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As requested by a number of you, herewith a few books that I strongly recommend.

The Case for the Psalms:Why they are Essential - N.T.Wright

Journey to the Common Good - Walter Brueggemann

Gagging Jesus: Things Jesus said we wish he hadn't - Phil Moore

Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God - Bob Kauflin

The Writings of the New Testament : An Interpretation - Luke Timothy Johnson

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Home DAILY DEVOTIONS Daily Devotions Your life matters to God.
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Written by Grant Nuss   
Monday, 05 December 2016 15:22

2 Corinthians 2:14; “But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.”

“God wants your life to be a story worth telling” (Anonymous). Your life and what you do with it matters to God. It is a biblical fact that, where your life is at any given moment matters to God irrespective of what state it is in, good, bad, ugly, or indifferent. Perhaps like you, I have done some crazy things in my life and often at these times I have thought that “this time I have really blown it with God.” Why would we think that way? Because those around us, friend or foe, are likely to cut us off and cast us out, but God doesn't do that … ever. Think about it: even when Jesus was dying on the cross He looked at those who crucified Him and cried out; "Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they are doing!” God always offers you a chance to repent, change your mind, and grow deeper in relationship with Jesus. His hand is always extended to you and He says; "I know you've messed up and wandered from the path, but take my hand and I will get you back on the right track.” Your life matters to God. Paul’s use of the image of incense is an illustration of Christian ministry. He saw believers as incense, giving out the fragrance of Jesus Christ in their lives, work, ministry and labours. In God’s eyes, believers are the very fragrance of Jesus Christ. What does that mean? Well, the way we live, work, and basically everything we do can mean life or death to a lost world around us. Paul reminds the Corinthians that his heart was pure, his motives sincere, and, that there was no need for him (and us) to be clever and “peddle” the Word of God, when he was following in the triumphant train of the victorious Saviour! That although they might misunderstand him, God always knew his heart. Finally, you and I do not have to fail. Although circumstances may discourage us, and people may oppose us and misunderstand us, we have, in Christ, the spiritual resources to win the battle: a clear conscience, a compassionate heart, and a conquering faith (Romans 8:31; 37). Your life matters to God.


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