#LetUsLinger

linger conferencelin·ger

ˈliNGɡər/

verb

  1. stay in a place longer than necessary, typically because of a reluctance to leave.

 

When was the last time you lingered in a spot to reflect, relax, or just for a moment of silence. What is silence? Why are we so afraid to be alone with our thoughts?

In America we run on a 24/7 schedule (and Dunkin’). Now, let’s be honest… if your phone was to ring at 3:15 in the morning, you would answer and be embarrassed that you were sleeping. [Caller]“Hey Joe, were you sleeping?” [clears throat] “Nope, I go to bed at 3:00 am and get up at 3:15 am” thank you, Steve Farrar, for this great visual.

We are afraid to be “caught” relaxing, or lingering – why?

I’m not saying we don’t need to work hard, but God labored 6 days and took 1 day of rest…just sayin’

Now think of this, you arrive at a social gathering, early, without your squad and oh.my.goodness you might have to talk to someone!!! So naturally what do we do [I absolutely did this…] pull out your phone and check…ANYTHING! Make yourself look really important, like the “text” you are sending contains the PowerBall jackpot numbers. I mean, you don’t want to look like a stalker just standing there. How did people survive social situations without smartphones!? Thank you, Ben Stuart, for this great example of the reality of technology in our lives.

Lingering and technology were just a couple of topics covered at the 2017 Linger Conference. The conference was Friday and Saturday and consisted of 8 speakers and 3 worship bands, including Shane & Shane, Lauren Daigle and People & Songs.

If you’re not familiar with the Linger Conference, it’s mission is to provide unhurried times of worship and solid Biblical teaching in a conference environment with the heart of a retreat.

Here’s a quick recap:

Ben Stuart – Mark 6:30-31

Take away: Resting in Jesus restores your soul.

Application:

  1. Limit the time technology has access to you. Set boundaries (don’t charge your phone next to your bed).
  2. Schedule time to get away and reflect in prayer.

 

Thabiti Anyabwil – Psalm 142:1-4

Take away: How do we demonstrate that God is worthy of it all?

Application:

  1. When we turn to God when we’re full of trouble.
  2. When we turn to God when we are weak and powerless.

“Heaping religion on your sin is like putting Cool Whip on trash.” – Thabiti Anyabwil

 

Dr. Charles Swindoll (a.k.a. Chuck) – Revelation 2:1-7

Take away: Everything can change, but God remains the same.

Application: Four Major Disciplines to establish

  1. Simplicity
  2. Silence
  3. Solitude
  4. Surrender

“Godliness is never automatic or easy.” – Chuck Swindoll

“Intimacy is the result of discipline.” – Chuck Swindoll

 

Eric Mason – Revelation 7:9-12

Take away: We (Christians) are the soul of the world.

Application:

  1. In eternity, all ethnicities will be distinct yet unified because of Jesus Christ.
  2. The church should strive to be distinct yet unified on earth as we are all created equally in the image of God.

“We are all dressed up dirt and a mess in progress.” – Eric Mason

 

Todd Wagner & Randy Alcorn

Take away: Heaven is for real; measure experiences by God’s Word.

Application:

  1. Search God’s Word daily.
  2. Satan speaks in lies.

 

J.R. Vassar – Proverbs 24

Take away: Stay under the yoke in love to God.

Application:

  1. We become the people we are by what we choose to do again.
  2. Our misuse of time tells us a lot about our view of God.

“God creates out of an overflow of love.” – J.R. Vassar

 

Jonathan Pokluda (a.k.a. JP) – Luke 18

Take away: If dependence is the goal, weakness is the advantage.

Application:

  1. Jesus is worthy of your surrender. Self-reliance is an enemy of surrender.
  2. Jesus is worthy of you future. Materialism will prove to be failed worship.

 

“All of my hopes

All of my fears

All of my wants

All of my years

Everything now

Everything then

All of my life I resolve

You’re worthy of it all.”

-Shane & Shane

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