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About GettingCloserToOurGod

This blog is written by Todd Christenson. He was raised in Nebraska and currently lives on Long Island in New York. Though out my childhood, my family attended church. We prayed together at meals. I thought I was prepared for life. After college, I moved to New York City. Shy, unsure of myself, building an identity in worldly things, increasingly prideful, self-righteousness, a controlling nature. In 2013, God spoke through someone, suggesting I confess my sins. I did. I realized that every day, I’d been glorifying myself, not God. Today, God’s teaching me to have my identity in Him, only, my dependency in Him, not myself, being who He wants me to be, not the world, loving Him first, loving others as myself.

“The Best Explanation of Addiction I’ve Ever Heard” – Dr. Gabor Maté

Thankful to have someone suggest I listen to wisdom from Dr. Gabor Mate’

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A Friend recommended I watch the TEDx talk “How not to take things personally?” by Frederik Imbro

If you were to meet me, you would quickly learn that I have a pension to take most anything personally. As I develop better self-awareness, I am beginning to understand that for almost every instance of me taking things; personally, … Continue reading

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Emotionally Healthy Relationships by Pete Scazzero

I am close to completing my second 8-week journey through the Emotionally Healthy Relationships material. The material is helpful and convicting. My problem, turning the valuable EHR tools into a habit, tools like “climbing the ladder of integrity.” I climbed … Continue reading

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God’s Faithfulness in Mom’s Special Life

Psalm 23 tribute to Mom – read during Mom’s funeral (click here to watch funeral) My Brother, Sister and I want to thank you all for being with us in this room and on the livestream today March 1, 2021) … Continue reading

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Why Do I Get Defensive?

If you have spent time with me, you have seen me get defensive over both the trivial and the significant. It has only been the last few years that I have started to have self-awareness of my defensive nature, and … Continue reading

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Wearing a Mask Helps Me Rely on God

My decision to wear a mask indoors and outside, except when with my family, began earlier this year when my father-in-law and mother-in-law were hospitalized with COVID 19; they both ultimately passed. I have even learned things from wearing a … Continue reading

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Decreasing for His Purpose by Oswald Chambers

Several years ago, a friend explained to me his desire to increase God in his life and to decrease himself. My friend quoted John 3:30 (ESV) “He must increase, but I must decrease.” I posted this verse on this blog, mentioning my friend, … Continue reading

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Genesis 2:18, 22 & 25; 3:7-8

Recently, someone suggested that I read these five verses from Genesis, together. I am glad I did. Genesis 2:18, 22 & 25; 3:7-8 18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I … Continue reading

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“The Emotionally Healthy Relationships Course” by Peter & Geri Scazzero #GCTOGOD

For the last several weeks; when speaking to a friend, he kept mentioning how helpful he was finding “The Emotionally Healthy Relationship Course” in his relationships.  He and his wife were attending a small group using the material detailed below … Continue reading

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Everyone Has A Story by @BreneBrown

The facilitator of a men’s group I attend gave everyone a copy of this blog post by Brené Brown, “Everyone Has A Story.”  The post is a  response to the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. The post starts out … Continue reading

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