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Dangerous Wisdom

Let no one deceive himself.  If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.  For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.  For it is written, "He catches the wise in their own craftiness;" (1 Cor 3:18-19 NKJV)

UPDATED NOTE: As of mid-April 2008, I have read the Eckart Tolle book discussed below.  In addition, I have listened to a couple of the webcasts for Oprah's class.  My position has not changed.  In fact, I am concerned about how many times Mr. Tolle references Jesus and a bible verse yet misinterprets the meaning of the biblical text.

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Yesterday an historic event took place on the internet.  According to a statement on Oprah's website, "more than 500,000 people simultaneously logged on to watch Oprah and Eckhart Tolle live" as they discussed Tolle's book "A New Earth" in most likely the world's largest classroom.  I can't help but wonder what would happen if Oprah picked the biblical book of Romans to teach in her "classroom"?

But what was her classroom teaching?  Could it be dangerous wisdom?  A couple of weeks ago I mentioned this classroom on this blog.  If you haven't read the post, I suggest you do so because I also reference another new age class Oprah has been involved in teaching.   I have not read Eckart Tolle's book, but I have perused his website.  In reference to his teachings, the website states:

At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution.  An essential aspect of this awakening consists in transcending our ego-based state of consciousness.

Also according to Eckhart's website, Tolle's partner, Kim Eng,

...sees our "God-nature" as living in and through our human bodies.  When we awaken from unconscious to fully conscious living, we are naturally aligned with our God-nature and thus bring into creation a new world.

This is indeed dangerous "wisdom".  The subtle teachings of the New Age can lead us down a slippery slope to destruction.  It is deception in its finest form, perhaps even deceiving the teachers themselves into believing a false truths.   

Friends, please know that I am not condemning Oprah.  I believe she truly thinks she is helping the world.  Tolle may be in the same position.  But the truth is the truth.  Two "truths" cannot be truth if they contradict each other (i.e. New age teachings vs. the Bible).  There is only one way to God, no matter what anyone but God says, and that is through Jesus Christ, God's son.  Stay away from dangerous "wisdom" and seek the wisdom of God.

Note: For further reading regarding the New Age influence on Oprah and how she's passed on her influence to our culture through her media empire, see this 1998 article from Vantage Point.  It is the best I've seen regarding her and New Age influences.  Be sure to read it in its entirety. 


The Power of Purpose

The question “What is my life’s purpose?” is a popular one these days as many people in our materialistic and pleasure-seeking culture search for a deeper meaning life.  Most recently, superstar New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady, admitted that there was more to life than winning the Superbowl.  However, he was not sure what that was.  Do you know yours?  If you do, how are you living out your life’s purpose or calling? 

Join me over at Laced with Grace today to read more about the power of purpose. 

Hope to see you there!

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Janna Rust is a Life Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them.  For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.


The Ultimate Center of Influence

The Lord said to Moses, "I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, so that the people will hear me speaking with you and will always put their trust in you." (Exodus 19:9a NIV)

Networking.  It is the "thing to do" for a small business owner and entrepreneur.  It is all about who you know.  Not only is it important to know a lot of people, but if you know influencial people who know a lot of people (i.e. centers of influence), then you have really got something! I am learning this firsthand as I work on building my own business

Moses had the ultimate center of influence in his "network".  God himself said he would make sure the people knew of his connection with Moses.  God wanted the people of Israel to trust in Moses as their leader and was willing to be a "referral source" for Moses.  Now that is some connection! 

But Moses did not build that connection with God overnight.  He faithfully spent time alone with God as he strived to do what God wanted him to do.  Moses built such a strong relationship with God that God called him "friend."  We can have the same connection with God as well.  It just requires time, effort and a willing heart on our parts.  We too can have God as a center of influence in our "network". 

Connecting Learning With Living

1.  How would you relate your relationship with God on a scale of 1 to 10?  (10 being the most satisfactory)

2.  Do you know what that perfect "10" looks like?  What is preventing you from having the perfect "10" in your relationship with Him? 

3.  What one thing can you do starting today to move toward your perfect "10"?

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Janna Rust is a Life/Business Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them.  For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.


Laced With Grace Contest

Shespeaks The Laced with Grace team and Proverbs 31 Ministries have teamed up to send one woman to the “She Speaks” conference in June.

One of our Laced with Grace team members has donated a partial scholarship (valued at $250) toward the registration fee to attend “She Speaks” in Concord, North Carolina.

To find out how to register to win, please visit the Laced with Grace team blog. The contest will run from March 1st through March 31st. The winner will be announced on April 1st.

NOTE: I copied this announcement from Iris at Sting My Heart.

Have a great day!