England Travel Journal – Prologue

If you have never journeyed vicariously with the GSB Team on a study tour, I encourage you to do so, starting tomorrow.

There are four reasons you should check in every day for the next 14 days.

First, you will travel with us vicariously. Sure, you may still have to go to work every day; your summer may be over and the kids back in school.

But there is no law against imaging yourself on a journey to a far-away land every morning for 3-5 minutes. There is no law against it unless, of course, you are driving a car or operating other heavy machinery. Augustine of Hippo (not Canterbury) said the world is a book, and those who don’t travel read only a page. But if you read this blog every day for the next 14 days, even if you don’t physically travel, you will have read at least two pages.

Second, if I do my job you should be able to use each blog post as a devotional. So, bring your Bible or your phone. If the Lord anoints what I write, who knows what He might do in you. If you don’t like devotionals, you are at the right place. I don’t like devotionals either, and I never use them. But this will not be like any devotional you have read. There will be Kingdom history, commentary on the lives of men and women who changed the world for King Jesus, and the foundation of it all will be the Word of God, which is sharper than a two-edged sword and able to cut between soul and spirit, joint and marrow, and judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12.

Third, there is almost always a healthy dose of humor, a little icing on the cake to sweeten it up a bit. I don’t know if its the diverse personalities of the GSB Team members or that my usually highly stress-burdened mind is operating in a rare, highly liberated state, but it always seems to happen. A joyful heart is good medicine (Proverbs 17:22), which means this travel blog is just what the doctor ordered.

Fourth, you will learn how King Jesus transformed a nation and how Jesus-followers were used by Him to do extraordinary world-changing things that cause us to still be talking about them. Maybe you will learn something that leads you to do something others will be talking about 1,000 years from now.

In summary, if you follow us you might escape, you might cry, you might laugh, and you might learn, and it will only cost you 3-5 minutes of your time. If that seems like a fair trade, I look forward to seeing you tomorrow. GS

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