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For a close relationship with God

I love Jehovah because he hears my voice, my pleas for help.​—Ps. 116:1.

One way to respond to Jehovah’s love is by talking to him in prayer. Your love for God will grow as you tell him about your concerns and thank him for all that he does for you. And the bond between you and Jehovah will be strengthened as you see how he answers your prayers. You will become convinced that he understands you.

But to grow close to Jehovah, you need to understand his way of thinking. And you need to know what he wants from you. The only way you will gain that knowledge is by studying his Word, the Bible. So learn to appreciate it.
Only the Bible contains the truth about Jehovah and his purpose for you. You show that you appreciate the Bible by reading it each day, by preparing for your personal Bible study session, and by applying what you learn.

97 How I do love your law!+ I ponder over* it all day long.+

99 I have more insight than all my teachers,+ Because I ponder over* your reminders.

(Ps. 119:97, 99)

17 Sanctify them by means of the truth;+ your word is truth.+(John 17:17)

Do you have a personal Bible reading schedule? Do you follow that schedule, making sure that you read the Bible each day?

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Additional reading

  1. Word of God
  2. Gospel or Good News
  3. A Book to trust #18 Available in many languages #1
  4. A Book to trust #28 A Collection of words showing and teaching us about the beginnings to the end
  5. A Book to trust #29 God His Book, God-breathed profitable for doctrine, for reproof and for correction
  6. Old and newer King James Versions and other translations #12 God Himself masters His Own Word
  7. Studying the Bible
  8. Demanding signs or denying yourself
  9. Inner voice inside the soul of man
  10. A Sound Mind: Theory and practice
  11. Brian Rosner on “What Makes a Good Biblical Scholar?”
  12. The faithful God
  13. Christian growth a team event
  14. How to Study the Bible: We Are in This Together
  15. On the Affirmation of Scripture
  16. Summer time to spend some more time at the growing process of your faith

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Maybe it is About Me

We may find lots of denominations in the world which have churches full of life but also with churches which are like deadly silence and not bringing forth fruitful seeds.

All people should know it is not a group thing but a matter of personal growth and personal relationship with God. Without knowing God ourselves we cannot convince others about Him. We need first to know the person of God, Who He is, what His character is like, before we can go out and convince others of This marvellous Supreme Being.

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Today we have a look at Rebecca Preston her life and experience. From the time she was a young child she had already a sense of God’s presence in her life which was strong.

Even at that early age, I was convinced God was near me and heard me as I spoke to Him.

she writes.

We can imagine that her journey in the faith has been like many others, up and down, and that when she moved places she once again had to find a church where she could find herself at ease. Probably she like many of us had to search for a place where the love of Christ could be felt and where there were enough people willing to give help to another for enabling each person in that community to grow in the faith and to make every person

“to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to the personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the consequences of the relationship.”  (William A. Barry and William J. Connolly) {Spiritual Direction}

For her

After a time of disinterest in Junior High, the way to God again opened up clearly as I became involved in the Youth for Christ movement.”

Wanting to go to a Christian College, but also not wanting to stir up disagreements within the family, she went to school for Nursing and became a nurse for a short time.

I soon discovered that I was not well suited to that role.  I left and became a full time mom and housewife, picking up odd jobs along the way.  But my desire often turned towards learning, and the craving to know more about how God moves among His people in our day. {About Rebecca Preston}

When God calls some one the voice may be stronger than the voices in this commercial materialistic world. Her desire often turned towards learning, and the craving to know more about how God moves among His people in our day took her and when her youngest was sent off to college, she also returned to school, finishing her BA.  Soon after, she entered into Biblical Theological Seminary. She came to earn a certificate from Karios School of Spiritual Formation.

We go back with her about a decade ago, when her husband and she started at a new church, had a meeting with the pastor and during the exchange, the pastor said to them something that was at the heart of that church’s mission.

English: A-9 oxygen mask with B-6 winter helme...

A-9 oxygen mask with B-6 winter helmet, WW2 vintage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently, she took a trip across the country and got to look up as the oxygen mask portion of the announcement was on and suddenly got struck with the message that she cannot be really useful to anybody until after she puts the mask on myself first.

We too should take notice of that warning which accounts also for the message for life, for our relationship with God.

  • not useful to anybody until God = top priority.
  •  love for God = key to everything
  • need to spend time with God
  • practising silence with God

 

  • God of the Old Testament = same God that Jesus loved and called Father
  • need to make memories with God
  • need to respond to his love for us.
  • as the oxygen mask helps to remain focused + alert => love of God leads to authentic and lasting usefulness for the Kingdom of Heaven.

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Gardens of the Soul

About a decade ago, my husband and I started at a new church. As was our custom, we asked for a meeting with the pastor.  The pastor came to our house and we had a delightful conversation about this new church, a church like we had never attended before.  During the exchange, the pastor said to us something that was at the heart of this church’s mission.  He said, “After all, it is not about us.”  We nodded in agreement.

But as time has gone on, I’ve begun to chaff a little at this statement.  It doesn’t sit as well as it once did.

Recently, I took a trip across the country.  I just may have gotten to the place where I don’t pay much attention to the safety demonstrations that occurs on every airplane flight.  These days when I am seated, I quickly notice my proximity to the exits…

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