Thursday, January 31, 2013
I read the book What is the Gospel by Greg Gilbert a few months back. One section at the end jumped out at me. It pretty much slapped me across the face. Just thought I would share.
Also, Christian, the gospel should drive you to a deeper and livelier love for God's people, the church. Not one of us Christians has earned his or her way into the inheritance God has stored up for us. We are not "self-made" citizens of the kingdom. We are included in God's promises only because we know that we are dependent on Jesus Christ to save us, and we are united to him by faith. But here's the kicker. Do you realize that the same thing is true of that brother or sister in your church who annoys you? He or she believes in and loves the same Lord Jesus that you do, and even more, he or she has been saved and forgiven by the same Lord who saved and forgave you. Think about that brother or sister you've not really taken the time to get to know because you just don't think you'd click. Think about that person with whom you have broken relationship that you've refused to repair. Now consider that he or she loves and trust in the same Lord you do. Consider that the same Lord who died for you, also died for him, for her.
I wonder if your understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ - the good news that Jesus saved you even though you didn't deserve it - is deep enough to swallow up that little criticism you have of your brothers and sisters. I wonder if it's deep enough to sink the offenses they've committed against you, even the most painful ones, and lead you to forgive them and love them just as Jesus himself has done for both of you.
I wonder if the vastness of God's love for you has increased your love for others.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
A few years ago I started keeping track of the books I read. When I finish a book I write down the title, author, and date I finish it. It has been so much fun to be able to look back and remember each one. Here is my 2012 list.
If: What do We Know of Calvory Love - Amy Carmichael
Call the Sabbath a Delight - Walter Chantry
The Radical Cross - A.W. Tozer
Loneliness - Elisabeth Elliot
Discipline: The Glad Surrender - Elisabeth Elliot
Don't Waste Your life - John Piper
These Strange Ashes - Elisabeth Elliot
Future Grace - John Piper
L'Abri - Edith Schaeffer
Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right and lived to take all (or Almost All) of It Back - Frank Schaeffer
What is a Healthy Church - Mark Dever
Let's Just be Friends - H. Norman Wright
Secure in the Everlasting Arms - Elisabeth Elliot
Outrageous Forgiveness - Larry Lilly
Treasures of the Snow - Patricia St. John
Worldliness - C.J. Mahaney
Winning Him Without Words - L. Donovan & D. Miller
I Will Carry You - Angie Smith
The Great Divorce - C.S. Lewis
Surrender - Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Around the World in 80 Days -Jules Verne
Love Has a Price Tag - Elisabeth Elliot
Let Me Be a Woman - Elisabeth Elliot
Through Gates of Splendor - Elisabeth Elliot
The Explicit Gospel - Matt Chandler
Mistaken Identity - Cerak, VanRyn
The Prayer Matrix - David Jeremiah
WHat is the Gospel - Greg Gilvert
Radical Hospitality - David and Ruth Rupperecht