Exploring Anew

Dear Mountain Climbers,

“… Jesus took with him Peter and John and James and went up the hill to pray." (Luke 9:28) After that, things got really crazy, even Moses and Elijah showed up who were long dead and gone. This story in Luke 9:28-36 is known as the “Transfiguration.” Jesus used the time with his insiders to completely flip them out of their normal routines. Our Spiritual lives can be blessed in such moments.

How are your normal routines? Are you yearning for a fresh time in the Holy Spirit? Do you feel like it is time for God to do something new in your life?

At the peak of her tennis fame, with 146 tennis championships behind her and married to John Lloyd at the time, Chris Evert reflected, ”We get into a rut. We play tennis, we go to a movie, we watch TV, but I keep saying, ’John, there has to be more.” (David G. Myers,”Wanting More in an Age of Plenty,” Christianity Today, April 24, 2000, p.96)

The stability of routine is not a bad thing. By doing some practices with regularity, God can use discipline to shape us into disciples. However, the extraordinary ways of Christ were never intended to be contained by routine alone. We stand on the brink of Lent 2016! May this Lent be a time you explore new options for prayer, service to others, reading of scripture, and participation in community. God desires that you have a unique mix of the stability routine offers and the fresh breeze of a new practice.

Keep in mind mid-week Lent services begin on Ash Wednesday, one week from today, February 10th. See the website for Ash Wednesday worship details.

Prayer concern: the continued spiritual formation of you, the God's Grace Community Church, the city of Denver, State of Colorado, United Sates of America, and the Planet.

Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen


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