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Changing Seasons: Tapping in to Hunger

Our church planting effort began in August with a 2 week prayer push followed by a 100 day evangelism push. The 100 day push which launched our church in Fort Collins came to completion in November. This signaled a shift … Continue reading

Our church planting effort began in August with a 2 week prayer push followed by a 100 day evangelism push. The 100 day push which launched our church in Fort Collins came to completion in November. This signaled a shift in strategy for us. We’ve slowed our pace in order to give attention to the internal life of our community. Our goal during this season revolves around envisioning our people for the life of a disciple who disciples others.

Liz and I have enjoyed putting more attention into intentional discipleship. As people who tend toward the introvert side of things, we have found refreshment in this season. Evangelism requires a more extroverted approach. We definitely see the need to increase our network of relationships here in Fort Collins through evangelism but, if we’re honest with ourselves, it often requires more energy from us than we feel like we have to give. However, God has faithfully provided during the 100 day push and we are now refueling during this new season.

Today I have 2 things to share about this season:

1. We have been super-excited to visit friends and family over Christmas! Thanks to everyone who has made time for us!

2. God has been teaching me a lot about hunger lately. Misty Edwards says in one of her worship songs, “Hunger is an escort to deeper things in [God]” and I agree. I believe God is calling us to deeper personal hunger for the things of his heart.

This lesson has been highlighted tremendously through the discipleship process this season. Every time I sit down with someone I ask God for vision for their life. It’s exciting to see their strengths and to hear God’s heart for their future. Yet, not every person responds to an invitation to grow together and to press in to the things of God’s heart.

The contrast between vision and responsive action has led us to ask, “Jesus, what’s going on?” The themes which keeps coming up revolve around hunger.

  • Hungry people grow farther faster.
  • Hungry people respond, even if they didn’t know they were hungry.
  • When push comes to shove, I can’t grow another person. I can’t move them forward.

Every person  has to come to grips with his/her own level of hunger and desire for God and to ask for an increase if he/she is going to move forward.

This lesson challenges my own heart. How am I cultivating hunger in myself? Am I numbing hunger or feeding it with the things of God’s heart? How am I cultivating hunger in the people around me?

Join me in asking God to increase our hunger!

– Daniel

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