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Good Reads 06.24.15 (on enjoying life, temptation, trusting God, and more)

Here are some links and summaries to some good reads collected over the past week. Be sure to check them out…

On enjoying the good things in life: Is It Possible to Enjoy What God Has Created Without Feeling Guilty? by Stephen Altrogge (click here)

Without a doubt, we treasure God primarily through his word. But I don’t think that we treasure God exclusively through his word. We can also treasure God through the wonderful gifts that he has given to us.

On fighting against sexual temptation with greater desires: Our Odyssey Against Sexual Temptation by Jimmy Needham (click here)

Real freedom came for me when I began, by God’s grace, to see that my cravings were for more than just food or sex. All my appetites were, at root, for an all-satisfying God. God will always be the better treasure, the more pleasing song. His music makes all the songs of the world pale in comparison.

On trusting God to give us good things according to his wisdom: What If God Wants Me To Marry Somebody Ugly by Stacy Reaoch (click here)

Part of me wanted to chuckle at these extremely candid questions. But really, I have asked the same questions in different ways. The question isn’t as simple as “What if I don’t like the man I am supposed to marry?” but rather, “Do I trust that God is for me and gives good gifts to his children?”

On confession and accountability: Confession is a Cosmic Trust Fall by JA Medders (click here)

Hiding sin is a self-shackling; it’s a false freedom. We think we are free because we feel like we are in control, but we are leashed to a lie. Covering our sin, deleting web histories, hiding receipts, erasing text messages—these are all landmines and no one will ever evade them all. “Be sure your sin will find you out” (Num. 32:23).

On righteousness: Become the Righteousness of God by Nathan R. Hale (click here)

This is the event that changed everything for everyone in whole world! One perfect person, Jesus Christ, died and was raised back to life for everyone so that they could be free from selfishness and find real abundant life outside of themselves. This is new reality, and implication are huge, because it means that real self-giving love and authentic community are actually possible. It changes the way we look at everything.

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