Jim

By |2018-04-22T22:09:26-04:00April 22nd, 2018|Attachment Patterns, Clarity, Desire, Emotions, Hope, Self-Clarity|1 Comment

Two weekends ago CrossPoint hosted retreat 5 (out of 8) for our current Deeper Journey community. The topic was ‘desire’ and it certainly touched a nerve. The Bible repeatedly speaks to importance of desire, having our desires met by God, avoiding sinful desires, pursuing our deepest desires. Jesus asked the lame man, “What do you want me to do for you?” The answer seems obvious. “I want to walk so please heal me.” It seems Jesus is pointing us to the importance of naming our desires. There is the question of what desires are legitimate to pursue and what

6 11, 2017

Wild Geese…a poem by Mary Oliver

By |2017-11-06T21:52:17-04:00November 6th, 2017|Beauty, Body, Clarity, Creation, Despair, Empathy, Faith, Humility, Imagination, Loneliness|0 Comments

This is a beautiful poem that speaks for itself and the first few lines are of particular encouragement for those tortured souls...you know who you are. Wild Geese You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over

25 09, 2017

Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us…a post by Joy

By |2017-09-25T15:20:59-04:00September 25th, 2017|Approval, Beauty, Creation, Desire, Emotions, Favor, Holy Spirit, Prayer, Psalm 90:17|2 Comments

For two mornings this week I have awakened to this verse going through my mind. Psalm 90:17 (KJV)   “Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us. Establish Thou the work of our hands; Establish Thou the work of our hands. It’s a familiar verse that is quoted in the Midday prayer that we have often quoted through the years for the Deeper Journey retreats.  I also have it in song form by the Northumbria Community in England.  Actually, the song is what awakened me from my dreams both of those mornings. I’ve often been struck by this

13 09, 2017

If anyone thirsts…a post by Tom

By |2017-09-13T02:06:33-04:00September 13th, 2017|Beauty, Desire, Faith, Grace, John 7:37, Trust and Faith|2 Comments

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. - John 7:37 I am struck with this simple and beautiful invitation from Jesus. It addresses four important issues. SELF WORTH Anyone…Yes anyone. Including you? Yes. Including me? Yes. As humans created in the image of God we have the dignity and worth to approach the Savior. God desires all to be saved. NEED Thirsts… Feels a need and wants something more. God I am so thirsty in this broken world. I feel

28 08, 2017

I Lift My Eyes To The Mountains…a post by Joy

By |2017-08-28T17:21:31-04:00August 28th, 2017|Beauty, Creation, Decisions, Discernment, Holy Spirit, Imagination, Psalm 121, Rest, Stillness|1 Comment

  PSALM 121: 1-2 I lift up my eyes to the mountains-- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.   Psalm 121 has always been one of my favorites. My father had all 4 of us children memorize the entire Psalm when we were young. It’s amazing that these verses have come to my heart and mind at different times in my life, even after having not read the Psalm for a very long time. Today, as I look at the mountains in front of me and all

8 02, 2017

Butterfly effect…a post by Tom

By |2017-02-08T15:29:41-04:00February 8th, 2017|Beauty, Creation, Dark Night, family systems, Future, Rest, Solitude and Silence, Trust and Faith|2 Comments

“When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.” —Dean Jackson God’s first revelation is nature.  In nature’s cycles of life, death, and rebirth we see the gospel in action right in front of us.  Our spiritual journey is no different, we must journey through stages of order, disorder, and reorder.  The journey of Jesus was meant to be followed and not just worshipped.   Leaning into our own order, disorder, and reorder while trusting the

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