New Testament Growing to Know God

How can Christians become more like Jesus? On the one hand, when Christians first believe, God the Judge declares us “not guilty” and legally-right with him. On the other hand, we are still far from perfect with a large measure of self-centeredness in our sinful natures or “flesh.” How can we know God better? One way to find God’s gift of spiritual progress is to understand Jesus’ victory for our lives. What do I mean? Jesus the God-man entered human …

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Old Testament Growing in Knowing God

Some people think that the commandments of the Old Testament don’t apply to the Christian life in New Testament times. I reply to those people that they are both right and wrong. What does the Old Testament have to do with Christians? First, Christians who don’t think the Old Testament commandments apply to them are right because the “Thou shalt nots” of the commandments are Israel’s national form of the law, which Jesus abolished to replace it with the positive, …

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Growing in Knowing God

God’s commands make some people turn off to the Bible. Why do they stop listening when the Bible says in God’s own voice, “You shall have no other gods before me,” for example? One answer might be that they had severely authoritarian parents. My mom never told us boys why we were to do something. Some parents who are like her say, “Because I said so!” Why should we obey God’s commands?   People also rebel against authority when their parents …

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Grow to Know God

People have said to me that they didn’t think we need to know God better. They think that when they become Christians, they are perfect already. I met one young woman who thought exactly that way. She was wrong, according to the Bible. How can we grow to be more like Jesus? On the one hand, the Bible says clearly that when people trust in Jesus as the only Pathway to heaven, God the Judge declares them not-guilty and right …

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Human Culture and Knowing God

How can we be Christians in our ungodly culture? Some people like the Amish want to separate themselves from the culture around them. Others figure that they can blend in with their culture if the Bible doesn’t condemn it directly. Who’s right? One problem with western cultures is that they have eliminated God from their content. In other words, the evil influence of secularism has prevailed in our cultures. It’s obvious in movies, sports, TV, songs, and other content of …

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Life’s experiences and knowing God

A huge assumption in western culture is that our experiences can be our guide throughout life. That idea is called pragmatism, in which people say, “If it works, it’s good; if it doesn’t, it’s bad.” My father was a pragmatist, which led him to be very permissive with his three boys. He’d say about us, “They’ll figure it out!”  Why is pragmatism wrong? The main problem is that it leaves God out of the picture of our lives. Instead, it …

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Prayer and Knowing God

“If God runs the universe, why should I pray?” People have asked similar questions of me. This question assumes that God doesn’t want to hear from us. That assumption isn’t at all true. He wants a personal, loving relationship with his children–us. A vitale part of that kind of a relationship is communication, that is, prayer from us to him and his messages back to us. How does God talk to me when I pray? Praying is merely talking to …

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Church and Knowing God

People have told me, “I’m spiritual but not religious.” They have also asked me, “Why is church important?” Then, they go on to explain that they don’t want the trappings of worship in church but state that they do believe in God. When I get a little deeper with them, they say that they were very bored sitting in church when they were children and thus don’t want it as adults. When people experience the Holy Spirit’s miraculous work in …

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The Bible and knowing God

We come to know God by engaging in the Bible’s truths. Don’t get me wrong. I know people who have been given God’s Word since childhood but haven’t known the God revealed there. Thus, knowing ABOUT God is not the same as knowing God, which involves a personal relationship with him. In addition, I’ve known people who have studied the Bible’s ideas and history but who have no faith in its God. Such people study it from the viewpoint of …

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Knowing God

When I was young, I thought that God was unknowable, especially when he didn’t answer my prayers. He seemed to be on a par with Santa Claus, at least when I found out that Santa was a myth. Can anyone really know God, or is he a figment of people’s imagination like Santa? You probably already know my take on God, which I have expressed in the rest of my blogposts. I believe that he is knowable. In fact, I …

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