the ancient path…

here are the slides from this morning > clear eyes 12 – sabbath pt 2

23rd Psalm – The Message

God, my shepherd!   I don’t need a thing.

You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from.

True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.

Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side.

Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.

You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies.

You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing.

Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life.

I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.

We must learn a way to find and sustain whole-heartedness in a world gone mad.

To navigate this hour requires a soul that is saturated with God.  His love.  His wisdom.  His life.  His beauty.

Busyness is taking most of us out.  There just isn’t enough time.  John Ortberg said – “I cannot live in the Kingdom of God with a hurried soul.”  It can’t be done.  To be saturated with God, to be filled with His goodness, to not get fried by the mad pace of this world, you have a choice to make.  No one is going to do this for you – if you want this, you’re going to have to fight for it and it starts with …


Your soul is a vessel designed to be filled with God and to overflow with Him.  A reservoir filled up and it spills over and from which will flow rivers of life.  Saturated with God.  Clear eyes on this, don’t kid yourself — this world is designed to dry out your soul.

The goal, this quest we’re after, this treasure hunt we’re on –  is finding a way to live freely and lightly as an operating reality.  The goal is whole-hearted and flourishing souls.  Do you want that?  It is possible.

Our goal as a Tribe is finding a way to live freely and lightly as an operating reality with whole-hearted and flourishing souls.  We are on a treasure hunt, looking for the path to this reality.

“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”  Jeremiah 6:16

This verse is absolutely crystal clear.  The ancient path is there.  It is possible to live freely and lightly.  We have to ask where it is.  We must be intentional – it’s not just going to come to us.  We must hunt it down and find it.  It is there!  Once we find it … we must, with intention, choose to walk the path.  If we do it, we will find rest for our souls.

If we want to experience the life of Jesus, we have to adopt the lifestyle of Jesus, the way of Jesus.  We have to find that ancient path and take it.  Ancient, not trendy.  Ancient, not the facebook way.  Ancient, not what is culturally understood or popular.

In the past few weeks, we have discussed technology and the time it consumes of our lives.  Get this – the average iPhone user touches his iPhone 2,617 times a day.  If you’re awake 18 hours of the day (that’s too much!), you’re touching your phone 145 times an hour or 2.5x a minute.  all day.  every day.  Millennials touch their phone almost 5,500 times a day.  Too much.  WAY too much.

Over the past few weeks, we have discussed…

  1.   Radically cutting our consumption of technology.
  2.   Getting off completely and finally all social media.
  3.   Utilizing the One-Minute Pause app.
  4.   Practicing the art of benevolent detachment.
  5.   Getting outside, connecting with the real and the tangible and feeling God’s  creation on a regular basis.
  6.   Next week, we’ll talk about Sabbath

If you want to live freely and lightly, saturated with God, these are just a few of the practices you need to adopt as your new way of doing life.  Prayer.  Fasting.  Immersive reading of the Word.  There is so much more.

“Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets”.  If your system, your process is producing anger, mild depression, high levels of stress, chronic emotional burnout, little or no sense of the presence of God, an inability to focus your mind on the things that make for life … then the odds are very good that something about your system of doing life is way off kilter.

If you want to radically reboot your operating system for life – the 6-7 things above are a great starting point and this truth is the bottom line…

arrange your days

It is up to you.

why you need Tribe

here are the slides from this morning > Clear eyes 4 – suffer strong

here is the video – we played from 3:30 – 24:00 >

What are you building your house upon?  It really matters because the storms are coming.  It’s not if they are coming but when.  They are coming.  So, it really matters what you’ve found your house and life upon.  If you found it upon the sand, it will collapse under the storm.  If it is built upon the rock, it will withstand the storm.

Don’t wait to invest your life in what matters.

Then later in the video, Jay who was raised a preacher’s kid, said this – “I ran into the ER and there was my church.  They’d come ahead of me to make manifest this invisible God.  They made God visible to me when the bottom was falling out of my life.  Sitting there in that ER for 16 hours, I experienced true “church” for the first time.   This is what the church gets to give each other – when life smacks you in the face, we get to show up in a way of our presence and our tears.  They showed up in a way that said, “You’re not alone in this pain.  We don’t know what will happen but you’re not going to go through it alone.”

We need Clear Eyes on this – don’t kid yourself.  The storm is coming for you.  You will need Tribe.  It is unwise for you to attempt to do this life as a lone wolf.  Clear eyes.


John Ortberg summed this up so well a few weeks ago … 

Sometimes, a single phone call can change the entire trajectory of your life.  Oftentimes, that call is a crisis.  Storms are going to come.  One day, a phone call will come for you.  It will come for all of us.  One day, news will rock your world.  When the call comes, it will find you in one of two conditions – either mostly in isolation, mostly disconnected from other people, largely on your own emotionally and relationally not sure if there is anyone that you can reach out to. 

Or … it will find you living in community, surrounded by people who know you and love you.  You will eat together, laugh together, cry together and pray, play and struggle together.  You’ve done life together.  And when that storm comes, they will hold you up and strengthen you and support you and keep you together as if by an invisible force, because it is.

The key to this – the time to build community and friendship and connection and spiritual bonds is now.  Because, if you wait for the phone call, it will be too late.  When the storm comes, when everything falls apart, people who live isolated lives feel too awkward to ask for help.  They don’t have the energy at that point to do the work to build community.  They actually will become more and more isolated.  The time to build community is before the call comes.

Maybe you’re not in a crisis.  Maybe you’re feeling pretty self-sufficient right now and that life is going well for you, but I’ll make you two promises.  One, the phone call will come for you.  The day will come when you realize, you need community.  Two, even if you don’t think you need anybody, somebody needs you.  Someone needs your prayer, your touch, your encouragement and your perspective.

go get them…

This past week I’ve had two conversations with men that have been coming to Manschool but that have been absent this year.  They love it.  They see the value.  But, life happens.  The swamp reaches up and grabs you.  Distractions come.  Busyness takes over.  The urgency of the moment.  The tensions at home.  The pressures of work.

The … sheer madness … of this world.

It all conspires to make you think, “I don’t have time to go to Manschool”.

My message to both of those men was very, very simple, “Do not attempt to do your life alone.”  And both men said the same thing, “Yep, I know.  It isn’t working for me”.

There are men you know that you are being nudged to reach out to.  There are men that used to be coming that are now absent and you’ve wondered where they are.

my message is simple to you — GO GET THEM.  Challenge them.  Use the “Don’t do life alone” line on them.  Get them there this week.

Time is short and the insanity of this world is ramping up.  I’m struck with a strong sense that we need to be ultra aggressive in fighting to bring more men into our Tribe.  A storm is coming.  A big one.  We need to be ready and those men need to be ready.