I'm ready to see God move in amazing ways. Aren't you? I'm tired of hearing all the bad news. Besides my God is bigger than the problems that beset our world. Do you ever have that feeling, deep in your spirit, that God is about to do a work and you're going to be a part of it? That's how I'm feeling.
Early (really early) on Tuesday, I'll be flying to Baltimore to attend the Re:form Conference with about 20 other members of the Boise Vineyard. A few weeks ago, when the senior pastor announced that he'd like to put a team together to attend the conference, I felt God say, "Go." While taking care of Mom for the past few years, I've had to let opportunities like this one pass. This time I could say, "Yes!" So I did.
RE:FORM is a non-profit,
local church-based agency established to facilitate Christian
reformation on local, national and international levels in order to
meet the escalating worldwide crises in seven areas: Environmental
Decline, World Hunger, Human Injustice, Illiteracy and Lack of
Education, Poor Health & Disease, Immoral & Corrupt Leadership,
and Confusion & Spiritual Deadness.
RE:FORM seeks to do the following:
1. Develop ministries and partnerships with existing ministries to provide solutions for reformation in each arena of crises.
2. Form a peace-making agency between secular and Christian
organizations to build relationship and provide forums of collaboration
between the two groups in order to share expertise and resources to
alleviate these crises.
3. Provide an agency of spiritual equipping and skill training for
those who desire to become physically involved in these areas of crises.
4. Become the voice to the church and the nations, communicating both the areas of crises and solutions.
This year's conference is focused on three areas of crisis: Environmental Decline, Human Injustice, and Spiritual Deadness. I'm praying for lots of things about this trip, not the least of which is for me to be attuned to the voice of God as He reveals where I am to join Him in His work. I want to catch His vision!
Speaking of hearing God's voice, I have also begun a new in-depth study called Grasping God's Word. The book is a college text book, and I can see from week one that I'm going to be working hard from now into December. That's when the class will end, but there will be more of the book to do on my own in the months to follow.
From the back cover: "This hands-on approach to studying Scripture helps students and serious
readers get a grip on how to read, interpret, and apply God’s Word.
This book equips readers with principles of interpretation, then moves
on to apply those principles to specific genres and contexts."
I love getting into God's word, and I'm really excited about this class and learning new tools for going deeper and applying what I learn to my life.