Knowing God

Knowing God has changed my life. I was lost and now I’m found thanks to Jesus death on the cross to pay for my sins according to John 3:16:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

God’s grace is the reason I’m here today, doing what I am doing.  He’s not just a part of my life, He is my life.  I believe anybody can have this peace and purpose that I do simply by believing in Him.  I know it isn’t always a popular decision, but it is a good one.

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It doesn’t stop there; as a response to this uncommon grace, we begin to live our lives for Him.  It is the beginning of a never-ending relationship.  No matter how badly I mess up, His grace and mercy abounds.  In the midst of undeniable relational security, we have the opportunity, a responsibility even, to know God better.

He teaches us in the big ways and in the small.  Through the life altering event and the mundane, the obvious and the subtle, through scripture and life, God calls to us to notice Him.  If we don’t pay attention we miss out on the joy and peace that He offers at best, and at worst, it might be that we never really met Him in the first place.  If we don’t know Him, we can’t really follow Him; it is that important.

Knowing God changes everything: our relationships, desires, thoughts, actions, and ultimately, our purpose.  It has the power to bring reconciliation and significance to our lives.

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God is continually teaching and refining me.  It can be intimidating to get started along this path, but it is well worth it.  Here are some good articles to get you started:

The Beginnings of Community – Our need for community comes from the character of God.

In Pursuit of Peace – Finding true peace in God in the midst of the craziness of life.

The Celebration of Character – Celebrating Fathers’ Day and the character of God.

By The Numbers – Finding Our Value in God rather than in man’s approval.

The Primacy of Scripture – Why we need to read scripture first.

The Problem of Pain – How God works in our lives even when it hurts.

The Mess – God works through us despite our messy lives.  No one has it all together; God does.

Grace Versus Guilt – Learning to live in grace and being set free from guilt.

Just a Little Scared – We can’t live in fear, but an absence of fear means we’ve become complacent.

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