How to KNOW God’s Voice – LM0214

A word from God is powerful. It can sustain. It can direct. It can encourage or give freedom. And, thankfully, we know that God speaks to us in many ways – and continues to do so, even to today.

But, as we look across the landscape, it seems like so many Christian leaders say they’re sharing what God has shown them, yet disagree amongst themselves, as though God might be unsure what He’s saying. And we know that God is not a God of confusion.

We know it’s important to hear from God. But how can we know that it’s really God’s voice?

As we continue the conversation we started with Terance Clark in the last episode, you’ll discover 

  • Why it seems like there’s so much contradiction.
  • What’s often missing in our spiritual disciplines.
  • Whose point of view really matters.
  • Some ways God can enlighten us to how we’re seeing things incorrectly.
  • What happens when we get ahead of what God’s revealed to us.
  • What might need to happen as we begin to hear from God.
  • What is often the source of self-promotion (hint: self-promotion isn’t a problem, it’s a symptom).
  • How God gives us rest.

Resources

About the Leadership Moment

Scott McClelland of Foundational Missions shares bite-sized insights into leadership, with a focus on the Bible, missions, and ministry. He pulls from a wide variety of sources and always has something to inspire and challenge us to greatness.

The Ice Cream Machine At McDonalds Is Broken

I travel, safe to say I think, more than most. As I type I’m on a plane.  I travel about every other week, sometimes more.  Maybe this is why I’ve noticed we have a problem down at the local Micky D’s.  Especially when driving cross country, you are looking for a convenient, quick and clean place to get rid of that coffee you really had to have a few hours before.  But you can’t buy a meal every time.  Stops kill your time results.  Also, you aren’t hungry, but a cone sounds nice!  Right?  Wrong.

My last rendezvous with this fact was quite recent, and this angst has been building for a while, to be honest.  What can I say, I like ice cream.

My wife and I were about to get into a stretch of I-20/59 that is pretty sparsely populated. We called an audible and took the exit. Would it be false hope that the Golden Arches inspired? I told her as we pulled in, “I bet you $10 the ice cream machine is broken.” When we walked out, I wanted to know where my money from the bet was. Oh, I wasn’t surprised, but more like the final squeaks of a balloon that’s loosing all it’s air, my final gasp of confidence in getting a cone from this place (or it’s billon other locations) left me with a grunt. I’m done, I told her. Let’s never stop for anything at McD’s ever again. She agreed.

Oh, the irony!

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Are Conspiracy Theories Biblical?

Some people tend to attribute anything they dislike to the intentional design of a few influential “others.”  

Karl Popper

There are topics that chase you everywhere, and even if you want to avoid them, sooner or later must be addressed. Conspiracy theories is one of them. 

The Church is experiencing a real division between those who support and disseminate conspiracy theories and those who consider them only the result of ignorance. The main channel used for this kind of discussion is social media. 

We all know how difficult it is to have constructive and calm discussions on social media networks or on messaging groups. This is the result of a combination of several concurrent factors, including the absence of body language, the presumption of knowing other’s ideas before he or she expresses them, and a limited knowledge of the medium and its communication rules, the so-called “netiquette”. Yet, we persist in using them to proclaim our truths to the world expecting to solve, with a few posts, issues that have been discussed for centuries. 

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