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Prioritizing Your Relationship with God Is Essential

Prioritizing Your Relationship with God Is Essential

Why is it true that the only relationship that matters is your personal relationship to a personal Redeemer and Lord? The biblical answer to our question is clear: God made us in his image (Genesis 1:26) for personal relationship with himself (cf. Revelation 3:20). As the Westminster Shorter Catechism states, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.”

Christians Should Pray to God Simply Because He Is Our Father, Not Because We Need Something

Christians Should Pray to God Simply Because He Is Our Father, Not Because We Need Something

Transactional religion, from the Greco-Roman world to today, treats God’s word and power as instruments to be used for our purposes. We need to measure the news and everything else we experience in this fallen world through the prism of God’s unchanging, authoritative, completely true word. We need to read, pray, and worship for God’s glory rather than our own, to live for his honor above our own, to commune with our Creator for no reason except to be with our Father, to love our Lord and our neighbor for their sakes rather than ours. Anything less makes the King of the universe a means to our end. This is idolatry, and it is dangerous.

Handcuffed Emotions – Straight as a Gun Barrel but Just as Empty

Handcuffed Emotions – Straight as a Gun Barrel but Just as Empty

Let me be brutally honest: many who show contempt for profoundly deep and moving experiences with God have never experienced them for themselves. If they avoid prayer meetings, complain about extended and emotional worship, never miss a meal for God, are unaffected by the depravity around them, and are too mature to go to the altar, are these people truly filled with God’s Spirit? 

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