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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.

Daily Temperature Reading (DTR) by Eric Moore, adapted from @PAIRSFOUNDATION

A couple weeks ago, at a men’s retreat, a tool that I had not heard of, designed to help sustain healthy relationships was introduced. It’s called the Daily Temperature Reading or DTR. A couple men I respect a lot; Pastor … Continue reading

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“You Make Me Crazy” Talks on Restoring Relationships by @RickWarren ‏

  Most every morning, I listen to Rick Warren, Andy Stanley or Tim Keller. On long runs, all three. This series of talks “You Make Me Crazy” by Rick Warren was excellent. I didn’t post them all here, at the … Continue reading

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Weakness and Failure Will Build Your Faith by @vaneetharisner

This article by Vaneetha Risner “Weakness and Failure Will Build Your Faith” posted on DesiringGod.org spoke to me. There is a link to the article below, also a couple quotes I plan to refer to from time to time as … Continue reading

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Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher, Ph.D.

This last Summer, my wife and I listed to much of the audio version of Reviving Ophelia. Being published in 1996, the material is dated as far as social media and mobile device usage in 2017.  The depth and understanding … Continue reading

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‘Follow Me’ from Luke’s Gospel with Mike Raiter

Last week, during a long overdue call with a friend, he mentioned he had just attended a Men’s conference that had great impact on him. The theme of his talks was ‘Follow Me’ including readings from Luke’s Gospel, the speaker was  Mike … Continue reading

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Left To Tell by Immaculée @Ilibagiza #GLS2017

Last month, I had the honor to hear Immaculée speak at the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. There were many wonderful speakers but after listening to her, I had to own her book. Immaculée spoke about forgiving the vary people … Continue reading

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All in one long drive: Accepting rejection, Changing habits and “Who needs God?”

Recently, on a long drive home after dropping my Son off at camp, I listened to several Ted Talk summaries on Ted Radio Hour, followed by a series of 6 Podcasts by Andy Stanley titled “Who needs God?” The “accepting … Continue reading

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Bad things happen, they remind me how my choices create the possibility for tragic results, changing the course of many lives forever #GCTOGOD

Yesterday (7/1/2017), I watched as the story broke about the death of Bianca Roberson, in what is being called a case of “road rage”, today, David Desper is charged with murder. So many times over the years, I too, have … Continue reading

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“Who needs God?” by @AndyStanley #GCTOGOD

Who needs God? Perhaps nobody. Perhaps everybody. Perhaps we should talk about it. Listened to this series of talks  by Andy Stanley on a run last week. Great listening.    1  Who Needs God, Part One – Atheist 2.0  Americans are … Continue reading

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Don’t Waste Your Pain by @RickWarren

Yesterday, I was challenge when a friend explained how he talks with people in the deli line that he doesn’t know, sometimes sharing about the pain in his life. The chat reminded me of a podcast “Don’t Waste Your Pain” by … Continue reading

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