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Think On These Things

I am an avid book reader.  I admit it.  I absolutely love every type of genre.  I’ll read children’s books, teen books, mysteries, sci fi (for my husband’s sake), inspirational books, etc.  In fact, I have a book that I am currently reading in just about every room in the house!  So you can imagine that I was thrilled to be invited to join a book club sponsored by the ladies at my church.  Godly conversation, godly friends, and godly books!  It doesn’t get much better than that!

Little did I know what blessings I would receive from this unique group of ladies!  Every week, I glean wisdom from women in different stages of life, and I feel richer for my time spent with them.

The book we are currently reading is The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges.  This book is a great thinking book for any Christian, and the illlustrations are simple yet vivid.  The author focuses on the performance-driven Christian and points him back to the cross – back to Christ’s performance instead. 

I am humbled to realize that I had been focusing on my own performance for salvation.  Sure, it’s easy to say that we are saved by faith, but we are so quick to doubt our salvation because there is NO WAY that a perfect God could love such a worthless sinner like me.  Yet, that’s exactly what He did when He had His Son die on the cross for my sins.  And that’s what He did for you!  Christ had the “power of attorney” to represent us on the cross, and all we have to do is accept Him!  Hallelujah!  What a Savior!

I’m curious what your book club is reading this month.  I know that there are many groups out there, but I am wondering how worthwhile the reading material is.  I had the opportunity to join another book club, but the books they were choosing to read were “fluff and nonsense”!  What are you focusing your thoughts on today?   

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Phil. 4:8, KJV).

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