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Is That God Talking? - The New York Times - nytimes.com


True communication with God is more than talking to God, it's talking with God-through prayer. Prayer that involves speaking and listening.

In Talking with God, Charles Stanley discusses the general principles that are basic to everyone's prayer life, explaining how your prayers can lead to a more intimate than a relationship with God and how you can encourage others in their own prayer lives.

The Life Principles Study Guides are perfect companions to Dr. Stanley's Life Principles Bible or for use on their own. They are a unique approach to Bible study, incorporating biblical truth, personal insights, emotional responses, and a call to action. Whether you use a study in a group or as an individual, it will help you get in touch with the Bible, God, and yourself.

Sullivan had no answer. N o one is in charge, and humans are just bumbling around , he thought. He and Bennett went inside their cabin, when something seemed to suck the air out of the room and a heavy pressure, like a doubling of gravity, weighed him down. He sensed a divine being had joined them.  

He couldn't see the entity, but he felt a mind-to-mind connection as it deposited what Sullivan describes as the wisdom of the universe into his mind. Sullivan asked the presence its name and it answered telepathically. 

"Just like you are Aeron, just like she is Alana, just like you are a man and she is a woman, I am, I am," Sullivan remembers the divine being saying. "I am the I am. I am who I am. I am who I will be; I am."

At that moment, Sullivan says, he knew he was communicating with God. Sullivan was an agnostic, but that washed away as the presence, which referred to itself as Yahweh, the ancient Hebrew name God used when talking to Moses, spoke with him over the next five and a half hours. Sullivan paced the room, having what he calls an "existential disconnect with reality" during a "schizophrenic discussion" with the unseen being. Yahweh explained to Sullivan that He had a big, impossible, yet perfect plan for Sullivan's life. All Sullivan had to do was trust in Him. 

God's plan for Sullivan would clash with his role as the visionary co-founder of Tradiv, a promising marijuana startup that liked to say it was building the "Amazon of the cannabis industry" in Colorado's burgeoning market. Tradiv allowed state-licensed growers and dispensaries to buy and sell marijuana products from one another online. By March 2016, Tradiv, which Sullivan had co-founded with Geoff Doran in April 2015, was hosting millions of dollars in legal marijuana sales between 230 growers and dispensaries. By June, Sullivan was named to Inc .'s 30 Under 30 list.

Less than a year and a half later, Sullivan would quit to pursue a more religious life. A new CEO would lead the company to virtually abandon its successful niche in Colorado to bet big on California's wilder weed ecosystem--and board members say, spend over $1 million failing to crack that market. The coup de grace was delivered in a former employee's lawsuit, which alleged that she was wrongfully terminated after Doran had sexually harassed her. This December 13, board members decided that Tradiv, short on funds, couldn't withstand those legal costs and voted to dissolve the company.

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True communication with God is more than talking to God, it's talking with God-through prayer. Prayer that involves speaking and listening.

In Talking with God, Charles Stanley discusses the general principles that are basic to everyone's prayer life, explaining how your prayers can lead to a more intimate than a relationship with God and how you can encourage others in their own prayer lives.

The Life Principles Study Guides are perfect companions to Dr. Stanley's Life Principles Bible or for use on their own. They are a unique approach to Bible study, incorporating biblical truth, personal insights, emotional responses, and a call to action. Whether you use a study in a group or as an individual, it will help you get in touch with the Bible, God, and yourself.

Sullivan had no answer. N o one is in charge, and humans are just bumbling around , he thought. He and Bennett went inside their cabin, when something seemed to suck the air out of the room and a heavy pressure, like a doubling of gravity, weighed him down. He sensed a divine being had joined them.  

He couldn't see the entity, but he felt a mind-to-mind connection as it deposited what Sullivan describes as the wisdom of the universe into his mind. Sullivan asked the presence its name and it answered telepathically. 

"Just like you are Aeron, just like she is Alana, just like you are a man and she is a woman, I am, I am," Sullivan remembers the divine being saying. "I am the I am. I am who I am. I am who I will be; I am."

At that moment, Sullivan says, he knew he was communicating with God. Sullivan was an agnostic, but that washed away as the presence, which referred to itself as Yahweh, the ancient Hebrew name God used when talking to Moses, spoke with him over the next five and a half hours. Sullivan paced the room, having what he calls an "existential disconnect with reality" during a "schizophrenic discussion" with the unseen being. Yahweh explained to Sullivan that He had a big, impossible, yet perfect plan for Sullivan's life. All Sullivan had to do was trust in Him. 

God's plan for Sullivan would clash with his role as the visionary co-founder of Tradiv, a promising marijuana startup that liked to say it was building the "Amazon of the cannabis industry" in Colorado's burgeoning market. Tradiv allowed state-licensed growers and dispensaries to buy and sell marijuana products from one another online. By March 2016, Tradiv, which Sullivan had co-founded with Geoff Doran in April 2015, was hosting millions of dollars in legal marijuana sales between 230 growers and dispensaries. By June, Sullivan was named to Inc .'s 30 Under 30 list.

Less than a year and a half later, Sullivan would quit to pursue a more religious life. A new CEO would lead the company to virtually abandon its successful niche in Colorado to bet big on California's wilder weed ecosystem--and board members say, spend over $1 million failing to crack that market. The coup de grace was delivered in a former employee's lawsuit, which alleged that she was wrongfully terminated after Doran had sexually harassed her. This December 13, board members decided that Tradiv, short on funds, couldn't withstand those legal costs and voted to dissolve the company.

True communication with God is more than talking to God, it's talking with God-through prayer. Prayer that involves speaking and listening.

In Talking with God, Charles Stanley discusses the general principles that are basic to everyone's prayer life, explaining how your prayers can lead to a more intimate than a relationship with God and how you can encourage others in their own prayer lives.

The Life Principles Study Guides are perfect companions to Dr. Stanley's Life Principles Bible or for use on their own. They are a unique approach to Bible study, incorporating biblical truth, personal insights, emotional responses, and a call to action. Whether you use a study in a group or as an individual, it will help you get in touch with the Bible, God, and yourself.


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