98112 Where Are You at With God

A spiritual journey is the most important one we take in life. That is because our spiritual outlook shapes our world view and core values. “Where Are You at With God” will help you identify where you are on your journey with God.

When you select the button on the dashboard, it will walk you through a series of statements. By responding to the statements, you will discover more about your spiritual journey. It will also make recommendations on where you can start with this JO App.

Remember, there is no right or wrong answer. Be honest with yourself.

You can also start here > “WHERE ARE YOU AT WITH GOD?

22220.062 Dr. Larry W. Poland

Larry Poland is the author of this devotional series, “Wisdom from the Trenches” which was originally published as a book by the same title (ISBN 978-1-0980-8113-3).

Dr. Poland is a native of Ohio and a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology. He also earned a Master’s degree and Ph.D. from Purdue University in college administration, and a Master of Divinity degree from Grace Theological Seminary.

Having placed his personal faith in Jesus Christ as a young boy, Dr. Poland committed his life to God for vocational Christian service while an exchange student in Germany in 1956. In 1967, he was seeking a greater spiritual challenge and prayed, “God, give me a job so great that if You don’t undertake it, I’ll never be able to do it.” In three days, he was asked to assume the position of president of Miami Christian College in Miami, Florida, making him the youngest college president in the United States at age of twenty-seven.

Dr. Poland is the past director of the Agape Movement, an international volunteer service organization under Campus Crusade for Christ, Intl. This movement trained more than 800 volunteers for service and opened 35 nations for volunteers during his eight years of leadership. He has traveled to 80 countries of the world.

Dr. Poland has been a college professor, founded WMCU-FM, the first Christian radio station in Miami, Florida, and was executive producer of the world’s largest traveling mixed media production, World Thrust. He is an ordained minister, lecturer, conference speaker, consultant, and writer. He has authored numerous articles in national periodicals and seveal books, Spirit Power, Rise to Conquer, The Last Temptation of Hollywood, How to Prepare for The Coming Persecution, 2084: A Novel, Lion’s Den Survival Principles, Miracle Walk, and Chasm: Crossing the Divide Between Hollywood and People of Faith (Morgan James Faith).

Media has been a key part of Dr. Poland’s life since the late 1970’s when he hosted an issues-oriented television talk show which was syndicated in major TV markets across Canada. He hosted a short radio feature, The Mediator, which was aired daily on hundreds of radio stations for 18 years.

Dr. Poland is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Mastermedia International, a ministry to the top leadership of film and television in Hollywood and New York, and one which seeks to keep Christian believers informed of the spiritual dynamics inside media. He’s the recipient of the coveted Covenant Award for significant, Christian influence on the secular media and the founder of the National Media Prayer Breakfast.

Harvest House publishers included Dr. Poland on their list of “The 365 most influential people in the world” based on his network of relationships with those holding global media power.

Larry and his wife, Donna Lynn, have six children and fourteen precious grandchildren. Larry’s hobbies include collecting toys and toy trains.

71006 The Satan and Demons

The storyline of the Bible presents a populated spiritual world, full of creatures who are in rebellion against their Creator, just like humans. For lots of fascinating reasons, our modern conceptions of the Satan and demons are based on serious misunderstandings of the Bible. So let’s go back to the book of Genesis and start over as we learn about the powers of spiritual evil in the story of the Bible.

Spiritual Being Study Notes

The Satan and Demons Study Notes

31053 The Good News

For four hundred years, the people of Israel were slaves in Egypt.

Can you remember your family history over four hundred years?

Their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents—as long as they could remember, they were slaves. The people of Israel knew no other life than the life of slavery.

But the truth is that they were God’s chosen people. They came from the land of Cannan as honored guests, a family of Joseph the second most powerful man in the Egyptian Empire.

We don’t remember our true heritage and true identity as members of the family that was designed to live in the two realms and manage this world with God. We don’t remember the glory of the original creation because it was so long ago. Humanity has been slaves to sin and death for most of its recorded history.

But the consequences of our sins are all around us. We suffer and cry out for help and temporary relief in life.

At the root of all of our problems in life is our sin, that is, our rebellious nature against God. For our crime against the Supreme Authority, we have been sentenced to death—permanent separation from God.

Just as God heard the cries of the people of Israel under bondage in Egypt, God hears our cries under the bondage of sin and death.

His answer is…Jesus.

Just as God through Moses led the people of Israel out from Egypt to the Promised Land, Jesus leads us from slavery under sin to freedom in life.

God does not require us to become good enough. It is impossible.

God asks us to trust Him and His solution, Jesus Christ.

Instead of trying to figure out yourself, to work your way out from under the power of sin and death, God wants you to turn your life completely over to Him. He wants you to trust Jesus as your Lord (King and Master) and believe in Him to be the Savior of your life from sin and death.

It’s like the people of Israel trusting Moses and following him into the wilderness under his leadership. God wants you to trust Jesus as the leader of your life and bring yourself fully under His rule and authority.

Through this act of faith, God will consider you forgiven of all of your sins. In fact, because of the resurrection of Jesus, you will be spiritually born again to a new life in Christ.

God’s solution to our sinful nature is death through Christ and rebirth through Christ. If Jesus is your Lord and Savior, you are no longer your old self. You are a new creation in Christ. You are not a better version of your old self. You are recreated as new.

The most notable difference is that the Holy Spirit dwells in you when you trust in Jesus as your Lord and Savior. In the deepest part of you, you are united with Jesus through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit now can guide and empower you to live the abundant life Jesus promises.

2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, 2:5 even though we were dead in offenses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you are saved! — 2:6 and he raised us up together with him and seated us together with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 2:7 to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 2:8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; 2:9 it is not from works, so that no one can boast. 2:10 For we are his creative work, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we can do them. (Ephesians 2:4-10)

This is good news!