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Developing a Better Relationship with God
Knowing Him
In reading the Bible, it becomes apparent that God desires a relationship with us (Psalm 145:18; Jeremiah 33:3). God had a relationship with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2). The decision of the first couple to disobey God led to the breaking of their relationship with God and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. The problem in the Garden of Eden was not the apple in the tree. The problem was the pair on the ground. God provides a way for humanity to deal with sin and receive salvation. The deliverer was promised in Genesis 3:16 and fulfilled in John 3:16-18. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” A relationship with God starts with salvation. Do you know the Savior?
Posted By: Rev. Dr. Ernest F. Brodie Jr.3/2/2017 10:16:40 PM

Developing a Better Relationship with God
Importance of the Bible
The​ ​Bible​ ​is​ ​God’s​ ​message​ ​to​ ​humanity​ ​(Hebrews​ ​1:1-2).​ ​The​ ​Bible​ ​consists​ ​of​ ​66​ ​books​ ​with​ ​39 in​ ​the​ ​Old​ ​Testament​ ​and​ ​27​ ​in​ ​the​ ​New​ ​Testament.​ ​The​ ​Word​ ​of​ ​God​ ​touches​ ​the​ ​human​ ​heart like​ ​no​ ​other​ ​book.​ ​“For​ ​the​ ​word​ ​of​ ​God​ ​is​ ​quick,​ ​and​ ​powerful,​ ​and​ ​sharper​ ​than​ ​any two-edged​ ​sword,​ ​piercing​ ​even​ ​to​ ​the​ ​dividing​ ​asunder​ ​of​ ​soul​ ​and​ ​spirit,​ ​and​ ​of​ ​the​ ​joints​ ​and marrow,​ ​and​ ​is​ ​a​ ​discerner​ ​of​ ​the​ ​thoughts​ ​and​ ​intents​ ​of​ ​the​ ​heart”​ ​(Hebrews​ ​4:12).​ ​Through the​ ​Bible,​ ​we​ ​learn​ ​of​ ​God’s​ ​plan​ ​for​ ​the​ ​ages.​ ​The​ ​most​ ​important​ ​questions​ ​of​ ​life​ ​are answered​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Bible.​ ​Some​ ​of​ ​these​ ​questions​ ​include:​ ​Where​ ​did​ ​we​ ​come​ ​from?​ ​Why​ ​are​ ​we here?​ ​What​ ​is​ ​our​ ​purpose?​ ​What​ ​does​ ​the​ ​future​ ​hold?​ ​How​ ​can​ ​I​ ​know​ ​God?​ ​God​ ​reveals​ ​His standards​ ​for​ ​life​ ​and​ ​expectations​ ​for​ ​the​ ​human​ ​race​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Bible.​ ​Through​ ​the​ ​Bible,​ ​God​ ​also provides​ ​insight​ ​into​ ​the​ ​reason​ ​why​ ​evil​ ​is​ ​in​ ​the​ ​world​ ​and​ ​how​ ​we​ ​can​ ​deal​ ​with​ ​it.​ ​ Knowing God​ ​involves​ ​reading​ ​what​ ​He​ ​has​ ​revealed​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Bible.​ ​Start​ ​by​ ​reading​ ​Genesis​ ​chapters​ ​1​ ​to 11,​ ​the​ ​book​ ​of​ ​John,​ ​or​ ​the​ ​book​ ​of​ ​Romans. http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv
Posted By: Rev. Dr. Ernest F. Brodie Jr.3/2/2017 10:11:33 PM

Developing a Better Relationship with God
Reading the Bible
One of the greatest blessing God affords humanity involves developing a relationship with Him. We can actually know God. John 17:3 provides insight here: “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” Building a relationship with God is not one of passivity. There are things we can do as Christians to maintain and develop a deeper relationship with God. Essential to the process of growing in Christ, we must actively listen to God. One of the key ways to do this is to read the Bible. God blesses those who listen to Him. (“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2) But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.3) And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalm 1:1-3 KJV).Take time to read God’s word today.
Posted By: Rev. Dr. Ernest F. Brodie Jr.2/25/2017 11:41:57 PM