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Reality 2 – God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal

Christianity isn’t merely a religion, it’s a personal relationship with a Person. God created humans for a love relationship with Him (Mark 12:30). He pursues a love relationship with us. He did this by sending His Son, Jesus (John 3:16). God demonstrated this when he invited Moses into a personal relationship with Him. God interrupted his plans by engaging with him through a burning bush while he was tending sheep. This relationship was practical and God used Moses to lead his people out of slavery.

A divine joy comes from a deep, unwavering relationship with the Father. This makes me want a deeper relationship with God so I can experience this joy. I can best do this by reading about God in scripture. I am thankful to be doing this Experiencing God study with my community. God pursued me during the darkest times of my life. He never gave up on me and Experiencing God is helping me learn and grow closer to Him.

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

1 John 4:9-10

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Reality 1 – God is always at work around you

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God has always been actively involved in human affairs throughout history. Because of our sin, he is working to bring about redemption to those of that have rejected him. He wants to reconcile us through Christ so we can have a loving relationship with him. If we don’t open our spiritual eyes to what he is doing, we will remain blind to his presence.

I’m going through my second round of this study called Experiencing God. I am doing it with a men’s group and my young professionals group. Last week was more of an introduction. This week is reality one of the seven realities. It tells us that God is always at work around us. God was always at work in the life Moses from when he was a child to when he was in exile. God has provided me with many things like a good church and community so I can answer his calling for me. I am thankful he still uses me and I don’t want to forget what he has done for me in the past. I just want to be obedient to him so I can experience him more.

 

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A few years back I got to do the Experiencing God study with a life group that I was a part of. It was life-changing for me. I have been attending a men’s group at Cornerstone Chandler and they are going through an updated version of it with the whole church. I felt this is a good study for me to do to kick off 2017. We are also doing this study in my young professionals group. So I get double accountability while doing this series.

A God-Centered Life 

The Bible is God-centered. The Bible is designed to help you understand the ways of God. Then, when God starts to use your life in the same way He worked in Scripture, you’ll recognize that it’s God who’s at work. Below are the Seven Realities that identify ways God works to involve people in His activity.  (Hebrews 11)

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  1. God is always at work around you.

  2. God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal.

  3. God invites you to become involved with Him in His work.

  4. God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways.

  5. God’s invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action.

  6. You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what He is doing.

  7. You come to know God by experience as you obey Him and He accomplishes His work through you.

Below is a teaching video from Pastor Linn Winters on vimeo that will guide you each week of the Experiencing God study.

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Do I really view God as this BIG God? Why are Christians judgmental and having a hard time loving others? Do we really view Christ’s sacrifice on the cross as the ultimate love letter from our Father in heaven to us? Do we long and hunger for the Father each and every day? I have read Crazy Love by Francis Chan several times. He is a hero of mine and I seen him speak countless of times. I was asked by a friend to join a Crazy Love study group using the DVD and workbook. Being at this amazing new journey that I’m on, I decided to join to see where my own heart is and to really start asking myself the same question. Am I truly in love with this amazing BIG God of the universe and do I respond with the same love to others? I will blogging each week of my experiences during the next 10 weeks.

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I first met Nathan Holscher 6 years ago in a men’s Bible study that we held on Monday nights at a Coffee Rush with 4 other guys. We met for almost 2 years and we would pick a chapter of scripture and spend a couple of hours discussing it. I was always impressed with Nate’s Bible knowledge and his evangelistic ways of approaching Mormons. We have been good friends since. I was also present at his father’s funeral when he gave the eulogy. Nate and I have the dubious distinction of being known among our group of friends as the ‘modern-day’ Jobs. We have both experienced trial-filled lives filled with accusations and trauma. Yet we have both stood up to them and clinged to Christ. I still meet with him every once and awhile and he recently gave me this verse that he uses during tough times that has helped me out a lot.

Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”; keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.     1 Peter 3:13-14;16

Nate shared with the Mission Young Adults group about how to share the gospel with someone tonight at Mission church. I caught a part of it and was excited to hear the interaction back and forth about how we as Christians should be a witness to others. I love how God uses Nate and blessed to have him as a friend in my life.

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Well.. as I enter into week 4 of January (which I can’t believe how fast this month went by), I was thinking of how I am doing with the goals I have set myself. I guess its real easy to lose track, but I feel like I’m pretty focused and doing well.

With the exception of this past Sunday, I have done very well with creating margin in my life. I stepped down from a couple ministries to accomplish this. I have been reading a lot lately and have spent almost everyday in the Word. I have worked pretty hard with being on time for everything. I have also been disciplined in my finances. I must say that I feel like a hermit. I’m devoting most of this alone time to prayer with God and to my devotions. This has made a huge impact in my life as I feel pretty on-track with my walk.

So what has God with me this past month…..? Here we go:

I just completed my first month on the mission board. Its been an amazing opportunity for me to grow in my faith. There are two mission trips this month I feel God calling me to. So I am praying about that. My divorce group is growing and I have seen God heal some hurt hearts in just this month alone. He is so amazing! My men’s group is always a blessing. I’m doing a lot with both Camber and the single young adult ministry. I start a missions-related religion class next Monday. I continue to work with college-campus ministries. The Mine Bible study is always amazing. I have been spending time with an amazing friend who I have been blessed with who just encourages my faith day in and day out. The kids are doing great in school. I run 2 miles a day and have lost 5 lbs. I’m cooking great food again. Listened to over 25 sermons on my IPod. Getting a raise at work. Had a fun time teaching my 4th grade Sunday school class this week. I’m sleeping better. And Pastor Ron just presented a possible amazing opportunity for me at Cornerstone that I’m not going to say but will keep in prayer about.

This week I will be in L.A. for the Passion conference. That event is such an amazing event. Besides the great messages and worship music, they just do a great job in raising awareness about global events and missions. The ministry they do for young adults just is encouraging and gives me hope for the future. I am looking forward to being spiritually filled this weekend and it will cap off a great God-filled month.

God Bless

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