Listen Series, Part 3: Listening for God’s Will

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This is the third of three lessons in the “Listen Series” about listening to God that I put together for the Harvard Avenue College Ministry Fall Retreat a few weekends ago. 

God’s will. Something everybody wants to know. Where will I live when I grow up? Where will I work? Who will I marry? The list goes on and on.

Why do we want to know all of these things anyway? Probably because we want “peace” about a decision or want to have a life free of uncertainty and with minimal risk. While that’s understandable, it’s not necessarily the way God’s will works. Romans 12:2 gives a hint as to what it means to listen for God’s will:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Often when we seek God’s will, we like to wait for the “signs to line up” so that we can feel “at peace” about a decision. Taking this approach as a believer indicates a misunderstanding of how God’s will works. Read more of this post

Listen Series, Part 2: The Importance of Listening

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This is the second of three lessons in the “Listen Series” about listening to God that I put together for the Harvard Avenue College Ministry Fall Retreat a few weekends ago. 

Listening is an important part of any relationship, especially our relationship with God. Often we come to Him with a list of wants and demands, but don’t take time to sit silently before Him. Imagine if your friends did that to you…

Why can listening be so powerful? What is important about disciplining yourself to listen to God on a regular basis? The writer of Ecclesiastes offers some insight in Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 (ESV):  Read more of this post

Listen Series, Part 1: Slow Down and Listen

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This is the first of three lessons in the “Listen Series” about listening to God that I put together for the Harvard Avenue College Ministry Fall Retreat a few weekends ago. 

“I’m busy.” 

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard someone say this to me when I’ve asked them if they wanted to play disc golf, watch a movie, or come to an event (I’m even guilty of using it myself often).

Let’s face it. We live in a very busy culture, especially as young 20-somethings (aka “Millennials“). We have friends, classes, jobs, family, sports, and organizations pulling us in all different directions. Our days are usually busy from the time the alarm goes off in the morning until our head hits the pillow (if it even does) at night. Rarely do we take time to slow down and listen to God (not listen to music, the TV, white noise, or birdies chirping). Let’s take a look at a common biblical example of this principle found in Luke 10:38-42 (ESV):  Read more of this post

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