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Created to Draw Near: Our Life as God's Royal Priests

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Many Christians prefer to keep God at a safe distance--a distant God makes fewer demands. They imagine God has rules just for the sake of obedience, missing the point that God delights in making them holy so they can draw near to him. God's plan from the beginning has been for his people to draw near to him as a kingdom of priests.

In 40 short, meditative chapters,
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Crossway Books (first published January 2020)
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Amber Thiessen
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
What are some things that come to your mind when you think about a priest?

If I'm honest, my mind's eye has often conjured up an image of a catholic priest; it is a tangible picture, after all. If I drift to thoughts about the Old Testament, I reflect on sacrifices and the temple - not that I am able to visualize that very well, since the images of my mind are drawn from the illustrations of children's books I have read to my kids.

So, I feel like for most of us, we don't have a solid box to
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Jeanie
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The purpose of humanity is to be brought near to God as a holy people. AS this was displayed in the priesthood, the realities of holiness were brought before people night and day. God's mission for us is to draw us to close to himself and give life.

How important it is to know for the weary that we can draw close to God. This text is a study on the bible how God brought his people near to him and the great lengths it takes on his part to do so. We must remember we are dealing with a holy God,
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Bryan Yue
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my review on the book Created to Draw Near: Our Life as God's Royal Priests (2019) by Edward T. Welch.

For many of us, our understanding of priesthood is often shaped by what we see on the internet of a Roman Catholic pope dressed in a white robe. Some may have a deeper understanding of the office of a priest and what they do at the temple, usually consist of some form of animal sacrifices and worship. But a man dressed in white robe or animal sacrifices are not common sight in
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David Steele
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
For several years, Edward T. Welch has been on the front lines of the biblical counseling movement. His recent offering, Created to Draw Near: Our Life as God’s Royal Priests is an insightful look at the scope of redemptive history and the shows how believers are called upon to draw near to God as his royal priests.

Accordingly, the book is arranged in three parts: 1) Our Past, 2) Jesus Our Tabernacle, and 3) Almost Truly Human. Each section contains a series of short meditations, all of which
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Debbie
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
"Created to Draw Near" talked about what it means to be a priest of God, how God wants us to draw near to Him, and what He's done to allow us to draw near to Him. The author started by looking at the Garden of Eden, then talked about Moses and Mount Sinai, looked at the tabernacle and the symbolism found in the tabernacle and the priestly clothing. He looked at the sacrifices and the feasts and how Jesus is a later fulfillment of these. He explained how Jesus is our tabernacle, our high priest, ...more
Ian
Even though the author was new to me, I was excited to read this due to the title. The overall premise as the title states is that we've been created to draw near to God. This book over 38 'sections' walks through the Bible and demonstrates how God drew near to His people and accordingly, enabled them to connect with Him.

As the subtitle refers to the role of 'priests' much of the book reflects on this role and once again, how priests had the responsibility of providing a 'way' to God, as they do
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Nathaniel
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
New from Ed Welch and @crosswaybooks, this volume titled, #CreatedToDrawNear is a wonderful look at the believer’s longing for connection. Through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus, we are brought near to God (being once far off), and understand our purpose in light of eternity.

Welch unpacks the biblical notion of priesthood, starting with creation and the Garden of Eden, to Israel’s history, to Jesus our High Priest. **I especially enjoyed Chapter 12, “Holy,” and that God has known us since the
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Doreen
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book contains 40 meditations that focus on some part of our relationship with Christ and the royal priesthood. Welch challenges our preconceived notions. I appreciated how he defined the priestly role. “The heart of the priestly job description is fellowship with the Lord, enjoying his hospitality and protection, living in his house. May we never think that dour obedience is the essence of life in Christ. Lavish meals, satisfaction, peace, and pleasure are the lot of God’s priests” ...more
MayorEmma
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Earc from netgalley.

So, this book was a pretty interesting read for me, I liked how it explained about how the priests and the temple in the old testament worked, and also the thing that really stuck out for me was when the author talked about how so many people missed Jesus because they were expecting someone who was their idea of a king, instead of how Jesus came, which was not big or exciting in the eyes of the rich and famous.
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Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well, I read it. Not sure I want to say more at this point. Maybe later. Good topic; weird execution; at-times wildly unsupported claims (especially related to theophanies in the OT). More theological rigor would have been welcomed.
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Edward T. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He has counseled for thirty years and is the best-selling author of many books including When People Are Big and God Is Small; Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave; Blame It on the Brain?; Depression: A Stubborn Darkness; Crossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away ...more