What if God Wants to be Your Friend?
December 1, 2021
If you have not read my book yet you are missing out on one of the best books that will help you understand, “The irreplaceable importance of holy loitering with God,” Brennan Manning.
Are you tired of striving and seeking approval from others? Do you long to experience the intimacy, joy, and freedom that comes from being deeply connected, soul and spirit with your Father God? What if ‘relationship with God’ was as simple as ‘wasting time’ with Him? What if, just by sitting quietly with your Father God, you could be confident that you are significant, accepted, and loved?
“This book frames spiritual growth with God’s heart, given in his Son and validated by His Spirit. This book demolishes our excuses and defenses against divine intimacy. This book is for those willing to have a fresh self-encounter and a fresh God-encounter,” Dr. Don Williams
When I first began this discipline of ‘hanging out with God’, little did I realize the profound impact it would have on my life. Since I first entered full-time ministry in 1976 I have sat under the teaching of men and women like Dr. John Lavender, John Wimber, Elsie Reed, Judith MacNutt, Randy Clark, Bill Johnson, and others that aided and guided me while on this journey. I have attended numerous conferences and workshops on the ministry of healing. I graduated from Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary and have read hundreds of books to help me as I traveled along this road that God placed me on. Lastly, Francis MacNutt, a man whom I considered a spiritual giant and one of those men who exemplified what I thought Jesus was like, mentored me for over 20 years.
BUT NOTHING I HAVE EXPERIENCED HAS IMPACTED MY LIFE AS PROFOUNDLY AS THIS SIMPLE EXERCISE OF SPENDING TIME WITH GOD DOING NOTHING BUT SITTING QUIETLY IN HIS PRESENCE. All the conferences and workshops I’ve attended, the teachers I’ve sat under, and the books I’ve read pale in comparison to what this simple exercise of just “hanging out” with God has done for me.
At one point God said to me, “Michael, I’m going to teach you how to be a friend, and friends just hang out.” But what started out years ago has become an integral part of my day and has a significant impact on what I say and do. Perhaps during this Christmas season you know some who could benefit from reading this. For a copy of my book Why Not Waste Time With God go to our Wholeness Ministries Catalog.
Another book you might consider giving as a gift is Before You Get Here. For a copy of my book Before You Get Here: Baggage to drop on your way to heaven go to our Wholeness Ministries Catalog.
Thank you for your prayers and donations that help keep this ministry going. You are much appreciated as we continue to spread the message of His healing and restoration to a hurting and lost world. As we wrap up the year 2021 and head into 2022 keep us in your prayers. We pray that this Christmas season will be a blessed and meaningful time for you and your families.
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