Thursday, April 02, 2009
Clutter Free Christianity
One quote stood out to me from chapter 4. It fits so well with everything we deal with in our lives. All the injustice and wrongs we feel and experience.
See how this quote feels to you from page 59: Whenever someone wrongs you, that person becomes indebted to you -- whether or not he or she realizes it. As long as you hold on to that psychological "account receivable," you become emotionally bound to that other person, wondering when and if that debt will ever be satisfied. Forgiveness of your offender's debt is the only way you can ever free yourself and regain control over your life.
I reread that quote a couple of times as I realized I did not want to be emotionally bound to my offenders. Do you? A very worthwhile read. I'm using it right now as a Bible study.
When did the Christian life become so complicated?
Your greatest desire is to please God, but with each passing week, your spiritual to-do list grows longer. As you strive to fulfill a never-ending inventory of requirements for being a godly parent, spouse, voter, employee, and more, you feel increasingly disconnected from the God you’re trying to serve.
It’s time to cut through the clutter and get to the heart of what it means to please God. In this liberating look at the core principles of faith, Dr. Robert Jeffress reveals the truth about what God really wants from you–and what He wants to do for you.
Through solid biblical teaching and practical insights, Dr. Jeffress points you toward a revitalized faith centered on becoming more like Jesus in action, attitude, and affection. You’ll learn how to partner with God in the process of spiritual transformation as you choose to follow Christ in forgiveness, obedience, trust, contentment, service, and prayer.
Through a renewed focus on experiencing the kingdom of God right now, you’ll find your to-do list shrinking and your spiritual life deepening. It all comes with embracing Clutter-Free Christianity.
Includes a Bible study guide for personal growth and group discussion.
Dr. Robert Jeffress is the senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas, one of the most historic churches in the Southern Baptist Convention. The author of sixteen books, he is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, live broadcasts of Dr. Jeffress’ weekly messages reach millions of listeners and viewers each week, while his daily sermon series airs on 1,100 television stations and cable systems nationwide. Dr. Jeffress and his wife, Amy, are the parents of two adult daughters.