How to Approach God According to God

Ask five people on the street, “How can I find my way to God?” and you’ll likely get five different answers. They may not even believe in God. Or your God.

Connecting with God

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As I’ve thought about this question, I think it requires we ask another question first.

This one question boils down the issue like nothing else can.

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A Land Without Absolute Truth

I read an article that surveyed what adults rank as the most important thing they learned from their father. A few mentioned skills, like how to change a tire, or drive a car, or play sports. Saving money ranked even higher.

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But the highest category adults ranked? Their father taught them to tell the truth.

That’s great. But these days, what is truth?

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Messianic Prophecies Change a Life

Why can’t I just pray to God without Jesus in the middle?” asked a Jewish friend of mine in Israel. The lady to whom he spoke answered, “Why don’t you just pray that God will reveal to you who Jesus is all about?”

(Photo: My friend Amir at Masada, Israel)

So for the first time, Amir sat down, wrote out a prayer, stuck it on the wall where he could see it—and prayed. “And I made sure I said every word,” he said.

The next day changed his life.

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Christian Apologetics Resources You Can Trust

Have you ever been asked a tough question about your faith? I sure have. Sometimes when Christians talk to people about God, or when people discover that we believe what the Bible says, they fire off a list of questions.

Good questions need good answers.

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Tough questions, like:

  • How can you say Jesus is the only way to God?
  • What about the person who’s never heard of Jesus?
  • How can the Bible be the Word of God when it was written by fallible men?
  • How can a good God allow such evil in the world?

These questions, and many others, can be hard to answer. If you’re not ready for these questions, they can eat your lunch– the sandwich, the candy bar, and the note from mom.

Here are some Christian apologetics resources you can trust.

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Avoiding Spiritual Roadkill

I commute to work in the dark hours of the morning. Navigating the twisting country roads on my way to the highway, my headlights are the only illumination. But I always have to watch out for critters that get frightened by my lights. I see lots of roadkill. (Unlike some, I don’t pray over them.)

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More than once I have slowed to a stop for deer to scramble over adjacent fences, or a family of raccoons to cross single file, or numerous rabbits, skunks, squirrels, cats, and dogs. (I never slow down for snakes.) One morning, a buck with a multi-pointed rack just stood still and stared me down as I inched by. No movement. No fear. Amazing.

And then there are possums. Oh, dear.

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Why You Need a Substitute

When you don’t want sugar, but you do want sweet, what do you use? A substitute. When you don’t want the menu item as is, what do you request? A substitute.

Sugar Substitutes

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Who does the school district call when the teacher can’t make it? Who does the coach put in when the player can’t take it? The pharmacist uses what, when the drug costs too much?

In every case, a substitute.

It’s a Way of Life

Substitution remains a way of life for us. When something is required, and we won’t or can’t meet the demand, a substitute is our first choice.

  • Some subs are good in dire straits, like an ambulance or a team’s pinch hitter.
  • Some subs take the heat when we wouldn’t or couldn’t, like an actor’s stand-in or stunt double.
  • Some fill a need where an absence has occurred, like a voter’s proxy or even a surrogate-dad.

In every case when something is required, and you and I can’t meet the demand, a substitute is our only option.

The fact is, every person has something required of him or her, but no one has met the demand.

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Have God, Will Travel [Podcast]

Book of 3 John

The shortest book in the Bible carries an essential reminder.

Be hospitable and support to God’s traveling ministers, as Gaius did. On the other hand, don’t be a person who refuses to get along with others because you crave all the attention. Using these two examples, the Apostle John urges us not to “imitate what is evil, but what is good.”

Your Life is Show and Tell [Podcast]

Leviticus 6:8-13

What do others see when they look at you? Since both Testaments call believers “a kingdom of priests,” the timeless truths of Israel’s priests apply to all believers. Namely, just as the holy attire represented God’s holiness, so what people see of us should reflect the Lord’s glory (1 Peter 2:12).

Just as the fires could never go out, so we too should always be ready to assist others to find access to God (1 Peter 3:15).

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Prayer in Evangelism – My Interview on Campus Crusade

Listen as I discuss the subject of prayer in evangelism on Campus Crusade for Christ’s radio program, Lighthouse Report.

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From Lighthouse Report:

A good salesperson knows that you never presuppose a customer’s response. Now relate that to witnessing. Do you presuppose someone’s response to the Gospel? Never, ever, doubt what God can do in an unbeliever’s life. Wayne Stiles addresses this on today’s Lighthouse Report.

Want to find the station where Lighthouse Report broadcasts in your area? Go here.