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Randy Alcorn gives practical advice on how to scratch where there's no itch (or is there?).



Randy Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching biblical truth and drawing attention to the needy and how to help them. Before starting EPM in 1990, Alcorn for 13 years co-pastored Good Shepherd Community Church outside Gresham, Oregon. He has ministered in many countries, including China, and is a popular teacher and conference speaker. Randy is a best-selling author of over 30 books including Heaven, The Treasure Principle, and the 2002 Gold Medallion winner, Safely Home. 

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Edwin Crozier

commented on Oct 21, 2013

Very interesting. I have a question. The first step according to this video is to ask the unbeliever if their life has measured up to all that they had wanted it to be. Is it as fulfilling as they wanted it to be. I guess I wonder how many believers, if they were being truly honest, would answer yes. To be honest, I don't think I would. I think it is more fulfilling now than it ever has been, and yet even now I have struggles personally, maritally, in my family, etc. I wonder how many believers would claim, "Yes, my life is so fulfilling." This may say something about me. Or does it say something about using this as a motivation? I'm just wondering (virtually) out loud.

Keith B

commented on Oct 21, 2013

I'm not a big fan of the God-shaped hole argument. I know a lot of pagans that are very happy with their life, and all of their toys. I also don't like the idea of pitching Jesus as a self-help tactic. Suppose hey "try Jesus" and he doesn't give hem their best life now?

Don Kirsch

commented on Oct 21, 2013

Since Jesus came to set us free from sin and death (THEREBY providing a more abundant life, not filling a void), we might give the gospel a better chance of penetrating the unbelieving heart by probing for unresolved guilt and shame or fear of dying "before my time." Jesus is the answer to both!

Jason Smith

commented on Oct 21, 2013

Interesting... where does the actual gospel come into play? I may need to watch the video a third time, but I did not hear a Biblical gospel presentation in this, that Jesus is Lord, that He died and was resurrected so I can be freed from my sins to serve Him with my life. What I saw here was more of a "what can God do for me" view of the gospel.

Don Kirsch

commented on Oct 22, 2013

Perhaps I did not make the point clear. I was merely offering an alternative to Alcorn.

Jason Smith

commented on Oct 22, 2013

Hi Don. My comment was not in response to your comment. The beginning of the video makes it seem like God's purpose is to give us satisfied, fulfilled lives. That is what my response was to

Rodney Shanner

commented on Oct 21, 2013

We declare the Gospel, that's what we do. We share it and live it and preach it. We pray. Life happens and people seek solutions. The Holy Spirit does His work. That's it. You leave the matter in God's Hands. Only the Holy Spirit opens eyes.

Nick Scarpa

commented on Oct 22, 2013

I have not watched the video yet, but I wanted to share something with Edwin. My life is so fulfilling! God called me out of a world of drugs and self-worship to be a member of His family. I still have struggles (marriage, finances, etc) but I would say that it does not change the fulfillment aspect. When we give our lives to Christ, there is no promise that all our problems will go away, in fact we wind up with additional problems when we try to serve God, share our faith or be like Christ, but we are still fulfilled because He is our everything. I encourage all believers to see yourself as God does, not as the world does.

Nick Scarpa

commented on Oct 22, 2013

Jesus said, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10

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