Friday, October 3, 2014

New Book

I've been reading Into the Depths of God by Calvin Miller. Such good stuff in here. Reviews were written by Max Lucado, Madeline L' Engle, Warren Wiersbe, Eugene Peterson (author of The Message Bible), Richard J. Foster. Here's some food for thought from Into the Depths of God in just the first chapter: "Most Christians...spend their lives being whipped tumultuously through the surface circumstances of their days. Their frothy lifestyles mark the surface nature of their lives. Yet those who plumb the deep things of God discover true peace for the first time." "If mere conversation or study groups were the path to depth experience, the church would be deep indeed. But it is those who read and pray...who arrive at lives of real power. The issue is going deep. Deep reveals the reality of God. Prayer is the gleaming doorway to the depths. We do not go deep to study God, we go deep to taste His reality. In such experience we cannot define God, for He is not definable. But we do, ultimately, define ourselves. In the depths we meet our smallness, our powerlessness, our need. On the positive side, we discover the folly of trying to find our satisfaction in surface relationships. We learn to our credit that God hides neither His greatness nor our self-understanding in three hurried minutes of Bible reading a day. "For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of this world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us." (1 Cor. 2:11-12)

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