"This is how we know what love is, that Christ laid down His life for us, so we too should lay down our lives for others." 1 John 3:16

Monday, September 27, 2010

Crazy Love

Week two of school...DONE!

Cierra and I are just beginning to feel settled in and school is rocking our faces off in the best possible way.

There is no possible way to capture what we are experiencing through writing but I will try.

Our school is so outside the box, we are still trying to figure it out ourselves.  We usually have about an hour or so of worship every day and then slip into the most amazing teaching I have ever heard.  Bethel values the presence of God above everything else.  If they sense that God wants to do something throughout the student body then we end up following the Spirit to whatever end He takes us.  Often times worship ends with people laying hands on each other and asking God for breakthrough and declaring His love and goodness.

God made us to experience His love and goodness.  Joy is a byproduct of freedom.  We were created to laugh merely at the thought of the goodness of God.  One of the greatest weapons of spiritual warfare is Joy...wow!

Every friday finds us in our Revival Group of about 65 people (as opposed to the 800 students we are surrounded by the rest of the week) exploring the practical application of what our hearts have been learning.  By the end of our very first Revival Group half of us were on the floor, rolling in laughter with pockets of people prophesying over each other.  When you are full of love, there is no fear.

The biggest part of our learning takes place away from class...its completely counter-institutional!  There is no such thing as just doing your studying and reading to get on with the rest of the day.  We are learning as a couple and as a house how to bring the presence of God with us wherever we go.  It's good to be able to pray together, laugh and discuss all the new things that are going on in school.  God has already touched our hearts in a deep way through different encounters with His Glory!

Pray for that God would give us amazing jobs that pay us way too much!

We have dwindling funds and no income to speak of for the moment.

So far we have received one gift in the mail and we are encouraged by how much God really is in control.

Cierra and I were able to pray for a man from southern Oregon who was visiting Bethel Church at their friday night service and see his back and ribs almost completely healed!  He was no longer able to feel the pain that had plagued him for years and had gained mobility in his back.  We are contending that it will be a solid 100% soon!

God is crazy about us and just has the wildest, amazing thoughts about us.    


  1. this is so good to hear i am so excited for what is to come. miss you both

  2. My favorite thing that you said: "One of the greatest weapons of spiritual warfare is Joy!" So awesome! I love that and needed to hear that in this time of my life and in this season:)

    I'm so happy to hear you are both doing so well and are being challenged and learning and growing! Miss you both so much, but as you have written here, it is confirmed over and over again that you are to be exactly where you are right now.

    Love you both! You are in our hearts now and forever :)

  3. That one ^ was Melissa's. I like what she said, too :)

    I love this, Dubb. What you and Desert are experiencing is unbelievably extraordinary and quite encouraging! I am so blessed to have been part of your life during this awesome transformation, and to see your understanding grow and your knowledge of the depth of God's love develop more and more. SO FREAKIN AMAZING, BRO! :) I like the point about how counter-cultural the way students learn there is. That's what I found out about after I left Multnomah lol... You are so blessed, man.

    Thanks for sharing all yall's Kingdom adventures! I love you both so much! Good day sir, and fare thee well m'lady :)