How to Know God Personally
Who’s your best friend? Perhaps it’s your spouse or a lifelong friend, or maybe it’s someone you met fairly recently. Why do you feel especially close to this person? Many would answer that question by saying it’s because you’ve developed a close personal relationship with them.
The word relationship has at its root the word relation. Webster defines “relation” as a connection by blood or marriage. God wants to have a personal relationship with us and to do this He sent His son Jesus who shed His blood for our sin.
How to experience freedom from worry and stress
Over the years as I’ve met with men and women to talk about their spiritual health, I’ve been amazed to discover that there’s one thing that limits believers more than anything else. In fact, I’d say it’s the number one reason that most American Christians miss reaching their full potential as an instrument of the Kingdom. Stress.
Warren, you say that I should make giving a priority, but after I cover all my necessary expenses, I have very little—if anything—left to give.
I get this question quite often from seniors who are on a fixed income and wondering if they’re supposed to give. Let me say first that true biblical giving is not done under compulsion or out of obligation, but is to be done cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7). So if you are just writing a check because you think you’re getting “God points,” then you’re giving for the wrong reason altogether!
Your question really brings to mind Jesus’ teaching in Luke 21:1-4…
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How to experience financial freedom
As I minister to seniors all over the country, one of the biggest causes of stress that I see in their lives is the subject of finances. But did you know that God doesn’t want money to be a source of stress in your life? And that He wants you to experience financial freedom? It’s true.
Yet, financial freedom won’t just happen. God expects you and me to be good stewards of the money He has blessed us with. As the apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 4:2, “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”
What will our glorified bodies be like?
We need to remember that death is not the end, but rather the separation of body and soul. While our earthly, temporal bodies will be buried in the ground, our soul will go to be with the Lord…
How to make your prayers a vibrant conversation with God
You probably remember the days of door-to-door salesmen, those gentlemen who used to ring your doorbell at 2 p.m. trying to sell you the latest and greatest product you just had to buy. I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve heard from husbands who came home after work only to be surprised by their wife’s new purchase!
Heaven: Our Glorious Expectation
When I think back to some of the greatest days of my life… my wedding day or the day one of my children was born… it’s almost as if I am taken back to that moment in time. I feel the joy again of seeing Virginia walk down the aisle, or the wonder of holding one of my children for the first time.
Over the years, I’ve learned there are two givens in life: hardship and God’s presence through those hardships. Because we live in a fallen world and are sinful people, we’re going to experience struggles and loss in this life. Some may find life to be more difficult than others, but none of us can escape its pain.
A Note of Encouragement from Warren Olson
Heaven is a very big concept for us to understand, which is why I believe that the
Bible doesn’t even attempt to fully explain it. The reality of heaven is greater than any words could ever describe…