This week I have been taking some time to read through Crazy Love: Overwhelmed By A Relentless God by Francis Chan. A highly recommendable book now that I have read most of it, along the lines of David Platt's Radical. It is one of those that causes you to stop and question whether or not you are truly following God in the way that you claim to follow him based on a biblical premise.
I know that most of you have probably already read through this book since it has been out for some time, but I still wanted to share some of the parts that I thought were worth noting/highlighting.
I get nervous when I think of how we've missed who we are supposed to be, and sad when I think about how we're missing out on all that God wants for the people He loved enough to die for. (17)
This book is for those who don't want to plateau, those who would rather die before their convictions do. (18)
The core problem isn't that were lukewarm, half-hearted, or stagnant Christians... it is that we have an inaccurate view of God. (19)
Solomon warned us not to rush into God's presence with words. That's what fools do. And often, that's what we do. (20).
God will not be tolerated. He instructs us to worship and fear Him. (26)
In our world, where hundreds of things distract us from God, we have to intentionally and consistently remind ourselves of Him. (26)
Not being able to fully understand God is frustrating, but it is ridiculous for us to think we have the right to limit God to something we are capable of comprehending. (29)
No question about it: God hates and must punish sin. And He is totally just and fait in doing so. (32)
Worry implies that we don't quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what's happening in our lives. (39)
Stress says that the things we are involved in are important enough to merit our impatience, our lack of grace toward others, or our tight grip of control. (39)
The point of your life is to point to Him. Whatever you are doing, God wants to be glorified, because this whole things is His. It is His movie, His world, His gift. (42).
The greatest good on this earth is God. Period. God's one goal for us is Himself. (60)
To put it plainly, churchgoers who are "lukewarm" are not Christians. (81)
Jesus Christ didn't die only to save us from hell; He also died to save us from our bondage to sin. (101)
When I look at my relationship with God as a chore, a sacrifice, then I am getting the glory-not God. (105)
God wants us to trust Him with abandon. He wants to show us how He works and cares for us. He wants to be our refuge. (121)