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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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How to Use Jesus’ Disciplemaking Method ~ Part 1

Jesus’ Disciplemaking Method Converted the Whole Roman Empire: Use it to Transform Your Life and Church

You can watch the video or read the text below–the content is the same.

Thanks

Thanks for your excellent questions and comments in response to my last email. There is real interest in disciplemaking. Collectively, what people requested is more than I can provide in a couple of posts, so I’ll have to provide some answers in the free one-hour disciplemaking workshop that I am preparing. Until then, in this and my next post is information on Jesus’ method and why we need it.  Watch the video or read below—the content is the same.

I fear that the 80%of U.S. churches that are dying

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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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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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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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