The Great Wall – The Great Call

We all agreed that today was “one of those days” that will be remembered in our hearts forever.

1. We walked on The Great Wall of China … half the team walked the 4,000 steps to the top, the other half rode the cable cars. What a view!  Such an amazing feat …the building of the wall … okay it was pretty amazing that we did physicslly accomplished what we did)

2. Grace caught our lunch that was fried for us at the village mountainside restaurant.  That was so fun.

3. Our guide was so amazing!  Her life story was so inspiring and challenging spiritually.

What a blessing she was to us and as one leader said to me, “The wall was great, but it was a bigger deal to meet her.

The internet is giving me issues tonight so this will be brief.

The devotional was led by our JE guide Rachel challenging us with a quote and thoughts from John Piper’s book A Hunger For God

Man’s struggle isn’t with sin, it’s with apple pie.

We were each challenged to look at our lives and as God to show us.  What distracts you, what can you give up and replace with obedience and devotion to God.

The Greatest Enemy of Our Hunger for God

John Piper:

Christian fasting is not only the spontaneous effect of a superior satisfaction in God; it is also a chosen weapon against every force in the world that would take that satisfaction away.

The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the vulgar rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in every night. For all the ill that Satan can do, when God describes what keeps us from the banquet table of his love(Luke 14:18-20). The greatest adversary of love to God is not his enemies but his gifts. And the most deadly appetites are not for the poison of evil, but for the simple pleasures of earth. For when these replace an appetite for God himself, the idolatry is scarcely recognizable, and almost incurable.

Jesus said some people hear the word of God, and a desire for God is awakened in their hearts. But then, “as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life” (Luke 8:14). In another place he said, “The desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful”(Mark 4:19). “The pleasures of this life” and “the desires for other things”—these are not evil in themselves. These are not vices. These are gifts of God. They are your basic meat and potatoes and coffee and gardening and reading and decorating and traveling and investing and TV-watching and Internet-surfing and shopping and exercising and collecting and talking. And all of them can become deadly substitutes for God. (A Hunger for God, Crossway, 1997)

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