Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Chapter 4

For me, this has been a tough chapter! I have read it three times already, and, yes, I feel incredibly convicted. The problem here is that, as a married person, I'm not sure how much I can do to change my life! One of those tough ones for sure!

The chapter grabbed me right off the bat with the following quote:
"It is not scientific doubt, not atheism, not pantheism, not agnosticism, that in our day and in this land is likely to quench the light of the gospel. It is a proud, sensuous, selfish, luxurious, church-going, hollow-hearted prosperity.
                                      David Goetz, Death by Suburb, 2007

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Movie Illustration

I absolutely loved the illustration of the movie that is not about us -- it is about God. And then again, there was the point:

"To be brutally hones, it doesn't really matter what place you find yourself in right now. Your part is to bring Him glory..."

"The point of your life is to point to Him. Whatever you are doing, God wants to be glorified, because this whole thing is His. It is His movie, His world, His gift."

And this week, apparently, we will start the discussion with question 5 in the workbook! See you Sunday!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Worry and Stress

Again from the book:

When I am consumed by my problems -- stressed out about my life, my family, and my job -- I actually convey the belief that I think the circumstances are more important than God's command to always rejoice. In other words, that I have a "right" to disobey God because of the magnitude for my responsibilities.

Worry implies that we don't quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what's happening in our lives.

Stress says that the things we are involved in are important enough to merit our impatience, our lack of grace toward others, or our tight grip of control.

Basically these two behaviors communicate that it's okay to sin and not trust God because the stuff in my life is somehow exceptional. Both worry and stress reek of arrogance. They declare our tendency to forget that we've been forgiven, that our lives here and now are brief, that we are headed to a place where we won't be lonely, afraid, or hurt ever again, and that in the context of God's strength, our problems are small indeed.

Why are we so quick to forget God? Who do we think we are?
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
Francis Chan with Danae Yankoski, (c) 2008
David C. Cook, p.42

Guilty as charged here! Not sure I realized it was sin though.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

From the Book, Chapter Two, Post One

"Frederick Buechner writes, 'Intellectually we all know that we will die, but we do not really know it in the sense that the knowledge becomes a part of us. We do not really know it in the sense of living as though it were true. One the contrary, we tend to live as though our lives would go on forever.' "