Hearing God’s Voice (Part 1)

Many of us when we have a big question to answer in our life, we seek out counsel, and as follower’s of Christ, we’re usually encouraged to “listen to God’s leading.”

What? How do I that? What’s ‘God’s leading,’ other than Christianese?

While it certainly isn’t easy to hear God’s voice amongst all the noise of our culture, I believe strongly that it is possible, and should definitely be sought out when you have no easy answers (or perhaps, even when you do have easy answers). Continue reading “Hearing God’s Voice (Part 1)”

Unequally yoked: Yes! It is a big deal!

Simply said, yes, it is a VERY big deal to be in partnership with a person who does not hold the same beliefs as you. Scripture is clear that this should not be.

As I pointed to in my last post, 2 Corinthians 6:14 clearly states we are not to mix light with darkness. This reminds me of the accusations Jesus took from some Pharisees who claimed Jesus was a manifestation of Satan himself. The Christ responds with,

Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebul. — Luke 11:17, 18

For this relationship argument, Jesus’ words are what weigh heaviest for me. A kingdom divided against itself will be ruined. If this is true, how can the kingdom you will develop with your partner be built up strong and not fall if you are divided against yourselves from the beginning? You’re setting yourself up for failure.

I just finished reading Plan B by Pete Wilson, and I wanted to give a few impressions of the book. If I had stars, it would get a 3 1/2 out of five. It was a good book. The first four chapters were a bit slow, and uninteresting. But then there were a few chapters that hit home more with my own life experience.

The book reads like a sermon. Each chapter starts off with a story of someone who has experienced loss, and then Wilson adapts his next point around it. I would recommend the book to those who are seriously doubting their faith in God, as Wilson offers up a lot of hope for those who just aren’t sure.

What I appreciated the most about Plan B is that Wilson doesn’t claim to have all the answers. Instead he reminds the reader of the God whom they serve, and the kind of faithfulness He has shown throughout Scripture, and that we can have that same hope in God, even if things don’t work out as expected.

I would recommend this book to those who are feeling like they have somehow missed plan A and have been forced to move on to plan B.

“Look for a SPECK of Truth. This is where personal application happens. SPECK is an acronym that stands for a Sin to confess, a Promise to claim, and Example to follow, a Command to obey, or Knowledge to believe. If you look for a simple SPECK each day, it will ensure that you are not just a reader of the Word but a doer of it.”

–Step 6 of National Community Church’s From Garden to City, encouragement in their daily reading plan, starting THIS WEDNESDAY!

[Note: Originally posted on CatalystSpace.com.]

Over the past couple of years, I have developed a friendship with Rabbi Daniel Lapin, a successful businessman, author and Jewish rabbi. I first came to know Rabbi Daniel by reading his incredible book, Thou Shall Prosper. This is definitely a must-read book for anyone who wants a clearer understanding of the biblical view of money. In fact, I bought a couple hundred copies and gave it to everyone on my team. It’s that good.

Thou Shall Prosper is a rabbi’s perspective on why Jewish people, no matter where they live in the world, have a disproportionate amount of wealth. Less than 2% of the people in the United States are Continue reading “”

[Note: Originally posted on Evotional.com.]

“If the prophet had asked you to do something hard and heroic, wouldn’t you have done it? So why not this simple “wash and clean”?

Remember the story of Naaman in II Kings 5? The prophet Elisha told him to dip in the Jordan river seven times in order to be healed of his leprosy. Naaman didn’t want to do it because it was too simple. He wanted the prophet to wave his wand. And when it didn’t happen the way he expected it to, he was about to walk away and forfeit the miracle when a wise and bold servant spoke truth into his life. He knew Naaman would do Continue reading “”