Summary: In this message I share some lessons that God taught me on a 12 day period of alone time with him.

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Lessons From My Journey

QUESTION - When you hear the word journey what do you think about? What images come into your mind? Homer’s Odyssey? Christopher Columbus? Lewis & Clark? Captain Kirk & the Enterprise? The 1980’s rock band (“when the lights go down in the city” “anytime you want it that’s the way you need it” “the wheel in the sky keeps on turning I don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow” “so now I come to you with open arms.”). defines the word journey

1. The act of traveling from one place to another; a trip.

2. a process or course likened to traveling; a passage: the journey of life.

Today – I want to share with you some lessons from my journey.


On September 15th – I woke up about 3 am (showered and packed my car) and then wrote the following journal entry;

3:41 am – “Lord I am about to leave on this 12 day journey. I really don’t know what to expect – protect me from the evil one let me hear your voice. I know I need to change in many different ways…”

AND – then I was off and running… Now, I choose to leave at this time for a couple of reasons, one to save money by not staying in a hotel Saturday night and a second reason was because to wake up in the middle of the night – and head out while everyone was sleeping was like going out to battle. AND in a very real way that is exactly what I was doing…

SO – my journey began Sept 15th at 3:41 am and it ended about 9 am on September 26th. During that time I traveled over 2,600 miles. I worshipped at Southland Christian Church in Lexington Kentucky on the 15th with about 3,000 people in their 11:30 service. Then I spent 5 days at Oakwood Inn in Syracuse Indiana on Lake Wawasee. I left Lake Wawasee September at 6 am to drive to Stl to meet with Ben Merold for lunch at 1 pm. I worshipped at Harvester Christian Church all weekend; Saturday night – Sunday morning and Sunday night. I left Stl at 6 am Monday morning to drive to Chicago to attend a couple of workshops at Willow Creek Community Church. I left Chicago at about 5:15 pm on Wednesday night – and arrived back home 9 o’clock in the morning Thursday. While in Indiana I drove to South Bend and did a QT in the Basilica at the University of Notre Dame and while driving to Chicago I stopped in Springfield Ill, to visit the home of Abraham Lincoln.

Well, that’s kind of the outward stuff that I did on this journey… AND really this outward stuff only served to put me in some places where God was able do His inside work… which is His favorite kind of work – cleaning up the inside so the outside becomes better…

AND – it’s some of that inside stuff – some of the lessons I learned that I want to share with you today… NOW – I’ve divided these lessons into ‘minor’ and ‘major’ lessons. AND just like with the major and minor prophets in the OT – these lessons are called major and minor not because some are more important then others BUT because I will spend more time on some of the lessons…

[oh yeah – let me say this these are lessons that I learned, many of which I am working hard to put in my life…]

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