Christ is all (Colossians 3:11). These three words are the essence and substance of Christianity.
God’s Favorite Place On Earth (David C Cook, 2013)
“God’s Favorite Place on Earth is a retelling of Jesus’ many visits to Bethany and a relaying of the message it holds for us today. Frank Viola presents a beautifully crafted narrative from the viewpoint of Lazarus, one of the people who lived in Bethany with his two sisters. This incomparable story not only brings the Gospel narratives to life, but it addresses the struggle against doubt, discouragement, fear, guilt, rejection, and spiritual apathy that challenges countless Christians today. In profoundly moving prose, God’s Favorite Place on Earth will captivate your heart with its beauty, charm, and depth. In this book you will discover how to live as a “Bethany” in our world today, being set free to love and follow Jesus like never before.” – God’s Favorite Place Amazon Page
Frank Considers this his best work and I would have to agree.
Have you ever stopped to consider all the various things we own or claim to own? For instance, I live in my house (ok, my fifth wheel camper), I drive my truck, and I smoke my pipe. I will spend my money, on my wife, in an attempt to show her my love. Now, for the record, I would never claim to own my wife (or my money), but she isn’t your wife nor his wife nor anybody else’s wife; she’s my wife. So, while I may not be implying ownership, there is still an element of possession.
We live in a society in which we have movies on demand, instant hot water, meals in minutes through microwave technology, we are immediately connected with hundreds of people through social media, and we have endless libraries of information instantaneously at our fingertips through the internet. The problem arises when we demand these same instant results in our walk with the Lord. It is spiritual lust, and it is an infection in American Christianity.
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Today’s post is taken from Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost For His Highest, February 4th entry. I received this devotional as a graduation gift in high school, and my wife and I began going through it this year. As you read, focus on what Paul and Chambers are saying, and ask yourself “What constrains me?” – My personal opinion? My desires? My political stance? Or is it Christ and Christ alone?
The Knowledge Of The Holy (2009 (reprint))
In this short yet powerful book Tozer illuminates the attributes of God. He attempts to restore wonder and holiness of God to Christians. This book will renew your mind set on how indescribable, immeasurable, and immense truly God is.
What is your greatest struggle in your walk with the Lord? Is it an addiction, selfishness, anger? Now ask yourself, how many times have I prayed for the Lord to help me with it. I have found many times we pray with abstract timelines, and see little to no results. What if instead of trying to get at the big picture, we pray for just enough for today?