I’ve been so encouraged to hear how God is already using our “Live From Love” series in people’s lives. I know He’s been working these truths deep into my soul over the past few weeks as I’ve been getting ready for this series and it’s been a breath of fresh air for me.
If this series is resonating with you, you might consider reading one or more of the books I’ve been reading in preparing these talks. Frankly, even if the series isn’t blowing up in your heart, you should still read the books…they’re much better! Perhaps you could read one of these books with some friends and find time to discuss. Whether you read them alone or in a group, I pray they fan the flame of your love for Jesus.
Oswald Chambers, “The Love Of God”
Francis Chan, “Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God”
James K.A. Smith, “You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit”
Charles Spurgeon, “Love of God”
RC Sproul, “God’s Love: How The Infinite God Cares For His Children”
Thomas Goodwin, “Christ, The Glory of the Gospel”
Last weekend, I realized I need a diet.
Although I’m sure my typical menu could use a tune up as well, that’s not the kind of diet I’m thinking about today. I’m thinking about a mental diet. I realize I’ve been ingesting way too much mental junk food and need to switch to a more beneficial mental intake.
The deceptive part about all the mental junk I’ve been taking in is that none of it is overtly sinful. I’m not looking at anything online I shouldn’t be or reading total trash. But I’ve been watching a lot of meaningless tv. I’ve been killing more time on the internet. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have seen a lot more of me.
And I’ve been neglecting these things called books. Bottom line: I need to read more. More things that stir my affection for Christ. More things that grow me as a leader and pastor. More things that inform my thinking about the church and ministry. Biographies. Good novels. Basically, things that make me a better and more interesting person.
So, this summer I’m cutting out the mental junk and am reading more. I’m trying to walk in the wisdom of what the Apostle Paul shares in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
Maybe you’ll join me in a little mental diet over the summer.