Communicating with God III: God, is that you?

How many of you have prayed and either you aren't sure if you understand God's response or have even gotten a response at all? We have an influx of information always coming our way; family, friends, social media, television, music…its information overload. God also speaks to us through many avenues but most often through our own mind. But how do we know its God that’s speaking? Sometimes even mature Christians think they "hear" God but are in fact hearing their own hearts or worse hearing Satan's lies. So how do we know it's God that is speaking to us and what does it mean when we hear nothing at all?

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The Promises of God Part I: The Evidence (01/10/19)

God has given us many promises. 1 Peter 1:3-4 says "His divine power has given us everything we need for a Godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires."

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Christin Cordova-Burkhart
Temptation Part II: What Tempts Us

You may think that you are past temptation or too strong to give in to it but things have a funny way of sneaking up you. The first step in giving in to temptation is to be around it. You may have to put yourself in tempting situations in order to help someone else. These situations call for the most self control and discipline to stay afloat yourself.

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Christin Cordova-Burkhart
Hope & Joy Part I: Hope

Isaiah 40:29-31  29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

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Christin Cordova-Burkhart
11 Jesus Style: The Ultimate Sacrifice

What things are you willing to sacrifice for? A place or places? A thing or things? A belief or a person? For what things would you stand and sacrifice for something even if it costs you your life? Our answer to that question ultimately determines the depth of our servanthood.

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Christin Cordova-Burkhart
09 Jesus Style: Completely Human

Knowing that Jesus had the same experiences and temptations as me frees me to be honest about my own humanity. It allows me to not try and hide my humanity in the presence of friends and not try to put on a mask of spirituality if it's not there. It allows me to learn to be honest about myself, to be free to be forgiven for my human failures and to forgive others for theirs. If Jesus Christ was human then it is okay for me to be human too.

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Christin Cordova-Burkhart
07 Jesus Style: Used No Force/Worldly Ambition

Jesus came to save people - not use them. He refused to take advantage of others on his way to the cross. He never violates or is disrespectful of the freedom to choose because when we do choose to follow him he wants it to be real. This gentle spirit is also how we should approach each other and non-believers.

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Christin Cordova-Burkhart
06 Jesus Style: As a Child/as the Younger

Children are not threatening. If we are to represent Jesus correctly, we must be no more threatening to the world as a child would be. Jesus was approached freely by everyone because he was not intimidating.

Children are not good at deceiving. Being humble is being real and honest about how you feel. Children cannot hide how they feel. They are terrible liars. It isn't until we start becoming adults that we perfect the art of lying and deceiving.

Children are innocent. Humility is honesty about our sins so God can forgive us. Once he forgives us we are in a state of innocence.

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Christin Cordova-Burkhart