Overall: 5 stars (out of 5)
Unlike the previous book nook posts, this book is a life-application book on living a life of discipleship with God. It was recommended to me by a friend and although I struggled through the first few chapters, by the end I was completely captivated!
The back cover reads:
In an age of thirty-second commercials, thirty-page abridgments and instant banking, it is not difficult to get a person interested in the Gospel. It is terrifically difficult to sustain the interest.
What I loved most about this book is that it wasn't some to-do list for the Christian. It's a simple observance of the joys and disappointments of God's people. The author talks about the good, bad and the ugly of being a follower of Christ. But in the end he reminds us of the great importance of lifting up our hands in worship.
I underlined so much of this book, but one of my favorite quotes says:
Blessing is at the end of the road. And that which is at the end of the road influences everything that takes place along the road. The end shapes the means. A joyful end requires a joyful means. Bless the Lord....All the moments of discipleship arrive at a place where joy is experienced. Every step of assent toward God develops the capacity to enjoy. Not only is there, increasingly, more to be enjoyed, there is steadily the acquired ability to enjoy it.
If you're wanting to pick up a faith-based book but aren't ready to delve into John Piper, this is a book I would recommend. In reality, I would recommend this book to anyone willing to listen!
Have any of you read it? What were your thoughts?
I've been wanting to do a tour of Augusta on the blog for some time now. But me being the slacker that I can sometimes be, I have yet to make the time to photograph my favorite places in and around the city. So instead of just one post about where I live, there will be several in a mini-series of my favorite places in Augusta.
I love the outdoors and this is the place my heart longs for after a stressful week. It's called The Savannah Rapids but don't let the name confuse you, it's still in Augusta. It's a part of the Augusta Canal (in my opinion it's one of the most beauty parts!).
Although it's not Lover's Bridge, some people like to put locks on the fence in that area. My roommates and I will sometimes make up our own stories about the people who placed the lock there. It always makes for a good laugh.
If you ever find yourself in Augusta, this is one of the places you have to make time for!
What's your favorite outdoor spot in your hometown?
Growing up, MLK Day had always been the holiday of which I only celebrated the fact that it got me out of school. But as I've grown up (who am I kidding, really just gotten older) I've come to see, hear and participate in more conversations revolved around race and religion and what the Bible has to say about it all.
With the the thoughts of Ferguson still in our hearts and the reactions of the nation on our television screens, there are many who would question just how far we've come since that famous I Have A Dream speech was made almost 52 years ago. And although it's easy to want to pick a side that won't solve any issues. As I'm sure you've seen on social media, it's not a skin issue it's a sin issue. Despite it's level of cheese, it's true!
In properly dealing with our sin there is only one place where we can confidently lay it down and be greeted with love, mercy and acceptance; it is at the feet of Jesus.
During the month of January, my church welcomes four pastors of different ethnic backgrounds to come and teach on the topic of race, religion and reconciliation. Yesterday's sermon covered Ephesians 2:11-22 which says,
Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
I loved getting to spend time looking at these verses and thinking over the way Jesus not only reconciled us to Himself but also to one another. Verses 13 though 16 talk about Christ being the one who breaks down the diving wall; He is the one that makes us members of His one Body.
Despite the fact that we are all members of one Body, together we represent the glory of God's craftsmanship! I hope today you find time to stop and meditate on the truth that Christ is our peace! He has broken down the wall between people of different races, ethnic backgrounds, social-economic backgrounds and most importantly He bridged the gap that stood in the way of us knowing God.
Happy MLK Day!
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