Be Still

Be Still

Our fathers had much to say about stillness, and by stillness they meant the absence of motion or the absence of noise or both. They felt that they must be still for at least a part of the day, or that day would be wasted. God can be known in the tumult of the world if His providence has for the time placed us there, but He is known best in the silence. So they held, and so the sacred…

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The First Glimpse, Part 2

The First Glimpse, Part 2

Had the healing occurred slowly, my condition improving gradually over time, I would still have been thankful to God. I probably would have attributed the healing to unknown natural causes that He was able to use to bring it about (aka “providence”). If God wanted to heal me, He certainly could have done it in a more subtle way. Which begs the question, Why did He choose to do it in such dramatic fashion? Eric Metaxas is right: “When God…

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The First Glimpse, Part 1

The First Glimpse, Part 1

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders” (Psalm 105:1-2). Zeno, a fifth-century B.C. Greek philosopher, produced a number of sophisticated arguments designed to prove that motion is logically impossible. You read that right. Clearly ancient Greeks had too much time on their hands. Another philosopher, Diogenes, was unimpressed by Zeno’s arguments. On hearing them he simply stood up,…

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The Speaking Spirit

The Speaking Spirit

The Biblical Basis for a Speaking God, Part 3 To this point I’ve offered some facts that point strongly to a God who still speaks. But we’re not left to mere inference in deciding the issue. Notice what Jesus explicitly says to His disciples the night before His death. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you….

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Friends of God

Friends of God

The Biblical Basis for a Speaking God, Part 2 The belief that God speaks to His people is grounded in the truth that we have intimate friendship with Him. Far from being a modern fabrication, as some among us have claimed, the idea of a personal relationship with God is at the very heart of the biblical message. This theme appears in the Hebrew Bible in God’s intention to “dwell among the sons of Israel and…be their God” (Exodus 29:43-46)….

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God Is No Idol

God Is No Idol

The Biblical Basis for a Speaking God, Part 1 We’ve responded to a number of possible objections to the idea that God still speaks. Now let’s examine what the scriptures say. To the Gentile converts in Corinth the apostle Paul wrote, You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the mute idols…. (1 Corinthians 12:2) In its pervasive polemic against the evil and futility of idolatry, scripture repeatedly calls attention to the fact that idols and…

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“The Bible Is All We Need”

“The Bible Is All We Need”

Why Some Christians Deny That God Still Speaks, Part 3 Finally, let me address a third objection someone might offer. In contrast to the previous two we’ve examined, this one at least purports to be biblically based. What about the doctrine of the sufficiency of the scriptures? Often 2 Timothy 3:16-17 is quoted and the conclusion confidently affirmed that the Bible is all we need in order to receive salvation and live the Christian life. And if scripture is “all-sufficient,”…

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“This Stuff Is Dangerous”

“This Stuff Is Dangerous”

Why Some Christians Deny That God Still Speaks, Part 2 A second possible objection is this: The idea that God still speaks should be rejected because it’s just plain dangerous. My response is twofold: (1) Yes, it is dangerous. (2) That’s no reason to reject it. If you believe God still speaks and are listening for His voice, there is the risk of mistaking someone else’s voice for God’s. You might be listening to your flesh (your sinful nature). It’s…

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“But I’ve Never Experienced It”

“But I’ve Never Experienced It”

Why Some Christians Deny That God Still Speaks, Part 1 Before we explore the biblical basis for believing God still speaks today, let me address a few objections. Some Christians reject the view because it doesn’t match their personal experience: “I’ve never heard God’s voice, so I don’t think He’s still speaking.” First of all, the fact that I have not experienced something certainly doesn’t mean it’s not possible. If there is a discrepancy between my personal experience and the…

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