Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Crazy Love. Francis Chan.
I read this book last year at some point and recently I started reading through it again. Francis Chan loves Jesus, and he brings A LOT of solid truth in this book. You need to read it. Just go get it right now, and start reading. This book is just eye opening. It's going to convict you. It's going to make you want to love Jesus more than you do. It's going to make you want to change what kind of Christian you have been. He talks about everything from being crazy in love with Jesus, to what Jesus thinks about people who are lukewarm (this isn't good by the way). I'm going to share some of my favorite quotes that just blew me away!
"I hope reading this book will convince you of something: that by surrendering yourself totally to God's purposes. he will bring you the most pleasure in this life and the next. I hope it affirms your desire for "more God"- even if you are surrounded by people who feel they have "enough God". I hope it inspires confidence if you have questioned and doubted the commitment of the American church. I want to affirm your questioning even while assuring you there is hope."
"As I see it, a lukewarm Christian is an oxymoron, there's no such thing. To put it plainly, churchgoers who are "lukewarm" are not Christians. We will not see them in Heaven."
"The critical question for our generation- and for every generation- is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all your friends you ever had on earth, and all that food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict, or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ was not there?"
"Christians today like to play it safe. We want to put ourselves in situations where we are safe "even if there is no God". But if we truly desire to please God, we cannot live that way. We have to do things that cost us during our life on earth but will be more than worth it in eternity."
"Having faith often means doing what others see as CRAZY. Something is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers."
"I question whether many American churchgoers are really in love with God because they are so hesitant to do anything for Him."- (YIKES!)