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Listening to God

Faith Life Series Gfx_16x9 TitleAs a response to my message this past weekend on Abraham’s calling by God, I want to provide a spiritual exercise that we could all put into practice on listening to God. We see in Abraham’s life that his faith journey began when God spoke. So, too, in our lives faith begins by listening to God.

I want to encourage you to take time with the spiritual practice of listening to God sometime this week. Set a specific time this week where you can be in a quiet, undistracted place with God. In that time and place, invite God to speak to you as you begin to meet with Him. Slowly read Abraham’s story in Genesis 12:1-9 three times. Quietly reflect on what is happening in the story. Next, listen for how God is speaking to you about your own journey of faith. You may become distracted. That’s to be expected. Just take those distractions and release them into God’s hands. Listen for God for an extended amount of time. As you conclude this exercises, write down anything you sensed God speaking to you and then thank Him for His presence in your life.

You may also want to take a look at a small series of posts I wrote a few years back on this topic:

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2014 in Discipleship

 

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||40days|| week seven: Jesus Prayed

Before His arrest, Jesus gathered with His closest followers. After teaching them, He knew what was to come and so He prayed (John 17).

He prayed that God would be glorified through Him.

He thanked His Father for the privilege of unfolding the Father’s will in showing Himself to these closest followers. He prayed that they would have the full measure of His joy. He prayed that these followers would not be removed from the troubles of this world, but that they would be protected from the evil one. He prayed that they would be sanctified as He sent them into the world.

He prayed for those who would become followers of Him through these first followers’ proclamation. He prayed for unity within His followers, just as He and the Father experienced perfect unity. He prayed that the world would believe through the unity of the followers to come. He prayed that the love of God would fill them. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in Discipleship

 

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Surrendered

imageThis weekend at Eastbrook Church we continued our series, “Journey to the Cross,” by looking at Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives in Mark 14:32-42.

The message, entitled “Surrendered,” drew out six observations about Jesus’ time in Gethsemane with application to our own approach to human distress and suffering in our own lives. In some ways, this was my attempt to speak into the life of our local church fellowship that has experienced some significant, untimely losses of key church members these past couple of weeks.

You can listen to my message at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow the RSS feed for Eastbrook sermons or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter or Facebook.

The six key points of message are included below: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2013 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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World Watch List for Persecution

Open Doors has just published the 2013 World Watch List, a ranking of the top 50 countries around the world where persecution of Christians is the most severe. Along with this, Open Doors is challenging believers here in the West to take the Five Minute Challenge. Watch the video below and download the World Watch List here.

 

[For further reflections on persecution of Christians, read my other posts: "“Who Will Defend Mideast Christians?“, "Christian Flight from Syria", or “Global Violence Against Christians on the Rise?“]

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2013 in Missions

 

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Saturday Prayer 46

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27, NIV)

Jesus,
You said that Your sheep will hear Your voice,
That You would call them out and call them in

During this day,
Open my ear that I might hear Your voice
Give me discernment to hear what is from You
and what is from another source
May I obey Your still small voice
As I listen to You through all today’s circumstances

In my activities today, may I live in Your presence
In my words today, may I speak Your words of truth
In my thoughts, may my meditations flow from Your mind

In You and by You,
Amen.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2012 in prayers

 

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Saturday Prayer 45

All around me in the natural world, I see reminders of who You are, oh God.
Every season reveals Your person and glory.

In the beauty of deep skies,
in the variegated contrasting colors of falling leaves,
in the slanting shadows of autumn’s sunlight

All these things remind me that You are here
ever and always
You are God unchanging
in Your creativity and power

I praise You.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2012 in prayers

 

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Saturday Prayer 44

Dear Father,

All my hope is in You
All my help is in You
All my desires are met in You
All my longings are given by You
All my days I long to live for You
All my life to walk with You
Take me
Shape me
Bring Your name glory through me
Amen.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2012 in prayers

 

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