i’ve been talking and listening for the past two weeks, it seems. All the time, I mean. Which, if you count reading and writing, it close to true. Part of what makes it seem like forever is that I’m trying to stop talking religious and that takes more work.
Because I’m teaching a class in about 10 hours, it makes sense to summarize some of what i’ve been saying to other people and other people have been saying to me.
I think that these are significant steps in deepening as a Christ follower and in finding out that it isn’t a faith or a religion.
- Decide your Invisible Friend is real.
- Talk to each other about how hard obeying God is.
- Decide that it is okay to use the Bible to respond to the previous point.
- Argue and talk with and question and laugh with God about what He is saying in the Bible and in your head.
- Quit saying the word “pray” and just talk to God.
- Go for a walk with someone you can talk to.
- Decide that you don’t have to defend God.
- Decide that God isn’t making you feel guilty, you are. This can be by imagining that you aren’t doing things that He never said anything about anyway, OR by doing what is wrong.
- Decide to not be afraid of what God might say if you asked Him about your life.
- Stop asking God about the future.
- Live what you already know.
- Talk to people as if they might not have life figured out.
- Decide that you don’t have and will never have all the answers to all the questions that exist about life, God, meaning, and the book of Revelation.
- Know your own answers.
- Start obeying God and disciple.
- Decide that the reason Christ followers are supposed to meet together is encouragement, and if you aren’t being encouraging, you aren’t helping.
I know they need explanation and if you want it, be in class in 10 hours in Fort Wayne. Otherwise, ask and I’ll explain.
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