Book Review | Jesus Loves You This I Know

┬áSummary Sometimes you just need a reminder. Gross and Harper provide an insightful, touching and sometimes raw reality for the reader to consider. There are some people, maybe even a lot of people, who do not know this simple truth. Craig Gross is the pastor of Strip Church and leader of XXXchurch.com, a ministry that reaches out to those engaged in the pornography industry. Jason … Continue reading Book Review | Jesus Loves You This I Know

“Faith is…” Series, Pt. 8 | Faith is… Yearning for the Presence of God

10 For a day in your courts is better
     than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
     than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
     the LORD bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
     from those who walk uprightly.
12O LORD of hosts,
     blessed is the one who trusts in you! (Psalm 84:10-11)

If I had to pick one thing that should be the greatest desire for the follower of Jesus it would have to be this:

Believers in Jesus yearn to be in the presence
of God more than anything else.

For some this may be a bit much. How could this or why should this be the “greatest” desire that we hold as believers?

As I have thought about what “Faith” is I do not see how we can avoid this. What is it that we should want for ourselves? Should it not be what God our father wants for us? Should it not be to have, right now, the eternal fellowship that He has promised. The way that we think about what this means will depend on how we understand God and our relationship with him.

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Book Review | The Messenger: A Parable

Summary The Messenger: A Parable by Joseph F. Girzone chronicles some of the exploits of a priest named Francis in a modern context. Girzone is a retired Roman Catholic priest and many of these theological threads are found throughout the book. At just over one hundred pages it reads rather quickly and provides an interesting Catholic perspective to the state of the Roman church. While … Continue reading Book Review | The Messenger: A Parable