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God, Terrorism & You

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As solo terrorist attacks dominate the daily news headlines with increasing frequency, it’s a great time to think about what you are supposed to be learning from all of these suicide bombers, random stabbers, and crazed gunmen.  The psychological factors that turn Average Joe Citizen into a screaming assailant really aren’t so mysterious.  People always have logical reasons for what they do, and whether it’s revenge, desperation, or dreams of a better life in eternity, the final results look the same to the public: some random guy violently assaulted a bunch of people without warning and now some people are dead and others are so horribly injured that they wish they were dead.  Terrorism is, well, terrifying.  So how is it affecting you when you pull up the news and read that another attack has occurred?  Have you ever been caught in one of these gruesome events, or have you known someone who was?  Noticing your own level of angst is quite important, because the more upset you are by these events, the more there is for you to learn.  You see, when it comes to your own spiritual development, there’s a principle that’s quite useful to bear in mind: if it upsets you, then it’s partly about you.  Read more of this post

Recognizing Your Conversations with God: Lesson 1 – Two Kinds of Thoughts

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“God never talks to me.  He only talks to other people.” 

If this is what you think, you’re dead wrong.  God most certainly does talk to you.  Not only does He talk to you, He talks to you a lot.  When He does, you talk back.  The reality is that you and God are frequently conversing with each other on a soul level.  It doesn’t matter if you never read the Bible—the Bible has nothing to do with the kind of conversation we’re talking about.  We’re talking about you and God chatting it up with no props involved.  It happens all the time in your life.  It doesn’t matter how old you are, what your gender is, or what religion you claim to be.  Talking to God isn’t something that only Christians do.  It’s not just an adult activity.  Everyone talks to God, and if you want to learn how to start recognizing the conversations that are already happening between you and God on a daily basis, you’ve come to the right place. Read more of this post

Salvation Song Bombs: OH THE POWER by Kari Jobe

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Spiritual discernment is about accurately telling truth from lies.  The better you get at discernment, the harder you are to con, and the stronger your relationship with God will be.  But wait—how does developing good discernment skills help you grow closer to God in your personal life?  Because God is the One who defines what truth is, and He’s never going to share much truth with you until you get serious about honoring Him with your soul attitudes.  God delights in souls who cling to Him like flypaper and embrace a mindset of “I can do nothing without You.”  This isn’t an exaggeration—you literally can’t do anything apart from God, because you are totally dependent on Him for every breath as well as for every kernel of wisdom.  The problem is that most Christians are clinging to the arrogant delusion that they are less than absolutely dependent on God.  Instead, they prefer to think they are actually wiser than God in many areas, thus they are qualified to constantly criticize Him in their prayers. Read more of this post

Recognizing Your Spiritual Dependency On Humans

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Jason’s father is the pastor of a mega church and a very dominant personality who has most of the Bible memorized.  When Pastor Jack declares that God disapproves of something or someone, Jason feels like God Himself has spoken.  The problem is that Jack is a hard man to please—impossible, in fact. Jason has spent his whole life trying to earn his father’s approval, only to have Jack constantly find fault with him.  Today Jason is convinced that he’ll never succeed at pleasing God unless he manages to please his demanding father, because he’s convinced that the two beings think alike. Read more of this post

Understanding Verbal Blessing & Cursing: So Much Hype, So Little Power

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In this post, you will learn everything you need to know about the human practice of verbally blessing and cursing other humans.

HOW HUMANS VIEW BLESSING & CURSING

There are two main ways that humans view blessing and cursing.  For non-serious users, the phrase “Bless you!” is the same as saying “Thank you!” or “I like you!” or “Wow, you seem like such a nice person that I hope things go well for you in the future.”  Alternately, to say “Curse you!” is a way of saying “I hate you!” or “You’re such a jerk!” or “I hope rotten things happen to you because you’ve upset me!”  For non-serious users, blessing and cursing people or objects is just a way of expressing personal joy or anger. Read more of this post

The False Prophecy Challenge: Should you be listening to leaders who lie?

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Beginning at the end of 2016, we prophesied that Mr. Donald Trump would not become the American president on January 20.  Well, he did.  So here’s a question for you: what are you still doing on our site?

There’s hardly any future prophecy on our site, and this bit about Trump was only posted on the Q&A page of our main website.  So some of you might have missed it, which is why we are now telling you about it.  You see, we don’t want you to miss the fact that we prophesied something very time specific that didn’t happen.  We want you to look right at it and be properly bothered because we lied to you.  So again: what are you still doing here? Read more of this post

Praying for Other People: Why It’s a Bad Idea

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In our material, we teach you not to pray for other people.  This includes praying for God to heal, save, and comfort other people.  Many Christians find such teaching to be quite disturbing.  So what’s the deal?  If we claim to be Christians–which we do–then how can we have a problem with praying for others?  The answer is simple: we care immensely about pleasing God, and once treating God well is your top priority, praying for other people needs to go.  That’s the short answer.  Now we’ll give you the long one. Read more of this post

Discernment Charts – NT Epistles: God Won’t Talk to Doubters

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Spiritual discernment is about being able to tell the difference between truth and lies.  It is God who teaches you how to get better at discernment, and a key part of this process is learning to think critically about the things you’re being taught.  Critical thinking is a form of questioning–and once you start asking the right questions, it’s amazing how much guff you find in the Bible.

The purpose of our Discernment Charts – New Testament Epistles series is to help you sharpen your discernment skills by showing you how to flesh out many beliefs and attitudes that a single point of teaching promotes.  These charts focus on statements that were made by apostles in the early Church.  Are the New Testament authors teaching you well or are they leading you astray?  Ask God for His opinion on these matters.  (Click the image to enlarge it.)

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Worship Bombs: KYRIE ELEISON by Chris Tomlin

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When people who speak different languages start socializing with each other on a regular basis, it doesn’t take long before they start merging their languages.  Each fellow steals some words and phrases from the other fellow’s language and he starts teaching those new phrases to his pals.  The English language is a fabulous example of this.  If you buy an English dictionary,  you’ll find that it contains many words that aren’t English at all, but English speakers have adopted them with such enthusiasm, that they now consider them part of normal English.  Take sauerkraut, for example.  There’s nothing English about that word, it’s totally German.  If English speakers wanted to keep their language pure, they could redefine what sauerkraut is in English terms.  But if you go into an American food market, you won’t find cans labeled as containing “pickled shreds of cabbage.”  Even though that’s what sauerkraut means in English, the Germans make it sound so much tastier by the way they say it, so English speaking Americans have stolen the term.   Read more of this post

Worship Flops: 10,000 REASONS by Matt Redman

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Why are Christian worship leaders such an endless stream of worship bombs?  Why do our leaders find it so hard to write lyrics that actually worship God instead of insulting Him and/or worshiping something other than Him?  There are two main reasons why Christendom is inundated with bad worship lyrics: a lack of conviction and a lack of caring.  The first reason—a lack of conviction—is the better excuse.  A man can’t be expected to know something that God hasn’t taught him yet, and in some cases, we have well-meaning souls crafting really bad lyrics in a sincere effort to please God.  Happily for all of us, God judges us by our intentions, and when He sees that we really do want to please Him, He is pleased.  Because God takes His time in educating humans on spiritual matters, and because He educates us all in a different order, then if you’re listening to God in your own life, the day will come when you start seeing errors in lyrics that other Christians aren’t seeing.  What do you do when this happens?  You obey the convictions God is giving you.  When God tells you that He doesn’t like a set of lyrics, then you need to stop singing them at Him.  It doesn’t mean that you get up on stage and condemn everyone else in the room for singing those lyrics, because the fact that God is telling you to do something is not the same as Him authorizing you to go bossing other people around.  Convicting souls is God’s job. Read more of this post