Christus Victor

Making Christ Known

We are an Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) congregation growing in the likeness of Christ by:

Worshiping, praying, and studying God’s word;
Being together with other people; and
Acting in faith through words and deeds both inside and outside our church walls.

How do I know when God is talking to me?

I would suggest that God is talking to you if two of these three conditions are met:

a) "God's voice" is persistent.

b) It comes from several different sources.

c)  What it is telling you to do is out of your "comfort zone."

My personal story begins when I was a senior in high school. I had to make a decision on which college to attend.  I woke up in the morning with college A on my mind.  By evening, I decided that I was going to college B.  The same thing happened the next day.  This went on for two weeks. Finally, I got the message.  I was going to college A.  God is persistent.

When you hear sources – people, books, Facebook, magazine articles, YouTube – from different areas of your life saying the same thing, PAY ATTENTION.  God might be trying to get an idea across to you.  I remember reading in an article that ecumenism starts from the ground up.  A few weeks later, after Vacation Bible School, my 3-year old son told me, "Our church has Jesus loves me.  The Methodist church has Jesus loves me too!"  All of a sudden, joining the ministries of the churches in town became a higher priority.

Back then I wasn't a prophetic, visionary sort of preacher.  I learned to be.  It was not in my comfort zone.  I had found working with pastors of other denominations intimidating and uncomfortable.  I learned to get over it.  By the time I left, we ran a joint Vacation Bible School, a joint choir, a joint men's prayer breakfast, and a SHARE food group.  I was not in my comfort zone, but God had other plans.