party time and quotes

Well these next few days are going to be crazy for me.  I have a rehearsal, party, setup for the visitor center, and studying for the exams just tonight.  Then more craziness tomorrow. 

Also, I am always on the lookout for more books to fascinate me, so if you hear, or read, of any let me know. 

I just finished a great book that I highly recommend to each of you.  It is called In a pit with a lion on a snowy day by Mark Batterson.  I have included some great quotes in my opinion.  He talks about a wide variety of things so it might seem pretty varied and random, oh well.  To understand more, read the book. 
– “God wants you to get where God wants you to go more than you want to get where God wants you to go.” 
– “Don’t accumulate possessions; accumulate experiences.”
– “If you study the teachings of Christ, you’ll realize that learning wasn’t his primary goal.  His primary goal was unlearning.  He was reverse engineering religious minds.” 
– “Your fear is worse than the actual thing you’re afraid of.” 
– “Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshiping what’s right with God.”
– Mark quoted Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – “Hell begins the day God grants you the vision to see all that you could have done, should have done, and would have done, but did not do.” 
– “As the old aphorism suggests, we need to stop cursing the darkness and start lighting some candles!”
– “Part of spiritual maturity is caring less and less about what people think about you and more about what God thinks about you.” 
– Mark says he has a core conviction: “Christ followers ought to be the most passionate people on the planet.  To be like Jesus is to be consumed with passion.”  He goes on to say, “The word enthusiasm comes from two Greek words, en and Theos, which together mean in God.  The more we get into God, the more passionate we become.”

All in all, one of the best reads I have had in a long time.  I highly recommend this book to each of you.  Also, pray for Mark and his church, National Community Church (click here) in Washington, DC.  They are doing some amazing things.  For more insights from Mark, I highly recommend his blog, which can be found here

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