Miles from the nearest road, all I wanted was to go home.
I had put back many miles but I had lost my companions— laid low in sickness. I wanted to quit two days ago after hunkering several hours from the rain and fearsome thunder.
Now alone, 15 days into my 2011 attempt on the John Muir Trail, off-trail, I had hoped to climb a side peak but now I wasn’t so sure. All I ever knew for years was quitting. I quit karate, sports, Boy Scouts, and it looked like today was no different.
But then God spoke up and reminded me of a lesson that was years in the making, and ultimately would require my whole life to practice.
God had been teaching me the importance of walking on, and three principles that would help me grow into a better man of God.
This year the men of The Sanctuary are learning to pursue God’s answer to the question “What does it mean to be a man?”
Men, join us Friday April 8th at 7pm. We’ll gather, I’ll share how God has taught, and is still teaching me how to Walk On.
We’ll get some time to process together, worship, pray, and enjoy dinner together.
Oh… and by the way, that dinner: Chicken Tacos for donations to benefit Project SCV. Make sure that you arrive at 6pm, ahead of time, for tacos.
I'm excited to share what I've learned. I’ll see you there.
- Joseph Gregory
Do you remember what you were doing four to five years ago? In 2012 what were you considering and contending for? What was consuming you?
Recently, I was reading the scheduled Growth Journal verses in my Bible. It was the account of God telling Noah to build the ark in Genesis 6.
We were driving along the 5 Freeway on a rainy Tuesday when Bob remarked, “She won’t know who you are. Sometimes she doesn’t recognize her own children. She has moments when she is quiet and times when she’s more talkative. It all depends.”
One day the disciples asked Jesus how to pray—which is hilarious when you think about it: they were talking with Jesus (aka God) asking him, ‘How should we talk with you?’
Remarkably, Jesus gives them the lay of land, a characteristic of How Things Work.
Here’s how it works, fellas: be stubborn, mule-headed and unstoppable in pursuing what you want. Be SHAMELESSLY PERSISTENT.
What a great motto for living, huh?! I love this motto most days. Flexibility is a quality to be encouraged and championed.
Welcome to Advent! The term is from the Latin word meaning "the coming, or arrival." It is a season of holy anticipation and disciplined waiting... more of a contented peace while listening with prophetic hope for the nativity of Jesus.
Anyone who knows me know that I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!
In fact, 4 people posted memes on my Facebook wall, celebrating that November means it’s time to begin the Christmas fun!
I’m one of those. . . you know, one of those people who pulls out the Christmas music and movies the day after Halloween and likes my house to be fully decorated by Thanksgiving.
Today has been a day filled with mixed emotions. The most unwanted, and dare I even say it, the most “hated” president in history, will move into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. (the White House) in January. What are we supposed to do with
Lately I’ve been asking us to toss our political affiliations out the window!
Even if you’ve been a loyal Democrat your whole life, or dedicated to the Republican cause since you were able to vote, forget about it! Our political preferences are just not that important! …and Independent-Green-Tea isn’t the answer either!
Do you remember the first time you came to The Sanctuary or the first time you went to any church? You didn’t know anyone, you were nervous.