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message 1: by Madelyn (last edited May 02, 2014 08:35AM) (new)

Madelyn Bomar “What we talk about when we talk about God” by Rob Bell

1. “Then for, because I believe God is for every single one of us, regardless of our beliefs or perspectives or actions or failures or mistakes or sins or opinions about whether or not God exists.” (p. 18). This quote spoke to me because of its obliteration of all perceived and previously spoken terms by leaders of the church. I am still working through and processing this quote, but for the most part I think I agree with its’ entirety. I am often driven down by the false belief that God only lives for those who have asked him into their hearts. God’s mission is to come and purify the hearts of not only those who accept him into their lives, but God’s mission is not to create a clique or an exclusive group that you cant be in, but a welcoming group of Christians who love others to the best of their ability and draw others closer to the kingdom. You don’t have to go to church or belong to a religion to be able to talk to and wrestle with questions involving God. He is an inviting God who is calling us to ask the hard questions and a God who can handle our doubts towards him.

2. “We get stuck in traffic one day and find ourselves cursing within seconds, while another time we sit with a friend who’s dying of cancer and are filled with an ocean of compassion.” (p. 55) I enjoy this dialogue because it is all too accurate and a good representation of most people in the world. It is scary how easily we switch from the two extremes and at the same time, it is a good thing because our hate for traffic is not intertwined with our response to a friend dying of cancer. I think this is by God’s design. How perfect would it be if our compassion and patience from a topic like cancer could flow into an everyday situation like traffic or a long line at the grocery store. We need to feel the freedom of being able to react and respond in a true and genuine way, without being the extreme. I really like the way Bell portrays this because he draws such logical conclusions and brings in specific examples that are applicable to my life; I can relate to this because even though I’ve never had a friend suffer from cancer, I have had struggles that leave me feeling a similar way.

message 2: by Madelyn (last edited May 09, 2014 08:22AM) (new)

Madelyn Bomar 3. “Gospel insists that God doesn’t wait for us to get ourselves polished, shined, proper, and without blemish- God comes to us and meets us and blesses us while we are still in the middle of the mess we created.” (p. 136) I like this quote because I think it simplifies the point of the gospel down to one central truth that has often been overlooked and complicated throughout the years: God meets us at the exact place where we are, and he requires absolutely nothing of us other than inviting him in to our hearts. God has been knocking and knocking on your door, and he is not asking you to come up with the right words or invitations to let him in. He is just asking you to open the door. That is the full and unlocked beauty of the gospel: that we do not have to come in changed or mighty or powerful or strong, in fact, we are called to be the opposite. He wants us weak, and down on our knees in worship of him. He is enlightened by us falling on our faces and struggling with it. He loves us just the same as the pastor who seems like he has everything together.

message 3: by Madelyn (last edited May 09, 2014 08:23AM) (new)

Madelyn Bomar 4. “God is there, sitting with us in the ashes, when we shake our fists at the sky and declare that there is no God.” (p. 144) I am so encouraged by this verse because of its relevance to the human heart and nature. It is incredible that God loves us no matter what we do or say to him, which is not how humans are. People are so quick, including me, to keep tallies and records of wrongs. This is ironic because Jesus specifically says in the bible to keep no record of wrongs, yet we all still do. One thing we talked about in peer counseling class that is really refreshing and makes me excited about the gospel all over again is that God is a huge God. God is bigger and better than we imagined. The truth is that God can handle anything we throw at him. He created the universe, therefore he can handle discontent and anger in his people. He wants us to be real with him and to truly follow him, which includes having righteous anger when something in our life is shaken up. He hold us and weeps with us. In other religions, their gods are heartless warriors and leaders who do not care about the well-being of their people. But God, God weeps with us and loves us and holds us until our last tear. A verse says that he will “wipe every tear from our eyes” which is an encouragement.

message 4: by Madelyn (last edited May 09, 2014 08:28AM) (new)

Madelyn Bomar “Captivating” by John and Stasi Eldredge
5. “Most of our addictions as women flare up when we feel that we are not loved or sought after.” (p. 18) This is a unique way to picture addictions in the lives of women in a way that I have never thought about before. I think that society as a whole doesn’t point out these days that women struggle with addictions just as much as men, some of theirs are just more private. Women can be addicted to pornography and to sex just like men, but it is “hushed” more than it is for men. But, in regards to this quote I think that any addictions that women have can be traced back to the belief that women long to be longed and hurt when they’re not. This quote is eye opening to my life because I am able to see a light shined on to the bondage of addiction in a woman’s world. Whether it is drugs, alcohol, dieting, sex, pornography, or partying, women are addicted to things that make them feel what they think is loved, even if it is only for a moment. Our heart’s desire to be sought after comes straight from the God-given crave that women have to be loved. Nothing can satisfy that craving except for Jesus.

message 5: by Madelyn (new)

Madelyn Bomar 6. “We desire to possess a beauty that is worth pursuing, worth fighting for, a beauty that is core to who we truly are.” (p. 22)

This quote is very self explanatory but all the while educating in it’s deep analyzation of the woman’s heart. Our beauty is our core, so if our beauty is damaged, so is our core. Our worth is based on our beauty. It really is. But, this doesn’t fall into the human category of physical outward beauty. Inward beauty is what defines and refines us, other than having Jesus in our heart. How you speak and how you love others is what defines your beauty. There is a famous passage about the woman that God desires us to be in our life. It is in proverbs 31 in the bible. Verses 25 and 26 are my favorite and are as follows: “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” And I think this is what all women should at least strive to reach. After all, God breathed this into the writer and so he means what he says.

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