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Through Faith, We Can Know the Voice of God — Dallas Willard

Faith helps us know the voice of God

If you wish to know the voice of God as it comes to you individually, simply allow yourself to trust God to lead you into that. Ask God to speak to you and then wait attentively. He will probably speak to you clearly. But you have to understand and believe that this is even possible. Otherwise your faith will not rise to it, and you will not have the opportunity to learn. The reason I emphasize this here is because, when your friend asks about your relationship with God and the reason for your hope, you don’t want to be in the position of saying, “Well, he never speaks to me, but he speaks to lots of other people.”

From The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus. Copyright © 2015 by Dallas Willard. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

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Bible Christian Prayer

How to Pray When You’re Feeling Depressed

Wow, I can’t say enough good things about this article! It is chock-full of good advice and little hooks to grab hold of to help our prayers whenever….but especially when we feel depressed and lacking in hope. From pastor David Murray and Crossway……………..

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Bible Christian God the Father Jesus The Holy Spirit

The word of God in the quiet voice

Some churches, speakers and authors give out the impression that we should expect or aim for dramatic and emotional experiences with God. But God most often is quiet with us, as this article argues for. Here is a takeaway for me: “We think we need a miracle to confirm God’s presence. We don’t. We need to slow down and listen. We need to drink deep of the quiet voice of God in the Scriptures, often, slowly, reflectively, and thoughtfully. Seeking the spectacular and ignoring the Scriptures is foolishness and not Christianity.” From Written For Our Instruction……………….

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Bible Christian Walking with Christ

Sticks, Stones, and Words…Can Cut Me Deeply

The old saying alluded to in this title has to be one of the dumbest sayings of all times….of course words can hurt! As Christians we must commit to never knowingly try to hurt another with our words. Some wisdom and encouragement here from pastor and author Scott Sauls………….

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Bible Christian God the Father Jesus The Holy Spirit

On the Longing to be Seen, Heard, and Known

There is a lot of truth in this lovely article from Great and Noble Tasks. In discussing about being seen and heard, I always go back to Hagar when she and Ishmael were thrown out of the camp by Sarah, and God came to her rescue. And Hagar called God, “The God Who sees me.”

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Bible Christian Jesus

5 Ways to Check Self-Righteousness in Your Heart

Frank Viola always writes things that cause me to think. Here is another example. An example: “[The “sinful woman” in Luke 7] embodies the depths of fallen humanity. Yet Jesus loved her and forgave her. And despite her unbecoming life, she knew that Jesus was a friend of sinners…which means that He was her friend.” From The Deeper Journey………………….

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Bible Christian

10 Things You Should Know about the Priesthood of Believers

This is an important New Testament concept that I think is often misunderstood or ignored today, but is important to the spiritual health of our local church bodies. From Crossway………………

https://www.crossway.org/articles/10-things-you-should-know-about-the-priesthood-of-believers/

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Bible Christian

What Does It Mean to Be Blessed?

This article helps to discern the difference between the way the “prosperity gospel” defines “blessed” and how the Bible actually defines it. Here is a takeaway for me: “Blessing always flows out of God’s benevolent creative design for His creatures and coincides with obedience to His will.” From Crossway………………..

https://www.crossway.org/articles/what-does-it-mean-to-be-blessed/

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Bible Christian Walking with Christ

Uncommon Brothers

Why God’s Men Need Good Men

No one is meant to live the Christian life alone, but Christian men — like all men — seem to have more problems finding true friends than do women. But men should not give up trying! From Desiring God………………….

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Bible Christian Jesus

3 Lessons From the Feeding of the 5000

There is some good stuff in this article on the only miracle of Jesus that is mentioned in all four of the Gospels. Here is a takeaway: “If I say something to my children once, they may or may not listen. But if I repeat a request over and over, they get the point that I really expect something to be done. I would suggest that we should listen to the Bible, even if something is only mentioned once. The truth is the truth. But we should also notice when the same statement or the same story is mentioned a number of times.” From Stephen J. Bedard……………..

http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2016/10/03/3-lessons-feeding-5000/