Chapter 6- When you’re in love

Posted: April 21, 2014 in Crazy Love Study

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Have you ever been in love?  I mean the whole googled eyed, lost in space, giggle all the time, and have the smile on your face consistently kind of in love?  And us married folks, Remember when we first started dating our spouses and felt that tingling feeling going on in our whole bodies?  Don’t you want to keep that feeling?  So, what if I told you this chapter will help you get there?

God Is the Gospel by John Piper, “The critical question for our generation—and for every generation—is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the 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?”

After reading that… Would you be satisfied?  Would you realize that Christ was there? Or you just trying to do the best you can so you don’t burn in hell?  Well, before I go on let me give you this passage straight from the bible.  Matthew 7: 21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.   Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’   And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”  How many of you do the works but not have the relationship with God?  When you do your works for Him are you doing it for Him or for yourself?  Are you just trying to show people and do things for people for your name or for Jesus’ name?  Next time you cook, feed the homeless, donate coats, tithe to church, or even LOVE your spouse—Do it as God would do it, not to help your name be televised.

A few quotes from this chapter that stood out to me…

“Do you live as though faith, demonstrated through love, really is the only thing that counts?”

“Lukewarm living and claiming Christ’s name simultaneously is utterly disgusting to God.”

“The fact is, I need God to help me love God.  And if I need His help to love Him, a perfect being, I definitely need His help to love other fault-filled humans.”

chapter 6 Worksheet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbCIK2_oDZk

The beginning of this chapter made me think about how my funeral would be like.  What would yours be like?  Would it be about all the things you did in life, about how you won a reward, how you were a great friend, or how about a great parent?  Did you hear anything about Christ?  The last funeral I went to was of Nathan Schroer.  He was a youth pastor, EPD detective, and a loyal and faithful husband and father.  I only knew him the short time we were a member of Northwood’s church before moving to Tennessee.  I remember our conversations and his sermons.  His heart was so full of the love of God.  It was amazing watching him preach.  You were always guaranteed to leave feeling convicted.  At his funeral it was nothing different.  He didn’t want to be glorified; Nathan wanted God to be glorified at his time of recovery.  See, Nathan had leukemia and battled his last fight.  God conquered that battled; Nathan NEVER gave up on God.  Nathan knew whatever was in God’s plan was for the better.  Even though in Nathan and Lindsay’s eyes it did not look like it was for the better, God always has a plan for our lives.  We just have to obey Him and talk to Him.  Have that IN LOVE relationship like Nathan did.  Nathan’s funeral was a time to glorify his time with his Father.  What a glorious day it was!  I will always remember Nathan and that day of wanting to have a life like Nathan to be remembered just the way he is remembered.  CHRIST-LIKE!!!

nathan family

Nathan and Lindsay and the 3 kiddos!! 🙂

Please watch Nathan’s I am second video below:

http://www.iamsecond.com/seconds/nathan-schroer/

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