books, books, and more books

I have been on a hiatus when it comes to reading books.  I just haven’t really been able to get into them.  Over the past few weeks, I would start a book and then putting it down about 4 chapters in.  But last night, I spent about an hour and a half reading.  It was simply refreshing.  I really needed to finish those two books. 

Over the course of this month, I have read three books, 
Pop goes the churchTim Stevens
Jesus for President: Politics for ordinary radicals – Shane Claiborne & Chris Haw
Free Prize Inside: How to make your purple cowSeth Godin

But now I am thoroughly excited about starting my next book.  Francis Chan‘s debut book, Crazy Love.  
I read a chapter yesterday and I couldn’t contain my excitement.  I love that guy.  He is so on fire for God. Check out his messages here.

magazines

I don’t know about you but I never read many magazines.  Until recently.  Lately, I have been reading a few good ones.  Mainly to find out some things that are taking place in the culture.  There are so many fascinations happening at the moment.  Who knew?  

All this magazine reading came from a thought in Tim Steven’s new book Pop Goes the Church.  He revealed many reasons to be into what the culture is into.  It was a great and convincing read.  I truly wish to be around those who are not Christians, not just to convert them, but to love them or to let Christ’s love be shown through me.  

So here are some magazines that I have been checking out and pondering the thought of getting a subscription: 
Entertainment Weekly
Relevant
Rolling Stones
Under the Radar
Collide
Seed (I am into science, sorry)

Ok, so those are the jewels that I have been searching for treasure in, what do you think I should add to the list?   

little diddy for my readers

Satisfaction in God alone.  
Not yearning for what may come,
but hoping and trusting in what is here.

Learning to trust,
opening my eyes to see His majesty
in all that surrounds me.  

Consuming me
with His glory
only to realize He was always there
and that He will always care
no matter what I do
no matter what road I take
make no mistake,
He is there in the midst of it all
catching me when I fall
comforting me
encouraging me
strengthening me.

He is my all in all.  

What is He to you?  

dinner in the Fork (cheesy pun but great)

Well I went to the community dinner at Mike‘s house.  It was a lot of fun.  This is the way that we have been doing small groups for a while.  It is something that has taken a while to get used to, just because of our perspective of what church should be but the connections that were made were really, really good.  It wasn’t as if things were spiritual versus superficial but that everything was spiritual.  It is setup not as a strict bible study or as a small group based on the teaching from the previous Sunday. It is based purely around whatever is going on in our lives.  The whole thing will be free and open to anything.  If someone brings up a question we discuss it and we work through it together.  

I really felt freeing being there this evening.  It felt weird, but only because we have an idea of what a small group should look like.  At least, how it should look like to us.  

Well I think that God is doing some big things out here in the Fork, just through the relationships that are starting to form and others that are deepening.  Pray for strength and transparency for each of us as we open up to people about the love that God has for them.  Pray that we will love with the sacrifice of Christ. Pray for more opportunities to open.  

Also, if you see Will, congratulate him on his new entrepreneurial endeavor in the landscaping field.  It seems to be booming at the moment and I trust that God is going to open the doors for more homes in Reedy Fork.  

Reveal

Willow Creek was the trendsetter back in the day for what churches looked like and who they went after.  Now they are realizing that they might be missing some things in their model, in the same way that all models miss something along the way.  So they are searching for new answers to some old problems as well as some new problems.  

They are taking out a new sheet of paper and finding a new perspective in order to make the church that much better.  Check out a video here.  

quote

This is a quote from a godly Scottish pastor, Horatius Bonar, who lived over a hundred years ago: 

It is forgiveness that sets a man working for God.  He does not work in order to be forgiven, but because he has been forgiven, and the consciousness of his sin being pardoned makes him long more for its entire removal than ever he did before. 

An unforgiven man cannot work.  He has not the will, nor the power, nor the liberty.  He is in chains.  Israel in Egypt could not serve Jehovah.  “Let my people go, that they may serve Me,” was God’s message to Pharoah (Exod. 8:10): first liberty, then service. 

A forgiven man is the true worker, the true Law-keeper.  He can, he will, he must work for God.  He has come into contact with that part of God’s character which warms his cold heart.  Forgiving love constrains him.  He cannot but work for Him who has removed his sins from him as far as the east is from the west.  Forgiveness has made him a free man, and given him a new and most loving Master.  Forgiveness, received freely from the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, acts as a spring, an impulse, a stimulus of divine potency.  It is more irresistible than law, or terror, or threat.