- We’re recording outside on Todd’s driveway. You may hear background noise.
- Last episode ended without a good resolution to the question of how beer-drinking Jesus-followers relate to others who think drinking beer is wrong.
- Do we need to resolve questions on this podcast?
- We’re not here to give answers but rather to start discussion and ask questions.
- If you disagree with us, please post it on Twitter and Facebook.
- Todd said the thud you hear later will be him falling out of his chair. Later in the episode, his chair collapses. Prophetic?
- Question: Was there ever a time when you knew God or Jesus was speaking to you?
- Aaron: went on a mission trip to India while still an atheist, trying to find Jesus. He had an encounter with the Holy Spirit.
- He hasn’t “heard” from God since. But he says God directs him with 2 x 4s: getting smacked in the head with circumstances until he pays attention.
- Todd: God talks to him by “God-incidences”–things that appear to be coincidences, but have God’s fingerprints.
- Patrick: God uses people to guide him–chance encounters and comments that God uses.
- Men often don’t pick up on subtle clues. We have to have things clearly spelled out.
- The time and energy we invest in the relationship has a direct affect on how good our relationship with him is.
- Time and energy invested is the key to human relationships as well.
- What happens when prayer and Bible reading leaves you coming up empty?
- It leaves us grappling with the question, “Do I really know Jesus?”
- Patrick asks Eric how he hears from Jesus.
- Eric forgot to include “What would you talk to Jesus about?” in pre-episode introductions for us.
- Eric: Wants details about Jesus walking on water.
- But Jesus revealed a third option to Eric: the water around him was calm.
- We tend to want answers from Jesus about “Why?” questions. It’s better to ask, “What do I need today?
- Eric gets back to answering Patrick.
- Practice listening to Jesus about things that don’t matter: Which way to drive to work, for example.
- But how do we tell the difference between Jesus and our own thoughts?
- And some Christians say, “God told me so,” to validate what they’re doing.
- An extreme example is Opal Covey running for mayor of Toledo.
- She claims God promised her she would be mayor and his wrath would come if she isn’t elected.
- 1 Corinthians 2:10-12 The Holy Spirit within us knows the mind of God and reveals God’s thoughts to us.
- Christians tend to walk around in the dark when we’re supposed to understand what God wants and talk to him all the time.
- Eric gives an example of how the Holy Spirit spoke to him this week.
- Aaron questions whether people really hear the audible voice of God.
- Most of the time God (or Jesus) speaks it’s not in an audible voice.
- Eric’s wife, Brenda, once heard God speak in an audible voice. She said it sounded like the Ty-D-Bol man. (Link is below since this is an archaic cultural reference.)
- Todd’s chair broke, as he prophesied.
- The voice of God sounds similar to your own internal dialogue, but it’s not your voice. It’s God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit.
- A Daniel fast is when you don’t go completely without food. You just give up eating food you really like. (Dan. 10:3)
- The beer fast isn’t giving up beer. It’s having only beer.
- God can speak through dreams. But sometimes it’s hard to interpret the dream to get the message.
- The feeling that we need to take action is another method Jesus talks to us.
- Christians often affirm the Father, Son and Holy Bible and ignore the Holy Spirit.
- The other extreme is to focus so much on the Holy Spirit and ignore what’s inconvenient in the Bible.
- Many Christians have a relationship with a book–the Bible–and never get to know the author.
- The rock-star Christians are those who know the Bible well.
- Often new Christians don’t change because the Holy Spirit is working. It’s peer pressure and group dynamics.
- Jesus-followers don’t rely on merely one method to connect. They pay attention to the written Bible, but they’re also in community, and they listen to the Holy Spirit.
- Our focus is to spend time with Jesus. We think that’s the key to understanding his voice when he speaks.
Links we mention
- Opal Covey promises God’s wrath on Toledo if she’s not elected mayor. https://youtu.be/1luOvhtRKZE
- Ty D Bol man https://youtu.be/6qoqE6WmNz4
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