Knowing God and the Book of Job

You’ve probably heard the saying “the patience of Job.” At the beginning of the book named after him in the Bible, Job is described as a man fully committed to God. However, after he loses his ten children, all his wealth, and his health, he isn’t very patient.                                        Job’s problem with his great suffering is that he and his three friends …

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Who is your companion?

Most of us like to have some sort of a companion with whom we can share our life. We often want a spouse or a good friend or both who will allow us to unload our feelings or with whom we can share our ideas. Good friends are hard to find; but a solid, committed friendship is the best basis for a long-lasting marriage.  I’ve lost my wife of fifty-six years in a sudden, tragic death in early November, 2020. …

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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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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, his believers. A vital part of that kind of 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 …

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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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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 imaginations 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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What does it mean to grow in knowing God?

“Eye of God” Nebula God even shows up in science. But he doesn’t have a physical eye! Bruce Leiter Growing To Know God In this third section of blog posts, we will investigate what growing in the knowledge of God means. How can we fulfill the Apostle Peter’s command? He says, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen” (2 Peter 3:18). In our second …

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