Great Reads

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Recent Reads
I thought I would pass along my thoughts on a couple of books I’ve just recently completed. If either one, or both, peaks your interest, they are worth the time invested.

1. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. You’ve heard it said that the best way to defeat your enemy is to know him. With keen insight, Lewis exposes some of the deceitful means Satan often employs to keep us from faith in the Lord. He does so in a fascinating way, from the viewpoint of a top ranked demon, Screwtape, as he trains his nephew, Wormwood, in the cunning skill of deceit. In describing to Wormwood the differences between God and the world of darkness, Screwtape writes,

“We want cattle who can finally become food; He wants servants who can finally become sons. We want to suck in, He wants to give out. We are empty and would be filled; He is full and flows over.” p.39

Beyond interesting and thought-provoking, beyond a behind-the-scenes look at demonic strategy, Lewis sets forth in The Screwtape Letters the greatness of God and the unstoppable power of the Gospel!

2. Risky Gospel: Abandon Fear and Build Something Awesome. By Owen Strachan. Strachan serves as executive director of the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood. Strachan addresses in his book how fear of man or hypothetical outcomes often derail us from living out our faith to its potential. When we are constrained by fear and do not go about our lives living by faith, we miss out on experiencing God’s greatness, power, and reliability at work in us. The initial chapters set the context of how weak faith increases stress and how the gospel calls us to step out in faith relying on the Word of God and the character of God. For the remainder of the book, Strachan applies “risky gospel” to specific areas of life; faith, family, work, church, evangelism, and citizenship.Risky Gospel encourages faithful living by trusting in our faithful Lord. The closing words of the book are an apt summary…

“Soon, brothers and sisters, we’ll be in glory, and we’ll celebrate what the gospel accomplished for us by God’s awesome grace: we risked the world, losing nothing… and trusted in Christ, gaining everything.” p.222

Wil Owens, Teaching Pastor

Just Who are You Really Rejecting?

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If you are rejecting God, do you really know Who you are rejecting? Follow along with Pastor Wil Owens to get a picture of God as He reveals Himself to us in Psalm 36.

“The world views an unbeliever as one who has courageously broken the chains of religion and has set himself free to live his life to the fullest by walking according to his own interests, agenda, and desire. The world celebrates the one who denies the authority of any person or any god above him. But that’s not how God sees the one who rejects Him.

Psalm 36 says to the unbeliever, ‘If you are going to reject God, look at who you are rejecting. You don’t see the true God, you see a God of your own making. Look upon the true God. Look, behold, and live!’ God is not anything like you think Him to be. God is a great God.

Often, the unbeliever sees himself as unrestrained, unencumbered by the rules and ways of God. He or she is self-made with no need of a god. Religion is for the weak. He is strong enough and wise enough to find his own way. God is only there to take away his happiness, so he seeks to do away with God, convinced that his way is much better and far more rewarding than allegiance to God. But that’s not how God sees the one who rejects Him.” 

Wil Owens, Teaching Pastor

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