This year, I joined with a friend, Terry Montague, and put together a journal with reflection questions, prayers, and weekly group discussion questions to go along with Stephen Macchia’s “Outstretched Arms of Grace.” You can pick up both on Amazon or at the Leadership Transformations Bookstore, here. Note: you can go through the daily devotional alone but the companion guide only works alongside the devotional.
Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room: Advent Reflections
… a devotional for the Advent season: “Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room” walks the reader through several key elements of opening one’s heart to God. Includes daily reflections through Christmas Day as well as a Group Discussion guide for daily or weekly discussion/prayer.
Click here (sample chapters) for a sample of the introduction and first day.
Available on Amazon – click here. Also, available on Kindle (click here). If you would like to order 10 or more copies, we can offer each copy for $9 which includes tax and shipping. Click here to order.
What people are saying …
“The devotional received so much positive feedback. Week after week people told me how much they were enjoying it. Several people indicated that they we’re going to do it again immediately after Advent because they felt like there was more they could get out of it. Thank you for the time, prayers and wisdom you poured into this writing this book.” Mary Beth Rentsch, church leader in Michigan
The God Who Dances
In the first three chapters of Ephesians, we find a beautiful description of who we are Christ and we are extended an invitation to “dance” with the Trinity … to do life with God. Early in church history, theologians used the concept of a dance to describe the way that the Trinity (Father, Son, and Spirit) exists in oneness yet are three. This study builds on the idea that we are invited into the Trinitarian dance which forms us through participation.
Often we simply stop to celebrate and then trust the truth that God loves us, but we don’t move into a place where we experience that truth. This study walks through a passage that offers a practical desciption of how we move from independently directing our lives to living in loving union with God.
You can access this study by clicking the “God Who Dances” link on the toolbar above.
We are Strong by Being Weak … 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Enlarge My Heart … Psalm 119:32
What is Desert Direction?
Desert Direction is a spiritual formation ministry in the Christian tradition, valuing the text of the Bible, centered on the Trinity, and emphasizing a contemplative approach. Spiritual formation is grounded in the ideas that we are always being formed by something and that God is always present in our lives. Therefore, learning to be attentive to His presence enables us to be formed by Him which is the greatest desires of our hearts.
Desert Direction is a ministry designed to come along side people to help awaken desire, adjust perspectives, and live attentively in deepening intimacy with God as Father, Son, & Spirit.
The desert is representative of letting go. It is in the desert that we learn to rely on Him alone. It is in the desert that we learn to become content in Him. It is in the desert that we come face to face with ourselves and Him. So, it is into the desert that He leads us so that He might speak to our hearts.
A Great Resource
Mansions of the Heart is an excellent book that walks through prayer paradigm of Teresa of Avila (Interior Castle, 16th century). Tom Ashbrook, author of Mansions, and I have put together a Study Guide to help individuals and groups process the content of his book. If you desire to go deeper in your life with God, check this out! You can go to mansionsoftheheart.com for more info on this resource as well as order information.
Study Guide for Brother Lawrence
“The Practice of the Presence of God” with Study Guide is now available. We were designed to live life in the “presence of God” and this study guide helps the reader walk through reflection questions and various prayer “experiments” that apply the simple, yet profound concepts that Brother Lawrence shared centuries ago. Each chapter includes a group discussion so that the material can be processed and applied in community. This study guide includes the text of Brother Lawrence’s Conversations and Letters. You can order copies on Amazon – click here. Or, if you’d like to order in bulk (1o or more copies), we can offer them at a reduced rate of $8.