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July 31, 2014

Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will

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I just finished Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will by DeYoung, Kevin L. on Kindle for Android! http://www.amazon.com/kindleforandroid/


July 18, 2014

God’s Tools & Wisdom from Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung

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Some of my favorites quotes from Chapters 7 & 8 of Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung
Chapter 7 Tools of the Trade

Remember, God’s will for your life is your sanctification, and God tends to use discomfort and trials more than comfort and ease to make us holy.

Chapter 8 The Way of Wisdom

Verse 5 gives the answer to the question, “What is wisdom?” Wisdom is understanding the fear of the Lord and finding the knowledge of God.

Isn’t it interesting that we are never told in Scripture to ask God to reveal the future or to show us His plan for our lives? But we are told—in no uncertain terms—to call out for insight and to cry aloud for understanding.

God is interested in more than getting us to follow His to-do list; He wants transformation.

God wants us to drink so deeply of the Scriptures that our heads and hearts are transformed so that we love what He loves and hate what He hates.

God doesn’t tell us the future for this simple, yet profound reason: We become what we behold. God wants us to behold Him in His glory so that we can be transformed into His likeness (2 Corinthians 3:18).

July 11, 2014

Some of my favorite quotes from first 5 chapters of Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung

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Some of my favorite quotes from Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung

Chapter 1 The Long Road to Nowhere

“Consider this one statistic: In 1960, 77 percent of women and 65 percent of men completed all the major transitions into adulthood by age thirty. These transitions include leaving home, finishing school, becoming financially independent, getting married, and having a child. By 2000, only 46 percent of woman completed these transitions by age thirty, and only 31 percent of men.”

Chapter 2 the Will of God in Christianese

“Seek first the kingdom of God, and then trust that He will take care of our needs, even before we know what they are and where we’re going.”

Chapter 3 Directionally Challenged

“be able to find a great job right out of college in a great location that provides the same standard of living our parents have right now, and involves us in the world’s troubles in a way that would make Bono proud.”

“if you keep busy and work your whole life, you don’t have time to worry about being fulfilled.”

“The church needs lifers and those who can be counted on for the long haul.”

“I wonder if the abundance of opportunities to explore today is doing less to help make well-rounded disciples of Christ and more to help Christians avoid long-term responsibility and have less long-term impact.”

“God’s normal way of operation is not to show this plan to us ahead of time—in retrospect, maybe; in advance, rarely.”

Chapter 4 Our Magic 8-Ball God

“we should spend more time trying to figure out how to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God (as instructed in Micah 6:8) as a doctor or lawyer and less time worrying about whether God wants us to be a doctor or lawyer.”

Chapter 5 A Better Way

“Jesus doesn’t treat obsession with the future as a personal quirk, but as evidence of little faith (v. 30). Worry and anxiety reflect our hearts’ distrust in the goodness and sovereignty of God.”

“The question God cares about most is not “Where should I live?” but “Do I love the Lord with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind, and do I love my neighbor as myself?” (Luke 10:27) It’s that second question that gets to the heart of God’s will for your life.”

“Being filled with the knowledge of God’s will doesn’t mean getting divine messages about our summer plans and financial investments. It means we bear fruit, grow in our understanding of God, are strengthened with power unto patience, and joyfully give thanks to the Father.”

“God’s will is that you and I get happy and holy in Jesus.”

July 5, 2014

Part 7 Gift Projection from Accidental Pharisees by Larry Osborne

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Some favorite quotes from Part 7 Gift Projection

“I had a bad case of gift projection, the chocolate-covered arrogance that assumes that everyone is just like me — or will be when they grow up”

“There is no more dangerous place to be than sitting in the seat of an accidental Pharisee, pretending to know and dispense God’s will for everyone else.”

“nowhere in the Bible are we called to be adventuresome and risk-taking. We’re called to be obedient.”

“1 It begins with a failure to grasp the true gravity and depths of my own sin. 2 It’s followed by a heightened disgust for the sins of others. 3 It’s then justified by a cut-and-paste theology that emphasizes some of the hard sayings of Jesus while pretty much ignoring those that speak of his compassion, mercy, and grace.”

“When the radicalness of my commitment, the intensity of my zeal, or the extent of my personal sacrifices become the means to receive or maintain God’s acceptance and approval, the good news of the gospel is no longer good news to anyone except those of us who excel.”

“Our hope is not in what we do for God. Our hope is in what God has done for us. That’s the gospel. That’s discipleship in a nutshell. And that’s what keeps people like you and me from becoming accidental Pharisees.”

Part 6 The Quest For Uniformity from Accidental Pharisees by Larry Osborne

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Some favorite quotes from Part 6 The Quest For Uniformity

“there is another reason why real and lasting unity is so elusive. We often confuse biblical unity with its bogus counterfeit: uniformity. It’s an age-old problem.”

“He came to save us in our differences, not from them. God delights in our diversity. Many of our greatest differences are an essential part of his sovereign plan. He actually made us that way — on purpose.”

“when they see fisticuffs and shouting matches breaking out in the eternal security aisle — or the political aisle, or the Holy Spirit aisle — they can’t help but wonder, “What kind of heavenly Father would have a family like that?””

“boundary markers that are narrower than the ones Jesus laid down don’t protect the flock; they divide the flock. They sow discord among brothers, something God says he’s not too fond of.”

“Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for whoever is not against you is for you.” In other words, my kingdom is much bigger than you realize. Don’t get in the way of what I’m doing just because I’m not doing it through you.”

“I’ve often wondered how much of our remarkable unity can be traced to God’s favor with the response I had in my youth pastor days, when I decided to fight for the unity of the body rather than fight for my own preferences and understanding.”

“offering to others the same grace, mercy, and patience when they are dead wrong as Jesus offers to me when I’m dead wrong.”

Part 5 Idolizing The Past from Accidental Pharisees by Larry Osborne

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Some favorite quoted from Part 5 Idolizing The Past

“all of these men were powerfully used by God. They accomplished great things. But they were also deeply flawed — sinners saved by grace. And the same is true of the current crop of leaders whom God is using today. They are broken. They are sinners. They make mistakes — sometimes big mistakes. Yet God continues to use them in his grace. He’s still drawing straight lines with crooked sticks. Odds are that he’ll continue to do so until Jesus comes back.”

“All of this puts a new perspective on our current crop of leaders. Maybe they aren’t so bad after all. Maybe God will continue to draw straight lines with crooked sticks, just like he did in the first century.”

“I always ask people who deride the present-day church and long for a return to the New Testament church, “Have you actually read the New Testament?””

“one of the most important things we can learn from the failings of the early church is the danger of idolizing the past to the point of losing hope and perspective in the present.”

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