Discerning God’s Heart for the World

Discerning Where We Fit In the Great Commission | Discerning God’s Heart for the World, Episode 5

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Paul Borthwick

You might be praying for someone who’s never been prayed for before in Jesus’ name.” – Paul Borthwick

As we conclude season 21, Paul and Steve prompt us to ask: so, what? now, what? and what kind of person shall we become from this? We start with understanding the three big greats. The great commandment invites us to see the world that God sees it. Great compassion compels our heart to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. And the great commission leads us to proclaim the love of Jesus to those who cross our path and those who are around this world. These three things often impact our daily lives: changing our mindset, opening our worldview, and reminding us of the assurance – Jesus’ promise to always be with us, even to the ends of the earth.  

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Practices that Fuel Global Discernment | Discerning God’s Heart for the World, Episode 4

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Paul Borthwick

Prayer is our response to the global amount of information.” – Paul Borthwick

During His ascension, Jesus commissioned His disciples to be “witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Here, Paul Borthwick shares five practices that help us see where God is at work locally and globally:

  1. Information. God fuels our discernment through Scriptural knowledge and understanding of current events
  2. Intercession. Prayer is our response to the global amount of information
  3. Involvement. Notice where God is at work in the people around you and consider a short-term mission trip
  4. Integration. Letting the things we know about the world influence our life
  5. Investigation – Keeping our eyes, ears and hearts open to what God wants us. 

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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Discovering the Family of God Globally | Discerning God’s Heart for the World, Episode 3

There is a family of God to get to know globally.” – Steve Macchia

Followers of Jesus are part of a big family that stretches around the world. This family is in China, Columbia, Syria, Russia, Ukraine and in every country of the world. Every weekend this family gathers to worship in places from the greatest cathedrals in Europe to huts with mud floors. If we could listen to the global Christian family, they would ask us to first know them, and know their stories; second to pray for them and third partner with them in their local ministry. Discovering the family of God globally may start as simply as starting a conversation with someone who has a different accent than you or visiting a church in your own city made up of people of a distinct ethnicity.

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Discerning God at Work in the World | Discerning God’s Heart for the World, Episode 2

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Paul Borthwick

 “I think that we are living in the most exciting time in Christian history since Jesus walked the earth.” – Paul Borthwick

Steve Macchia and Paul Borthwick continue their discussion on discovering God’s heart for the world and our shared calling to serve collaboratively in global missions. In this episode, Paul says “As a student of God’s work around the world for quite awhile; I believe that we are living in the most exciting time to be alive in the history of Christianity since Jesus walked the earth.” Listen in as Paul explains this position and hear about missionary work around the world that the news media isn’t sharing.

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Discerning God’s Love for All People | Discerning God’s Heart for the World, Episode 1

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Paul Borthwick

The thing that God is using to help me be a person of love is the phrase that comes to my mind whenever I see a person; ‘this is a human being created in the image of God and worthy of love and respect.’ ” – Paul Borthwick

Season 21 will focus on discovering God’s heart for the world and our shared calling to serve collaboratively in global missions. Steve Macchia welcomes guest Paul Borthwick to the podcast. In episode 1, Steve and Paul talk about God’s love for all people, sharing four insights from John 3:16-21. Listen to Paul’s story about an emotional encounter he had at the airport after the Boston Marathon Bombing.

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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.