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From Routine to Radical

How God can transform your life

In the spring of 2006, my wife and I resigned our teaching jobs in the Chicago area, sold our home and furnishings, and crossed the Atlantic with our one-year-old son to work in an international school in Khartoum, Sudan.  We moved from routine to radical.

Radical

A desert experience

From head to heart

While residing in Sudan Jesus began to reveal Himself in an overwhelming way.  By facing adversity in a challenging environment we spent extravagant time reading the Bible, praying, and worshipping.  Our life in Jesus shifted from a mind to heart experience.

Carl Meadearis in his book Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism wrote,

“The kingdom of Jesus has somehow become a religion of the mind rather than a spiritual response of the heart.  We focus on psychological compliance rather than spiritual dependence upon the teachings of Jesus and the guidance of the Comforter, the Holy Spirit.”

We experienced Jesus in profound ways as we engaged in His plan and spent time in His Word.  One of my favorite Scriptures (that I’m sure will become a video teaching in the future) is from Luke 24:32.  Jesus leaves the men on the Emmaus road and they say to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”  These two travelers say it best; Jesus can captivate the heart in radical ways, when given the right opportunity.

We removed ourselves from comfortable surroundings and gained a better awareness of Jesus.  Our hearts began to burn “within us” and Scripture became alive.

Francis Chan in his book Crazy Love had a similar experience and gave a greater heart response to the gospel; a crazy love for God.  He wrote,

“Until just a few years ago I was quite happy with how God was working in me and in the church.  Then God began changing my heart.”

He wrote this happened through Scripture reading and third-world country experiences.

The goal

This website is created to bring you closer to Jesus.  I hope to challenge, inspire, and inform you of how to fulfill the purpose of God.  My family and I are currently involved at a school in Jerusalem. I will be blogging and video blogging my way through Biblical sites in the Holy Land.  My hope is for Jesus to move you into a passionate pursuit of Him and His plan.

Oswald Chambers in his devotional, My Utmost for His Highest wrote,

“Being saved and seeing Jesus is not the same thing.  Many are partakers of God’s grace who have never seen Jesus. When once you have seen Jesus, you can never be the same; other things do not appeal as they used to do.”

The challenge

May you see Jesus, move out of a routine type of life, and experience Him in radical ways.

In what ways have you seen Jesus in your life?  How has scripture burned within you?

 

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