my sister is in a weekly study and they are going through the book "crazy love" by francis chan.
i've been wanting to read it since one of the rotating pastors during KC's "what if the church" series mentioned it in his sermon in april or may.
so i ordered it a few weeks ago and almost immediately began devouring it. it is challenging and brings so much to mind to chew on.
"taking the words of Christ literally and seriously are rarely considered. that's for the 'radicals' who are 'unbalanced' and who go 'overboard.' most of us want a balanced life that we can control, that is safe, and that does not involve suffering."
and how about this one...
"God has allowed hard things in your life so you can show the world that your God is great and that knowing Him brings peace and joy, even when life is hard."
geez. that is convicting.
there is so much more inside this book. you can find it here.
"That bread which you keep belongs to the hungry; that coat which you preserve in your wardrobe, to the naked; those shoes which are rotting in your possession, to the shoeless; that gold which you have hidden in the ground, to the needy. Wherefore, as often as you are able to help others, and refuse, so often did you do them wrong."
eric and i have been partaking in a thursday night marriage study using the john piper sermons on marriage.
it is p.h.e.n.o.m.e.n.a.l. i have never heard an approach and biblical basis for marriage quite like this.
and believe me. i've read just about every book on marriage out there from love and respect to love languages to his needs her needs to sheet music to love life for every married couple and much, much more.
this is different. it makes sense. to BOTH of us.
find it here if you want to know about it yourself. it is seriously exactly what we needed exactly when we needed it.
this study has been one of those "wow GOD" findings for us.