By Larry Crabb
Forever switch how you look at the Bible . . . and your personal life
Have you ever learn the Bible basically to come back away harassed? Ever puzzled if God actually had you in brain while He begun telling His story?
Though existence will not be going in accordance with your plan, God has one other one, far better than you could think. From Genesis to Revelation, event His invitation to get you dancing with joy.
In 66 Love Letters Larry Crabb bargains a clean, relational examine Scripture:
“When you end examining my old flame letter to you, i would like you to gain that I never underestimated how completely you’d reduce to rubble your lifestyles or how painfully you could fight and undergo, and that i don’t wish you to underestimate your failures or struggles both. They’re all a part of the tale I’m telling. “But neither have I underestimated my choice or skill to go into both the mess you’ve made and the ache you're feeling, then flip every little thing round. I can,...
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How do I earnestly seek God? The question itself jarred something loose in me. I realized I had been assuming it was His job to seek me. I was the lost sheep, baa-baaing alone in the night. Isn’t that the cue for the Good Shepherd to leave the ninety-nine and come looking for me? (Matthew 18:12). I could feel the angry, spoiled-brat passivity behind that assumption. A flame of hope began to melt the ice covering my heart. He had already come after me, and He had come a long way. The incarnation was a big trip.
I pictured my father in his chair in front of our coal-burning fireplace reading Leviticus while Red Skelton was beginning his monologue. It began to make sense. ” “I’m going to skip it tonight, Larry. ” Dad feasted on the Bible. He chewed on different parts of it every day. Several times, with the passion of a young man the day before his wedding, he told me, “The Bible is a love story that begins with a divorce. ” Dad’s favorite verse, at least the one he quoted the most, was John 6:68. Jesus had just been saying tough things that didn’t sit well with most of His followers.
I didn’t create you to be miserable or empty. My plan was, is, and always will be that you would share My joy. But you got yourself in such bad shape, so far away from Me, that you had no hope of real happiness. I couldn’t bear to leave you in that condition. “So I revealed My power by setting you free, My holiness by letting you know how you must live to stay close to Me, and My passionate love by moving in with you. ” “You’ve got to help me here, God. ” “Listen carefully: until you hear My message wrapped up in the stories of real people, you won’t trust that My power could enter your story.