Knowing God's Will: Finding Guidance for Personal Decisions

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InterVarsity Press, Sep 20, 2009 - Religion
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How can we discover God's will for the complicated decisions of time, money, relationships, education and career? How do we know which is best among a variety of "good" options? In this updated and substantially expanded edition, M. Blaine Smith shows how God unfolds his plan for our lives -- through the Bible, prayer, reason, abilities, circumstances, desire and the counsel of others. He packs each chapter with stories which illustrate how he and other Christians have learned to make decisions that please God.
 

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Contents

A Critical Concern
15
Types of Decisions We Face
24
Seeing Gods Will Dynamically
31
StepbyStep Guidance in Scripture
41
The Promise of Guidance
54
The Call to Responsibility
67
Are You Willing?
74
The Unique Role of Prayer
86
Putting Out a Fleece
156
Inward Guidance
165
Considering Personal Desires
175
Evaluating Abilities and Gifts
185
Assessing Open and Closed Doors
196
Weighing the Counsel of Others
203
Finally Deciding
211
Authority Relationships and the Will of God
219

Searching the Scriptures
101
Thinking Things Through
112
Supernatural Guidance
129
The Place of Prophecy
143
Does God Have a Will for Our Personal Decisions?
228
Notes
240
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M. Blaine Smith (M.Div., Wesley Theological Seminary; D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary) is an ordained Presbyterian minister who lectures widely on topics of guidance and God's will, Christian living, and personal growth. A frequent guest on Christian radio programs, Smith has also appeared twice on The 700 Club. His lectures have been recorded for Guidance by the Book, part of a home-study course produced by the Christian Broadcasting Network. In 1978 Smith founded Nehemiah Ministries with the goal of "helping Christians understand God's guidance in their lives and realize their personal potential." The organization's bimonthly newsletter, seminars, articles, books (many of them available from InterVarsity Press) and website have benefited many Christians around the world!

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