Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A Purpose Driven Life - Chapter 9

A Purpose Driven Life Chapter 9 - What Makes God Smile?

Chapter Overview: Rick talks about how to make God smile and uses the story of Noah in the bible. He suggests that unbridled faith and trust in God brings God pleasure and quotes that verse on Heb. 11 - without faith it is impossible to please God. 

God smiles when I trust Him.  Boys smiling and playing small guitar in field

2011 (40 years old) 

To my delight, Rick uses the same quote from Chariots of Fire that I quoted in the last chapter.

Rick expounded on how God wants to support people who show him they trust him with their whole heart continuing to talk about Noah. The way he was talking reminded me of what Jesus said: 'you being good know how to give good gifts to your children how much more will your father in heaven give to those who ask'  Childlike faith. That seems so simple. 

My mind again goes to the examples of John the baptist and Jews in concentration camps. Weren't they all asking for answers? It isn't so cut and dry to me. Perhaps context needs to be considered a little bit? If that's the case then many people are oversimplifying what Jesus said

2016 (45 years old)

God smiles when I trust him. This is a longer chapter packed full of good stuff. God isn't waiting for us to be mature before he's pleased and smiles at us. I have this image of watching kids sleeping. Since God knows what is best, what are areas in my life that I need to trust him more?  Springing off Noah trusting God in this chapter and that being one thing that pleases God. Certainly I could trust him more with finances. Rick mentioned tithing in this chapter... Something I still don't do....


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  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 1 - Its Not About Me
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 2 - You Are Not an Accident
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 3 - What Drives You?
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 4 - Eternity In Our Hearts
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 5 - What is Life?
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 6 - Life on Earth is a Temporary Assignment
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 7 - The Reason for Everything
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 8 - You Were Planned for God's Pleasure
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 10 - The Surrendered Life
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 11 - Friend of God
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 12 - Friend of God II
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 13 - Worship That Pleases God
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 14 - When God Isn't There
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 15 - Part of God's Family
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 16 - What Matters Most
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 17 - You Belong
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 18 - Life is Meant to be Shared
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 19 - Made for Community
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 20 - Restoring Broken Fellowship
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 21 - Unity of the Church
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 22 - Transformed to be Like Christ
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 23 - Transformed by Thought
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 24 - Transformed By Truth
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 25 - Transformed by Trouble
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 26 - Transformed by Temptation
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 27 - Defeating Temptation
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 28 - It Takes Time
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 29 - Shaped for Serving God
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 30 - Our Place in Serving
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 31 - Finding Your Specific Purpose
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 32 - Using What God Gave You
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 33 - How Real Servants Act
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 34 - Thinking Like a Servant
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 35 - God Uses Our Weaknesses
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 36 - You Were Made for a Mission
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 37 - Sharing Your Life Message
  • My Appendix to Chapter 37
  • My Testimony Based on Chapter 37
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 38 - Becoming a World-Class Christian
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 39 - Balance
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 40 - Living With Purpose
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