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Treasure The Word Of God As He Treasures To Hear Us: Chapt. 11 Purpose Driven Life

Posted by infinitygoods on February 17, 2008

Two Trees In Spring by @t Flickr public files

Previous chapters can be found on the Purpose Driven Life page.

“I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.” Job 23:12.

When we become friends with someone, we talk to them. We build on the relationship by calling on the phone or talking in person. Rick Warren tells us we can build our friendship with God by talking to Him.

We can talk to God through constant conversation, praying without ceasing. You know that little voice we all have? We can use that little voice to talk to God all day long. Instead of talking to ourselves, we can talk to God.

Then our entire day and each and every activity will be narrated with prayers to God.

Friends talk to each other and share stories. One of the ways God talks to us is through the Bible. So another way to become friends with God, according to Warren, is to think about the word of God. Job says “I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.” We can memorize verses, read the Bible to discover new insights, or ponder on the Bible stories and verses we already know.

Do you already have ways of reminding yourself to pray to God? Do you ever just talk to Him as in a conversation? Which type of prayer do you find easiest: the formal, memorized prayers or impromptu conversations?

In Chapter 12, Warren will discuss four more ways to develop our friendship with God. Until then, may we hear God through his word and may God hear our prayers.

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Surrender To God Or You’ll Surrender To Satan: Chapt. 10 Purpose Driven Life

Posted by infinitygoods on February 16, 2008

Superb Starlings by Jay Kilifi on Flickr public files

Previous chapters can be found on the Purpose Driven Life page.

“So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us … offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to His service and pleasing to Him. This is the true worship that you should offer.” Romans 12:1

Most of us don’t like to be at the mercy of someone else. We like to be in charge of our own lives. But the reason for this is usually because of the fear that we will be hurt is some way, whether physical, or emotional. With God, we can take away that fear. God is love. He wants the best for us.

We can put our complete trust in God and listen to Him because He wants what is best for us. If we don’t listen to God, who will we be listening to? Rick Warren says “if you don’t surrender to Christ, you surrender to chaos.” Do you know what chaos is? It’s not just disorganization in your life. Chaos is Satan. Think about it. If you do not follow good, what do you follow? Not neutral. The opposite of good is evil. If you do not follow good, you follow evil.

I like to think that we need to be like little birds. God’s birds do not worry about where their next meal is going to come from. They just fly a ways and God provides some food. Birds are always happy and sing their praise from morning ’till night. We need to be more like these carefree little birds.

Chapt. 11

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Love God With All Your Heart, Soul And Mind: Chapt. 9 Purpose Driven Life

Posted by infinitygoods on February 15, 2008

Kylemore The Church by stunt penguin in Flickr public files

Previous chapters can be found on the Purpose Driven Life page.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38

God is our Father and we learned in the last chapter that as He created us in His own image, He also gave us his emotions. When we look at the emotions of parents and their wishes for their children, we get a small glimpse at what God might like and what he might expect from us.

Warren tells us that God wants us to love Him, trust Him, obey Him, praise Him and do for Him. Don’t most good parents want the same? Parents want their children to love them and trust them. They want their children to be obedient or listen to them and when our children thank us or praise us it warms and melts our hearts. Parents also want their children to do what they are meant to do at each step in their development.

These things make parents happy and when children are good and do all these things, they too are happy. Warren tells us that the same is true with God and our relationship with Him.

Are you ready and willing to be an obedient child? No child is perfect, but are you willing to make please God a priority and a goal in your life?

God knows everything. He knows what is best for you. Are you willing to trust him in every matter, in everything you do?

Tomorrow we will look at Chapt. 10. May we trust in God in everything we do.

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Love God & Trust In His Love: Chapt. 8 Purpose Driven Life

Posted by infinitygoods on February 14, 2008

Love Tree by ladyundertaker in Flickr public files

Previous chapters can be found on the Purpose Driven Life page.

“The Lord is pleased only with those who worship Him and trust His love.” Psalms 147:11.

Today, we start on the 7-day discussion about our first purpose, which is to please God.

What are some of the sentences that jumped out at you as you were reading? Perhaps some surprised you, or some seemed significant. Perhaps some were difficult to understand or something you had strongly believed even before reading this chapter.

Here’s some of the ones I thought were particularly significant.

“…(God) considers you valuable enough to keep with Him for all eternity.” Does that make us feel pretty special? Do you think we are loved? Are we worth a dime a zillion or is every single one of us significant?

“God made you in his image.” And “…God has emotions, too.” Has anyone ever told you that you should not cry, you should not be angry, you should not grieve so long, or even to stop being so happy all the time? Our emotions are important and give us clues to what is right or wrong in our lives. God gave us His emotions. Emotions help us stay on the right path for enjoying life. If we are stressed or we feel angry, we know something is wrong and we can do something to change it and get back to enjoying life. Do you feel you are enjoying your life?

“The Father seeks worshipers,” “worship is a lifestyle,” “…it is your life,” “worship him continually….” Do you love God? How do you show Him your love?

“Praise should be the first activity when you open your eyes in the morning and the last activity when you close them at night.” And “Every activity can be transformed into an act of worship when you do it for the praise, glory, and pleasure of God.” The first quote is from several chapters in Psalms, in case you didn’t check the endnote. I was taught as a child to say a prayer as soon as I opened my eyes and before falling asleep. Were you taught that as well? It doesn’t have to be long if that idea is foreign to you. It could even be focusing on the word “God.” What would you do if you were stuck in a bed 24 hours a day, unable to go to church or even unable to speak? Do you think you would be unable to worship God? If you are still breathing, you can take each breath for the glory of God.

“Carrying on a continual conversation with Him…,” “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,” “Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life — and place it before God as an offering.” Do you ever do that? Do you think it might be helpful in keeping you from having negative thoughts or in doing unpleasant or boring work? Would your burdens feel lighter if you were doing it for God rather than because you had no other choice?

“…falling in love with Jesus.” If you’ve ever truly been in love with someone, you know the feeling Warren describes in the last paragraph. You just cannot stop thinking about that person. No matter what you are doing, thoughts of your love intrude and keep you from thinking about what you are doing. You’re taking a test, you think about your love. You’re driving, you think about your love. You’re scrubbing the floor, you think about your love. You’re doing brain surgery, you think about your love. It never ceases to the point that all activities are done while thinking about your love. Your goal is to do the same while thinking about Jesus and God.

Remember, God loves you!

Tomorrow we will look at Chapt. 9, what makes God smile.

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Wishing You A Happy St. Valentine’s Day!

Posted by infinitygoods on February 14, 2008

Les Noeuds Et L’Amour by Francois et Fier de L’Etre Flickr public files
Swans keep a single mate for life.  Some can live up to 50 years. 

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Everything For His Glory: Chapt. 7 Purpose Driven Life

Posted by infinitygoods on February 13, 2008

Green Tree HDR by dontoto1 from Flickr public files“Everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by His power, and everything is for His glory.” Romans 11:36

Everything. Absolutely everything comes from God. So isn’t it appropriate that we should praise Him, thank Him, and Glorify Him?

Rick Warren writes “Living for God’s glory is the greatest achievement we can accomplish with our lives.” I can testify that working directly for God is the greatest feeling. When I worked for our church, I did not feel I was working for my earthly employers. I felt I was working for God.

While working for the church, people came to our staff, myself included, to be served and people came to hear about God, Jesus and religion. People even came to be loved and some had no one else to love them so they became a close part of the community. And if you love God, how can you not worship Him when you are on church grounds all day long? It is indescribable the amount of joy and energy one receives from even just attempting to glorify God. I fall so short of being like Jesus Christ, but God still rewarded me, and us, with joy and energy and all the gifts needed to serve and love and speak about Him.

Our Deacon had the most amazing gift to say the most glorious things to make grieving people find hope. He would say it was not him, but the Holy Spirit speaking through him. He would say that he struggled to speak and every once in a while we saw that. But when someone needed to be served and loved, the most amazing words flowed out of his mouth like the softest, most comforting breeze enveloping in a blanket of love. It was the Holy Spirit. We witnessed it time and again.

Warren says “God will give you what you need if you will just make the choice to live for him.” I would even say if you will just make the choice to TRY to live for him. If you just take that first step with all of your heart and soul, God will carry you the rest of the way.

Now most reading this, I’m sure do not have the privilege and opportunity to work directly for God in a church, but you have families, neighbors, coworkers. You can serve them for God’s glory. Much of our staff’s work was completely mundane, but we did it all for God’s glory. When you answer that telephone at work, do it for God. When you dust a table, praise God that you have a table to dust. When you water a plant do it to keep one of God’s creations alive. When you clean a child’s throw up, do it because God trusts you.

Your entire life, your very breath can be dedicated to God’s glory. You can even say as suggested in the Purpose Driven Life, “Jesus, I believe in you and I receive you.” It sounds a lot like communion and you can glorify God — you can do this in remembrance of Jesus.

If you truly meant the words “Jesus, I believe in you and I receive you,” Warren urges that you tell someone. You can even e-mail him, you can comment here, you can tell a Christian friend, you could even tell a complete stranger, but tell someone.

Today, we finished the first section of the book to find out what we were put on this earth for. For the next seven days, we will look at the second section which describes our first purpose: we were planned for God’s pleasure. Keep thinking about what we read and discussed this week and I’ll be back tomorrow to discuss Chapt. 8. Blessings to you and yours.

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I Am Here On Earth For Just A Little While: Chapt. 6 Purpose Driven Life

Posted by infinitygoods on February 12, 2008

15 Min. Loading and Unloading Zone

Previous chapters can be found on the Purpose Driven Life page.

“The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.” “We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

This chapter reminds me of the section Rick Warren discussed in Chapt. 3 on materialism. My grandmother used to say in a nice, easy to say and remember rhyme in French that eventually everything passes, everything breaks and everything bores. In other words everything is temporary. She thought we shouldn’t get too attached to things because their appeal was temporary, and even our lives on earth were temporary. Why bother making ourselves too comfortable if this is just a camping trip, after all? We are just passing through.

At this moment when we are looking at how temporary or fleeting everything is, especially in contrast with all of eternity, does it make us reflect about how we are living? Do we need to change the way we are living right now? While we are still of this world for now and must live here for now, what preparations should we make right now for our permanent destination?

We need to consider what we are attached to which could prevent us from fulfilling our purposes. It is more important to take care of our eternal souls. Warren gives us this other bible quote to think about, “Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul.”

Tomorrow we’ll look at Chapt. 7 on The Reason For Everything. May God help all of us understand and be enlightened as we keep reading. See you tomorrow!

As I was typing the two quotes at the very top from 2 Corinthians 4:18, I thought that perhaps it might seem a bit confusing. Warren uses many different translations as he discusses the bible. He picks and choses from the various translations for the best nuances or to better explain what he is trying to convey. If you haven’t done so yet, read Appendix 3: “Why use so many translations?”

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Will You Graduate Or Flunk Out From God’s University? Chapt. 5 Purpose Driven Life

Posted by infinitygoods on February 11, 2008

Palm Tree Crown by KC England from Flickr Public Files

Previous chapters can be found on the Purpose Driven Life page.

“Blessed are those who endure when they are tested. When they pass the test, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12

God tests us all through our lives, but he also trusts us. The way we see ourselves and our lives affects how we pass these tests and how we use the God-given gifts He has entrusted us with. How do you view your life? Are your metaphors positive or are they negative?

Rick Warren tells us that these ideas and “temporary assignment” discussed in the next chapter are the foundation of the purpose driven life and that he will use them to help us learn about God’s view on life.

Warren counted more than 200 tests described in the bible like Abraham with Isaiac, Jacob with Rachel or even His own son in the desert and in the Garden of Gethemene. We are tested all the time in small ways, but from time to time we get a midterm and we can feel it. How have you felt God testing you over the years? Or recently?

God also trusts us. We are given gifts. Like the tests, some are small, but some are very important. We need to use these gifts for God’s purpose and be good stewards of what he has entrusted us with. We need to be good and faithful servants. As we pass our tests and use our gifts, the bible tells us God will entrust us with more gifts and more responsibilities and we will eventually be called to celebrate and share our Master’s happiness.

Think about your gifts and talents and how you are using them for good. Ask yourself whether you have gifts you are neglecting or gifts you are struggling with and unwilling to use for God.

Warren quotes from the bible: “Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won’t be faithful in large ones. If you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven.” Luke 16:10-11.

Tomorrow we will look at the third aspect, “temporary assignment,” when we look at Chapt. 6. Wishing peace to all.

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A Camping Trip In Preparation For All Of Eternity: Chapt. 4 Purpose Driven Life

Posted by infinitygoods on February 10, 2008

Tentglow by Erik Lawrence from Flickr public files

Previous chapters can be found on the Purpose Driven Life page.

“When this tent we live in — our body here on earth — is torn down, God will have a house in heaven for us to live in, a home he himself has made, which will last forever.” 2 Corinthians 5:1

Our lives are as short as the blink of an eye when we compare it to eternity. Time is short and we should make haste to prepare for heaven because we never know when we will take our last breath. Death is not only for the old. While I was working for our church I saw several hundred families lose loved ones of all ages. The majority were not that old. The old were even the exceptions. I saw newborn babies die, preschoolers, young children, teenagers, men and women in every decade of their lives.

It doesn’t really matter if your earthly affairs are in order. Yes, you’ll be making life more difficult for those you leave behind, but in the great big scheme of things, it just doesn’tMatthew Henry (1662-1714) matter in the least. But are your affairs for eternal life in order? Your entire eternity depends on it. You’ll either be going up, or you’ll be going down. In one split second it will be too late. Your time to prepare will be over. Warren reminds us we should live as if it were the last day of our lives. He quotes Matthew Henry, “It ought to be the business of every day to prepare for our final day.” Thinking about death or funerals is difficult for many people. But living in oblivion like a bunch of ostriches with our heads buried in the sand will do us no good.

Warren asks us these two questions. “If everyone understood that life on earth is really preparation for eternity, how would we act differently? Since I was made to last forever, what is the one thing I should stop doing and the one thing I should start doing today?”

Don’t forget to leave some of your thoughts. Tomorrow we will look at Chapt. 5. Blessings to you and yours.

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Purposeful Living Is The Path To Peace — Chapt. 3 — Purpose Driven Life

Posted by infinitygoods on February 9, 2008

Green Tree Fae Scotland by idg from Flickr public files

Previous chapters can be found on the Purpose Driven Life page.

“You, Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3

What has been the driving force in your life? Rick Warren introduces 5 main categories which often drive our lives. Which do you fall into?

Are you ready for a purpose driven life?

Warren speaks of hope. I remember my father telling me that “as long as there is life, there is hope.” Life is given to us by God and with it, He gives us hope. With hope, he gives us life.

Warren reminds us once again to simplify our lives, to focus on God’s purposes for us. Do you try to do it all? Not too long ago was the Christmas season. It is often a time of stress because we try to do too much. We attempt to go to all the parties, pack too many activities, shop for too many people, eat too many traditional foods, and we lose our focus. We lose “the reason for the season” as some like to say. We forget to focus on God. Do we do the same with the rest of our life?

Not having a purpose is like trying to pack a suitcase without knowing where you’re going. Do you pack the high heels or do you pack the hiking boots? Do you pack your winter coat or your swimsuit?

Similarly, we try to do it all, but knowing our purpose will help us find time for what is truly important. We won’t waste time with peripheral activities when we can go straight for the goal. We will do fewer things, but our life will be full and we will find peace of mind because we will be doing what matters for this life and the next.

Now think about the last two questions Warren asks in this chapter. He says the purpose of his book is to help us answer them. So keep them in mind as you keep reading.

Tomorrow we will discuss Chapt. 4 on eternity. Peace be with you.

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