Do You Hope Or Expect To Hear From The Lord?

When you are waiting to hear from someone, you can wait in two ways; you can hope to hear from them, or you can expect to hear from them. When you hope to hear from them it means, for your part, that you aren’t sure they are going to speak to you, but you really want them to. When you expect to hear from them it means, for your part, that there is an understanding between the two of you that they will speak to you, it just hasn’t happened yet. When it comes to The Lord, are you one who hopes to hear from Him, or do you expect to? If you are one who hopes, its time to change gears and expect it. But how do you do that? Simple; you remember that you are in a relationship with Him. (This is part one of a two part series.)

Directs My Steps? I’m Starting To Get It

A person’s heart maps out his trail, but the Lord plans and chisels out each place where he will step. –  That is an amalgam of translations of Proverbs 16:9. This verse has been on my brain ever since I was offered a job that I wasn’t looking for and, honestly, would not have applied for (I’ll deal with my ungratefulness later). I had a trail, a path. OK, in my own mind I did, but an objective person would say that I didn’t. It was a holding path; a waiting path. I wasn’t waiting for what I’m doing now, occupationally, but I know God chiseled it out these steps. I’d like to share how I’m processing through it and how Jesus continues to lead me. (This post is a Mile Post. Please take a few moments and also read this post and this post which are a part of this process Jesus is leading me through.)

Path for train track being cut out and tracks places

Path for train track being cut out and tracks places

Episode 15 – Bill Ritchie

Founding Pastor, Crossroads Community Church

If you listened to 93.7 KPDQ in Portland, Monday through Friday at noon, you would have heard his voice and that song. That was Bill Ritchie, founding pastor of Crossroads Community Church in Vancouver, WA, my first pastor, and still my favorite Bible teacher.

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I recently managed to get some time with Bill. We had a great chat about how he grew in his own personal experience with God’s word, plus loads of practical advice for people to build the Bible into their lives. I recently managed to get some time with Bill. We had a great chat about how he grew in his own personal experience with God’s word, plus loads of practical advice for people to build the Bible into their lives. There is so that could be mined here, its kinda crazy. While there will be a lot of highlights in the show notes, I do strongly urge you to listen to this and take your own notes. It’s a gold mine!

Here is my conversation with Bill, recoded on July 13th, 2016, in my living room. For bonus point, you can play “Name that sound” as there are plenty of background additions to identity.