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"Back to basics"

"One reason why people are so stressed out and confused is that we are trying to do it all, have it all, and follow Jesus too. But we won't find God's will by doing the American Dream with a Jesus overlay. If we seriously want to find God's will for our lives, we must begin with very different questions than 'What do I want?' and 'What will God let me have?' Instead, we must ask, 'What does God want?' 'What is God doing in history?' and 'How does he want to use my life?' And the way we answer these questions is simply to go back to the Bible. There we discover God's purpose for his world. ...

"Jesus taught us to pray a very radical prayer: 'Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is heaven.' It is clear in the Gospels that he expects his followers to join him in his vocation of praying and working to see the kingdom purposes of God realized on earth as they are in heaven. He repeatedly urged us not to worry about the self-involving agendas of a secular society but to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, assuring us that he will supply our essential needs (Matt. 6:33)."

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