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Crazy Love Chapter 8

Posted: May 5, 2014 in Crazy Love Study

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Obsessed: To have the mind excessively preoccupied with a single emotion or topic.

I am going to be doing this blog a little different than the others. It will be an outline similar to how Chapter 8 was written.  Here we go, let’s get obsessed!!!! SHALL WE?!……

Lovers– How did this section hit you, between the eyes, unexpected slap in the right cheek?  I think we can all honestly say that we play the nice card role when it comes being called a “Christian”.  We automatically think that, like Chan says, “If we are nice, people will know that we are Christians and want to know more about Jesus.”  I personally was nice to everyone I came in contact with before I was saved.  Not one person asked me about Jesus just because I was “nice”.  That is not how our lives are supposed to be either.  In Luke 6:32-36, it talks about how we should love our enemies and do well for them.  God also tells us that there are nice “sinners”, and “sinners” are nice to each other.  God wants us to LOVE our enemies.  How many of you have an enemy?  Or maybe not an enemy but someone who just gets on your nerves?  We should LOVE them also. God Does.

 RISK TAKERS– What did you think of Chan talking about safety prayer?  We are all in fascinated by safety.  I can honestly say, I constantly ask for safety for me and my family, in fact I have been rarely asking Him to help bring me closer to Him???????

FRIENDS OF ALL– Have you ever sat back and looked at your friends list?  What kind of friends do you have?  Do they all have everything that they need?  Do you have a friend or two that are in NEED of things?  Are you ashamed of having friends that don’t have a house, car, nice T.V., etc.?  What if you had a friend who does not have a car, many shoes, many clothes, or a house?  Would you lose the friends you have now for having a friend that needs you so much to show Jesus’ love?  This week check your friends list…

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CRAZY ONES-What did you think about the story of Chan selling his house and down-sizing after he returned from Africa?  He moved his family in a much smaller house so he could GIVE MORE to GOD!!!!! Here are his quotes about him down-sizing and people calling him crazy about it… “Am I the crazy one for selling my house? Or are you for not giving more, serving more, being with your Creator more?”  Or how about these quotes… “If one person “wastes” away his day by spending hours connecting with God, and the other person believes he is too busy or has better things to do than worship the Creator and Sustainer, who is the crazy one?”  What things in your life has God given you, and are you sacrificing for GOD?  What kind of things could you change?

THE HUMBLE– Did you have flash backs on being the humble one when you talk about GOD? I found myself being proud to know God and when others don’t get in the bible I get upset.  I compare them to me, and this is something I personally struggle with. What I should be doing is glorifying God for my knowledge of what I do know about Him.  I should be thanking Him for allowing me to understand His words so quickly, And to be able to change overnight to live for Him.  Not a lot of people can change like I did and I am grateful for that gift He gave me. But, I need to remember that not everyone can change as quickly as I did. And for that I am humbled to God for my changes because that is all Him not me.

SOJOURNERS– Remember reading about Grandma Clara?  Chan asked if she liked the play they were at and do you remember her answer?  She said, “Oh honey, I really don’t want to be here right now.”  And she went on saying because “I just don’t know if this is where I want to be when Christ returns. I’d rather be helping someone or on my knees praying. I don’t want Him to return and find me sitting in a theatre.”  How did that go through your head?  Made me really think about my life, am I doing things every day that God would be satisfied?  Would He really want me sitting around watching T.V. or learning more about Him?  What if Christ came right now, would He be grateful for what you are doing right this second?

I am going to end this chapter here.  It was a lot, I know.  I want you to continue to look over this and think about your own life, not your spouse, kids, family.  You will face God alone on judgment day, not your friend, parents, and spouse for you.  Be wholly surrendered to God.  I pray that you imagine your own life and what it looks like.

Watch video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyDKrI4o0QA

Worksheet – Chapter 8

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I just realized that I did not get this off this week.  I apologize and I guess better late than never.  It has been a crazy week this week.  So let’s start out by saying that if this book has not put any conviction in your heart yet… well, I would be at a loss for words.  And if you know me personally you know that is hard to do.  HAHA!!

Are you a “play it safe” Christian?  Would you put yourself in a situation that you were uncomfortable about?  Or would you talk yourself out of it because you don’t think you “know” enough material to get through the situation?  Do you think Moses was comfortable about what God wanted him to do?  Or what about Noah?  God told him to build a huge boat… I don’t know about you but, I am sure that Noah wrestled that in his head for a few and then he stopped himself and thought no this is what God wants me to do.  Then, Noah, I am sure was thinking after the flood how stupid he was for even wrestling the situation in his head.  Don’t we do this daily?  How often does God put you in an uncomfortable situation?  Think about what Francis wrote on pg. 116 “Christians today like to play it safe.  We want to put ourselves in situations where we are safe “even if there is no God.”  “But if we truly desire to please God, we cannot live that way.  We have to do things that cost us during our life on earth but will be more than worth it in eternity.”  WOW!! I don’t know about you but that convicts me to try and listen to God more and more so my eternity will be well worth my “suffering”.

1 John 2:6- “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”  How are your walking shoes today?  What does your reflection look like in the mirror?  Are you looking at a Jesus follower or are you looking at just a Sunday church goer? 

I will end with the video and worksheet but first go through this list of questions.  At my church (Giles Creek Baptist Church) Brother Terry was preaching from Galatians 6:11-18.  This was a conviction day just like all the rest, but it fit with this chapter.  These are the questions I wrote to myself as he preached.

1. Are you a convinced Christian?  How am I going to help others if I look in the mirror and am not convinced of myself?

2. What does my life look like?  Is it full of God? Or full of myself? (What does your Facebook page look like?)

3.  What approval stamp am I looking for? God’s or people?

4.  Am I trying/doing the easy route in life?

5.  The world is ruled by Satan, am I helping Satan rule this earth or am I helping God try to get His people back to Him?

Chapter 7 Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0CwKAFCE9g&list=PL3C03863E8AC265BA

 Chapter 7 worksheet

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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!!!

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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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First off, I want to apologize for being late on putting this post in here.  I was reading chapter 4 and was finished and went on to Chapter 5 and I just now finished it…. Let’s just say this was hard for me to read as it was for Chan to even write it.  With that said here we go… Chapter 5!!!???

I am not sure why I did this to myself or for you for that matter, but I looked up the word leftover in the dictionary and this is what I came up with…..

left·o·ver

Noun

1. Usually, leftovers. Food remaining uneaten at the end of a meal, especially when saved for later

use.

2.  Anything left or remaining from a larger amount; remainder.

Adjective

3.  Being left or remaining, as an unused portion or amount.

World English Dictionary

1. N.  (Often plural) an unused portion or remnant, as of material or of cooked food.

2. adj. left as an unused portion or remnant.

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I will let those definitions sink in for a minute, (this is when you pause and really think about it, ha-ha).  Good old leftovers!! How many of you ALWAYS eat your leftovers in the Refrig.?  Not many?  I didn’t think so.  When I read this chapter I have to say I received a big SLAP IN THE FACE.  I honestly do not think it was just a slap but you understand you read the chapter as well.  When we all think of left overs we think of the food we prepared and had left over from dinner.  Then we put them in the food in their nice Tupperware homes for whenever we use it again.  A week goes by and the food is still in the same spot you put it the night you had “leftovers”.  Then, it’s time to go to the grocery store.  We get back from the store and realize there is not a lot of room in the refrigerator.  So, now it’s time to “clean out” the frig.  You start to and find all the “leftovers” from previous dinners.  This is when our leftovers get thrown in the trash.  Gone.  Pitched. Discarded.  Left unused.  Not only did you not eat the left overs, but we wasted some money in the process.

Our leftovers are never again thought about at times.  They get pushed to the back of the frig, no one wants to eat what we just had the night before, or it’s a saying a lot of us say “I just don’t feel like that right now, maybe later or tomorrow”.  I could not tell you how much leftovers I have thrown away.

So relating this to Chapter 5, do I really want to? No, but is it needed? YES!! God does not want our left overs.  He wants us when we are in full form.  He wants us for EVERYTHING we do.  God wants the best in us.  It’s like the night you slaved over a hot stove to make that perfect dinner for your husband and kids.  He wants the “perfect” meal straight out of the oven, not the leftovers after everyone else is done with it.

This week I challenge you to not give God your leftovers.  Give Him your all-time best.  Let me know how you feel at the end of the week.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0dXmWMwSb4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOv_oPaDZfU

Worksheet:  Chapter 5

Crazy Love- Chapter 4

Posted: April 7, 2014 in Crazy Love Study

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15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. Revelation 3:15-17 (ESV)

 This chapter, and the following one, are the hardest to swallow, the most convicting of this book.  It is painful to think of God saying , “I will spit you out of my mouth.”  That is a hard one to swallow for me.  Makes you want to glorify God even more, don’t it??

Homework

1. Watch  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaidsEzynWw

2. Also watch this video.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xufREJzzuxo

3.  Do Chapter 4.

Crazy Love-Chapter 3

Posted: March 31, 2014 in Crazy Love Study

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Are you still fearing God on a regular basis?  Or you just going about your day not fearing Him at all?  Makes you really think about how you are living, for Him? or for yourself?  Our human nature controls us too much, but Thank God we have a forgiving heavenly Father…..

1. How has the background you came out of helped or hindered your relationship with God as it stands today?

2. How is the Biblical example of love different than that of our culture? What are some specific examples?

3. Are we in love with God, or just his stuff? What is the difference?

4. How would you answer the student’s question (pp. 61-62): “Why would a loving God force me to love Him? Threaten me with hell…if I don’t begin a relationship with Him? Are you satisfied with Chan’s response? Why or Why not?

5. Just for fun: Was there some sort of discipline or parenting that you received as a child that, at that time, you said to yourself, “I will NEVER do that to my kids,” but now you find yourself doing/saying it?

This week’s homework:

1. Watch Chapter 3 video   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YlZ8jivnoY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12MKToWNb8Q

2. Refer back to your answers to questions from Chapter 1 & 2..(How is your relationship to God and your prayer life going?).

3. Then read Chapter 3.

Answer the Chapter 3  printable questions. And SHARE!!

P.S. –  I hope that more of you will chime in. If you have any suggestions or comments on how to improve the discussion, let me know!

Living for the King,

Tara

Crazy Love- Chapter 2

Posted: March 24, 2014 in Crazy Love Study

You might not finish this Chapter

 

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“A man by his sin may waste himself, which is to waste that which on earth is most like God.  This is man’s greatest tragedy and God’s heaviest grief.” A.W.Tozer

In this chapter, Chan reminds us that our life is nothing but a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. (fog)  (James 4:13). Yet many of us walk around like this “movie” is all about us. It is NOT!! God is the producer, director, writer, and the star. We are the extras, here to play a specific role in the movie that is called, “God’s Disciples’”

1. Has Chapter 1 changed your “life view?” If so, how?

2. If it has changed your life view, how can you stay focused on this new view?

3. Do you REALLY think you could vanish at any minute?  That perhaps you will die today?  Or do you instead feel somehow you are invincible?

“Intellectually we all know that we will die, but we do not really know it in the sense that the knowledge becomes a part of us.  We do not really know it in the sense of living as though it were true.  On the contrary, we tend to live as though our lives would go on forever.”

Frederick Buechner

This week’s homework:

1. Read Chapter 2.

2. Watch Balance Beam video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA_uwWPE6lQ

Chapter 2 video   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDkSYBY87zk

3. Then answer questions for Chapter 2.

P.S. – Please don’t hesitate to comment.   I hope that more of you will chime in this week. If you have any suggestions or comments on how to improve the discussion, let me know!

Praying for you all,

Tara

Crazy Love- Chapter 1

Posted: March 17, 2014 in Crazy Love Study

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HELLO EVERYONE,

I  have decided to take a journey through Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love.  I can’t wait to dig into Scripture and Francis Chan’s book CRAZY LOVE.  So here is how I am going to do this study.  Every Monday I will be posting some questions about the Chapter we read.  If you run behind that is ok……  This is why there is blogging.  So, if you start feeling terrible because you are not on track, just remember you can catch up at any time.  Whatever is more convenient for you?  I will have a pdf file to click on for the questions for the chapter we will be reading that week.  You can print them off and answer them as you go, or whatever works best for you.   And please once done reading and answering questions I would love to hear from you.  So please comment!!!

So before we start reading and commenting on the chapters, here are a couple of questions to think through to yourself.  Your welcome to comment if you like.

1. What questions about God’s nature and purposes do you have?

 

2. How is your relationship with God and your prayer life? How would you like to see it change?

 

3. Are you ready to adjust how you live daily or do you want to just stay the same?

Now for some homework:    Chapter 1 

1. Read the Preface, Foreword, and Chapter 1.

2. Watch the awe factor video…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ya12I036lg

and Chapter 1 video  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-gkI98BjQ4

3.  Read Isaiah 6 & Revelation 4 (short chapters that Chan refers to in Chapter 1).

4. Wait for my post next Monday, September 9th to comment on the homework!

May you be OVER JOYED by this book and fill your spirit with GOD……