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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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God’s Holy Spirit: How to Have a Relationship with God, Part 2

My first post on having a personal relationship with God shared how that is possible and how to begin it. This post explains how God interacts with us through his Holy Spirit.

Basic facts about the Holy Spirit

  • The Holy Spirit, as a member of God’s Trinity, is one with God and the same as God.
  • God the Father and Jesus, the Son, speak through the Holy Spirit; he is God’s connection with us.
  • The Holy Spirit is a person of God in his own right, and interacts with us in several ways.

Five ways the Holy Spirit acts in our lives

The Holy Spirit joins his spirit and mind with ours

Read John 14:15-17 from the story of the …

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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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9 Ways God Speaks To People

A question people often ask me is “How can I know God’s will?”  Here are nine biblical ways God speaks today and how to use them:

  1. Through the bible.  Before reading a passage, ask God to use it to answer a question, or tell you what to do.  The experience of many is that God gives personal messages through whatever scripture we read.  We can also study particular topics or words that relate to our needs.  For these, get help from study bibles and Internet bible resources with topical indexes or word concordances.
  2. Hearing his voice aloud.  While this is rare, I have had several people tell me they heard God’s voice speak out loud.  As with Moses,
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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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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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