Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ch 2: You Might Not Finish This Chapter

Well Pastor Chan really served it up in this chapter! The story of Stan was incredible ... and the legacy of Brooke literally took me to tears. But the big idea for me in this section was:

P. 44: "...When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God. Psalm 73"

Our society pushes intellect over faith - and I'm embarassed to admit how many times I've gotten "analysis paralysis" from desperately trying to think through a situation ... to understand it. That simply is not God's plan!

Father - please forgive my ongoing desire to find supernatural peace in my human understanding. Instead, may I find rest in your faithfulness.

How about you - - - what was your big idea?

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Ch 1: Stop Praying

So many statements to expound on! Loved 2nd sentence p. 30 .... and what about last sentence p. 31? But the most resonating word for me was convicting, and held me to my promise of vulnerability and transparency as I author this weblog.

Last line, p. 33: "Could it be your arrogance that makes you think God owes you an explanation?"

Ouch! While I wince at the thought of being arrogant, I cannot deny the times my life has been an "if/then" experiment with God.
'If you open this door, I'll praise you for it'.
'If you give me revelation, I'll honor you with it.'
'If you show me my destiny, I'll worship you in it.'

Granted, my motives may be pure - but I am still asking for explanations from a God who owes me nothing. As the video on declares, He is far greater than my teeny-tiny mind can comprehend. Yet I often request explanations in my prayer life instead of simply asking Him, how can I honor you with my life today?

Your turn - Ch 1, pgs. 25-38 - what moved you most?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Preface: Our View of God

Crazy Love: page 20 - "I grew up beliving in God without having a clue what He is like". This statement lept off the page at me. My walk with Him began as a 12 year old girl, the only believer in my family. As I reflect on my early years as a Christian, I realize there was tremendous emphasis placed on perfecting the practices of my denominational rituals. Great efforts were made on understanding my doctrine and the ability to successfully suppport it. "If you can intellectually understand God, you can better explain Him to others" .... that was my perception. But He is not to be explained...He is to be introduced.

Now - I realize how little time I spent trying to seek the heart of my Heavenly Father.
Now - I want to share an unexplainable yet undeniable Savior.
Now - I truly want to know what He is like .....

What sentence, idea or concept of the preface (pages 19-23) stood out to you?

Monday, August 17, 2009

What do you expect?

First book post coming in 48 hours or less. What are you expecting from God as you enter this journey?

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Getting Ready!

Tomorrow night, Monday, we will complete our Kickoff Meetings and begin to dive into our book. I hope you've purchased a copy of Crazy Love and are ready to take the journey with us!

God loves you - and together, we are going to discover how to express our love to Him!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Welcome to Bibles & Bling!

I'm so glad you're here!
This weblog is for VCC Nursery team members to enjoy an online community of discipleship. Very soon we will begin an interactive book club to discuss Francis Chan's Crazy Love!

So leave a comment so we will know you stopped by! Hit Barns & Noble or to pick up your book and let's discover just how much our amazing God loves his girls!