Tag Archives: Charismatics

Living by the Word seems like cold, dry logic.

This post is part of a series on listening to God “in the heart” through impressions, nudges, or other subjective experiences believed to be the voice of God. My position, very simply put, is that in our day God speaks … Continue reading

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But experiences persuade when Scripture doesn’t.

Mormon missionaries once instructed me to pray until I felt a “burning in the bosom” and then I would know God wanted me to be a Mormon. What were they doing? They were tempting me to listen to my feelings … Continue reading

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God spoke, just less authoritatively.

I used to believe that I could sense God talking to me. I could hear privately from God in my heart. While I no longer subscribe to that belief, I can still enjoy fellowship with friends who do because we … Continue reading

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But the impression was to do something good.

This summer, raccoons were unusually destructive in our neighborhood, stripping several peach trees. Suddenly one morning, all we saw of our ripening peach crop was hundreds of pits lying on the ground under the tree. Raccoons also ate all of … Continue reading

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But isn’t Scripture a filter?

On the farm in my childhood, when Dad wanted especially clean soybeans for seed we scooped harvested beans into  a fanning mill, which shook the beans along a couple of screens to filter out dirt and chaff. Then I would hold … Continue reading

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So if my impression isn’t from God, then where is it from?

Back in the late 70’s, I joined the increasing waves of people who believed that Christians receive daily guidance from God through impressions, independent of Scripture. I was taught that this was essential to personal intimacy with God. Wanting to … Continue reading

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