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WHO WE ARE:

GRACE EXPLORATIONS Is A Spiritual Guide Service That Helps Wandering And Wounded Hearts Find Home And Healing In Christ. 

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.  – Genesis 6:8 (KJV)

Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.  – Jeremiah 6:16

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

You will not think clearly about your life until you think mythically. Until you see with the eyes of your heart.  John Eldredge – Waking the Dead

GRACE EXPLORATIONS guides pilgrims into spiritual “thin air” – the “death zone” where the false self dies so new life can begin. It is a true place that cannot be found on any map except our everlasting hearts that hurt to be healed. We have found this place. We can lead your community there. It is a transcendent mountain peak where spiritual climbers can experience the weight of eternity in a “thin place” – a sacred space where marvel and madness struggle for mastery in God’s mystery. Man’s madness is indeed heaven’s sanity. Here, timeless trauma is healed with transcendent time – a “thin place” where eternities weight thins time so anything can happen in time because it’s already happened in eternity. In this “thin place“, God lives in KAIROS Time measured in celestial moments and supernatural seasons. Time is real, supernatural awe as His story – a numinous Person and purpose. Our mortal bodies live in CHRONOS Time measured in clock movements and solar settings. Time is relevant, sequential and astronomical as history – a numeric point and place. Our heart and soul lives in MYTHOS Time measured in creative myths and sensational stories. Time is revealing, suspended and animated as story – a narrative poem and presence.

It is not down on any map; true places never are. – Herman Melville

GRACE EXPLORATIONS guides pilgrims into three-dimensional time at the cosmic crossroad of the cross where anything can happen in KAIROS Time as eternity devours time past, present and future with an eternal NAKED NOW. Everything has already happened in eternity so anything can happen in time. Eternity has no end because it never began. We are all part of God’s EPIC that has no beginning or end because the Author of the story is beyond beginnings and endings. He is I AM. The past, present and future already exist in Him in KAIROS Time, the “real world” we enter through the secondary worlds of CHRONOS and MYTHOS Time. Pain and pleasure drives us into secondary worlds to drown us in dreams of a primary world more real than our own. “The real world is beyond time but can be reached only by a process that goes on in time.” (Northrop Frye) This process involves “The Power of True Myth” which no language or logic can fully explain because it can only live and linger as a fleeting expression. GRACE EXPLORATIONS is a wonder to be caught rather than wisdom to be taught – a splendor shown as well as a secret silently spoken and shared. When words fail, the wonder of grace prevails. If love is the mountain that conquers us as we climb towards God, then grace is the perfect peak of that mythic mountain. We believe God’s face is the face of grace because grace is God’s most beautiful face. A face so small and large, intimate and intense, it can only be seen from the inner, outer space of the hearts final frontier. Just as “grace must find expression in life, otherwise it is not grace” (Karl Barth), we also believe spiritual and scientific explorations are inherent to man’s nobility and must be expressed in the pursuit of mystery that reveals our original glory as royal regents in a garden of awe glistening with glory before the shadow came. We were monarchs once and we will be so again before the end. Our numinous names burn and brand our everlasting hearts with beauty as a ring of fire on the finger of God given to us as His beloved sons and daughters. As we return home to Him, God the Father crowns His sons and daughters with golden splendor and purple majesty as mountain elders clothed in white bathed in the colors of a red dawn, the blood of His Rising Son. We believe when we stop chasing the sun and start facing our own darkness a new destiny will begin to dawn for all mankind, a dawn where tombs become wombs as wounds are healed with weapons of wonder that wreck our small worlds with an all consuming asteroid of awe.

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. –  Marcel Proust

GRACE EXPLORATIONS guides pilgrims on the longest journey in the world – 18 inches from the head to the heart. If we can’t do 18 inches we are forced to climb 18,000 feet or travel 18,000 miles. We externalize what we cannot internalize. Sometimes we have to travel to the ends of the earth to reach the end of ourselves and find a new beginning in God that never ends. The greatest journey is within. Anthony DeMello says, “The shortest distance between a human being and the truth is a story.” If we do not own the truth of our story it will own us. Our future runs through our past. To find home we might have to lose our mind to find our heart. Far too many of us live in a house but we are never really home. The lights are on but the shades are always drawn. The Son of God had no place to lay His head because He was always at home in His heart. A house is not a home. Home is where the heart lives. Hope is the house where love makes its home. Hope is the place where the person of love (God) lives. Hope is faith in love with grace. Houses made of trees are just tents flapping in the wind with mouths unable to speak what the heart already knows to be true – when time has lost its head, eternity lives on inside the heart. Life is more than memory. Life is eternity.

The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart. – Julien Green

GRACE EXPLORATIONS guides pilgrims to climb true and mythic mountains to meet God as mighty men and women have done throughout the ages. We call out tall kings and queens to lose and leave the baggage they hide behind (I Samuel 10:22) so they can hear the voice of their High King call them out of the shadows by their true, noble names amidst the thunder and lightening illuminating the darkness within and without where mankind and mountains meet. As image-bearers of Christ, every person is a Prophet, Priest and King. The Prophet climbs to Speak Secrets, the Priest to Sacrifice Self and the King or Queen to Sovereignly Serve. Every person is a majestic monarch disguised as a miserable mountaineer. God’s glory is secrecy. The glory of monarchs is the search so God’s majesty is revealed not in mastery but mystery, (Proverbs 25:2) the same mystery that filled Noah with marvel while a world drowned in madness. “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” – Genesis 6:8 We believe the greatest discovery in life is Who finds you when you are looking for something else. Christ’s three-fold office mirrors the mystery of the Gospels three main themes: the awful grace, severe mercy and successful failure of the Sacred Scandal, the bittersweet tears, losing laughter and terrible truth of the Cosmic Comedy and the pleasurable pain, beautiful agony and wonderful wounds of the Divine Romance. When all three offices converge, compliment and complete the three main themes, divided hearts are made whole in the heart of man. “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:12 Neither is the heart of man when the Prophet, Priest, King and Queen return home as one in One.

The mountains reserve their choice gifts for those who stand upon their summits. –  Sir Francis Youngblood – The Epic of Mount Everest: The Historic Account of Mallory’s Expeditions

GRACE EXPLORATIONS guides pilgrims as Mythic Mountaineers to meet the Messiah on a Mountain to receive a Message and Mission that shatters Monuments and creates Movement in hard and hurting hearts. Mountains are not moved by man. Mountains are climbed to move the heart of man. Mountains are moved when God moves the heart of man. We do not conquer the mountain, only ourselves. Mountains crumble when we are changed. When you cannot change your circumstances, trust God to change your character instead. We are climbers, not criminals. We are patients, not prisoners. We are no longer prisoners being punished. We are patients being perfected. Pain is more than punishment. We hurt to heal. We cannot heal if we cannot feelThe way up is down. The way out is in. We must descend to ascend. Nothing heals in thin air. The higher the destiny, the lower the descent. We climb misery to find our message. Guilt convicts and hurts to heal. Shame condemns and hides to harm. Guilt is good. Shame is sin. Guilt says you’ve made a mistake. Shame says you are a mistake. Sin is forgiven in Christ.  Shame is forgotten in community. If chaos creates calling, misery moves mankind to climb true and mythic mountains to meet God. Pain is the passport that takes us to places pleasure does not have the courage to go. It bends our will so we are formed into the beautiful likeness of God’s Son. It breaks barriers so we pass without sound into a great silence. A silence so deep and profound it can only be shattered by the same silvery voices that sung like morning stars when time was only a wrinkle on eternity’s face. – Job 38:7 Until our hearts are healed, we are exiled, nameless kings and queens, buried under a mountain of pain. God concealed an Ark in awe so that under its frozen frame we find our new and numinous names. The search for the Ark is not about finding an Ark so much as it is about recovering awe. We believe all men and women are exiled kings and queens in a foreign country who must climb Mt. Ararat – ‘The Painful Mountain’ to discover their powerful purpose encrypted in their pain.

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. Proverbs 25:2

 GRACE EXPLORATIONS has been given Eight Encrypted Names that can only be recovered in awe inside the Ark of Christ:

  1. Artist Adventurers drawing hungry hearts into God’s story of awesome adventure.
  2. Epic Explorers exploring the “terra incognita” of mankind’s undiscovered potential.
  3. Master Mariners sailing uncharted waters to discover new worlds of wonder within.
  4. Myth Makers distilling dreams daring them to wake into realms more real than reality.
  5. Mythic Mountaineers guiding climbers towards their true and mythic high destiny.
  6. Pioneering Pathfinders trailblazing into paralyzing pain to find power and purpose.
  7. Warrior Poets fighting with a sword of words bleeding beauty from a painful pen.
  8. Wounded Healers healing wounds with weapons of wonder that hurt to heal.

I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. – Isaiah 45: 2,3

Love Is The Mountain That Conquers Us As We Climb Towards God. – Kevin DeVries

I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.  – Psalm 121:1,2

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WHAT WE DO

GRACE EXPLORATIONS will accomplish its mission through Inspirational Speaking Engagements, “Explorers Of The Lost Ark” Book Series, Study Guides and Multimedia Presentations ideal for:

  • Men & Women’s Faith Conferences
  • Church Services
  • College Chapels
  • Creation Classes
  • Corporate Functions
  • Community Causes
  • Travel Clubs
  • Celebration Events
  • Military Corps & Civilian PTSD Recovery Programs

SAMPLE INTRO: Join Explorer, Kevin DeVries, on his epic, five-summer adventure searching for Noah’s Ark at nearly 17,000 Ft. on Mt. Ararat, Turkey featured in the 2015 nationwide, award-winning documentary: FINDING NOAH for an intimate and intense encounter with biblical history buried under the ice of legendary myth. Come see and hear for yourself “the greatest discovery in life is Who finds you while you are looking for something else.” You’ll be fascinated and inspired by what Kevin has discovered for your own life.

We help hearts meet God to:

  1. Find Amazing Grace
  2. Uncover Living Lies
  3. Lose Stubborn Shame
  4. Heal Hidden Pain
  5. Discover New Names
  6. Become a Beloved Son & Daughter
  7. Knight Males/Maidens Into Men/Women
  8. Crown Savages into Kings & Queens

No misfortune is seen in Jacob, no misery observed in Israel. The LORD their God is with them; the shout of the King is among them. – Numbers 23:21

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