Five Steps to Walking with God

It's really very simple to walk with God.....

1.  Believe and receive the deep and unchanging love that God has for you.  His love for you never changes regardless of your ability or inability to "keep the rules."

2.  Receive God's forgiveness for all of your sins and let Him remove shame from your life.  Jesus died for your sins at the cross and He was raised from the dead by God the Father to show that His work of forgiveness and salvation was accepted in heaven.  You are clean because of what Jesus did at the cross.  Never let shame rule your life again.  There is no condemnation for followers of Jesus.

3.  Get quiet and learn to listen for God's voice.  He will speak to you through thoughts and pictures in your mind.  Everything he says will be consistent with what Jesus says and does in the New Testament.

4.  Find other people who are following God and spend time with them in small groups.  Walking with God is a family activity - it can't be done alone.

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Meditation on Christ in the Wake of the Orlando Shootings (June 2016)

Christianity presents to us a God who does not coerce others or control humanity...Instead He attracts followers by the beauty of his humility and by the spectacle of his self-giving love.  He empties himself of magnificence to become a simple Jewish peasant. He spends his life on behalf of others, particularly the poor, the sick and those who are social outcasts. Then He willingly submits to torture and murder at the hands of self-righteous religious leaders.

It is in his weakness and in his suffering love that we see the treasure and beauty of who He is.  He is one with the victim and He suffers with those who suffer.

His love transcends death and He offers healing that extends far beyond the grave.

Summary of the Bible Message

Here is a good exercise for my fellow followers of Jesus.  Can we summarize the message of the entire Bible in 200 words or less?  This is great to be able to do when sharing your faith with someone who is not a believer in Jesus.  The message of Jesus really doesn't make much sense when it is presented out of context.  We must present the saving work of Christ in the context of the overall story of Israel and in the context of the God who created the physical universe and has always loved humanity. Here is my attempt at this:

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