Heartfelt Prayers: St. Patrick’s Breastplate

St. Patrick’s Breastplate I bind unto myself todayThe strong Name of the Trinity,By invocation of the same,The Three in One, and One in Three. I bind this day to me forever,By power of faith, Christ’s Incarnation;His baptism in the Jordan river;His death on the cross for my salvation.His bursting from

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Heartfelt Prayers: Henri J. M. Nouwen

A Prayer of Henri J.M. Nouwen: Listen, O Lord, to my prayers. Listen to my desire to be with you, to dwell in your house, and to let my whole being be filled with your presence. But none of this is possible without you. When you are not the one

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Heartfelt Prayers: Prayer of Saint Benedict

Prayer of Saint Benedict: Almighty God, give us wisdom to perceive you, intelligence to understand you, diligence to seek you, patience to wait for you, vision to behold you, a heart to meditate upon you, a life to proclaim you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives with you and

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Heartfelt Prayers: A Disciple’s Renewal

A Disciple’s Renewal: O MY SAVIOUR,                            help me.I am so slow to learn, so prone to forget, so weak to climb;I am in the foothills when I should be on the heights;I am pained by my graceless

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Heartfelt Prayers

A Prayer by William Barclay: O God, Our Father, we know our own weakness.Our minds are darkened, and by ourselves we cannot find and know the truth.Our wills are weak, and by ourselves we cannot resist temptation, or bring to its completion that which we resolve to do.Our hearts are

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Christmas Presence: Witnessing

Read Luke 1:67-79. What is Zechariah giving witness to in his song? In this fourth week of Advent, consider adding a special note to your gifts, sharing with loved ones a simple prayer that God’s loving presence would be especially near.  Luke 1:67-79 67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy

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Christmas Presence: Wondering

Read Luke 1:46-55. What is Mary wondering about in her soul? In this third week of Advent, prepare your heart for Christmas by pausing for one full hour and journaling or sketching as many of God’s good gifts as you can. Luke 1:46-55 46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,

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Christmas Presence: Watching

Read Isaiah 9:1-7. What are the people of God watching for in the future? In this second week of Advent, notice at least three to five gifts of God’s presence embracing you in love, awakening you with wisdom or offering you his companionship through another. Isaiah 9:1-7 1But there will be

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Christmas Presence: Waiting

Read Psalm 16. What does the psalmist suggest about waiting in our journey? In this first week of Advent, find at least one, 10-15 minute block of time to sit silently in solitude, and ponder the word “wait.” Consider how well or poorly you wait in life. Psalm 16 1 Preserve me,

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Reflections on Beauty

Beauty I’m struck by how much my soul is enlivened by beauty. Not exclusively of human beauty per se, as delightful as that may be, But of God and his created order, which of course includes the people he designed. Beauty multiplied in the lives of children young and old,

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Steve Macchia

Founder & President

Steve is a graduate of Northwestern College (IA) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div. and D.Min.). His prior ministry includes serving on the pastoral staff at Grace Chapel (Lexington, MA) and as president of Vision New England. Since July 1, 2003 Steve has served as founder and president of Leadership Transformations, director of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building, and adjunct faculty in the Doctor of Ministry department at Gordon-Conwell. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Discerning Life (Zondervan Reflective),  Baker bestseller Becoming a Healthy Church, and Crafting a Rule of Life (IVP). He lives in the Boston area with his wife Ruth and is the proud father of two grown children, Rebekah and Nathan, daughter in-love Ashley, and papa to his beloved granddaughter, Brenna Lynn and twin grandsons, Aiden Joseph and Carson Stephen. “My soul comes alive singing the great hymns of the church and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. I’m in awe of God for fulfilling the dream for LTI that he birthed in my heart, for the team he has assembled, and the transformational impact experienced in the leaders and teams we serve.

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