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. ūüėČ

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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