Saturday, January 22, 2011

On a roll

This post will be short and sweet. While it's on my mind, I wanted to share a quick thought from the book our small group is reading right now. We're reading Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan. It's a wonderful book that really makes you think.

The most recent chapter was about being a lukewarm Christian. Chan describes the lukewarm Christian as one who (and I paraphrase):
  • Attends church because they're expected to, not because they necessarily want to.
  • Cares more about what people think of their actions than what God thinks of their heart.
  • Calls Christians who do extreme things for Christ "radical" when in fact, God expects all of his followers to be "radical."
  • Probably drinks less and swears less than average, but otherwise they're not that much different than unbelievers.
Talk about a reality check! The chapter really got me thinking about my own relationship with Christ. I'm the first to admit that it can be classified as lukewarm at times. There's definitely room for improvement. So, to start, Greg and I are reading the bible more and saying more genuine, authentic prayers. We're focusing on what's important and what we can to serve Him. It's not nearly enough, but hopefully it'll continue to build up our faith. Being lukewarm isn't an option.

If you haven't listened to the song "The Motions," check it out today.


  1. Hey Rose, I'm right there with you. Except that I'm trying to go from an ice cold relationship to a hot one! LOL Aside from finally going to church on a regular basis I have been reading the Bible. So far, I've started from the very beginning and I'm almost through the book of Exodus. But, I found this 52 week Bible reading plan online that I think I might try:

    I think it will help mix things up a little bit. I've also been reading the Bible on my Kindle which is very convenient and allows me to make bookmarks, type and save my thoughts about certain scriptures, etc.

  2. Reading it on your Kindle is a great idea, because it's so accessible! I hope your reading adventure is going well. We've been on the book of Corinthians at church, so I've been focusing my time there a lot lately. You should check out our church some time. The services are all online. It's really contemporary, and we get so much out of the messages. Good luck with reading front to back!