The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts


The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts

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Best book I've read in a while!


The Bible teaches us to think in terms of concentric circles of responsibility, with greater obligations as we get closer to the centre. And though there are certainly exceptions to this, the general progression is from family to church to local poor and unbelievers to peoples around the world.

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I believe the kingdom of God is like a moonless night with a starry sky in the middle of nowhere, like a lively conversation, like sword fights on the back deck, like a Sunday afternoon nap, like shared tears that bring relief, like sliced jalapeños, like ages wine on the lees, like a case of the giggles, like melting snow in March, like Mozart... View Quote

I believe that the kingdom of God is like an endless river, like a sawtooth mountain range, like whole milk, like a cultivated plain, like a marble city with gardens, like a marbled steak on the grill, like aged cheese, like smart phones, like a high mountain meadow, like the laughter of family at the table, like the way of a man with a maid, li... View Quote

One of the besetting sins of our day is food-fussing, the attempt to resurrect some kind of food laws, whether they be all-natural, organic, paleo, gluten-free, or what have you. While there is no problem in having food preferences (I myself am not fan of raw onions, bubble gum, or coffee), there is a serious problem in ascribing moral value to ... View Quote

Christ is a lion, producing bold and righteous lions, and the Devil is a lion, producing violent and wicked lions. So we see the surprising and profound ways that natural evil can instruct us in the ways of God.

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It is grace that enables us the sorrowful to rejoice in the joy of others, especially when they receive something that we desperately want or have tragically lost. It is grace that enables the joyful to bear with the suffering of the grief-stricken, especially when our hearts are bursting with gladness. Grace must reign, love must cover a multit... View Quote