Tuesday, November 17, 2015


When you live more than 6,000 feet above sea-level, weather changes are often pretty radical. After an unseasonable warm fall, winter-like weather moved into the Colorado Springs area Monday night and Tuesday morning of this week. 

As a pastoral care provider, my life is very similar to the weather here. Sometimes, day-to-day life is uneventful and sunny. At other times, I am thrust into helping individuals or couples to work through incredibly difficult life circumstances and crises. Or, I encounter catastrophes of my own making that I find difficult to deal with. My One stabilizing X factor in the midst of both good and difficult days is that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).


Just before 6 a.m., Colorado Springs police issued a Tweet that warned of a small bear on the median where Interstate 25 passes through the middle of our city. The bear was attempting to cross the busy highway just south of mile marker 145, according to police, and drivers were being asked to slow down in that area. Later the newspaper reported the bear made it to the other side. So another potential crisis was successfully mitigated.

Jesus Christ is our anchor and sure foundation in times of traumatic change and the crises that seem to invade our lives. As we turn to our sovereign Lord and Master, He can take the storms of our lives and transform them into a thing of great beauty and blessing. Isn't He wonderful!

Regarding our winter storm, this will be my view of the central attraction of Colorado Springs as I drive into work tomorrow. How majestic is His name!

At 14,115 ft. Pike's Peak is one of the highest Rocky Mt. summits.  
Kissing Camels and the Garden of the gods are in foreground.

Monday, November 9, 2015


The Bible mentions the "heart" (Hebrew = lebab/leb [b'bel] and Greek = kardia [kardiva]) over one thousand times, making it the most common anthropological term in Scripture. And it is not usually talking about the blood-pumping organ we have in the center of our chest. 

I’d like your help on this post by finishing this sentence:

Today, my heart is filled with ...

Send what your heart is filled with to L2G.Forum@gmail.com. I will keep your identity confidential, but would like to learn what is going on in the hearts of those who visit the Listening to God Forum. I will share replies (mine as well) in next weeks’ post. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


"Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name."
~ Matthew 16:9 Amplified~ 

“The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your hallowed Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:
'Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
    as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
    Yes. Yes. Yes.'"
 ~ Matthew 16:7-13 Message ~

By Jeremy Riddle
Click on photo below to worship the Hallowed Father

Monday, October 26, 2015


I haven’t posted on the L2G Forum for just over two weeks. I was using all my spare time to prepare for an action packed 10-day trip to Grants Pass, Oregon. It started with a ‘Prayer Renewal Retreat’ for 16 pastors that coworker Mark Looyenga and I were asked to lead on the Oregon Coast - October 18-20.
Then I had the privilege of speaking about ‘Meeting God in Our Broken Places’ at 4 different Grants Pass churches in order to recruit people to the below event.
The highlight of the trip was co-teaching a 3-day ‘Listening and Inner-Healing Prayer’ seminar October 22-24 with prayer author and friend, Cynthia Bezek. God accomplished incredible feats in the hearts of most of the 136 people who took part in this happening.
Just before leaving for Colorado on Sunday afternoon October 25, I was honored to give the morning sermon at one of the largest Grants Pass churches on the healing of relationships.
As I entered our Colorado Springs home Sunday night at 9 pm, I was weary and worn … but also thrilled at all that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit had accomplished in the hearts of His Oregonian people. Here are a dozen high-points from the 3-day seminar.
·       “Today I met God! Prayer isn’t about ‘trying harder.’ It’s about being still and letting God be in control.”
·       “Praise the Lord I have been released from the bondage of holding all my pain in and never crying. I am soaring like an eagle above all the things on earth. Praise Him: I am healed!”
·       “An incredible journey I would recommend to everyone!”
·       “For the first time, I know what it means to experience God!”
·       “God released me from the lie that I had to keep my hurts to myself and bury them, that I am all alone. Now I can open up to God and others.”
·       “He reminded me of His great love for me. He also healed my hardened heart.”
·       “God made me the way I am on purpose. He is pleased with me.”
·       “He revealed very encouraging / comforting truths as opposed to the very devastating lies I have been taught and learned myself.”
·       “I was given the tools to help me heal from past hurts, to believe the truth and not the lies of the enemy.”
·       “God gave me a clear and simple way of interacting with Him in relationship.”
·       “When you ask God for healing, He will respond!”
·       “He set me free from a childhood lie I’d bought into.”
As always, I’d love to hear news about what Jesus is doing in your heart at L2G.Forum@gmail.com

Sunday, October 11, 2015


"It’s the hardest thing to give away,
And the last thing on your mind today.
It always goes to those who don’t deserve.

It’s the opposite of how you feel,
When the pain they caused is just too real.
It takes everything you have to say the word.
                                From the song “Forgiveness” 

                                By Matthew West

Experience the power of forgiveness through this powerful 4 minute video. 
Click on the below forgiveness graphic to watch.


“When deep injury is done to us,
We never recover until we forgive …
Forgiveness does not change the past,
But it does enlarge the future.”
By Mary Karen Read

Is there someone you need to talk to about forgiveness today?

Sunday, October 4, 2015


"My days are in the yellow leaf;
The flowers and fruits of love are gone;
The worm, the canker, and the grief
are mine alone!"
Byron, On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Birthday

 Why do people usually have some kind of crisis in the middle of their lives? Although each person is different and unique, there are some underlying factors that seem to touch most cases. The concept of mid-life is similar to the task of climbing a gigantic mountain where, first, one side of the peak must be conquered in getting to the top. Then, the other side of the mountain needs to be skillfully descended before the ultimate success of the venture can be proclaimed and enjoyed. One author expresses it this way:
"It is a time when a man reaches the peak of a mountain range. He looks back over where he has come from and forward to what lies ahead. He also looks at himself and asks, “Now that I’ve climbed the mountain, am I an different for it? Do I feel fulfilled? Have I achieved what I want to achieve?" - Jim Conway, Men in Mid Life Crisis.
In addition to this evaluation of achievements as compared to dreams, there is also much thought given to what can be done with the rest of one’s life considering what was learned on the first leg of the journey. By this time in a person’s life, there is usually a much greater and realistic knowledge of one’s strengths, gifting and weaknesses than there was at age twenty. In light of the learning process, mid-life provides an excellent opportunity for a person to make a mid-course shift and focus in on that which he or she does well.
The whole area of self-worth reemerges as one evaluates accomplishments in the face of goals. If the person has not accomplished what was set out for, dissatisfaction will likely be experienced. If he or she has been unable to achieve personal dreams, discouragement and depression may be experienced as one faces the possibility that he or she never will. The person may conclude; “I guess I just don’t have what it takes: I’m an utter failure.” Since at least part of ones' self-image is based on our physical strength, athletic ability and youthful looks, some serious mental readjustment will need to take place.
In the reevaluation of self, the whole area of social relationships will come into scrutiny. This may be confounded by the fact that his or her children are moving into their teen years and are less respectful than they used to be. The marital relationship may have suffered due to living in two different worlds: the husband immersed in his work and the wife with the children and the running of the home. If his wife works, a whole other possible area of distancing may threaten marital closeness.

By this point in life, it is not uncommon for a man to feel as if he has no deep and satisfying relationships with other men. His friendships may all be more work-related dissatisfying and not lend themselves to inner opening. He may yearn for or idealize “the good old days” of his youth where he had a broad and satisfying range of relationships. As if this was not enough, society through the media proclaims the message to him that he is over the hill as youth is heralded and aging is portrayed as the ultimate curse.
According to Conway, “reassessment is the prevailing theme of mid-life crisis.” (Page 28 of his book). All kinds of questions are asked, most of which have no easily discovered answer. Have I botched up my life? Are my kids the way they are because I wasn’t a better father / mother? Where is the intimacy I yearn for with my spouse? Why am I so bored at work? Should I pursue a different career? Are the things really true that I based the first half of my life on? In some ways, the person in mid-life is asking many of the same questions as his teenage son or daughter.
The bottom line for most people are the questions they ask themselves is a frantic search for purpose and meaning in their lives. They want their contribution to count toward something that they esteem as important. In mid-life, the pressure to produce may be more keenly felt because the person has passed from being “the promising youth to the experienced veteran.” Whereas people in their youth are usually able to pardon their lack of significant achievement because they are just beginning, middle-aged men and women are much harder on themselves. They begin to realize that if it hasn’t happened by now, what they yearn for may never come into being. Since much maybe riding on a person’s success (self-image, prestige, security, significance and self-worth) a crisis of monumental proportions is easily the result. 

(The above was taken from a thesis I wrote in the early 1980's as part of my course work for a Master's Degree.)
Questions to consider: To what degree have you experienced mid-life crisis? How has your struggle with mid-life crisis been similar or different to this brief post? How has or might listening to God be helpful in processing your experience of mid-life? Please send your comments to: L2G.Forum@gmail.com

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Which Way is the Wind Blowing in Your Life?

I often ask people if their life so far is turning out the way they thought it would. The answer is always that life has not gone according to their expectations.  Jesus expressed it this way in John 3:8: “You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next.”

Some of the twists and turns in my life have been and still are very painful. Others are like wonderful surprises that fill my heart with joy and wonderment. Watch this five-minute video and ponder the question: How has the wind been blowing in my life?

Click on picture below to play video