I've decided to end this blog and consolidate onto my main blog - Sojourner Between Worlds
, rather than trying to maintain 2 blogs.
I'm not reading as much as I used to and my tastes in reading have changed quite a bit over the last couple years. I will still post about what I've read, but will do so on my regular blog rather than keeping a separate blog just for books.
Please feel free to join me over at Sojourner Between Worlds
I've completed this book, except for the appendices, which I actually plan to read at some point. But I'm wanting to move on to other topics right now, so I'll go back to read them later. Here are some more quotes from this challenging book. How far we have fallen from Jesus' day and the call to repentance and turning from sin! We do not seem to want to challenge people on sin anymore; it's considered taboo. Yet Jesus didn't shy away from confronting people about their sin and challenging them to repent and leave their wayward ways to follow Him. We must return to teaching about the reality and seriousness of sin and the need for repentance, not just "feel-good" Christianity or the "self-esteem" movement.
"The conscience, to operate fully and in accord with true holiness, must be informed by the Word of God."
"The conscience reacts to the convictions of the mind and therefore can be encouraged and sharpened in accordance with God's Word. The wise Christian wants to master biblical truth so that the conscience is completely informed and judges right because it is responding to God's Word. A regular diet of Scripture will strengthen a weak conscience or restrain an overactive one. Conversely, error, human wisdom, and wrong moral influences filling the mind will corrupt or cripple the conscience."
"...the good news about salvation starts with the bad news about sin." "There can be no salvation for those who aren't convinced of the seriousness of their sin." "...to attempt to eradicate the human conscience is one of the most spiritually destructive pursuits any individual or society can engage in."
"People who follow the culture rather than obey God's Word are utterly without excuse."
And these are some powerful and sobering words to consider,
"With so many dampened consciences and hardened hearts, it would take a revival of unprecedented proportions to reverse the downward direction of our culture. The problems are spiritual and cannot be solved through politics or education. Christians who believe political activism can reverse the trends in our society do not understand the nature of the problem. True believers must realize that the state of our society is the result of the righteous judgment of God. God has not commissioned His people to reconstruct society. We are not called to expend our energies for moral reform....our primary task is to preach the truth of God's Word, live in obedience to that truth, and to keep ourselves unstained by the world (Jas. 1:;27). Our influence on society must be the fruit of that kind of living, not the product of fleshly energy or political clout. What we can do, and must
do, is keep our own consciences pure. We must saturate our minds and hearts with the truth of Scripture, and refuse to yield to the spirit of our age.
" (emphasis mine)
We have moved away from the reality and seriousness of sin.
"Remove the reality of sin, and you take away the possibility of repentance. Abolish the doctrine of human depravity and you void the divine plan of salvation. Erase the notion of personal guilt and you eliminate the need for a Savior. Obliterate the human conscience, and you will raise an amoral and unredeemable generation. The church cannot join hands with the world in such a grossly satanic enterprise. To do so is to overthrow the very gospel we are called to proclaim."
"The weakness of the church is not that we're too uninvolved in the politics or administration of our society, but that we too easily absorb the false values of an unbelieving world."
"'Reclaiming' the culture is a pointless, futile exercise."
"As believers, then, our duty with regard to sin is not to try to purge all society's ills, but to apply ourselves diligently to the work of our own sanctification. The sin we need to be most concerned with is the sin in our own lives. Only as the church becomes holy can it begin to ahve a true, powerful effect on the outside world - and it won't be an external effect, but a changing of hearts."
"It is an appeal that we commit ourselves to biblical
thinking, that we see ourselves as God sees us, and that we deal honestly with our own sin."
Sometimes a book just doesn't grab me. Other times the circumstances going on in my life keep me from really being able to enjoy a book. Due to events that happened in the past week, I have not gotten much reading done.
December 2003 - September 24, 2012
We took Storm to the vet on Monday as she was not eating normally. They discovered that she had cancer and it was advanced. It was time to let her go.
Life will never be the same. Storm came into our lives on June 19, 2004 and has been a huge part of our lives ever since. There is a gaping hole now and we miss her tremendously. We are so thankful for the 8 years that we were able to enjoy her.
I love this challenge as it is very laid-back and low-key without a lot of pressure. But it is fun to see what everyone is reading. I am not getting much reading done these days other than the Bible between the Bible in 90 Days that I am doing and starting a Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) study. So this list is hopeful but not sure how much of it I will actually be able to complete.
For more information on this challenge and to join, go here
(info) and here
(to sign up).
1. Finish the Bible in 90 Days
2. Read Don't Stop Believin'
by Robert Johnston, Craig Detweiler & Barry Taylor (editors) (review book from Netgalley) - GAVE UP ON
3. Finish through Chapter 18 of Systematic Theology
by Wayne Grudem. I'm currently on chapter 12.
4. Read either
The Vanishing Conscience
or Ashamed of the Gospel
by John MacArthur.
5. Read Spiritual Rhythm
by Mark Buchanan.