Journey to Shalom


Longings for Peace on the road less traveled

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What is “Shalom” anyway? And what is this blog about?

Shalom Means Peace … And So Much More. Shalom is the Hebrew word for holistic peace — peace that permeates every aspect of our lives and our being. It is a word used throughout scripture to describe the absolute joy, flourishing, fulfillment, and bliss found in the presence of God. It also conveys the beautiful, interdependent relationships that God’s people eternally share with Him, each other, and all of creation.

Nothing Broken… Nothing Missing… The way things are supposed to be. Shalom is what has come into the world through Christ, and is made complete when Christ returns and fully eradicates sin and death forever. God is glorified as Shalom happens. We have a mission as God’s people to discover and display the Shalom of God’s Kingdom to this hurting world by faithfully proclaiming the Gospel in WORD and DEED as we share life with our neighbors. This blog documents one Kingdom Family’s journey to Shalom…

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In Times of Plague… Perfect Love casts out fear

Living Room Worship is in full effect. Every Sunday at 11:00 am tune in at live.restorelife.net to join the Iversons in their living room for worship and time in the word and prayer. If anyone wants to give, 100% of everything is going toward our Emergency Relief Fund to help those most desperate in our […]

Pandemic Temptations – Part 1.

What temptations are seeking to cripple us during this Pandemic and how do we fight them? How is the temptation to test God endangering many lives? “Faith over Fear” has been the rallying cry across the land, especially in churches that believe the Holy Spirit is real and that Jesus still has the power to […]

Faith vs. Foolish Fear

I just preached online from my living room at live.restorelife.net to encourage us in this season where fear would seek to take the heart of us. Strategic and Kingdom-centered #socialdistancing has nothing to do with fear, but has everything to do with faith in God (and in His created design for this world) and love […]

Day 21: “Available”

Our responsibility, as God’s beloved children, is availability to Jesus Christ – to be exactly who we are in terms of who He is, 24 hours a day, one day at a time. Believing this reality sets us free to joyfully discover and display the Shalom of God’s Kingdom.

When you have been included in the family of God, there’s only one responsibility God asks of you, and it’s so simple yet impossible for you do apart from Him. He asks for you to be an available vessel for the Holy Spirit to fill so that the life of Christ might manifest in and out of you. He asks you to come to Him, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with hands open saying “Here I am, God… take my life, all that I am, and employ it for your glory and kingdom… I am available.”

Day 20: “Peace With God”

Has your sin made you feel distant from God? When you fall back into unhealthy attitudes and addiction, does the shame overwhelm you and compromise your peace? How do we maintain peace in the midst of a fallen body still prone to wander and act out in sin?

One of the biggest disruptors and vandalizers of Shalom in our lives is guilt, and its cousin shame is close behind. The enemy of our soul, who has been trying to compromise our dignity and dominion from the beginning, utilizes guilt and shame to bring our souls back into a state of chaos and confusion in regards to our relationship and standing with God. Here’s his scheme, which we need to understand if we are going to take a stand against it (Ephesians 6:11).

Day 19: “A House of Peace”

Is your home a house of peace? Is it a place of hospitality to the nations? To strangers? What would it look like to display the hospitality of the City of Peace in your home? At your work? Through your church? During your mealtimes?

One thing we know for a fact is that the family of God is a family of radical hospitality toward outsiders. We were cut off from the kingdom, outside its walls, distant from God, yet in Christ we are welcomed into the Holy of Holies, the inner chamber of God’s most intimate presence, to share a feast with the God of the universe. We are included in the family of God, no longer strangers but family members with access to the full benefits of the household of faith. God has been hospitable to us and invited us into His home. His hospitality toward us at His table is conforming us more into the image of Christ and awakening in us a similar Spirit of hospitality toward all peoples. Intimacy with God always leads to deeper intimacy with others, and as we experience the hospitality of the kingdom found in the love of Christ, that same love compels us into deeper hospitality toward others.

Day 18: “Shalom Rest”

Have you ever felt like God is asking too much of you and the work He has called you to is more than you can do? How can you find rest in the midst of a mission that seems impossible?

“Let me teach you how to rest…” Jesus speaks with gentleness to the weary soul working hard for the kingdom. Being on mission in full surrender to the kingdom is supposed to be the most rewarding calling, but if we are not careful about our motives, it can become the most exhausting calling. God never intended for the labor in His kingdom to drive us so hard we can barely function and we lose joy and forget the “why” behind our work. Yes, God did promise that if we live the life of a “Shalomer” and “spend ourselves” on behalf of the broken and hurting in the world as we preach the full gospel in word and deed we would get persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12). But He also promised He would “guide us continually, giving us water when we are dry and restoring our strength. We will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring” (Isaiah 58:11). He promises rest as He lays our head down in fields of splendor and restores our souls in the midst of the valley of the shadow of death… (Psalm 23)

 But seek the Shalom of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its Shalom you will find your Shalom.”

Jeremiah 29:7

Meet the Authors

Danny and Kimberly Iverson

Danny and Kimberly Iverson met while in college and fell in love 3 years later while Danny was leading an inner-city ministry in Newark, NJ. Their hearts for the disinvested spaces of society, and the conviction of God’s love and redemptive purposes for such places, drew them together on mission and continues to be a driving force as they follow God’s calling to discover and display an expression of the body of Christ that is focused on reconciliation and renewal. They love being on mission with their family of eight children – Daniel Josiah, Trinity, Katy-Grace, Benjamin Zion, Malachi, Judah, Gwennalyn and Joel. They currently live in Atlanta, GA and are sharing life with their neighbors and leading a house church and community development organization called Restore Life.  Sign up to receive their newsletter.

 

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