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All through the Bible we find references to wilderness places and experiences. “Wilderness” is an important biblical concept. The word is also translated in the Bible as “desert” or “barren place.”

It is impossible to be a growing Christian believer without getting acquainted with the idea of wilderness/desert experiences. There are many examples of people in the Bible who went through such experiences; people like Joseph, Moses, David, Jeremiah, Jesus, the apostles Paul and John. We experience them too.

While some of our wildernesses are caused by our own foolishness and disobedience, many wilderness experiences are designed by God for our good.

Wildernesses come in the form of:

  • A disruption to our comfort zone.
  • A delay of our timetable.
  • A death of our dream.
  • A challenge to our character.
  • A season of heat, pain, dryness, disappointment or pressure in our lives.

We all go through things like these. What we do in and with our wilderness experiences is critical to our future. We can waste them or benefit from them.

How do we make the most of a wilderness?

Dale O'Shields

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About Dale O'Shields

Dale O’Shields is the founding and Senior Pastor of Church of the Redeemer, a multi-cultural church that operates four campuses in Maryland, just north of the greater Washington, DC area.

Dale O’Shields is known for his relevant teaching style focused on practical application in people’s lives. His messages are regularly broadcast on radio and television. He is also the author of several books, devotionals and group study guides.

Dale O’Shields is a frequent conference speaker with a passion for leadership development and church growth. He has served as the Senior Pastor of a thriving local church for over 25 years. His heart to equip and encourage pastors and church leaders has led him to be a key founder of United Pastors Network.

Dale O’Shields has been involved in pastoral ministry since 1978, serving previously as Director of Campus Ministries and as an adjunct instructor at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. He and his wife Terry have two married daughters and seven grandchildren.

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Mailing Address
Church Of The Redeemer
19425 Woodfield Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Telephone
(301) 926-0967