We All Scream for Ice Cream!

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Sometimes, God’s Word is like an ice cream parlor. It has 66 flavors (books) and selecting a scoop is really hard. Should I have Psalms, or Matthew? What about special toppings? Of course, Revelation can be an acquired taste– but a scoop is truly heavenly.

Maybe I’ll get crazy, and have a double scoop; possibly Ecclesiastes and James, with sprinkles– but on a waffle cone? I don’t think so. ¬†Ah decisions, decisions– what’s a guy to do? Sometimes the person behind the counter will cheerfully give you a taste test. (But after giving you several samples, they seem to catch on.) ūüôā

Now I know the Bible is really far more than an ice cream shop. Jesus once said, “My words are Spirit and Life.” What more can you say to that?

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.¬†17¬†God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17, NLT

I suppose this a serious matter. I will not trivialize it. The inspired scripture corrects us, and teaches us. It connects with us on so many levels, doing a comprehensive “all-points inspection.” It should be our first action, and our last stop. The Christian must make it his prime concern, or deal with the consequences of a barren life.

The essential idea I suppose, is connecting with a scripture portion that has been saturated¬†with the Holy Spirit’s presence, just for me. But, if I don’t read it, I’m putting myself outside God’s primary way to change me. And that is sad. He gives me so much, and ignore it.

But I can’t lament how terrible my life is, if I cut myself off from all that can save me. If a physician writes out a prescription for my pneumonia, I must take my medicine if I’m going to heal. I shouldn’t expect to get well if I don’t take my meds.

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Some Quotes:

“The Word of God is creative. It is a hammer that crushes the hardness of our insubordination. It is medicine that heals the brokenhearted. And it is light that gives us guidance and hope on our way.” ‚ÄĒ John Piper

“This Book contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler‚Äôs map, the pilgrim‚Äôs staff, the pilot‚Äôs compass, the soldier‚Äôs sword, and the Christian‚Äôs character. Here paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand object; our good is its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully.” —Anonymous

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kyrie elesion, Bryan

(Lord, have mercy on me)
 
 
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BB Book Review: “Imaginary Jesus”

“Imaginary Jesus,” by Matt Mikalatos

This was a book saturated with holy surprises.¬† For sure, the title seemed eccentric and I couldn’t be certain that it be worth reading.¬† After I read several pages I was able to use my own¬†“spiritual” GPS and locate, and understand the “lay-of-the-land.”¬† There was a sense of reading something very fresh, and striding to keep up with Mikalotos.¬† I discovered that I couldn’t wait for the next page, which is a great indicator.

Imaginative¬†and engaging.¬† If this book transformed into¬†a person, I would immediately invite him to my living room for coffee and a conversation.¬† I would not hesitate.¬† Plot and content wise–this is a narrative of a man’s journey to what is real.¬† Especially in the spiritual realm of the truth, where it is¬†best to possess what you confess.

The book unfolds with adventure after adventure.¬† It has a plot that seems like sci-fi.¬† It is both¬†exotic and friendly, all at the same time.¬† If I could think out loud my impressions of “Imaginary Jesus”¬†in a single word it would be “winsome.”¬† Mikalatos presses into our imaginations a journey that is both amusing as it is cutting.¬† It is a fun read, that is explosive and sure, it puts together for us an¬†understanding of our own hearts in this generation.

Outside Review:¬†“Take the theological forcefulness of Bonhoeffer, combine it with the imaginative whimsy of C. S. Lewis and the wit of Charles Spurgeon, and you get Matt Mikalatos. Imaginary Jesus marks the debut of one of today‚Äôs most prominent young Christian writers. “(Gary Thomas, Author of Sacred Marriage and Pure Pleasure )

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I purchased my book direct from Amazon.com for $10.19 USD.

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: BarnaBooks (March 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10:9781414335636
  • ISBN-13:978-1414335636
  • ASIN:1414335636
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars.¬† (134 customer reviews)
  • ¬†Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Thirty Thousand Hits!

I can hardly believe it, we’ve had 30,ooo¬†distinct hits in about 15 months.¬† I’m ecstatic¬†that we have been there for so many seekers.¬† Thanks for supporting this work, the Lord is using you. But¬†I encourage you to¬†pray, that this would be a work of the Holy Spirit, otherwise,¬†in my mind¬†we should shut it all down, and move on.¬† I want to please Him who gave everything up for me.¬† I believe that is what you want as well!