We are super excited to announce that for the first time we are offering internships at Fresh Life. If your heart resonates with what God is doing in and through our church in the state of Montana and beyond and feel an irresistible call to the wild you should apply. There are several different tracks available but we are keeping the spaces limited so it stays small, agile and doesn’t become unwieldy.
Who knows what adventures await you… Will you wrestle grizzly bears? Meet your future spouse? Become incredibly addicted to huckleberries? Help us drive the devil out of Montana? There are no guarantees except that it is not for the faint of heart and you will get out of it what you put into it. Also it is guaranteed that you will be cold. How cold exactly? So cold that cows die. They just drop over, frozen solid.
Full disclosure: this is our first time doing anything like this so there will be kinks we haven’t worked out that we will discover along the way. If your feathers are easily ruffled and you need everything to be dotted and crossed perfectly maybe you should wait for a future season to take part. On the other hand maybe we will hate it and never ever offer any thing like it again. This could be your one and only opportunity to be a Fresh Life intern.
Tons of info and applications here, the deadline to apply is January 1st. Good luck!
Today is November 20, 2014. Exactly 23 months ago today my daughter Lenya left this world and went to be with Jesus. From that Thursday to this one it has been 100 weeks. She has been in Heaven for 700 days.
I think often about what age she will be when I see her next. How old will I be when I leave this world? What age are people in Heaven? Seeing the movie Interstellar has recently had me thinking about whether time in eternity passes differently than here below. In the film traveling through worm holes to a distant planet causes astronauts to only age an hour for every seven years back home.
While watching emotional scenes in the film where the ramifications of the relativity of time are realized I thought about how the Bible says that, “to the Lord a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as a day.” And I daydreamed about Heaven’s time.
Could it be that Lenya has already lived ten lifetimes full of bliss? Will I arrive in Heaven only moments after her? I don’t know. I am eager to hear from her about her experience–whatever and however much that may be.
Waking up 700 different mornings on a planet without her has been the greatest burden I have ever carried, but along with that has come the strength to keep soldiering on. I am so thankful for her and exceedingly grateful for the way God has used her relocation to Heaven to keep my thoughts and hearts buoyed to my true Homeland.
There have been 100 weeks of heartache, and 100 weeks of joy unspeakable. God has taught me to run with a limp and sustained me with power from on high.
Isaiah 46:4 I will continue to carry you even when you are old. I will take good care of you even when your hair is gray. I have made you. And I will carry you. I will take care of you. And I will save you. I am the LORD.
I am super excited to announce that we will be kicking 2015 off with a Southern California O2 experience tour! We will be hitting Santa Barbara, the Los Angeles area, and San Diego for the first time as well as returning to the Inland Empire and Orange County with a fresh look at life, death, sex and romance in January and February. If you or your church would like to get dialed in and be a part of these events visit O2experience.com. I hope to see you there! There are also promo pages for each city where you can download social media invites and all kinds of stuff.
On Lenya Lion’s birthday back in September I shared the news that I had written a book in her honor. Last week I had the opportunity to travel to the Thomas Nelson headquarters and officially announce the title and share the heart behind it at the company’s national sales gathering.
The book is called Through the Eyes of a Lion. It is about how seeing life through the lens of faith will allow you to see the wild calling that is on your life and enable you to go through things that would be otherwise impossible. The book will definitely be helpful for hurting people but I didn’t write it to be a manual for grieving, but as a manifesto for a whole new high-octane way of living. It’s not a book about death, it’s about life.
It has been tremendously exciting for me to work on this project for the last year and while it has been one of the most difficult things I have ever done, it has been thrilling at the same time. I am really excited for this message to be set free. It gives me great joy to think of God continuing to use my daughter’s life and story to bless people.
Right now I am in the midst of the editing phase. The manuscript is being bounced back and forth between me and two different editors and being fine-tuned and tweaked along the way. I thought I would have a hard time with the editing process…but it has actually opened my eyes to see weaknesses I didn’t know were there and I am so happy with how much better the material is for it–even though a few paragraphs I worked really hard on have hit the cutting room floor grrrr! Something I have been keeping in mind along the way is that the process is the product.
The book is set to release on Tuesday, August 4th and I will be updating you as the process continues to move forward.
this is Billy Graham preaching at Madison Square Garden in 1957
Today Billy Graham turns 96 years old! I am so thankful for this humble, bold and powerful man of God who traveled the world preaching on the salvation that can be found through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. His entire life he has unswervingly pointed to the cross with his every breath. His faithfulness and integrity are an amazing example. What a hero. Happy Birthday to Billy Graham–the greatest of all time!