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Basic Course 5

God Speaks - Issue 5 of Basic Course

Loving relationships are built on loving two-way communication. True Christianity is just such a relationship--one that grows stronger and deeper through honest, open communication. Jesus is just waiting to speak to you.

01-05-2009
Communication with God
Communication with God

Can you imagine really caring about someone—your spouse, your best friend, your child—and never talking with him or her? Of course not. Love is built on communication, and so are all of the most important relationships we are blessed with.

So if Jesus wants to be both Husband and best Friend to us, as the Bible says, and if God is our heavenly Father, then isn’t it only logical that They would want to talk to us? (Romans 7:4; Proverbs 18:24)

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01-05-2009
God still speaks
God still speaks

God isn’t dead! He’s alive and well, and still ready, willing, and able to speak to His children—and He wants to speak to you.

“How can that be?”you may ask. In order to comprehend the answer to that—how the great God and Creator of the universe could communicate directly with you, or why He would even want to—you must first understand how much God loves you. He loves you so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for your sins so that you could be forgiven and receive His gift of eternal life in Heaven, simply by believing in...

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01-05-2009
Thought Power
Thought Power

The Bible has a lot to say about our thoughts,and it makes an interesting study. For example, it says the Lord’s good thoughts toward us are innumerable, and that we’re supposed to hate vain thoughts (Psalm 40:5; 119:113 KJV).

One of the best ways to put our thoughts to good use is to turn them into prayers. Think of all the things you think about throughout the day—all the things you deliberately think about and all the random thoughts that run through your head. Now size them up and ask yourself what your thoughts are accomplishing. Are you transforming your thoughts...

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01-05-2009
Turn On and Tune In
Turn On and Tune In

God is likea broadcasting station, broadcasting all the time.Just like the radio waves that are unseen in the air all around you this very minute, God’s Spirit is ever present, waiting for you to make contact. And much the same as a simple little radio, you have been designed by your Creator to receive those signals. God’s power is always on. The message is always there. But in order to receive it, you must turn on your spiritual receiver and tune in to God’s frequency.

Compared to the tremendous power and complex operations of the broadcasting station, you, the operator of...

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01-05-2009
Hearing from God
Hearing from God

The Holy Spirit connection

Mark 13:11: But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.

John 16:7, 13–14: Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you...

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01-05-2009
Stop! ... Look! ... Listen!
Stop! ... Look! ... Listen!

People would make better decisions and arrive at them a lot easier if, instead of trying to reason things out themselves, they would pray. God has all the answers. Prayer is not just getting down on your knees and speaking your piece, but more importantly, letting God speak His. If you’ll do that, He’ll tell you what to do.

If you really want to hear the Lord, He will talk to you. But in order for Him to get through, you’re going to have to get quiet by yourself, somewhere, somehow, sometime. He says, “Be still, and know that I am...

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01-05-2009
Jesus Wants to Speak Directly to You
Jesus Wants to Speak Directly to You

Jesus wants to be your personal Shepherd (Psalm 23). When you feel alone, when you need a shoulder to cry on, someone to understand, a word of sympathy and encouragement, He is always available.

You can go to Him and receive specific instruction, encouragement, and the answers you need, tailor-made for your individual situation. As He speaks to you through His heavenly messages that are just what you need day by day, you’ll see how much He can relate to you and how much you can relate to Him. You’ll understand Him better, and you’ll realize more than ever what a...

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01-05-2009
Making Great Decisions
Making Great Decisions

Perfect decisions are few and far between because life is messy. A great decision is always possible, however. Great decisions don’t all have fairytale endings, but they do achieve the best possible outcome under the circumstances.

The most successful decision-makers don’t act on impulse, intuition, or even experience alone; they have a system that they work through step by step. Here is one such system:

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01-05-2009
E-mailing Jesus
E-mailing Jesus

When a close friend moved away, I felt alone and worried about not having anyone to talk to, seek advice from, and confide in. I very much missed having that special link with someone, but I soon discovered that I could have the same kind of personal connection with Jesus that I had enjoyed with my dear friend.

I decided to get up earlier each morning than I had been in order to take an hour to read God’s Word and hear from Jesus in prophecy before I did anything else. These have become my daily “talk times” with Jesus, and...

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01-05-2009
The Future Foretold, Part 4

“The Antichrist is coming.” 1

The most outstanding and ominous sign of the end of the world as we know it—a sign that the Bible devotes several key chapters to—will be the rise of a Devil-possessed tyrant known as the Anti­christ, or “the Beast,” who will set up a world government “over every tribe, tongue, and nation.”2

There are already signs that the world is heading toward the global government that this verse seems to imply. Many present international and supranational bodies, treaties, and protocols have at their core the promotion of regional or global cooperation and integration. The European Union...

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01-05-2009
In the Secret Chambers
In the Secret Chambers

In the quiet chambers, as you take time with Me, I will speak to you. At first it won’t even be in words. I’ll just give you the peace that you need.

But as you take more time with Me—always coming in faith, believing that I’m there, waiting for you, and that I enter with you into the secret, quiet chambers of your heart—as you do this more and more, you will begin to hear Me more clearly. It’s something that you need to make a habit of, something that you have to practice. You have to attune your spiritual ears...

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