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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 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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How God Talks to Us in Our Dreams

What Are Dreams?

Once, when God woke me with a dream, I asked him why he wakes me in the middle of the night.  “Because I can’t get your attention during the day,” he replied.  That has been true much of my life, which is one reason why God has provided me with lots of great dreams.  They have revealed hidden memories, taught me how to heal my heart and to grow, and provided glimpses of my future.

Most dreams are maintenance dreams, so-called because our brain uses them to clean up emotions from waking hours, help us retain life events in memory, and more that neuroscience and psychology haven’t figured out yet.  We usually don’t remember these dreams.  …

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Made to be Like God: The Five Dimensions He Gave Us #1

When God created us to be like him—you know, “in his image”—he gave us four dimensions identical to his, plus a fifth—a body.  A key to experiencing the Abundant Life God wants us to have is understanding his principles and life skills, and applying them to have a better life.  God’s design is a whole-person (holistic) approach to life.

Here are the five dimensions, in order of importance:

1.    Spiritual
2.    Intellectual
3.    Emotional
4.    Relational
5.    Physical

In this series of weekly posts, I’ll list the elements of each dimension and the skills needed to have the full life Jesus promised us (“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”).  The good news …

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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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