God is Speaking. Are You Listening?

I’ve heard it said that doing nothing is probably the hardest thing you’ll ever do. You probably feel guilty if you do nothing. Am I right? But unless we are able to regularly disconnect from the world we will not hear God’s voice. And our souls will suffer.
Because we live in a world in ruins. Paul describes the mind caught up in the world as futile, full of things that don’t matter, darkened, and blind. And if we don’t learn to withdraw from the world to listen to God we are going to find ourselves completely caught up in the futile thinking of the world.
But if we will stop and do nothing … simply sit quietly before the Lord … the influence of the world on our hearts and minds will collapse … as the mind of Christ comes in.

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Trying to Follow God at a Distance?

Today the world is doing everything it can to create space between us and Jesus. It tells us that it’s okay to follow Him, as long as we don’t follow too close. Don’t bring Him into your workplace, your school, or your neighborhood. You can go to church, but don’t turn this into a full-time thing. And many Christians today have given in and have chosen to follow Jesus at a distance.
I want to say to you this morning that all of the evils you see in human life come from people keeping their distance from God. Israel’s first and ultimate failure in the Old Testament was their refusal to remain close to God. This one thing led to their downfall, misery, and destruction. And far too many Christians are going down that same road. 
Today, He wants to pull you close to His heart. He wants to embrace you and give you a bear hug that you receive in faith. He wants you to know the joy of His embrace, and never leave His side. So that you walk through the ups and downs of life arm in arm with Jesus.

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What Do You Want?

Social historians write that after WWI in America, advertisers shifted from simply conveying product information to manufacturing desire. Marketing moved from fulfilling needs to creating them. And today we are constantly bombarded with images and messages telling us we need more.
And Jesus knows how we can be totally free from all of that. Jesus knows how to lead us into a life where we honestly say, “I don’t need 10% more. I don’t need 35oz more. I have everything right now.”

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Would You Live in the Truth?

Lies are Satan’s only hope. If you were to remove all lies from our society, the kingdom of evil would disappear. If you were to remove the truth, our society would destroy itself … and Satan knows it. That’s why he is working overtime to mock, discredit, and ridicule the truth. And many people today are just fine living in a world of lies. And this is where we the people of God must take a stand … to no longer tolerate falsehood or little white lies. We must decide that we are going to be people who seek the truth … live in the truth … embrace the truth … whether it makes us feel good or not … whether it’s convenient or not.

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