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  • Conversations Journal – 2009 – October
    you and your group will have the resources to experience significant growth in your Christian walk You will be able to listen to Dallas as he discusses each of the chapters in his book and you will be a fly on the wall for an unscripted conversation among Dallas Willard Larry Crabb and John Ortberg concerning authentic transformation To order and for more information click here God Views Video Curriculum With the God Views curriculum materials you and your group will enter a journey of discovery Along the way you will examine six of the most common false views of God and four true pictures You will also experience a variety of Bible studies and creative exercises designed to help you enter into more intimacy with your heavenly Father Contains 93 min video leaders guide resource packet CD ROM To order and for more information click here Falling For God Saying Yes to His Extravagant Proposal by Gary W Moon Falling in love is one of life s greatest joys So imagine the endless joy of falling head over heels for God Falling in love is one of the most magnificent experiences of human life Remember what it feels like How it happens You spend time with that special someone get to know each other and then one day find yourselves so intimately connected it is as though your souls have become intertwined Compare that experience with your current relationship with God Why doesn t it feel just as passionate just as wonderful Gary Moon believes it can If you re not head over heels in love with God you re missing out on an incredible experience but you re not without hope Falling for God will inspire you to pursue a passionate intimate relationship with a God who even though he doesn t need anything from you wants more than anything to be united with you Through Bible study personal meditation and classic spiritual exercises you ll discover how to experience this loving connection with the lover of your soul The journey will take you through honest conversation and active communion to a deeper experience of intimate union with God Falling for God will move you to embrace an all out passion for joyful and abundant living Soul Talk Speaking with Power Into the Lives of Others by Larry Crabb In this extraordinary book Dr Larry Crabb introduces a revolutionary new way for Christians to experience God It is a process he calls soul talk Soul talk happens when two Christians talk to each other in a way that results in their passion for God being stirred ignited and released It s about learning a language that when used releases supernatural power that enables people to move to the deepest level of relationships with each other and with God The culmination of a lifetime of research and writing Soul Talk carries a vision for what the Church was created to be The Gift of Being Yourself The Sacred Call

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  • Conversations Journal – A Spirituality of Rheumatoid Arthritis
    to the RA sufferer triggering pockets of anger annoyance irritation and a general sense of the injustice of God If I m supposed to be so spiritual you find yourself saying inwardly to yourself and to God why is it so hard to fend off these small annoyances the solicitude of strangers the well intentioned pseudo medical opinions the world that reacts to me as rheumatoid defines me by my illness and not by who I want to be who I really am And in addition to the barrage of helpful sometimes misapplied remedies there is the media barrage of mostly accurate scientifically documented advice Sometimes this whole blessed thing defeats me Here s a dilemma One of my spiritual practices is to avoid exposure to anxiety ridden media But despite my best intentions I almost always make exceptions when the subject is rheumatoid arthritis Today on my AOL welcome screen I found this The Link Between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Stress It went on Getting the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis under control is an important step toward stress relief Lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy rheumatoid arthritis diet and managing your time effectively will help So far so good I felt good at reading this because I was operating by both principles But then came a list of symptoms joint pain muscle stiffness fatigue weight loss and a low grade fever Painful swollen tender joints hands wrists knees or neck Sometimes on both sides of the body Should I have stopped reading then No I went on Morning stiffness is further defined as joint stiffness that may develop after long periods of sleeping or sitting and lasts at least 60 minutes and often up to several hours But I know all this I am thinking Why am I reading on The article which is fairly brief then lists once again the symptoms already mentioned fatigue a loss of appetite weight loss mild fever numbness and tingling in the hands Final summary Some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may be similar to symptoms of other health conditions Wait a minute I thought Rheumatoid arthritis isn t my only diagnosis Maybe I have other autoimmunity problems Suddenly my fevered imagination began to skyrocket out of control It was mid afternoon The house was unusually warm even for high summer in Louisiana I began to feel weak fatigued maybe a little nauseated Almost without thinking I lost touch with cheerfulness a self forgetful open hearted spirit and began to worry if I was doing okay Pretty soon I went for the thermometer lying neglected for weeks and checked my temperature It was normal I know something about suggestibility in illness the way doctors and nurses in training may develop the symptoms they re studying Was I letting my imagination drive me into symptoms I didn t have didn t want to have what about the self pity factor Don t dwell on it I said inwardly Let it go But another

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  • Conversations Journal – Our Staff
    for the journal teaching and working at Richmont Graduate University as a therapist She is married to Jason and lives in Atlanta She enjoys cooking for family and friends traveling and evening walks with her husband and dog an english springer spaniel named Daisy If you d like to continue the conversation with Joannah she can be reached at joannah conversationsjournal com Cindy Bunch editor of the Life Together section of Converstaions Journal devotes the majority of her time to operating as the assoicate editorial director of InterVarsity Press IVP in the Chicago area where she acquires and edits the Formatio line of books Cindy has an MA in theological studies from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary and is completing a certificate in Spiritual Direction at North Park Seminary Additionally Cindy is the author of several IVP Bible study guides Christian Virtues God s Word and Woman of God and is currently serving as the compiling editor of the guide Jesus Final Week as well as the book Small Group Idea Book Jan Johnson editor of the Intentionality of the Heart portion of Conversations Journal is the author of twenty books including Invitation to the Jesus Life Enjoying the Presence of God and Abundant Simplicity a thousand articles and more than a thousand Bible studies She focuses on spiritual formation and social justice with some of her articles appearing in national newspapers as well as Weavings World Vision Christianity Today Prism Evangelicals for Social Action and of course Conversations Journal Jan also speaks frequently at retreats and conferences in the United States and overseas and is an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University and Hope International University Also a spiritual director Jan holds a D Min in Ignatian Spirituality and Spiritual Direction She has enjoyed volunteering with the homeless for seventeen years Her hobbies are reading hiking bike riding and enjoying great works of art She lives with her husband in Simi Valley California If you d like to continue the conversation with Jan she can be reached at Jan JanJohnson org Cynthia Hyle Bezek is an author editor and prayer retreat leader She lives in Colorado with two cats and among many friends Widowed in 2008 Cynthia is mother to a grown son who lives in Colombia Cynthia serves as editorial director for Community Bible Study in Colorado Springs Prior to her work with CBS she worked at NavPress overseeing prayer resources and before that editing Pray magazine She is author of Prayer Beings with Relationship Knowing the God You Pray To and Come Away with Me Pray Magazine s Guide to Prayer Retreats She earned a Masters in Journalism from Syracuse University and a certificate in Christian Spiritual Formation from the Renovaré Institute Cynthia blogs at http cynthiaprayblog wordpress com Alan Fadling serves as editor of the Honesty About the Journey section in Conversations Journal Alan M Div Fuller Theological Seminary is Executive Director of The Leadership Institute in Orange CA training Christian leaders to integrate spiritual formation and

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  • Conversations Journal – Listening To People In Pain
    sufferings that we are also suffering Our hope for you is unshaken for we know that as you share in our sufferings so also you share in our consolation 2 Cor 1 3 7 There is no getting around the fact that a Christian community is one that suffers The pioneer of our faith suffered the main symbol of our tradition is one of agony and death and there is no use trying to remove the cruciform marks from the hands and feet of the church The mark of the gospel is not health and wealth but nails and blood The good news is that a Christian community is one that suffers together We partake in one another s sufferings an unsavory meal that is made sweeter when we patiently endure with one another Consolation is not necessarily rescue from suffering but consolation is what comes as we suffer together This does not at all mean that the church ignores injustice poverty and oppression or that we do not seek to relieve suffering when we have the ability to do so We rail against pain and rage at death because we know things are not as they ought to be But there are many times in life when we just don t have the ability to relieve someone s suffering as much as we wish we did You re not going to magically remove someone s grief when a loved one dies or snap away their depression when a dream fails The grief and depression are essential parts of their healing The church is a community of people who acknowledge suffering treat it as real and enter into one another s pain because our Lord knows our afflictions Jesus offers his presence in suffering and so should we We are eager to offer up premature consolation though aren t we I call it preemptive assurance If we can strike first with our assurances and answer some questions that haven t been asked maybe we can protect ourselves from discomfort We start hearing ourselves say things like Everything will be okay Hang in there God is good This will pass Soon you will be glad this happened God is in control This will make you stronger God won t test you beyond what you are able to handle God works all things for good I know that when my language takes on a particularly religious slant I am probably dispensing some preemptive assurance Pain is too serious for pat answers and glib God talk When I was a starting out as a chaplain I had an itchy prayer trigger finger My first question for a patient was How are you feeling and my second question was Can I pray for you That way I could maintain control and let my carefully rehearsed prayers drown out their pain I would move on to the next hospital room thinking I had done my job I hadn t Listening to people in pain is about giving them room to grieve and weep and rage and doubt We re not there to spiritualize their pain or theologize their experience Our religious talk preemptive assurance and breezy conversation take space when we want to give space Otherwise we are subject to Job s rebuke I have heard many such things miserable comforters are you all Have windy words no limit Or what provokes you that you keep on talking Job 16 2 3 Bonhoeffer said it almost as strongly It must be a decisive rule of every Christian fellowship that each individual is prohibited from saying much that occurs to him In other words listening and silence are not necessarily the same thing but silence is a really good start Some situations are so heavy that only silence can support their weight We are on the wrong track when we diminish the emotions that people are feeling You don t tell them how to feel you let them feel however they are feeling in the presence of another Don t catch what I call at least syndrome At least you have your health At least you got to have her in your life for a little while At least it s not as bad as what this other person is experiencing At least statements diminish pain Let people have their pain In some situations it s all they have It s a scary prospect especially if you are uncomfortable with raw emotion but you need to let people feel their hurt This is especially challenging when you have done something to hurt someone You might find yourself whipping out the quick on the draw apology The faster I can apologize the less I have to listen to their pain and the less guilty I can feel The quick apology is not for them but for you If you can t hear the pain that you played a role in inflicting there will not be full reconciliation Sometimes you not only encourage people to express their pain but you even help them to feel what they are feeling more intensely As a hospice chaplain I was surprised to discover that my role was often not to reassure but to remind people just how agonizing their situation was They would take a step toward describing their pain then take a step back and offer a cliché like But that s the circle of life for you That s when I would step in and say Yeah but the circle of life sucks doesn t it Sometimes you have to say the blunt thing to open the floodgates Too much tiptoeing and nothing significant ever gets uncovered I gave them permission to grieve and to express their pain in the simplest rawest way possible which is the language of deep emotion The Mortal Enemy of Listening Anxiety Neurological research has discovered that when a person near us expresses sadness our bodies involuntarily respond to them Our brains contain mirror

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  • Conversations Journal – Adam McHugh
    is not necessarily rescue from suffering but consolation is what comes as we suffer together This does not at all mean that the church ignores injustice poverty and oppression or that we do not seek to relieve suffering when we have the ability to do so We rail against pain and rage at death because we know things are not as they ought to be But there are many times in life when we just don t have the ability to relieve someone s suffering as much as we wish we did You re not going to magically remove someone s grief when a loved one dies or snap away their depression when a dream fails The grief and depression are essential parts of their healing The church is a community of people who acknowledge suffering treat it as real and enter into one another s pain because our Lord knows our afflictions Jesus offers his presence in suffering and so should we We are eager to offer up premature consolation though aren t we I call it preemptive assurance If we can strike first with our assurances and answer some questions that haven t been asked maybe we can protect ourselves from discomfort We start hearing ourselves say things like Everything will be okay Hang in there God is good This will pass Soon you will be glad this happened God is in control This will make you stronger God won t test you beyond what you are able to handle God works all things for good I know that when my language takes on a particularly religious slant I am probably dispensing some preemptive assurance Pain is too serious for pat answers and glib God talk When I was a starting out as a chaplain I had an itchy prayer trigger finger My first question for a patient was How are you feeling and my second question was Can I pray for you That way I could maintain control and let my carefully rehearsed prayers drown out their pain I would move on to the next hospital room thinking I had done my job I hadn t Listening to people in pain is about giving them room to grieve and weep and rage and doubt We re not there to spiritualize their pain or theologize their experience Our religious talk preemptive assurance and breezy conversation take space when we want to give space Otherwise we are subject to Job s rebuke I have heard many such things miserable comforters are you all Have windy words no limit Or what provokes you that you keep on talking Job 16 2 3 Bonhoeffer said it almost as strongly It must be a decisive rule of every Christian fellowship that each individual is prohibited from saying much that occurs to him In other words listening and silence are not necessarily the same thing but silence is a really good start Some situations are so heavy that only silence can support their

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  • Conversations Journal – Understanding Your Limits: Saying No In Order To Say Yes
    stress on their wives children and in their own souls I also sense my own stress rising when they are deployed Sometimes I can t sleep if I know they are truly in harm s way I ve worked with numerous people who work in the area of disaster relief and in crisis situations for large organizations After flying overseas or travelling to a site where a hurricane earthquake or human plight has developed they go into fierce action mode doing everything possible to save lives and alleviate suffering It always takes a toll One relief worker who is employed by a United Nations relief agency came to our retreat and introduced himself with these words I m DOA Dead On Arrival I m spent and have no idea where I left my heart along the way PREVENTATIVE CARE Most people in the developed world know to wash their hands before eating By washing your hands you are preventing the spread of germs that can make you sick In developing countries many cross cultural workers will teach people about drinking water that is safe They say Urinate over there and keep this area clean and pure so nothing bad will go into the water Again it s a simple truth to keep people healthy Learning to live within your limits is a simple preventative principle that will help you stay healthy All aspects of caring for yourself are really preventative work Preventative care is an important part of the work within the work It s never a selfish act to care for yourself Never In the bigger picture of life and health it is stewardship I tell people this simple proverb Know before you go and what I mean by that is you need to know some basic life principles before you go and give your heart away for a cause a mission an organization or a company This by far is the most identified regret of my entire life To explore your own limits consider these categories that will help you as you begin setting realistic limits for yourself First consider how you can conserve energy as in your energy We need to learn some conservation skills We simply cannot give all of our energy all the time No one ever told me this I was taught to give my all and that my all was needed if not demanded I was also taught via sermons and books and stories that even God expected my all Now I know this is simply not true Even Jesus did not even begin his thirty six month mission on earth until he was thirty years old With the kind of thinking that was ingrained in me I found myself wondering Jesus wasted a lot of time What if he had begun earlier in life hung up his tool belt by age 18 and started out then look at how much MORE he could have done Winston Churchill the undeniable leader of the Free World has much to teach emerging leaders here on the know before you go principle In Paul Johnson s biography of this legendary British hero Churchill we read these words In 1946 I had the good fortune to ask him a question Mr Churchill sir to what do you attribute your success in life Without pause or hesitation he replied Conservation of energy Never stand up when you can sit down and never sit down when you can lie down Johnson then goes on to explain the idea of conserving your energy on an every day basis Churchill was capable of tremendous physical and intellectual efforts of high intensity over long periods often with little sleep But he had corresponding powers of relaxation filled with a variety of pleasurable occupations and he also had the gift of taking short naps when time permitted Again when possible he spent his mornings in bed telephoning dictating and receiving visitors Second embrace the idea of living life in rhythm not in balance T he idea of balance is a lie It simply cannot be maintained Despite all the seminars books and TED talks balance is bunk Rhythm is doable and allows you to develop your own understanding living life in limits I have a friend who is a Registered Nurse in a Cancer Ward at a leading hospital She works three days on and four off Her three days on are twelve hour shifts that sometimes extend to 13 hours even 14 some days when there is so much documentation needed Her first day off is useless to her She is so tired so exhausted so spent that she told me On my first day off I m no good to anyone I just sleep veg and eat By the second day off I m sensing who I am again and go out for lunch or dinner with a good friend It s a necessary limit and rhythm that she has come to understand about her own life and need for recovery Third steward your output by mentally and emotionally disengaging after you work I coach leaders to leave their work at work and do not do work in your home if at all possible If you work at home define a definite workspace Hint this should NOT be your bedroom In defining work areas you actually create mental and emotional space My wife and I do not speak mention or chat about the name of our work people we work with or issues relating to space on our days off or in our home after work hours To talk about our team is to talk about work We ve set high boundaries here and limit our conversations to issues pertaining to us our kids grandkids close friends and vacation plans We literally try to set our mind to ease by saying This is not a Sabbath conversation Let s talk about this tomorrow After every great output of energy plan and

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  • Conversations Journal – Stephen Smith
    in the developed world know to wash their hands before eating By washing your hands you are preventing the spread of germs that can make you sick In developing countries many cross cultural workers will teach people about drinking water that is safe They say Urinate over there and keep this area clean and pure so nothing bad will go into the water Again it s a simple truth to keep people healthy Learning to live within your limits is a simple preventative principle that will help you stay healthy All aspects of caring for yourself are really preventative work Preventative care is an important part of the work within the work It s never a selfish act to care for yourself Never In the bigger picture of life and health it is stewardship I tell people this simple proverb Know before you go and what I mean by that is you need to know some basic life principles before you go and give your heart away for a cause a mission an organization or a company This by far is the most identified regret of my entire life To explore your own limits consider these categories that will help you as you begin setting realistic limits for yourself First consider how you can conserve energy as in your energy We need to learn some conservation skills We simply cannot give all of our energy all the time No one ever told me this I was taught to give my all and that my all was needed if not demanded I was also taught via sermons and books and stories that even God expected my all Now I know this is simply not true Even Jesus did not even begin his thirty six month mission on earth until he was thirty years old With the kind of thinking that was ingrained in me I found myself wondering Jesus wasted a lot of time What if he had begun earlier in life hung up his tool belt by age 18 and started out then look at how much MORE he could have done Winston Churchill the undeniable leader of the Free World has much to teach emerging leaders here on the know before you go principle In Paul Johnson s biography of this legendary British hero Churchill we read these words In 1946 I had the good fortune to ask him a question Mr Churchill sir to what do you attribute your success in life Without pause or hesitation he replied Conservation of energy Never stand up when you can sit down and never sit down when you can lie down Johnson then goes on to explain the idea of conserving your energy on an every day basis Churchill was capable of tremendous physical and intellectual efforts of high intensity over long periods often with little sleep But he had corresponding powers of relaxation filled with a variety of pleasurable occupations and he also had the gift of taking short naps

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  • Conversations Journal – We Experience Confession And Freedom
    I have sinned against heaven and against you I am no longer worthy to be called your son Instead he s welcomed home by the extravagance of the Father s compassionate love and offered the full embrace of forgiveness a generous kiss of grace a luxurious robe of righteousness for his back a beautiful ring of recommitment for his finger newly fashioned sandals for his redirected feet and a grand celebration is thrown in his behalf What Happens In Spiritual Direction Listening for the Spirit in an atmosphere of loving attentiveness has helped tune my ears and heart to hear God speak quoted by a directee to David Deters Selah 2014 2016 Grand Rapids MI Out of his self induced demise which resulted from his multiple foolish choices the prodigal realizes the error of his ways and returns home to the loving heart of God Without need for a Saturday night bath to prepare to be in the Father s presence the Father instead clothes him in his Sunday best as one who is restored to his original state of blessedness The welcome home is liberating and life transforming The self created storms of our lives wreak havoc on the soul Whether known to us as personal failure relational betrayal spiritual bankruptcy compulsive addiction or any number of poor choices these storms systematically close off the soul Or better yet these same storms can become fruitful for the soul unmasking the false self and opening up the soul to godly redemption restoration regeneration and ultimately spiritual renewal What Happens In Spiritual Direction As I listen I realize my directee is on her holy ground My joy over watching God speak to her is my holy ground Then I realize We are touching God and that is true Holy Ground Kathy Koy Selah 2012 2014 Pagosa Springs CO Spiritual direction sessions provide an opportunity for a directee to share with a trusted spiritual friend the vivid details of their particular storm When an invitation to confess the pain associated with the storm is included in the session transformational freedom for the soul emerges from the inside out There are varieties of methods available for the spiritual director to utilize in these sessions Regardless of approach the following should exist Prayerful silence for both parties to reflect and prepare for the confession Hospitable presence to provide safe confidentiality Gracious invitation to share the details of one s story storm or sin Merciful holding of the sharing without shame or condemnation Additional silence and prayer for forgiveness and release Loving confirmation of God s full pardon and forgetfulness Gentle reminder of Satan the accuser s desire to erase the grace of God Loving blessing and sending back into the world in freedom and joy Of all the marvelous ways spiritual direction sessions provide space for the Holy Spirit to move powerfully and restoratively confession remains one of the most fruitful for the soul The best gift of all is the Christ centered forgiveness

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