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"You will battle with discontent until you let Christ be all that you need."

A thought by Craig Groeschel from his book, Liking Jesus: Intimacy and Contentment in a Selfie-Centered World(p. 31). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. (Click on the book title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
It is so easy to be discontented isn’t?
Craig says, “It’s arguable that no generation before us has struggled with discontent as much as ours. Although we still have poverty and economic inequality, the everyday lives of most of us are filled with convenience, opportunity, and abundance—sometimes to the point of excess. Yet it doesn’t take much for us to feel as though we aren’t getting everything we deserve and to face disappointment. Add social media and what do you get? Never before have so many people had so much and felt so dissatisfied.”
He later says, “You will battle with discontent until you let Christ be all that you need. Don’t believe me? Then prove me wrong. Chase after everything you’ve ever wanted. Go ahead. I dare you. I double-dog dare you. Go earn as much money as y…

"God doesn't want us to be happy because God wants us to be blessed."

A thought by Craig Groeschel, from his book, The Christian Atheist: When You Believe in God But Live as if He Doesn’t Exist(p. 171). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. (Click on the book title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
But I thought that God wanted me to be happy?
Craig said, “The Greek word makarios in Matthew chapter 5, also known as the Beatitudes, can be translated as ‘supremely blessed.’ In other words, God wants us to be more than happy. The happiness of this world is based on fickle happenings, but the blessings of God transcend the things this world offers. Scripture says in Psalm 112: 1, ‘Blessed is the [one] who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands.’ Another way of looking at it: ‘More than happy is the one who fears the Lord.’ The Bible never says, ‘Blessed is the one who does something wrong in the pursuit of happiness,’ or, ‘More than happy is the one who settles for cheap, worldly imitations.”
Later he says, “Max Lucado told a story about a fish in hi…

"God is outside of time. He has no beginning and no end."

A thought by Craig Groeschel, from his book, The Christian Atheist: When You Believe in God But Live as if He Doesn’t Exist(p. 158). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. (Click on the book title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Now time is a very important obsession to many of us.I was standing in line at the Coffee Bean this morning to get my coffee and this person in front of me was on her phone while she was ordering her drink.She was wasting my time.And my time is so important, right?Even with God, time is very important to us.
Craig says, “God is outside of time. He has no beginning and no end. That means he has no yesterday and no tomorrow. He just is. So for God, tomorrow is the same as today, same as yesterday. Was God in control yesterday? Undoubtedly, yes. Is God in control today? You know he is. Then he’s in control tomorrow too.”
Craig goes on, “Time is not an issue for him. He’s already present in tomorrow. So no matter what happens, trust God.
“Listen to his promise: ‘I know the …