Choose Adventure | 2.10.16

I remember hearing this phrase as a young Christian: God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. And I think this is a true statement. But sometimes it seemed to me that discovering His plan and finding His will for my life was like trying to hit the bull’s eye in a dart board game where you couldn’t actually see the bull’s eye: “Oops, you were waaay off! Sorry, game over!”

A big part of why we would even want to hear from God is because we do want to live in His will, and we do want and need guidance. But maybe His guidance is more like a “choose your own adventure” storybook rather than a win-lose dart board game. Yes, God is very interested in us becoming and doing all that he created us to be and do, but remember, he invites us into relationship – one that is not coercive or controlling. He respects and takes delight in our individual uniqueness, and gives us all kind of freedom to take the initiative.

God’s Purposes | 2.7.16

We’ve talked about God’s plan to be present and involved with us, and about the fact that He is always with us. We are never left alone or abandoned. There’s no doubt that God’s presence is powerful and something to be greatly desired and depended on; those special moments when we sense Him being so very near, or clearly see an answer to our prayers, and the evidence and effects of His actions around us.
A key concept we are learning is that hearing from Him on any kind of day-to-day, personal level happens only in the context of a relationship with Him Continue reading God’s Purposes | 2.7.16

Who, Me? | 1.25.16

I’m a fairly concrete thinker, and I have struggled with the concept of having a relationship with someone I can’t touch or see. Interestingly enough, though, I have never seriously doubted the reality of God’s existence; blessed, really, with what Dallas Willard calls a “blind faith” that really does believe God is with me—I may be using abstract reasoning that says He simply must be here. And along the way, I did have experiences of a definite sense of God’s presence, through my own personal times of study, meditation, and prayer, through music, or in a worship service where there was a powerful impression that God was present, and seeing things happen that clearly had to be the work of God. You may have had those kinds of experiences and know what I am talking about. They are very real and meaningful ways that we do experience relationship with God.

But, Willard asks a direct question: Why, if God were personal, would He not also talk with us?

Thirsty | 1.17.16

Have you ever played the Bible Roulette game? You know, when you want to know what you should do about something, so you open up a Bible randomly and use the first verse your finger lands on as God’s answer to your prayer for guidance. Yeah, I’ve done that. Of couse, God could communicate with us like this, but when we try to use God superstitiously as a way to foretell the future, or to guarantee our own success and well being, we’ve missed the point. We misunderstand His nature and what He intends for us as His children and friends.

Here’s some questions to think about: Why DO you pray? What is your motive, and what are you expecting?