Luke 24:13-32
This is Jesus heartburn(I have to credit Dallas Willard for this term!)...31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"

Monday, July 27, 2009

Dallas Willard

Our concern for discerning God's voice must be overwhelmed by and lost in our worship and adoration of him and our delight with his creation and his provision for our whole life.

Hearing God's word will never make sense except when it is set within a larger life of a certain kind.

Any voice that promises total exemption from suffering and failure is most certainly not God's voice...God does not intend to make us infallible by his conversational walk with us.

In my listening adventure, I have been reading a book by Dallas Willard called Hearing God. I sort of stumbled across the book while on amazon one day last spring, bought it, and then it was mentioned by several people the week that I got it. So, I decided to read it and write down in my journal what I learned from it. Above are several of the quotes that jumped of the page today.

Most importantly I am struck by how often I seek to hear God only when I need an answer, direction, or comfort. God wants a conversational relationship with that's what I am setting out to develop!

Then there's this Nearly all areas of life in which we could become spiritually competent (hearing God and receiving divine guidance among them) confront us with the same type of challenge. They all require us to 'bet our life' that the visible world, while real, is not reality itself.

And one more thing...I'm changing the name of this blog to "Jesus heartburn". That's what the guys on the road to Emmaus got when they walked with Jesus. When their eyes were opened they remembered how their hearts burned within them as they talked with Christ. That's really what I'm seeking...some Jesus heartburn!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Will you help?

We need your help to save orphaned children like Lucy!

I have the wonderful opportunity to travel to Sierra Leone in September with my friends from The Raining Season. The Raining Season is a licensed 501(c)3 non-profit organization with an office in Sartell, MN and Nashville, TN. Our mission is to provide a hopeful future to orphaned children and impoverished families in Sierra Leone, West Africa through meeting basic needs including housing, nourishment, education and small business grants.

Our latest project is to open an orphanage this September for 86 orphaned children The Raining Season found on a trip earlier this year. The center will be called, "The Covering". All the children we are working for are in grave danger due to malnutrition, lack of clean water and current disease so the situation is urgent. Last January when The Raining Season arrived, one 2 year old boy weighed only 9 pounds and was in the last stage of starvation.

I am excited about the chance to go and love on these babies and help with setting up housing, providing water & food, getting medical care, and finding caretakers for these children. I am also excited about the chance to love these babies. I need your help to make this happen. So, for the sake of them, I am asking you to help me go. If each of you donate $10-$20 towards travel expenses and The Raining Season, you'll be a part of making the lives of children in Sierra Leone better.

Your donations are tax-exempt and can be given online through paypal.

If you prefer to send a check (or are donating more than $50) please send your donations to The Raining Season at with my name in the memo.

TRS Sartell Office

1608 Boulder Dr.

Sartell, MN 56377

If you are interested in finding our more about The Raining Season and The Covering please visit

Thank you in advance for helping me help them!