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As many of you know in 2012 I wrote a book titled, The Descent to Compassion. I’m thankful for how God has used that little book in the lives of individuals and small groups and churches. Thanks to all who bought and promoted it for me. Now I have some more great news. I’ve finalized a full course based on the book. I’m looking for students to sign up and I’m offering a discount for the first 100 to sign up.

The online class is now live and ready for students. The course is self directed and you can go at your own speed. The course is normally $30 but if you would like to be part of the first wave of students and you are willing to give me an honest review that will help to promote the course, I will give the first 100 students a $15 coupon.

If you are interested, email me at stevewrightbooks@gmail.com with the subject line, “$15 code.” I will then email you the code. Please don’t give it to anyone else because I have only a limited number at this time. Here is the link to the class for those who would like to pay for the course right now at full cover follow this link or click on the picture.

 

 

 

 

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There will be times that God causes you to notice people, and at other times He will simply lead someone right to you directly. I have had both of these happen in my life, almost on a daily basis.

Once, I was in a local store in California shopping with my family. My son Noah had to use the restroom. After we finished, we were on our way back to meet my wife and daughter, when I noticed a woman visibly upset. God touched my spirit and caused me to stop. I asked her, “What’s troubling you?” “Nothing,” she replied. I then said, “Are you sure?”

She responded by letting me know I would not want to hear it. I assured her, I would not have stopped if I didn’t want to hear it. She smiled and began to pour her heart out. She spoke to me for about five minutes about all that was going wrong for her. Her troubles were pressing in on her, and she felt alone and helpless. She was frustrated, angry and bitter about life.

I listened to every word she said, and I never broke eye contact. My son watching was just an added bonus because I knew he would ask me later why we stopped for a total stranger, and I would have the opportunity to pour into him compassion ministry. When the lady was finished speaking, I said, “You know, I bet the rest of your day is going to be just fine.”

She laughed and said, “I think you’re right. Thanks for taking the time to listen.” “You’re welcome,” I said and my son and I departed. I know it sounded effortless and not much like a miracle, but for her it meant everything. It was the miracle she needed for the day.

Wright, Steve (2012-03-18). The Descent To Compassion (pp. 48-49).  . Kindle Edition.

Divine Moments

March 6, 2013 — Leave a comment

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“Divine moments are around every corner if we will just make the turn when He speaks. I’m afraid many times a hurried life and fear lead us rather than the Spirit of God. What we honestly need is to submit to a Spirit-led life once and for all. We need to give Him all of our lives. We need to go beyond the label of Christians and become true Christ followers, submitted to His voice no matter the cost. After all, salvation is free, but discipleship will cost you. A hurried life is unquestionably an unproductive way of life. We are in a race to go everywhere and never truly make it anywhere. I think we’re in a hurry on purpose because we’re afraid that if we slow down we might just find out how unfulfilled our lives actually are. When we slow down, we see more clearly and we see what we are truly missing.”

Wright, Steve (2012-03-18). The Descent To Compassion (p. 59).  . Kindle Edition.

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Do You Notice?

February 22, 2013 — Leave a comment

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One of the greatest comforts the Bible demonstrates is that Jesus takes pleasure in breaking away from the crowd to take care of the individual. It is simply impossible to be lost from Him in a crowd. In Mark 5: 24-34, we read the story of a woman in the crowd.

We are told that she had suffered for many years. In fact, she had been suffering for twelve years. Her condition was growing worse daily, and she was out of money. We are told that she touched the cloak of Jesus and immediately she was healed. Jesus felt power issuing from Himself. Jesus then turns to look for who touched him. Once she is identified, by falling at his feet, the real miracle takes place. She is validated in front of everyone.

As soon as Jesus was face to face with this woman the crowd faded into the background; the crowd was forgotten and there seem to be no one there but Jesus and her. She had His full attention. Now that is the true miracle simply because she had captured the full consideration of God. You see, the world is still full of people lost in the crowd, and they are searching for their healing. They are waiting for someone to give them the same attention God gave this woman in Mark 5.

We are called to notice people. We must stop walking by the suffering because we are afraid to emerge from our schedules. Someone in your path today needs to be noticed, and God wants to use you to meet them. Think about it. Life is short, and each day must count.

Wright, Steve (2012-03-18). The Descent To Compassion (pp. 47-48).  . Kindle Edition.

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That so many Christians are satisfied with only a vertical relationship with God and feel no pull to the horizontal mission field they live in daily astonishes me. Ministry happens only in their lives by accident instead of on purpose. The problem is, God is not satisfied with that kind of life because He has created good works for them to be part of every day, if they would only look on the harvest field Jesus spoke of. We must remember God never sleeps, and He never slumbers. He is watchful and waiting on you to enter the field.

When I was a young man, my father bought some land and had a vision to farm it. We cleared several acres over several summers, and we had it stocked with many animals. The highlight of the acreage was our field of sweet potatoes – three acres of sweet potatoes! For those of you who love math, that is 14,520 sq yards of blood, sweat and tears. My father had a rightful expectation that the field would produce. After all, that is what a field that has been planted should do when it is looked after with care. I can remember working hard in the field alongside my father. I can still see his face now and the joy he got from the expected future.

When he would leave to run into town or some other errand, he would always say to my brother and me, “Work hard boys, I’ll be back.” We knew exactly what my father meant. He would be returning, and we were expected to continue working the field as though he was right beside of us. My brother and I would always try to work harder while he was gone so that when our father returned he would be well pleased. What brought him joy brought us joy. Why did my father work so hard? Why did my brother and I work so hard? There was a purpose; there was a future harvest. We simply wanted to see the greatest harvest possible. I know God the Father wants the same from us. He wants to seek the lost through us. That is what God desires to do through every believer. All He needs from you is the promise that He can interrupt you anytime and anywhere. When He gets you to that place, you will become a page being written under His mighty hand, and when the chapter is completed, all of Heaven will celebrate. What are you waiting on? The fields are white for harvest … get going. He is waiting on you.

 

Wright, Steve (2012-03-18). The Descent To Compassion (pp. 68-69).  . Kindle Edition.

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Do It Anyway

December 18, 2012 — 2 Comments

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We are to reflect God to the world. We are called to be the salt of the earth and a light that is not hidden. We are called to love. We are called to joy. We are called to peace. We are called to forbearance. We are called to kindness. We are called to goodness. We are called to faithfulness. We are called to gentleness. We are called to self-control. In Short, we are called to be like Him in front of a world that desperately needs to see Him.

At times, you will think being all the above-mentioned things don’t matter. You will see the world hate you even when you live a life that reflects God. However, do it anyway. You live as a reflection first for Him, and then for others. In the end, it will be to Him you will give an account and not to the people of the world.

Mother Teresa said it best when she wrote, ““People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

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When the disciples finished eating, they headed back to the well where they left Jesus. Their conversation is very shallow, and their bellies are full. They left behind some money for the meal but nothing life changing the way they could have or should have. Leaving the town, they cut across the harvest field and see Jesus way off in the distance speaking with someone, with a woman! They were confused and wondered why.

Jesus meanwhile ask the woman to get her husband and she “answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that, you spoke truly.” We now see why she had been coming to the well in the heat of noonday. Shame and guilt held her captive. Jesus continues and as the conversation nears the end, He shares with her that He is the Messiah.

As the disciples arrive at the well, they watch as the woman walks away with her water pot. They have no clue she is walking away a different person, but that is truly what has just happened. They went into town and shared Christ with no one. Jesus stayed outside the town and shared eternal life with the woman.

The disciples then offer Jesus some food, and the life-changing lesson begins. Jesus says to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” What is that food? Jesus continues, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.” He then lifts their attention to the field they just crossed and teaches them about the true harvest that is everywhere.The trouble is, they are just not paying attention, and their prejudice has blinded them.

As the disciples look across the field, Jesus says, “Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest?’ Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” Just then something shocking takes place that would be remembered forever and contribute to the changing of these men following Jesus into true Christ followers.

The disciples had went into town and shared Christ with no one, but the woman Jesus had been speaking with went and not only told the people all that had happened but invited them to “‘ Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?’ Then they went out of the city and came to Him.”

What the disciples saw as they lifted their eyes on the field was more than they were ready to handle. People were coming out of the town they just left. They were coming to see Jesus, and they were the true harvest Jesus was speaking of. The disciples went in, and none came out to see Jesus. The Samaritan woman went into the city, and a harvest came following.

Wright, Steve (2012-03-18). The Descent To Compassion © (From Chapter Seven) Kindle Edition.

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Book Description

The disciples walked with Jesus outside the four walls of the temple and learned what sharing the Kingdom message was truly all about. In the Descent to Compassion, the author takes the reader beyond Sunday morning service, past evangelism projects, and out into the highways and hedges where life happens and does not stop for a 30-minute sermon. The author takes the reader to where Jesus is walking and working everyday, desiring His people to join Him in the work. Divine moments happen everyday because God is always at work. Each and everyday we get up, if we open our eyes, we can see the hurting and we can see Jesus actively pursuing their hearts. We have the option of joining Him or walking away.

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One of the greatest moments of my life was my first review on Amazon for my book, The Descent to Compassion. After 13 years in the inner city…my heart was finally in print for the world to read. Thanks to all of you who have supported me and bought my book and told others. I’m forever grateful.

I’ve been writing daily on my next book. The theme will be about becoming less. We live in a world where greatness has been redefined and has lost its true meaning.  Jesus plainly said “It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant…”

With that thought in mind I need your help in naming my next book title. Below is the poll.

What I need you to do

1. Please read each choice and pick the one that picks you.

2. Pray for me as often as you think of me while I’m writing the book

3. Tell other about The Descent to Compassion and my new book in progress