Did you know that today is the National Day of Prayer? And while the NDP is often marked by early morning praying, it’s okay to pray all day! So feel free to keep praying all day. Today … and tomorrow, too. And every other day, too. 🙂
In lieu of my normal Teaser Tuesday, I’m so, so excited to tell you about a new book, just out today, called Radical. Written by David Platt, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, has written a book that is both the most challenging/life-altering and the most encouraging book other than the Bible that I’ve ever read.
I was reading this book at the same time as several friends of mine, and we couldn’t stop talking about every chapter as we worked our way through the realization of how easy it is to hijack worshipping Christ and replace it with a faith built on the American Dream. God wants us all to accumulate stuff and be successful, right?
Not so fast.
According to David, our role on earth is to proclaim the glory of God, to share the good news of His grace and gospel. Our role is not to choose which parts of scripture we want to follow. Ignoring the parts of the Bible that tell us to care for the poor and widows and orphans isn’t an option. When we serve them we’re serving our God.
You’ll be blown away by this book. I’m certain of it. Just ask my parents and friends who keep saying “David Platt is ruining my life!” Or ask the families (like David and his wife) who have sold their homes or given away all their things to bless others with the Good News. This message will ruin you. In the best possible way.
Please find this book at your library or local bookstore. Or check out www.waterbrookmultnomah.com to see about contests to win copies. This is one you can’t miss.
Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip …
Well, it’s actually a tale of a fateful ship … the Meribel. Here is her story, in pictures and words.
Meribel was a good ship. A friendly ship. She liked the open water and her place of rest among the other boats in my backyard next to her friend, Little Blue Boat.
But then, one day the waters started to rise. And rise. And rise. And Meribel’s friend didn’t float. Meribel was sad.
When Little Blue Boat disappeared, Meribel thought she’d be all alone, floating on the water. But then Floating Storage Shed arrived.
But then Floating Storage Shed became a bully, pushing Meribel back into a corner.
Will Meribel get out of the corner? Will she fight back against Floating Storage Shed? Check back soon for an update.
(In all seriousness, these are pictures I took over 3 days in my new backyard during the flooding in Nashville. As of right now the water is still rising in rivers and creeks all over the city, including the one feeding the basin behind my home. Please pray for the people who have lost everything in the floods of Middle Tennessee.)