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Here is Chapter 1 of Driving Through Heaven

Here’s the complete first chapter for you to read

My fundraiser for publishing Driving Through Heaven: The Complete Guide to Knowing God and Living in His Kingdom on Earth has so far received $765, or 11% of our Minimum Goal of $7,000.  Most of the contributions have been for pre-publication orders of paperback and PDF copies of the book.

I know many people haven’t had time to read any of the sample chapters available at the book website: www.DrivingThroughHeaven.com, so I thought I’d make it easy for you and give you a copy. Please let me know what you think of it.

If you like what you read, please consider pre-ordering copies of the book at the fundraiser website:

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU LET GOD CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Only God can help you make the internal changes you need

To experience the Abundant Life of the fruit of the Spirit, which is lots of love, joy, peace, and rest—God must help. In order to let God change us into the people he created us to become, we must decide to:

  • Stop living according to human, worldly rules.
  • Adopt God’s thinking and behavior.
  • Relinquish our desires.
  • Submit to God’s purpose for us.
  • Follow only Jesus as our Lord, brother, and friend.

The benefits of a transformed life

I know that it sounds difficult to let God change your life, but here are the rewards of his transforming us:

  • God changes us to be like him: spiritually, intellectually, emotionally,

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God’s 4-Page Handbook for Living

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians

If this was the only biblical material you had, it would be enough.  Ephesians is God’s Little Handbook for Living, which runs four pages in my bible.  Because God’s scriptural truths are timeless, this letter  of St. Paul’s is just as helpful today as when he wrote it.

In Ephesians God teaches all the basic principles we need:

  • A description of God.
  • His astonishing plan for humanity.
  • How God relates with us and guides us through his Holy Spirit.
  • His design for living that enables us to experience The Abundant Life on earth (we don’t have to wait for heaven).
  • How to do loving relationships with God and one another.
  • How to care for ourselves,

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How to Recover from the Death of a Loved One

A friend recently contacted me to ask how to heal after a relative died.  Her loved one was the last of his generation, and his passing left some unresolved family issues, as is true in most families.

What to do to heal your grief when a loved one dies

  • Expect healing to take time 

Expect six months of the worst grief, then gradual healing for about two years total.  Most people tell me they feel much better after the first anniversary of the death, and after the second year, most say they are back to functioning and feeling about the same as before the death.  Of course, for a while to come we may find grief returning around holidays, anniversaries, …

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Made Like God #3

Our Emotional Dimension

This continues my series on how God made us, which I began by describing our five dimensions and focusing on spirituality, and in the second post, describing our intellectual (thinking) dimension.

Our emotions are another way God made us like him, and are his gift to us.  Emotions are spiritual, intellectual, and physical energy that we feel.  All emotions originate as thoughts, as our minds process life events and tell us how to react to them.
Emotions, or feelings, provide us with several things:

  • A life experience like God’s (with the same emotions he has).
  • Breadth and depth to life (imagine how flat life would feel without emotions).
  • Indicators of what is happening in our

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Three Ideas for Finding Daily Peace (Especially at tax time)

Some friends have been stressed about taxes due next Monday. This morning I emailed the following to one of them.

Reconsider time and its pressures.  From God’s perspective, almost nothing needs to be done today, or even this week.  From his perspective, Christ-followers have another one billion days to grow and learn.  A billion days!!!  And another billion after that.  We can relax and learn at a comfortable pace.

It’s easy for us to get trapped by the world’s way of looking at time, and especially American values of getting things done as fast as possible.  Humans love to set deadlines, like April 15 for taxes.  But God wants us to relax and see that little, if anything, is …

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What’s This Blog About?

Most people are not experiencing the Abundant Life Jesus promised us.

I’m on a mission to change that.  Christian living shouldn’t be difficult to understand.  This blog and site is a place to learn God’s practical biblical principles and skills for making your life work better based on his design.  Here and on the pages of my website, I will share with you practical information you can immediately use to more fully become the person God made you to be, and more fully experience the extraordinary life God wants you to live.

God and I want you to have all the blessings he offers us.

Today, I experience a goodly amount of Abundant Living, but it hasn’t always been this …

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What Did Jesus Do When He Didn’t Like What Was Happening To His Culture And Country?

Many friends have shared with me their concern about the state of our country and world. Jesus faced very similar challenges:

  • A national population moving away from God.
  • Decreasing moral values in his culture.
  • Too much poverty and suffering.
  • Other religions becoming more prominent in his homeland.
  • And a national government that did not care about these and other issues important to Jesus and his heavenly Father.

So what did Jesus do about it?

His response is the key for us to know how best to respond to conditions in our country. We need to act the same way he acted. What did Jesus spend more time doing than anything else? Answer: making disciples. Yes, he preached to the multitudes

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Here is Chapter 1 of Driving Through Heaven

Here’s the complete first chapter for you to read

My fundraiser for publishing Driving Through Heaven: The Complete Guide to Knowing God and Living in His Kingdom on Earth has so far received $765, or 11% of our Minimum Goal of $7,000.  Most of the contributions have been for pre-publication orders of paperback and PDF copies of the book.

I know many people haven’t had time to read any of the sample chapters available at the book website: www.DrivingThroughHeaven.com, so I thought I’d make it easy for you and give you a copy. Please let me know what you think of it.

If you like what you read, please consider pre-ordering copies of the book at the fundraiser website:

Read more »

When God Doesn’t Make Sense

Sometimes God doesn’t make sense

In 1992, after pastoring for 9 years, God told me to become a counselor.   I didn’t think I could to do it, and didn’t understand why he was telling me to do this.  But he opened doors for me to get 2 part-time counseling jobs. Then, 1 year later, I lost both counseling jobs over 1 weekend!  God didn’t make sense.

We have all encountered times when God doesn’t make sense:  deaths, life-threatening illnesses, accidents, lost jobs, crises, etc.  Anyone in a personal relationship with God will be confronted with his truth and reality that is different from what was thought to be true.

This confrontation may be through life experiences, or, may be as …

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Made to be Like God: The Five Dimensions He Gave Us #2

Our Intellectual Dimension

In the first post of this series, I described how God made us with five dimensions and described the first, and most important one, our spiritual dimension. The second most important is our intellectual dimension, because how we live is based on our beliefs and thinking. Our emotions are created from what our belief system tells us we are to feel at any instant, even though we are rarely aware of that thought process. How we love and relate with others is grounded in our beliefs. And, our beliefs and rules for living determine in large part our physical health and well-being.

Here are the God-designed principles of our intellectual dimension:

  • Knowing God’s absolute truth and reality.

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Three Ideas for Finding Daily Peace (Especially at tax time)

Some friends have been stressed about taxes due next Monday. This morning I emailed the following to one of them.

Reconsider time and its pressures.  From God’s perspective, almost nothing needs to be done today, or even this week.  From his perspective, Christ-followers have another one billion days to grow and learn.  A billion days!!!  And another billion after that.  We can relax and learn at a comfortable pace.

It’s easy for us to get trapped by the world’s way of looking at time, and especially American values of getting things done as fast as possible.  Humans love to set deadlines, like April 15 for taxes.  But God wants us to relax and see that little, if anything, is …

Read more »