Have you ever just propped up your feet and had a cup of coffee with God?


    Try making God a part of something you enjoy.  If we only think of Him when we are sitting in
    church (if we think of Him then) thinking about what we are having for lunch, no wonder He's not
    more a part of our everyday lives.  

    Put yourself in His place. How would you like to be excluded from the people you love?  Truth is..
    He is with you where ever you go and what ever you do. You just may not acknowledge Him. You
    could be enjoying an ever present companion or you could be allowing His presence to cause you
    to "clean up" some behavior that needs changing.  He is going to do that sooner or later anyway,
    might as well let Him before that behavior gets us in trouble. This "cleaning up process" is not
    about God thinking He is too good to associate with us in our present condition, it's about our
    seeing ourselves in the light of His goodness and wanting to be clean. I wish that some of my
    pastors, as I was growing up, had told me about a "plan" of God. I guess they didn't know about it
    either. They must have thought like I did about God, that what He wanted from us was for us to go
    to church three times a week.  

    I couldn't imagine being a pastor and knowing about the awesome plan that God has for humanity  
    and not telling someone about it...especially a room full of people gathered for the sole purpose
    of listening to what I had to say.

    I remember as a child trying to figure out just how it was with God...what was He doing? What was
    He up to? Was He up there in heaven just watching us like a bunch of little ants?

    Well, at least I know a little more about His plan for us now. And that is the reason for this website.  
    Hopefully someone will read this and understand that they are a major part of God's plan, no
    matter how their life looks at the moment.  God is not through with us.


                      We are living in the particlar time that God has chosen to reveal His plan for us.

    Paul said, "Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in
    himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are
    in heaven,  and which are on earth; even in him:  (Ephesians 1)

    For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits;
    afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.  Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God,
    even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.  For he must reign, till he hath put all
    enemies under his feet.  The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.  For he hath put all things under his feet. But
    when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when
    all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that
    God may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15)

    For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the
    knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing,
    being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;  Strengthened with all might, according to his
    glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; (Ephesians 3)

    Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  Who hath
    delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his  dear Son:  In whom we have
    redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every
    creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they
    be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all
    things, and by him all things consist.  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from
    the dead; that in  all things he might have the preeminence.  (Colossians 1)

    For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by
    him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.  And you, that
    were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind  by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled  In the body of his flesh
    through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:  If ye continue in the faith grounded
    and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every
    creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up
    that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:  Whereof I am made a
    minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil  the word of God;  Even the mystery
    which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:  To whom God would make
    known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in  you, the hope of glory:  Whom
    we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ
    Jesus:  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily." (Colossians 1)

    Here is a really good article, or at least i think so, on God's purpose in creating us.  :-)


                                                                    Why Did God Create The World?

    For believers in God, and in His holy word, it should be inconceivable that there is not a sensible, definite purpose for God
    having created the cosmos. What Scripture passages may we resort to for receiving clarity on this topic? A closely
    associated challenge is to find an answer to the question, "Did sin and evil come into God’s universe against His
    intention?" It would seem that an intelligent consensus on these all important issues would greatly help us to become
    more nobly focused in our study and fellowship.

    At the outset, the Bible does not tell us, in so many words, why God created the universe. However, in 1 Cor.15:24-28, we
    receive purposeful information concerning our topic. Here we are told that at the end (consummation), when Christ will
    have completed His task of bringing all into subjection, that then, God, the Father, will become ALL in all (v28). From this,
    we know WHY God created the universe, don’t we?

    It is noteworthy to see what it says in Job.38:7. When we check the context of this verse, it is clear that when God created
    the earth, the sons of God shouted for joy. Creation was an impressive manifestation of God's wisdom (His "Head") and His
    power (His "Hand"). But the Scriptures tell us that God is LOVE (1 John 4:8, 16). By creating a vast, immeasurable universe,
    filled with all kinds of great and beautiful things, God was able to clearly reveal His wisdom (His "Head") and His power (His
    "Hand"), but not His LOVE (His "HEART"). Love is an abstract commodity which can not be created, but must be
    demonstrated, or acted out.

    It is axiomatic, that love longs for a love response. Therefore, it is easy to see that it would not be enough for God to reveal
    his wisdom and power, only. An admiration for His wisdom and power would not satisfy the love ("heart") of God. This
    necessitated a plan by which God would be able to show that He, indeed, is love. This made a temporary estrangement
    between God and His creatures a must. To make a long story short, God arranged it for His creatures to be in dire need of
    His grace (GRACE is LOVE in ACTION).

    In order for God to convince even the most sceptic of His creatures, it was necessary that the demonstration of His love
    would be beyond question. Well, we know what happened! God gave His dearest (the Son of His Love (Col.1:13)). No
    greater love has anyone than he who lays down his life for another. This was demonstrated at Calvary!

    In brief, this is the basic purpose for the travail of the ages. At the end (consummation) of the ages, all in heaven and earth
    will be reconciled to God through the blood of the cross (Col.1:20). On Golgotha, God revealed the depth of His "Heart," His
    LOVE. At the consummation of the ages, all intelligent creatures, in heaven and on earth, will voluntarily, from the depth of
    their heart, worship God and acclaim Him as 'Abba Father!'

    God won't force anyone to worship and acclaim Him. Such would not satisfy the hunger of His heart! But He will
    arrange it through circumstances, judgments and the giving of His Spirit, that everyone will respond to His love
    with a wholehearted love response.

    That is the GOOD NEWS we may share and rejoice in!!

    In response to the question, whether sin came into this universe contrary to God's intentions, let us consider the following:

    If God is omnipotent (almighty), omniscient (knowing all) and omnipresent (everywhere); and has as His objective to
    become All in all (1 Cor.15:28), then it is impossible to accept that evil and sin came into this universe without God's
    intention that it, temporarily, should be present.

    It must be stressed that if evil and sin (that is, the consequences of it in the form of eternal torment, or everlasting
    annihilation) are to remain a permanent feature of God's work of creation, then it is impossible for 1 Cor.15:28c to become a
    glorious reality.

    God has endowed us with intelligence. Common sense will tell us if God set out to become ALL in all, and succeeds to do
    so in only a small percentage (the great majority to end up in hell, according to popular theology), then it may be asked if He
    can become ALL in ANY of His intelligent creatures? Then God can be likened unto the man who set out to build a tower,
    but failed to finish it, as we can read in Luke 14:28-30. Here is the passage:

        "Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough
    money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying,
    'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish'" (Luke 14:28-30).

    I cannot accept that God did not "sit down" and do what Scripture, in Luke 14, recommends we do. No, God will not fail in
    His objective and will not expose Himself to the ridicule of everybody saying, "This fellow began to build and was not able
    to finish." I think it to be obvious that God will succeed most magnificently, to His glory and to the well being of all His
    creatures.

    This we also know from the statements in 1 Pet.1:19-20 and Rev.13:8, where it speaks of the Lamb of God, foreordained and
    slain before sin entered this world. This tells us that God had SOLVED the problem of sin, in advance!

    God is not like us, human beings, who fail, again and again, in spite of our best efforts. No, God is GOD! and He controls and
    provides all that is needed for every one to come to a fullness of LIFE which will never end. 1Cor.15:26 tells us that the last
    enemy that will be destroyed is death. That leaves nothing, but LIFE without end, in full harmony with God, for GOD IS
    LOVE!!  By Peter Feddema


    It should make us know we are really special to be created by God just because He wanted us! He is in control of our lives.
    Yes, we have a certain amount of free-will but I believe it's only as "free" as God allows in His sovereignty. I love this
    passage of Scripture in Acts where Paul is talking to the non-believers:








Do we have a
purpose?                                     
Can we know?
?
?


    And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men
    every where to repent: Acts 17:30

    Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God,
    even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and
    power. 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The
    last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 1 Corinthians 15:24-26



    We can know as much as God chooses to reveal to us. Just because it's written down in
    the Bible does not mean we can understand it. Until our eyes are opened to a truth we just
    don't know. The guys walking on the road to Emmaus were oblivious to the fact that the
    son of God was walking side by side with them until He opened their eyes. I believe it will
    be the same with us. The information we receive is given at God's discretion. I would think
    a good indication that we are about to receive some of His info would be our getting
    curious about Him and why we are here.

    My own experience has been the more I am allowed to know about God and His love for
    humanity, the more I fall in love with Him. I would like to be able to just disappear into Him
    and only do the things He would want me to do. But, for now, I know that what He wants for
    me involves other people that He created. It involves learning to love them even when they
    are unlovable.

    Everybody was predestined to be restored, eventually.  Not to say that they will have the
    rewards or glory of the obedient/believers, or, the trials and fiery baptisms of God's elect,
    but, definitely to be restored by the work of the cross.  The first Adam was mankind's
    problem (by God's design), and the last Adam was our solution.  

    It is obvious from the Old Testament and the New, that God wants to be a part of our lives.....
    not just in the sweet by and by or just on a church pew but right now, everyday.

    Some people may have the idea that they are not "good enough" for God. Maybe because
    they don't go to church or see themselves as "Godly". They may drink, smoke, cuss...all
    the stuff a whole lot of the world does. But, some who drink, smoke, and cuss, may have a
    heart that is more compassionate towards people than church members who believe they
    are "good enough" for God.
Why are we here?
What is God's Objective?
What is Man's Objective?

    "The God who made the world and everything in it, this Master
    of sky and land, doesn't live in custom-made shrines or need the
    human race to run errands for him, as if he couldn't take care of
    himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don't make him.  
    Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made
    the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so
    we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark
    but actually find him. He doesn't play hide-and-seek with us.
    He's not remote; he's near. We live and move in him, can't get
    away from him! One of your poets said it well: 'We're the God-
    created.


                                             God's Goal for This Age
                                                                                  by Chip Brogden

I came to the realization one day that I will not be perfected in this lifetime.  My wife has known this for years, but as a
perfectionist the news hit me hard.  It should have been reassuring!  That there are "ages to come" where God will
continue to demonstrate His grace and kindness to all (Eph. 2:7) - particularly to those who didn't fully grasp it in this
age - is very, very good news!

That means people are a work in progress.  What then is God's goal for this age? If not spiritual perfection, then
perhaps it is something more attainable: spiritual discovery and maturity, the act of taking a few first steps out of the
Darkness and into the Light.  Could it be that learning to walk with God is enough for now? Abiding in the Vine and
learning how to trust in His Life; learning to "put on" Christ and "put off" the old man; isn't that enough for one age?  
That is a very high calling: to walk with God!  And it is fundamental to every kind of "work" we may feel called to.  The
doing must follow the being, and never the other way around. The works flow out of the walk.

There is a difference between spiritual perfection and spiritual maturity. Spiritual maturity naturally follows after an
initial season of spiritual immaturity.  It means we once were children, but now we are "no longer children" (Eph.
4:14).  It means we are no longer "children in understanding" but we are "adults in understanding" (I Cor. 14:20).  

Adults! Not merely in spiritual matters, but in our thinking. Immaturity and childishness in our thinking will hinder
spiritual maturity.  Based on my experience with thousands of people I would say it is the number one hindering
factor!  It is not the devil!  It is our own limited mindset, our own small thoughts, our own irrational and childish fears,
doubts, prejudices, and assumptions. The Mind of Christ is as important for earthly life as the Life of Christ is
important for our spiritual life.

Spiritual growth and development out of babyhood and into adulthood is not only possible in this life but is expected
after a reasonable period of time.  And not after fifty or sixty years! "For though by this time you ought to be
teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid
food..." (Heb. 5:12).

What, then, is spiritual perfection? It is the final, completed state of the spiritually mature. Certainly that is more than
putting away sin and cleaning up your behavior.  "That I may know Him" (Php. 3:10) says Paul at the end of his
earthly life.  Spiritual perfection is knowing Christ without restriction or limitation, seeing and knowing Him "face to
face" instead of "in part"(I Cor. 13:12).  No matter what we see of Him from this earthly abode there will always be
limitation.  We know in part.  But when that which is perfect has come then we will know completely.

Meanwhile, our heart's desire for ourselves and for others is that Christ would be formed in us. Knowing Him is
spiritual maturity; seeing and knowing Him completely is spiritual perfection.  The interesting thing is that all this
fullness and perfection is summed up in Christ already. All the heights and depths, all the unsearchable riches are
found in Him (Eph. 3:8).

The answer to overcoming and obtaining the victory, reaching spiritual maturity in this age and spiritual perfection in
the ages to come, is entirely dependent upon our relationship with this Person.  Will we, do we, abide in Him? Is He
our dwelling place?  Once we have entered the Gate, will we continue to walk the Path? Will we allow Christ to be
formed in us?

For Paul it was the heart of his ministry - anguishing and laboring like a mother giving birth.  For what?  Not for the
children to be formed, but for Christ to be formed!  There is your spiritual maturity! As brother T. Austin-Sparks has
so aptly stated, spiritual growth is not that we become so much greater, but that we become so much less!  It is Christ
increasing, Christ being formed in a person.  "He must increase, but I must decrease" (Jn. 3:30). That is God's goal
for this age.  I pray it is our goal as well.



Chip Brogden is a minister that has had a revelation of Christ in us. His website is full of articles and resources to
help the followers of Christ realize the purpose of God with humanity, especially, the role of believers in this age.

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