“The nearness of God is my good!” (Psalm 73:28) This is the message in Dallas Willard’s new book, Life Without Lack: Living in the Fullness of Psalm 23. Join Bill & Kristi in this new series, as they share life lessons from their beloved mentor Dallas. Today’s episode we are reminded that through Christ, we have all that we need!
We all deal with conflict in our close relationships. Surprisingly, Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they’ll be called children of God.” Most people misunderstand this beatitude and look for the blessing in making peace rather than in being a loved child of God. Bill and Kristi share their stress and pain from a conflict and show how the Prince of Peace helped them repair it.
Kristi asks Bill, “How are you feeling?” He shares he feel’s sad for Jesus. Because a group of Christians regularly go from a church meeting to social meeting in which they drink too much and have unwholesome conversation. It’s like two different lives. Their is great joy and blessing in being with Jesus in all that we do. This is our best witness to the world.
What’s God doing when hurricane’s hit? How do we deal with hardships? We go to Jesus together. We validate the emotions and offer empathy. We may need to re-think our perspective and faith and do some training to learn how to live and react to trials from within the spiritual reality of the Kingdom of God.
God is always present loving us and inviting us to join the wonderful things he’s doing. C.S. Lewis calls this “Narnia.” But if we’re “checked out” emotionally we miss out. To help you experience the in-breaking of Christ and his Kingdom of the Heavens Bill tells the story of an alcoholic pastor he helped into recovery.