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MY JOURNEY

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My friend Roger Thoman,s article was very timely for me, so I felt led to share his points from my own journey in the hopes that it will help someone as they progress along their journey.

The 7 points here can happen more than once in a lifetime or just once but I found that I could easily locate where I am at present with these points.

This will B a series of posts starting with # 1 and as I am not currently out of # 6 I cannot post on # 7 until it happens in my life.

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1. Passion. Nothing matters like passion from start to finish. When God found me, changed me, and filled me with Himself, I had no greater desire than that others experience the same. The reality that there were whole people groups who never would have this opportunity unless the Gospel was taken to them caused me to be smitten with the longing to do just that. (Rodger Thoman)

This is Larry writing now, and as to this 1st point, PASSION….I to was very radically, dynamically, and forever changed when at 22 I was born the second time, filled with His wonderful Holy Spirit, and baptized in water.

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I literally went from a drug dealing, drug using, and full time hippie lifestyle in southern California…..to a born again, Spirit filled, and baptized in water believer in less than 2 months. A night to day change and everyone who knew me saw the change and wondered what on earth happened to Larry (not their exact words).

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I had the revelation that there was a God while watching the sunsets in San Diego in 1971, then in Jan of 1972 I left that all behind and moved back to the Northwet, oops I mean Northwest (it rains all the time). It was there that I prayed that if you R real Jesus show me somehow as I really need to know, I then ask Him to forgive me of all my sins and come into my life and if you R real please let me know. I want to just add this, as I know there is some controversy about the exact, correct, and technical way to get saved. Just know this JESUS KNOWS A DESPERATE AND SINCERE HEART, IF YOU R CALLING ON HIM TO SAVE YOU, HE WILL NOT TURN YOU AWAY, I MIGHT NOT HAVE DONE IT THE RELIGIOUSLY CORRECT WAY….BUT HE SAW MY HEART…AND I WAS BORN AGAIN BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD AND NEVER TO B THE SAME AGAIN. (now over 44 years).

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About then I felt like 10 million pounds was lifted of my shoulders, and I cannot even put into words the light that came into my life, but for months after that I had to wear sunglasses at night when driving as the lights were so bright to me.Needless to say I was born for the second time by the Spirit of GOD and translated out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.

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Everything I did and everywhere I went people soon learned what had happened to me, and as one of the first hippies to get saved in my location, I was some spectacle to behold when I first came into the building where the Church was meeting on Sunday mornings. I think it was the long hair and beard that had something to do with it.

From the very early days of my being born again, I knew 2 things for sure…JESUS WAS COMING SOON…..and….I WOULD MOST LIKELY DIE A MARTYR,and these 2 things were imprinted on my spirit indelibly.

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I was so completely transformed by this experience, I knew that GOD would consume my whole life and all I wanted to do was to live and serve HIM for the rest of my life. The fires of PASSION HAD BEEN IGNITED AND WHERE BURNING BRIGHTLY.

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Thanks for taking part in my Journey, and remember.

NO ONE CARES HOW MUCH YOU KNOW…..

UNTIL THEY KNOW HOW MUCH YOU CARE…..

Larry (next time point #2 VISION).

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THE JOURNEY

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This was posted by a friend of mine Rodger Thoman, great article.

My Personal Winding-Road Life Journey

WindingroadI’m sitting on a 15-hour flight from Los Angeles to Hong Kong to meet with a group of International mission leaders and find myself thinking about the God-process that brought me to this place. As I reflect back over decades of experiences I sense that many others have had similar journeys and milestones. Here is what my ‘winding road’ has looked like:

1. Passion. Nothing matters like passion from start to finish. When God found me, changed me, and filled me with Himself, I had no greater desire than that others experience the same. The reality that there were whole people groups who never would have this opportunity unless the Gospel was taken to them caused me to be smitten with the longing to do just that.

2. Vision. From passion it seems easy enough to develop some sense of vision and even an action plan. The challenge is that the early years are often a mixture of a lot of my own ideas sprinkled in, maybe, with some of God’s. Think of Moses trying to free his people by killing the slave master or Joseph trying to explain his dreams to his brothers. Well-intentioned, but…

3. Faith Steps. The vision is initially walked out with steps of faith that are “certain” to lead to God’s blessing on life, ministry, family, and all areas of life. So, with confidence I launch out. And, indeed, God always honors our faith and some wonderful things do happen because of it. He is faithful, but He is still in the business of shaping me big-time!

4. Vision thwarted. Somewhere along the way, the early vision and faith-steps encounter obstacles and, despite the fact that there may be some fruit from it, eventually it comes to a standstill. The resulting disappointments are so confusing. I was certain that I was ‘the man’ fulfilling ‘God’s calling’ so why are things not working out as I had planned and envisioned?

5. Patience, Perseverance, Character Growth. This is the most difficult season of all. It seems to be a time of just slogging it out one step at a time. The vision has dimmed, the glamour of it all is gone, and the way seems dark at times. In my own life, I went through a series of painful, personal seasons that seemed to make the way darker, dimmer, and more confusing than ever. Yet this often seems to be the most important part of the entire process as God shapes the heart more fully for Him. It was a time when my identity became less about ‘the vision’ and more about simply being the child of God. It was a painful, difficult, necessary, growing-up phase.

6. Contentment. This may be the fruit of step five through which God becomes greater, being-with-God becomes more the point than anything else, and there is less of the push to ‘do something’ or try to ‘be someone.’

7. Vision Renewed. The final step (to-date) is a vision that is re-shaped by all of the steps mentioned. It is more of God and less of Roger. When I begin walking the faith steps this time, doors open, things happen, and it is much more about Him. He has re-formed everything in a way that I could have never imagined nor done on my own. It is a vision that He has inspired and then placed me in the right places to see it come to pass. Challenges still? Plenty? Heartbreaks and disappointments still? All the time. But coming from a place of deeper surrender and clearer dependency, there is the sense that God will do what He needs/wants/plans to do. I can let go more than ever and just be part of His ride. And, at the end of the day, He will indeed work all things together for the good of his purposes, for my good, and for His glory.

It has been quite a ride, without a doubt, yet when looking back it so easy to see the way God has masterfully and miraculously coordinated every part of the journey. He is an amazing God to do life with!

Have you experienced something similar? Share!

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