Monday, June 17, 2013

More from the Salvation Army's magazine "War Cry"...

A book I want to read, "Falling in Love with God by Bob Hostetler as reviewed by the Salvation Army magazine "War Cry"..."Every human heart longs to love and be loved...Our souls--which integrate our minds, our will, our bodies and our relationships--desperately yearn to recapture the idyllic intimacy Adam and Eve enjoyed with God in the Garden of Eden...Hosea had been told by God to marry Gomer, a prostitute who betrayed him by bearing two children who were not his.  Through this story of extravagant mercy and grace, we experience the scandal of God's unconditional love for us.  For Hostetler, gratitude for God's faithfulness and remembering His good gifts are central to falling in love with God.  If our love of God is to be genuinely heart-felt, we need to accept our sinfulness, acknowledge His constant care and generosity and admit our insatiable need for the One we so often ignore and neglect."

Have you read this best selling story?  "By the time he carried out his horrific plan,,,(he) had not only committed adultery and exercised elaborate deception, but topped it off with the cold blooded murder of a trusted and innocent associate.  It is a sordid story of a very good man gone very, very bad.  And he thought he'd gotten away with it.  Sitting smugly on his throne and now married to the widow of the man he had murdered, his arrogance is shattered in a matter of minutes by the prophet Nathan."    (Major Allen Satterlee)  Yes, it is David and you can read about it in II Samuel 12.  In Psalm 51 we also read, "Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean: wash me and I will be whiter than snow...Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit with me.

"A righteous man who walks in his integrity -- how blessed are his sons after him."  Proverbs 20:7

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