Alright, kiddos (yes, I spell-checked that, it's right). Last chance at two great books from Moody Publishers, whom we thank for supplying our booty! For all sorts of cool behind-the-scenes stuff that goes on at their publishing company, visit Moody's blog, Inside Pages.
By now you've read the descriptions of these two books a couple times. And while I haven't finished my copy of Counterfeit Gospels by Trevin Wax soon enough to write a review, I thought I would share a couple of my favorite quotes thus far:
If our biggest need is to feel good about ourselves, God could have sent Oprah.
When we emphasize the temporal blessings that come from following Christ, we plant the seeds for a harvest of heartbreak...It seems counterintuitive, but it's in renouncing our right to happiness that we receive the greatest joy from God.
The god who is truly scary is not the wrathful God of the Bible, but the god of the judgmentless gospel, who closes his eyes to the evil of this world, shrugs his shoulders, and ignores it in the name of "love".
It puzzles me that so many people seem to be angry with God for allowing evil and suffering to exist in this world, and yet they are also angry with the idea of God and Judge. You can't have it both ways. If you expect God to do something about the evil in this world, then you want God to judge.
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In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said,
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
make his paths straight.’”
Now John wore a garment of camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
“I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
(Matthew 3:1-12 ESV)