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Book Review: Soul Keeping by John Ortberg

Soul KeepingNow this review is special as I had the privilege of getting an advance copy of the book from Zondervan which is published today (22nd April)

Here is stolen blurb from anywhere that sells the book : 

Many people think that the “soul” is a theologically abstract subject. But Jesus said it’s worth more than the world! With Ortberg’s signature insight, inspiration, and wit, you’ll rediscover your soul and how to care for it. Making a challenging topic accessible, he’ll help you take your relationship with God to the next level.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Hope

I have two very different takes on this weeks theme, one fun and one a bit deeper.

I hope daddy doesn’t get cross with me :-S

The glory of God is His obedient Son who died for the sins of all, not only because of the most powerful love we could ever experience, but to set our hearts free from the burden of sin and so that we may have hope in the future to come, a future in eternity with the risen Christ. It is this hope that fuels every day and every thing I do. It is the hope of Christ that all would accept his grace and dwell with him in a new life that is free from rules and regulations ;  a genuinely loving and free-ing relationship – no religion, just love.


What is your everything?

We sang this song at church on Sunday just gone and I found that it really challenged me. Is God my everything?

God in my living
There in my breathing
God in my waking
God in my sleeping

God in my resting
There in my working
God in my thinking
God in my speaking

Be my everything
Be my everything
Be my everything
Be my everything

God in my hoping
There in my dreaming
God in my watching
God in my waiting

God in my laughing
There in my weeping
God in my hurting
God in my healing

Christ in me
Christ in me
Christ in me the hope of glory
You are everything

Christ in me
Christ in me
Christ in me the hope of glory
Be my everything
© Tim Hughes

Living in a world that can, and does, offer anything to please and satisfy every whim and need, it is too easy for God to be replaced by what is on offer.

For me, this song encompasses what it means to worship ;  it is far more than singing, it is everything that you do – breathe, act, laugh and cry, all that we do is shaped by our god.  This can be easily seen in the world of sports.  How many ‘football widows’ are there every weekend?  As (mostly) men across the nation tune out of real life and engage 100% with football, either the team of their choosing or any game that is significant, they are engaging in an act of worship.  The match, be it live in the stadium or on TV is the focus of all their energy and attention.  And then after the match, there is the analysis, the conversation in the pub or the office kitchen, catching up during the week on the gossip etc etc.  Men who love football live and breathe it without question, it is their god, it has captured their heart.  And it comes at a cost, usually to their families.

That’s the thing with gods, there is a cost.

The same goes for any number of things ;  food, money, work, sex, drink, blogging, cars, movies, family, gym, TV, books and so on.  And the problem is that these things in and of themselves aren’t bad (apart from drugs and other illegal things, of course) which is how they creep into the number 1 spot in our lives.

Over the course of my life the list of things that has held top spot would seem pretty common for a young man in a western society ;  drinking, smoking, girls, cars, gambling and money, some more seriously than others, and having experienced these things I can say with confidence that they did not offer lasting satisfaction, but they did make me poorer and smelly.

One benefit of having God as my everything is that He helps me to keep focussed on Him.  It’s a daily fight, but I seem to be winning.

Replace the word God in the song with the thing that holds your heart, and it would be true of you, it would be your everything and would shape you.

What is your everything?  How does it cost you?


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