Keep God’s Salvation Stories Fresh

Sunday, I made my every-other-month trip to the library. I only checked out the number of books I could carry. 😉

Monday afternoon, I had a half an hour free. I started reading, “The Masterpiece” by Francine Rivers, (Tyndale House, $25.99).

I don’t know how she does it? I could relate to the character that was the polar opposite of myself. He was an orphaned, streetwise, gang member in a big city.

Tuesday, I finished the book. All 484 pages! I washed bedding and read for an hour. I read in between tasks and loads of laundry. I cleaned the house and made Pork Stir Fry.

After supper, I climbed into bed and read until 10 p.m. I woke up at 1:45 a.m. and couldn’t get back to sleep. I got up at 2:00 a.m. and finished the book.

It was the story of salvation and redemption. God making a new creature out of a broken life. And of a Christian who failed. Yet, faced the consequences and responsibilities that resulted.

Micah 6:5, “…Keep all God’s salvation stories fresh and present.” The Message

Today I started another book with an unfamiliar publisher. The first page was a prayer. That looked good. I didn’t get halfway through the introduction before I set it aside. It is going back to the library unread.

It’s probably a “good” book. It’s a “spiritual” book. But there is a huge difference between “spiritualism” and a life of faith in Jesus Christ.

“Faith is not conjuring up, through an act of your will, a sense of certainty that something is going to happen. No, it is recognizing God’s promise as an actual fact, believing it’s true, rejoicing in the knowledge of that truth, and then simply resting because God said it.” “Days of Heaven on Earth” (Streams in the Desert, May 1)

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