Whisper or Two-by-Four?

Steve Farrar in his book “Quiet Whispers from God’s Heart for Men” writes in the introduction:

If I’d been choosing the title for this book, I wouldn’t have chosen a phrase like Whispers for Men. I would have suggested Tow-by-Four’s for Men. It seems to me that it takes a two-by-four across the side of my head for God to get my attention.

But before God ever takes out the two-by-four, He whispers. He speaks gently. He speaks quietly. Yet we’re usually so busy and so preoccupied that we don’t hear…. Part of growing in our Christian life is learning to hear God when He whispers. And life is certainly much easier when we respond to a whisper rather than something more sever….

THIS IS WHY WE ARE GOING TO YOSEMITE! To hear God whisper. To get AWAY from the busyness if ministry that can suck our spiritual life dry. To hear what God is trying to tell us before He needs to do something severe.

I invite you to join me! 

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First Spot is Taken!

Well, now I know for sure I won’t be headin’ to Yosemite all by myself!


Josh, a children’s pastor from Joliet, Illinois will be heading to California for his first time… and what a fantastic time he will have, getting to experience what is arguably the most amazing place in the Northern Hemisphere on his first trip West!

That means that this sabbatical retreat is already 25% FULL!

As the deer pants for the streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
Psalm 42:1-2

When?? You can meet with God any day – but I invite you to meet Him in an extra amazing way next May in a place where He showed off His creative heart.

Don’t miss your chance at the trip of a life time! Register Today!

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Why Climb?

I was going through a sermon note notebook and found some notes under the caption “Why Climb?” I wrote down a question the pastor had asked, “Which are you? A valley dweller or a mountain climber?” Obviously, he was asking in regard to our spiritual life. Are you content to live in the valley with everyone else, or are you willing to look up, see the distant range of spiritual growth and determine to go where few go?

In answer to the question – Why Climb? He offered two answers:

1) to see God – to experience God like never before, like you can’t in the unchallenging valley.

2) to see our Life – to gain a new and more accurate perspective on where we are and where we need to be.

There is just something about mountain climbing that inspires many. In response to the question, “Why try to climb Mt. Everest?” George Leigh-Mallory, the great English mountaineer who died climbing that peak, said, “Because it is there.”

If there are greater heights you can go in your spiritual life – if it’s there – wouldn’t you like to experience it? The reality is that in day to day life, it’s extremely difficult to get the clarity we need to hear God. But the clean air of the mountains can clear our minds and our souls.

There are only five more openings for this Summit that may just be a life changing encounter with the Creator with a small group of other men also seeking to hear God above the noise of day to day ministry.

Tony Compolo once said, “Most people are born and eventually die – but never truly live. They tip toe through life hoping to arrive at death safely.” If this retreat is something you will regret not going on years from now, now is the time to make it happen!

Why go to Yosemite Summit? Because it’s there – a deeper walk with God that is.

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A Day in the Life of a Children’s Pastor

Some know me as the creator of Toyboxtales.com, where there are currently 99 online videos made with toys to teach kids important life lessons and God, the Bible or the Christian life. For the 100th TOYBOX TALE I decided to make one specifically for Children’s Pastors. It will soon be released on toyboxtales.com and an abbreviated version is available on YouTube, but I decided to post the FULL VERSION here on YosemiteSummit.org first – as it will give you a glimpse into why children’s pastors need a break like Yosemite Summit provides.

If you can relate to this video, you should seriously and prayerfully consider joining me next May in Yosemite!

ENJOY: A Day in the Life of a Children’s Pastor!

I look forward to seeing who God will bring together for this important and potentially life-changing event! Register Today!

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