40 Days of Discernment

A Living Companionship | 40 Days of Discernment, Episode 6

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Matt Scott

 “How powerful it is for people to let each other emote and not get in the way of what the Spirit of God is doing and let God do His work” – Steve Macchia

In this concluding episode, Steve and Matt share what it means to be present to God and to one another. When we listen to one another well our goal is not to fix, judge or necessarily say something helpful. Instead, we offer our attention and our presence. We make space for the trinity to do the work of healing and restoration. Steve and Matt share what this looks like in leadership teams and in personal relationships. A practical application we can take from this week’s episode is to ask the people around us “am I companioning you well?” In listening to their experience of us, we can learn a lot on how to be good spiritual companions.

Join the conversation about spiritual discernment as a way of life at www.LeadershipTransformations.org and consider participation in our online and in-person program offerings. Additional LTI spiritual formation resources can be found at www.SpiritualFormationStore.com and www.ruleoflife.com and www.healthychurch.net.

 

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A Time of Hope | 40 Days of Discernment, Episode 5

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Matt Scott

Leaders plant seeds of hope, even when the situation is dire.” – Steve Macchia

We live in a world that is constantly disappointing us. How do we continue to have hope? Steve Macchia and Matt Scott return to the podcast to talk about this very idea. Using week five of the appendix of The Discerning Life, they echo the psalmist who points our eyes to the mountain, to the Lord the maker of heaven and earth. The temptation for leaders (especially gifted, capable leaders) is to invite people to hope in us. The best thing we can do is come alongside them and point them towards our eternal hope.

Join the conversation about spiritual discernment as a way of life at www.LeadershipTransformations.org and consider participation in our online and in-person program offerings. Additional LTI spiritual formation resources can be found at www.SpiritualFormationStore.com and www.ruleoflife.com and www.healthychurch.net.

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God Made Visible | 40 Days of Discernment, Episode 4

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Matt Scott

Is this really God speaking or is it any of those other voices pulling me off course?” – Matt Scott

Every day there are a multitude of voices that clamor for our attention. Sometimes the voice we hear is our own internal voice of pride or selfish pursuit. Other times we hear the voice of the enemy through lies, deceit, or shame. What we want is to sift through the voices, notice God, hear his voice and even help others respond to his voice. In this episode, Steve and Matt return to the podcast to take us through the fourth week of our forty-day discernment journey. This week’s readings from The Discerning Life center on God being revealed and our openness to fully receive what he wants to do. Be encouraged to listen for God’s voice amidst competing voices, for your own walk with God and for your spiritual friends.  

Join the conversation about spiritual discernment as a way of life at www.LeadershipTransformations.org and consider participation in our online and in-person program offerings. Additional LTI spiritual formation resources can be found at www.SpiritualFormationStore.com and www.ruleoflife.com and www.healthychurch.net.

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A Broken Body | 40 Days of Discernment, Episode 3

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Matt Scott

We are to be peculiar people in our grace, our mercy, our kindness, our love, our forgiveness, our reconciliation – that’s the peculiarity of the church.” – Steve Macchia

Sometimes we think the church is perfect. We wish it were. But the church is not perfect. The church is comprised of broken people. In this episode, Steve and Matt walk us through the third week of our forty-day discernment journey. This week’s readings from The Discerning Life center on how we can become aware of our personal brokenness which contributes to brokenness in the body of Christ. Steve shares that “the broken me ends up contributing to the broken we.” We need to release an expectation of perfection from one another and adopt a posture of saying, “Lord, have mercy” first on me then on us collectively. We end by asking what can we do today to be a positive life-giving experience in the body of Christ?

Join the conversation about spiritual discernment as a way of life at www.LeadershipTransformations.org and consider participation in our online and in-person program offerings. Additional LTI spiritual formation resources can be found at www.SpiritualFormationStore.com and www.ruleoflife.com and www.healthychurch.net.

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A Broken World | 40 Days of Discernment, Episode 2

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Matt Scott

In the midst of pain and suffering and sorrow, what is God inviting us to do about it?” – Steve Macchia

Most of our emotional pain and heartache is unnecessary. Because we are jealous, anxious or fearful, we tend to hold grudges. We tend to throw each other away relationally when that is not the way of God. In this episode, Steve and Matt walk us through the second week of our forty-day discernment journey. This week’s readings from The Discerning Life center on our broken world and come from some familiar passages from Genesis and Exodus. Steve shares about the forgiveness that Joseph gave to his brothers. This forgiveness redeemed them back to him, to one another and even to the mandate their father Jacob gave on his deathbed. Matt shares about God speaking to Moses in the burning bush. This moment was God seeing the suffering of His people and Moses’ commissioning to be an agent of God’s redemptive work.

Join the conversation about spiritual discernment as a way of life at www.LeadershipTransformations.org and consider participation in our online and in-person program offerings. Additional LTI spiritual formation resources can be found at www.SpiritualFormationStore.com and www.ruleoflife.com and www.healthychurch.net.

 

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A Listening Community | 40 Days of Discernment, Episode 1

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Matt Scott

In the discerning life, we have to take everything we have and hold it more loosely.” – Steve Macchia 

 Our world is often very noisy and fast-paced, making it hard to hear God’s voice. During season 24 we will look at a forty-day prayer and reflection resource from Steve’s latest book, The Discerning Life. In Episode 1, Steve Macchia and Matt Scott have a conversation around discernment in community and friendships. Steve shares reflections on discerning God from the account of Abraham and Isaac found in Genesis 22. Steve reminds us that ALL that we have comes from God. God wants us to function as stewards, holding things looser than we often do. Finally, Steve encourages us to listen to God attentively and obey Him faithfully.  

Visit www.stevemacchia.com to order your own copy of The Discerning Life. 

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Mitzi Mak

Selah-West Faculty

Mitzi started her professional life as a high school social studies teacher. She and her husband Jerry then served cross-culturally for ten+ years, living abroad first in India and then Kurdistan, N. Iraq. In addition to being a Spiritual Director, she now serves as a Formation and Care pastor in her local church in Houston, TX. She has graduated from LTI’s Selah Spiritual Direction training as well as LTI’s Emmaus Formational Leadership Program.

Mitzi enjoys engaging conversation, reading fiction, doing jigsaw/crossword puzzles, ocean gazing and exploring the world with Jerry through food and travel.

God has two main callings in Mitzi’s life: to care for those who care for others and to be a guide in helping others have a healthy relationship with the Trinity – recognizing God’s loving presence and activity in their lives and how to faithfully respond.

Selah was a transformative experience for me – allowing the contemplative within to emerge and to beautifully co-exist with my extraverted personality.