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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.

Favorite Biblical Name of God

The church I attend has been doing a sermon series “Wonderful Name.”  The first sermon of the series was about my favorite name “I Am.”  There are many reasons I like “I Am” and these are in now particular ranking. … Continue reading

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Empathy and Sympathy

This morning at church, I met a man, he asked me what the difference between empathy and sympathy is. Before I could answer, we were interrupted, the man said think about it, we’ll talk again. I’ve sense read Dictionary.com’s answer (below … Continue reading

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Suffering for Doing Good 1 Peter 3:8-22

Made a new friend today, he mentioned these verses from 1 Peter. Good reminders.   1 Peter 3:8-22 (NIV) Suffering for Doing Good 8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay … Continue reading

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Spiritual Obesity

Last Sunday, the pastor at the church I attend introduced a concept/notion/idea that I had not heard before, “spiritual obesity.” I had not considered that the act of going to church each Sunday, reading the bible, praying, etc and not putting the learnings into … Continue reading

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Surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses

A friend mentioned to me this morning how he had been encouraged by someones vigilance in being accountable to others. He said Hebrews 12 is being worked out in that persons life. What great verses these are. I am so thankful! … Continue reading

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Paul’s Vision and His Thorn

Hadn’t read 2 Corinthians 12:9 for a while. It includes: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Always a good reminder for me. 2 Corinthians 12(NIV) Paul’s Vision and His Thorn 12 I must … Continue reading

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“Jesus ‘opens the door to a new life,'” The Archbishop of Canterbury

Here is a poem by W.H. Auden followed by an exert from a sermon by The Archbishop of Canterbury. It’s great poem and sermon. A good reminder about how we are isolated from others and God and how autonomy does this. The … Continue reading

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“Remember, if I say yes to me, I say no to Christ. If I say no to me, I say yes to Christ”

The title of my post is a quote from “A BIBLICAL PORTRAIT OF A TRUE DISCIPLE, PART II”. A sermon from First Baptist Church, Woodstock. The sermon is about Matthew 16:24-26, which was part of the reading for my men’s group. … Continue reading

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Restoring Broken Fellowship: Getting Along with One Another by @RickWarren

God has given us this ministry of restoring relationships. — 2 Corinthians 5:18.  This Devotional Daily was timely delivered to my inbox. Very helpful, thank you FaithGateway and Rick Warren!   Restoring Broken Fellowship: Getting Along with One Another by Rick Warren, from Daily … Continue reading

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A story including “What Faith Can Do” by @kutless

“Daddy, Can I borrow your phone?” “No, you need to do your homework.” “But Daddy, I need your phone to do my homework.” Reluctantly, I handed over my phone to my son and shortly thereafter “What Faith Can do” started … Continue reading

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