Monday, May 21, 2018

What to Do When the Conference is Over

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Me and Max, after our annual church softball game

Here at Redeemer we just finished a beautiful, life-giving, hope-infusing weekend conference with Steve Backlund. Yesterday was one of most meaningful, empowering Pentecost Sundays Linda and I have ever experienced.

Now, it's Monday morning. It's not a letdown, because I am not conference-dependent. That is one of the points Steve was emphasizing. What God poured into me this weekend is for daily life. I live a life of great hope and expectation. Thank you Steve for pointing me, and my brothers and sisters, in that direction.

So, what do I do about this? Here's my approach to post-conference living.

1. I continue to abide in Christ. I live an abiding life. I connect, every day, with Jesus. For how to do this, read John chapters 14-15-16, slowly. 

For my counsel on this read "How to Experience God's Presence," which is chapter six of my book Leading the Presence-Driven Church

2. I began today with some alone-time with God. I read a few verses from the Gospel of Luke. I read just one verse in Proverbs, which I have been carrying with me for days. Then, I read one entry in Dallas Willard's excellent devotional guide Hearing God Through the Year. Anyone who wants to learn and grow in hearing God should get this book!

3. I am beginning to reflect on the things God told me on the weekend. For me, the days after an intense God-conference like we had are for deepening the truths I heard and received. Some of these were reminders, course-correcting truths. There were also some new insights given to me. I write them down in my journal. I will be carrying some with me this week.

I am abiding, praying, listening, reflecting, moving forward, and expecting. I am growing in belief. Something is happening in me. I'm not the same as I was last week. (That's called "growth.")