Here's the offer: healing, freedom, release, beauty, dancing, and praise. It's true. Isaiah 61 and Luke 4 reveal that this is why Jesus came. These are the things that truly make up the wonderful Kingdom of God. Without those things, my friends, we don’t stand a chance.
Life's journey is about your heart and the trauma we experience as human beings. It's about your soul and how evil works to shatter it. But it's ultimately about the healing journey. It's about God loving you so much that He does not leave you alone to figure out these complicated things. You don't have to live crippled by fear. You don't have to live with that snarky personality that rubs people the wrong way, constant grief, anger just beneath the surface or with dysfunctional sexuality.
Restoration and transformation are possible. Christ formed in us (Galatians 4:19) makes this possible.
FROM THE DIRECTOR: March 6, 2017
In a recent poll from George Barna, he found that 66% of Christians in the United States do not want to give their spiritual life the time and effort required for growth. I'm not sure what to do with that information. But it bothers me.
Similar to a diet pill that claims we will lose weight without any of the effort or time it really requires, we want a similar spiritual pill that will override the process, the journey, the pilgrimage, the pain, the time that it really takes to build a relationship with God and be spiritually formed. Many people think their pastor has the pill and that he dispenses it on Sunday mornings. Let me break it to you my friend, no such pill exists and that’s not what happens on Sundays. Attending church and listening to a sermon do not override the journey you need to be on every single day. A journey that only you can walk. I can’t walk it for you. We can walk with one another, and we should, but we cannot secretly wish that the distance between the place where we are and the place where we want to be can be side-stepped or overridden.
But 66% of us—two-thirds of Christians—don’t want to put forth the effort for the journey. We are basically too busy with other pursuits. As Dallas Willard said, "The most important thing in your life is not what you do; it's who you become. That's what you will take into eternity."
The Jacob Institute would like to suggest that the time and effort are worth it. And we are willing to walk with you. Retreats are a great place to start. And The Jacob Academy is now accepting applications for the fall of 2017. You won't regret the time and effort. Consider joining the journey!
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