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
All it takes is water! Water makes growth happen and the green hillsides taking shape all over our valley are pure evidence of that.
Have you been to “THAT” bakery and tasted their brownies? Don’t get me wrong there are all kinds of breads and pastries, cookies, croissants, pies, and cakes out there… but brownies, this is what the public really wants!
The Santa Clarita Valley is part of an Arbor Day Foundation movement called Tree City USA, and I’m glad!
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.