Summer Study Break.  Will be Back in Early August.

Summer Study Break. Will be Back in Early August.

I’m planning to take the rest of July and early August for a study break. This will include plenty of prayer and planning along with dedicated time for study. As well, will be taking a media fast. See you on the other side. What are you doing to get quiet and alone with God this summer?

Advancing to Retreat.

I’m getting ready for my yearly prayer and study break which I usually take during the summer.  While doing the church plant in CA I had the privilege to spend that time each year on Lake Tahoe which is one of my favorite places in the world.  That was a HUGE blessing thanks to the ministry of the Barnabas Factor which offsets the cost for full-time ministers.  I love the mountains.  This year I will be headed to the Rockies around Denver and I’m looking forward to checking out and spending some serious solo time with God, His Word, and whatever else He has in mind.  In preparation for this I got an email last week from a great guy who directs church planting in the Northern Plains of America named Mike Sojka.  The link for his site is at: NPEA.  Attached to his note he included a doc entitled “Reasons for Unanswered Prayers” which I’ve included below.  I thought that was a great resource to help people get focused for such ventures.  From my observation, we all need to take a moment from time to time to weigh our motives and this tool seemed like a good start.  What would you add as a discipline or exercise in preparation for a spiritual retreat? (more…)