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November 30, 2014

Chapters 6-8 of Recovering Redemption by Matt Chandler

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Some favorite quotes from Chapters 6-8 of Recovering Redemption by Matt Chandler

Chapter 6: Turn Here

sanctification isn’t something we lean back on, as much as it’s something we lean into.

Learning to turn right, where we used to turn wrong.

God’s Spirit will increasingly alert you to certain activities and environments of yours, certain habits and hobbies, that—even though they’re not morally wrong—are still personally detrimental to your own heart. And could stand to be euthanized.

there’s often wisdom in mortifying that particular distraction—whatever it is—in order to keep your heart vivacious in following hard after the Lord.

what’s more valuable to you? Watching Saturday Night Live, or preparing your Saturday night heart for Sunday morning worship?

The conflict you’re having is not primarily about them; God is working in this conflict to reveal something about you.

you’ll never cure the disease you’re suffering from by doing X-rays on other people.

if any of us who battle addictions treat only the surface issues—the presenting symptoms—without working to figure out what’s actually spawning the pain from deep down inside, we’re dooming ourselves to what the prophet Jeremiah called “‘peace, peace,’ when there is no peace” (Jer. 6:14).

The cross of Jesus, while definitely meant to include us in the family of God, is also designed to out us as people who desperately need what its forgiveness and power provide.

Chapter 7: The Perfect Storm

Guilt is more about what we do; shame is more about who we are.

when we conduct baptism services, we invite new converts to stand in the water and lay out the reasons for the shame they once bore.

The gospel gives it all. Justification for our guilt. Sanctification for deconstructing our false ideals. Adoption for the red face of our secret shame.

Chapter 8: God Is Great, God Is Good

while “Abba” does connote a level of family intimacy, it sends up more of the idea that “my dad can beat up your dad,”

The bottom line underneath most of our fear and anxiety is that we simply don’t believe—don’t have faith—in the goodness of God.

But I can tell you from personal experience that one of the most merciful acts of God in my life has come from showing me that really—really, Matt?—there’s nothing I can do but trust Him.


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