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My Conversation with God…

Posted by on Apr 12, 2007 in blog links | 13 comments

One of my previous posts, “How Does God Communicate?“, continues to be read each week. Almost every day someone searches on Google and reaches that article. It seems that many people want to know if and how God continues to communicate today.

Here is an article written by an anonymous professor that asks and answers that question: “My Conversation with God“. I hope it encourages you as it did me.

(HT: Matthew McDill)


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  1. 4-12-2007

    Alan-
    God uses some unusual ways to communicate with us. Over 30 years ago, we lived in a neighorhood with a lot of children who came from unchurched families. I was a pretty new Christian, but I really felt convicted to see those kids come to know Jesus. Somebody needed to tell them, but I’d had one bad experience trying to teach children, and vowed I’d never do it again. And then…
    The monthly denominational magazine we got had a full page ad for Good News Clubs from Child Evangelism Fellowship on the back page. As far as I know, they’d never advertised in this Calvinist magazine before. I thought that somebody with the gift of teaching children could use that as a means of reaching the neighborhood kids…but not, of course, me.
    I tried to ignore that ad all month. The next month, the magazine came again. Again, there was a full page ad for Good News Clubs. Then I knew that it was me that God was calling to work with those kids. And I didn’t really like children, except for my own.
    The rest is history…His story in my life.
    Kids came every week for the next 5 years as I taught the Bible stories chronologically from Genesis thru Acts. Some children were saved.
    The children and I did an open-air summer puppet ministry at our local state park…that developed into a year-round ministry that included several junior and senior-high girls…one of whom is now the wife of a pastor (and who still uses puppets occasionally in her church).
    And I began to write puppet scripts…and short stories…and a chronological SS curriculum for children from preschool through 6th grade.
    God has allowed me the privilege of teaching children from preschool through high school…and I love it (and them)!
    And all because I listened when He took out an ad in the Church Herald.
    Kat
    BTW I never saw that ad in the magazine again.

  2. 4-12-2007

    Alan-
    God uses some unusual ways to communicate with us. Over 30 years ago, we lived in a neighorhood with a lot of children who came from unchurched families. I was a pretty new Christian, but I really felt convicted to see those kids come to know Jesus. Somebody needed to tell them, but I’d had one bad experience trying to teach children, and vowed I’d never do it again. And then…
    The monthly denominational magazine we got had a full page ad for Good News Clubs from Child Evangelism Fellowship on the back page. As far as I know, they’d never advertised in this Calvinist magazine before. I thought that somebody with the gift of teaching children could use that as a means of reaching the neighborhood kids…but not, of course, me.
    I tried to ignore that ad all month. The next month, the magazine came again. Again, there was a full page ad for Good News Clubs. Then I knew that it was me that God was calling to work with those kids. And I didn’t really like children, except for my own.
    The rest is history…His story in my life.
    Kids came every week for the next 5 years as I taught the Bible stories chronologically from Genesis thru Acts. Some children were saved.
    The children and I did an open-air summer puppet ministry at our local state park…that developed into a year-round ministry that included several junior and senior-high girls…one of whom is now the wife of a pastor (and who still uses puppets occasionally in her church).
    And I began to write puppet scripts…and short stories…and a chronological SS curriculum for children from preschool through 6th grade.
    God has allowed me the privilege of teaching children from preschool through high school…and I love it (and them)!
    And all because I listened when He took out an ad in the Church Herald.
    Kat
    BTW I never saw that ad in the magazine again.

  3. 4-12-2007

    Alan-
    God uses some unusual ways to communicate with us. Over 30 years ago, we lived in a neighorhood with a lot of children who came from unchurched families. I was a pretty new Christian, but I really felt convicted to see those kids come to know Jesus. Somebody needed to tell them, but I’d had one bad experience trying to teach children, and vowed I’d never do it again. And then…
    The monthly denominational magazine we got had a full page ad for Good News Clubs from Child Evangelism Fellowship on the back page. As far as I know, they’d never advertised in this Calvinist magazine before. I thought that somebody with the gift of teaching children could use that as a means of reaching the neighborhood kids…but not, of course, me.
    I tried to ignore that ad all month. The next month, the magazine came again. Again, there was a full page ad for Good News Clubs. Then I knew that it was me that God was calling to work with those kids. And I didn’t really like children, except for my own.
    The rest is history…His story in my life.
    Kids came every week for the next 5 years as I taught the Bible stories chronologically from Genesis thru Acts. Some children were saved.
    The children and I did an open-air summer puppet ministry at our local state park…that developed into a year-round ministry that included several junior and senior-high girls…one of whom is now the wife of a pastor (and who still uses puppets occasionally in her church).
    And I began to write puppet scripts…and short stories…and a chronological SS curriculum for children from preschool through 6th grade.
    God has allowed me the privilege of teaching children from preschool through high school…and I love it (and them)!
    And all because I listened when He took out an ad in the Church Herald.
    Kat
    BTW I never saw that ad in the magazine again.

  4. 4-12-2007

    Alan-
    God uses some unusual ways to communicate with us. Over 30 years ago, we lived in a neighorhood with a lot of children who came from unchurched families. I was a pretty new Christian, but I really felt convicted to see those kids come to know Jesus. Somebody needed to tell them, but I’d had one bad experience trying to teach children, and vowed I’d never do it again. And then…
    The monthly denominational magazine we got had a full page ad for Good News Clubs from Child Evangelism Fellowship on the back page. As far as I know, they’d never advertised in this Calvinist magazine before. I thought that somebody with the gift of teaching children could use that as a means of reaching the neighborhood kids…but not, of course, me.
    I tried to ignore that ad all month. The next month, the magazine came again. Again, there was a full page ad for Good News Clubs. Then I knew that it was me that God was calling to work with those kids. And I didn’t really like children, except for my own.
    The rest is history…His story in my life.
    Kids came every week for the next 5 years as I taught the Bible stories chronologically from Genesis thru Acts. Some children were saved.
    The children and I did an open-air summer puppet ministry at our local state park…that developed into a year-round ministry that included several junior and senior-high girls…one of whom is now the wife of a pastor (and who still uses puppets occasionally in her church).
    And I began to write puppet scripts…and short stories…and a chronological SS curriculum for children from preschool through 6th grade.
    God has allowed me the privilege of teaching children from preschool through high school…and I love it (and them)!
    And all because I listened when He took out an ad in the Church Herald.
    Kat
    BTW I never saw that ad in the magazine again.

  5. 4-12-2007

    Alan-
    God uses some unusual ways to communicate with us. Over 30 years ago, we lived in a neighorhood with a lot of children who came from unchurched families. I was a pretty new Christian, but I really felt convicted to see those kids come to know Jesus. Somebody needed to tell them, but I’d had one bad experience trying to teach children, and vowed I’d never do it again. And then…
    The monthly denominational magazine we got had a full page ad for Good News Clubs from Child Evangelism Fellowship on the back page. As far as I know, they’d never advertised in this Calvinist magazine before. I thought that somebody with the gift of teaching children could use that as a means of reaching the neighborhood kids…but not, of course, me.
    I tried to ignore that ad all month. The next month, the magazine came again. Again, there was a full page ad for Good News Clubs. Then I knew that it was me that God was calling to work with those kids. And I didn’t really like children, except for my own.
    The rest is history…His story in my life.
    Kids came every week for the next 5 years as I taught the Bible stories chronologically from Genesis thru Acts. Some children were saved.
    The children and I did an open-air summer puppet ministry at our local state park…that developed into a year-round ministry that included several junior and senior-high girls…one of whom is now the wife of a pastor (and who still uses puppets occasionally in her church).
    And I began to write puppet scripts…and short stories…and a chronological SS curriculum for children from preschool through 6th grade.
    God has allowed me the privilege of teaching children from preschool through high school…and I love it (and them)!
    And all because I listened when He took out an ad in the Church Herald.
    Kat
    BTW I never saw that ad in the magazine again.

  6. 4-12-2007

    Alan-
    God uses some unusual ways to communicate with us. Over 30 years ago, we lived in a neighorhood with a lot of children who came from unchurched families. I was a pretty new Christian, but I really felt convicted to see those kids come to know Jesus. Somebody needed to tell them, but I’d had one bad experience trying to teach children, and vowed I’d never do it again. And then…
    The monthly denominational magazine we got had a full page ad for Good News Clubs from Child Evangelism Fellowship on the back page. As far as I know, they’d never advertised in this Calvinist magazine before. I thought that somebody with the gift of teaching children could use that as a means of reaching the neighborhood kids…but not, of course, me.
    I tried to ignore that ad all month. The next month, the magazine came again. Again, there was a full page ad for Good News Clubs. Then I knew that it was me that God was calling to work with those kids. And I didn’t really like children, except for my own.
    The rest is history…His story in my life.
    Kids came every week for the next 5 years as I taught the Bible stories chronologically from Genesis thru Acts. Some children were saved.
    The children and I did an open-air summer puppet ministry at our local state park…that developed into a year-round ministry that included several junior and senior-high girls…one of whom is now the wife of a pastor (and who still uses puppets occasionally in her church).
    And I began to write puppet scripts…and short stories…and a chronological SS curriculum for children from preschool through 6th grade.
    God has allowed me the privilege of teaching children from preschool through high school…and I love it (and them)!
    And all because I listened when He took out an ad in the Church Herald.
    Kat
    BTW I never saw that ad in the magazine again.

  7. 4-12-2007

    Alan-
    God uses some unusual ways to communicate with us. Over 30 years ago, we lived in a neighorhood with a lot of children who came from unchurched families. I was a pretty new Christian, but I really felt convicted to see those kids come to know Jesus. Somebody needed to tell them, but I’d had one bad experience trying to teach children, and vowed I’d never do it again. And then…
    The monthly denominational magazine we got had a full page ad for Good News Clubs from Child Evangelism Fellowship on the back page. As far as I know, they’d never advertised in this Calvinist magazine before. I thought that somebody with the gift of teaching children could use that as a means of reaching the neighborhood kids…but not, of course, me.
    I tried to ignore that ad all month. The next month, the magazine came again. Again, there was a full page ad for Good News Clubs. Then I knew that it was me that God was calling to work with those kids. And I didn’t really like children, except for my own.
    The rest is history…His story in my life.
    Kids came every week for the next 5 years as I taught the Bible stories chronologically from Genesis thru Acts. Some children were saved.
    The children and I did an open-air summer puppet ministry at our local state park…that developed into a year-round ministry that included several junior and senior-high girls…one of whom is now the wife of a pastor (and who still uses puppets occasionally in her church).
    And I began to write puppet scripts…and short stories…and a chronological SS curriculum for children from preschool through 6th grade.
    God has allowed me the privilege of teaching children from preschool through high school…and I love it (and them)!
    And all because I listened when He took out an ad in the Church Herald.
    Kat
    BTW I never saw that ad in the magazine again.

  8. 4-12-2007

    Alan-
    God uses some unusual ways to communicate with us. Over 30 years ago, we lived in a neighorhood with a lot of children who came from unchurched families. I was a pretty new Christian, but I really felt convicted to see those kids come to know Jesus. Somebody needed to tell them, but I’d had one bad experience trying to teach children, and vowed I’d never do it again. And then…
    The monthly denominational magazine we got had a full page ad for Good News Clubs from Child Evangelism Fellowship on the back page. As far as I know, they’d never advertised in this Calvinist magazine before. I thought that somebody with the gift of teaching children could use that as a means of reaching the neighborhood kids…but not, of course, me.
    I tried to ignore that ad all month. The next month, the magazine came again. Again, there was a full page ad for Good News Clubs. Then I knew that it was me that God was calling to work with those kids. And I didn’t really like children, except for my own.
    The rest is history…His story in my life.
    Kids came every week for the next 5 years as I taught the Bible stories chronologically from Genesis thru Acts. Some children were saved.
    The children and I did an open-air summer puppet ministry at our local state park…that developed into a year-round ministry that included several junior and senior-high girls…one of whom is now the wife of a pastor (and who still uses puppets occasionally in her church).
    And I began to write puppet scripts…and short stories…and a chronological SS curriculum for children from preschool through 6th grade.
    God has allowed me the privilege of teaching children from preschool through high school…and I love it (and them)!
    And all because I listened when He took out an ad in the Church Herald.
    Kat
    BTW I never saw that ad in the magazine again.

  9. 4-12-2007

    Kat,

    Thank you for sharing more of your story with us… or should that be His story? I suppose if God can speak through a donkey, He can speak through a magazine ad.

    -Alan

  10. 4-13-2007

    Have you read Piper’s response and, if so, how did you feel about it?

  11. 4-13-2007

    Bryan,

    I had heard of Piper’s article, but had not read it until this morning. I agree with Piper: God speaks through the Bible today. Piper says that the anonymous professor insinuates that God does not speak clearly through the Bible today. I would suggest that Piper may be implying the opposite: i.e., that God does not speak clearly to us outside the Bible. For example, I’ll use Piper’s own words, but change them to address his point: “Surely he does not mean what he seems to imply—that only when one hears a biblical voice … can you testify personally that God still speaks.”

    Piper’s original (complete) statement was: “Surely he does not mean what he seems to imply—that only when one hears an extra-biblical voice like, ‘The money is not yours,’ can you testify personally that God still speaks.”

    -Alan

  12. 4-13-2007

    I didn’t see Piper’s comments but from your quote they are disappointing and I will submit they are the reason that the author wrote annonymously. Too many today are so caught up in the abuses that they have seen that they have decided to shut God down altogether. Well, you can ask the author if that worked in his case! No, the Bible is the Word of God and it teaches us everything we need to know so we can have a RELATIONSHIP with God. He can and does communicate any way He wants- with or without the Bible. I love the Bible and I teach Sola Scriptura but I believe that that same Bible teaches the truth about a living and active God. I really believe to declare otherwise is what I call functional atheism. I am not saying that Piper is a functional atheist but I will say that the quote that Alan gave was in that vein. Let God be God and let us be offended when good Christians have to apologize for it or worse, have to write annonymously about Him.

  13. 4-13-2007

    Strider,

    I don’t know if Piper believes God only talks to us through Scripture of not. He does not say that in his article. However, while the anonymous professor may have stressed non-biblical communication to the possible detriment of biblical communication, I believe Piper allowed the pendulum to swing too far in the other direction.

    -Alan