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Do We Value Experience of God Above Hope in God?

June 8, 2012

“…I don’t want to go to a church that values our experience of God above our hope in God. As difficult as it is, and it sometimes can be agony, I want to experience my emptiness or loneliness and learn to hunger after God as I hunger for no one and nothing else. I want to be convinced that no experience available to me in this life, from God or the devil, can satisfy that hunger. Paul said it best: if there is no heaven, no better world where satisfaction is lasting and deep, then living like Jesus in this world is stupid (1 Cor. 15:19).”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Real Church, Page 43

Question for Reflection:
If our focus is on experiencing God in this life, how might that impact the way we relate to God?
How does focusing on our hope in God change the way we understand our experiences?

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