When God Feels Distant featuring Max Lucado

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Why does the spiritual fire within us sometimes feel like it goes out? In this true story, Rian is honest enough to share how distant he feels from God.


Rian honestly admitted that the normal pursuits of life distracted him from the pursuit of God. Do you think this problem is common? What can be done about it? How might you challenge your small group to examine their lives to see what they are pursuing?
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What do you do when you don’t feel close to God? In this clip, Max Lucado, author and pastor at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, offers sound biblical counsel for strengthening your relationship with God.


Max said several things that can help us in our relationship with God. First, he mentioned that feelings can be unreliable barometers of our relationship with God. How has it encouraged you to know that God has made a covenant with us, and loves us no matter what we've done or how we feel? Can you share that with someone else who maybe feeling distant from God?
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Max said, "If we make a habit of looking into God’s law the result is true happiness." When do you set aside time to meet with God? How do you encourage those you lead to spend time with God? How are you modeling it for them?
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Max talked about praying through "ACTS." Not the book of the Bible, but a-c-t-s: adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication. Challenge your group to spend a week praying this way, then ask how it made a difference in their lives. What were their stories?
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This teaching video is an excerpt from the Max on Life Bible study series. You can find the entire series exclusively in the RightNow Media Bible Study Library. Direct link: RightNowMedia.org/Media/Series/25.

For more RightNow Media training posts, teaching videos and Bible study resources with Max Lucado, click here.