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Until three years ago, I didn’t think God spoke today. In fact, I would have argued that there is no need for God to speak to anyone today because he’s given us the Bible. I urged people who wanted to hear from God to read the Scripture. And I would still give that advice. I love the Bible and have spent my adult life studying its words and listening for God’s voice within its pages.
Does God speak to people today? I mean on a regular basis and in a way that will enable them to bring encouragement and healing to others?
If you had asked me that question three years ago, I would have said no. And then I would have given a little slack for the fact that God could speak today, just like I could win the Powerball Lottery—if I bought a ticket. Yet, I would have stressed that winning the lottery or hearing God speak or healing someone are long-shots. I would have insisted, we have the Word of God and there is no need for God to speak to us apart from biblical revelation. Anything beyond that is pure imagination. And healing . . . hey, someone always wins the Powerball jackpot.
And then three years ago God spoke to me.
Shortly after getting married, I got into the habit of writing a note to my wife every morning. They usually weren’t long, no more than a few sentences. But I enjoyed writing them and I knew she liked reading them, so every day I would give her a note.
It’s the same reason I surprise her with flowers every once in a while. Really, it’s the same reason I do anything for her—because I love her.
Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson has created a media storm because he spanked his son with a switch. After looking at the images of his son’s bruised legs and arms, I don’t think he spanked his son. He beat him.
In the last week I’ve read and listened to numerous views on the subject of corporal punishment. Frankly, most of what I’ve read would be opposed by anyone who cares for the welfare of children
I see someone and quickly make judgments based on a visual inspection. I judge how well they measure-up to my dress, grooming and posture standards. Are they fit? Or not? Are they attractive? Or not?
We start talking and I do it again. I make judgments based on their speaking and listening ability. Are they relationally warm and engaging? Do they laugh easily and make me laugh? Do I feel safe around them? Are they interesting? Do they think I am?