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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 You are as close to your Father as you choose to be.
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Written by Grant Nuss   
Friday, 16 December 2016 15:29

Psalm 73:28; "It is good for me to draw near to God."

"You are as close to God as you choose to be" (Rick Warren). When our youngest daughter Chelsea was young she was extremely 'busy' to say the least! Always being gregarious (as she still is ), she was known to wander off and start chatting to other people and 'kuiering'. Now the Afrikaans word “kuier” does not translate easily, and, in the the dictionary, it says that it means to “visit” or “stroll".  But to us in South Africa, it is so much more than either! Anyway, that was what Chelsea was known for. I recall one day whilst living in Accra, Ghana where she, after having been told told not to wander, was, unbeknownst to us, up an escalator and out of sight - yes, 'kuiering'! As soon as we realised she had gone I was up the escalator frantically looking and calling for her. I eventually found her, and after that experience, she never wandered off again. Why? She was separated from her Dad and as soon as she realised that, it was scary for her. She understood how important it was to stay close to her Dad and Mom. Now for us, as followers of Christ, we should want to stay as close to our heavenly Father as possible. We need to remain "strong in the Lord and in the power of His might" (Ephesians 6:10). There is a battle out there, and it is a spiritual one. Some respond to it with paranoia, others with extra-biblical strategies, whilst others choose to ignore it or obsess about it to their detriment. Scripture tells us a different story. It tells us that the approach to the spiritual war is to 'stand firm' (remain strong in the Lord), immerse ourselves in truth (God's Word), choosing to cling to it regardless of our emotions and circumstances. May we choose to stay as close as possible to our Father and stand firm.


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