God's world is full of good things. Ice-cold lemonade. The laughter of children. College football. Scrambled eggs and crispy bacon. A late night with old friends around a blazing campfire. God certainly knows how to give good gifts to his children. But where is the line when... Read More
But where is the line when it comes to enjoying all the pleasurable things our world affords? In The Things of Earth, professor Joe Rigney offers perplexed Christians a breath of fresh air by lifting the burden of false standards and impossible expectations related to the Christian life--freeing readers to gratefully embrace every good thing we receive from the hand of God.
Helping us avoid our tendency to forget the Giver on the one hand and neglect his gifts on the other, this much-needed book reminds us that God's blessings should drive us to worship and that a passion for God's glory can be as wide as the world itself.
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jan 31, 2015
- UPC: 9781433544736
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 272
- Publish Date: Dec 31, 2014
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "REL012120"
- ISBN: 1433544733
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- Please put this on your To-Read list for 2015!! by Erin on 2/4/2015
Please put this on your To-Read list for 2015!
This was an excellent book. It will help you understand how to enjoy God by enjoying his good gifts, in all the manifold forms in which they come to us. And it will help you put away a false, low-grade sense of guilt because you actually enjoy things of this world.
All 12 chapters gives you a fundamental view of the biblical way to enjoy creation and in turn enjoy our Father God. It surprised me and at the same time makes sense that it starts with understanding the relationship between the Trinity and the work of the Trinity in relationship to each other. The Trinity is the heart of Christianity. It has implications for how we think and live out our lives in the truth of the Christian faith. It is the Glory of God. The fullness of the glory of God is shown in the trinity.
So what does this mean and what does this look like-The Glory of God? It does not just include the attributes of God but the display the knowledge of those attributes (this is where truth is prevalent in the scripture) and a love and delight for the attributes (his holiness, his wrath, his justice, his love and his mercy, etc., etc.) . The trinity is comparable to biblical marriage in that each complement each other in differences and love each other deeply, they guard their relationship against all other relationship and in that love they bring children (adopted or natural) into that family relationship where values are shared.
Our gratitude in the gifts keeps us mindful of our great God and in us in humility. The following are quotes that were blessing.