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The verses that have REALLY spoken to me (Sarah) lately....

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." Matthew 7:24-25

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. I Peter 5:8-9

From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.' Acts 17:26-28

May the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. Deuteronomy 5:32-33

God, our God, will take care of the hidden things but the revealed things are our business. It's up to us and our children to attend to all the terms in this Revelation. Deuteronomy 29:29 (The Message)

About the Friesen's....

We are Marc, Sarah, Luke, and Kate Friesen. We were married June 5, 2004. We have one son, born July 21, 2008, named Luke Andrew -- now 4 years old. We also have a daughter named Kate Christine -- born June 6, 2012. Marc is working at Cessna as a Senior Accountant, and Sarah stays home full-time with Luke. Sarah also gets to work very part-time at home for Graber Backhoe -- an excavation company AND VERY part-time at our church. We LOVE being a part of Grace Community Church here in Newton, KS. We lead a Community Life Group of other wonderful couples. Marc thoroughly enjoys long-distance running and Taekwondo. Sarah thoroughly enjoys walking -- especially when the weather is nice to take Luke and/or out in the stroller. Thanks for reading our blog!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Crazy Love....

It's Easter weekend -- celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ -- the FUNDAMENTAL event of Christianity.

Today (Saturday), Marc is running in a 50-mile race. As I type this, Luke is taking a nap. When he wakes up, he and I will head to the race finish and hopefully see Marc finish (I'll post more on that after this weekend).

But, here's something else on my mind right now.

Several months back, Marc and I were challenged a bit when a Facebook friend of Marc's made a status update. This friend happens to be a professed athiest.

Neither of us were quite sure how to comment to this friend in a way that professes our faith in Jesus Christ without turning him off.


Fast forward to my birthday (March 1)...Marc bought me several books I was wanting. One of them was this....

It's called Crazy Love by Francis Chan. You can also click HERE for the book's website. And, btw, there are some cool videos to watch on that site, if you get a chance.

**And, just as a side note -- I originally "heard" of this book through Meg's blog.

I've been reading through it. The author writes of a time he was speaking to some college students. He was asked NEARLY the same question as the statement that was made on Facebook by Marc's friend. Wow!

So, here it goes....

Question: Why would a loving God force me to love Him?

I L.O.V.E. how the author answers this question.

Answer: If God is truly the greatest good on this earth, would He be loving us if He didn't draw us toward what is best for us (even if that happens to be Himself)? Doesn't His courting, luring, pushing, calling, and even "threatening" demonstrate His love? If He didn't do all of that, wouldn't we accuse Him of being unloving in the end, when all things are revealed?


I showed that response to Marc the other night. He really liked it as well as I did.

What a way to explain something!

I do encourage you to read this book. I'm not quite 1/2 way through, and I'm pretty hooked. If I didn't have a toddler to chase around this evening at Marc's race, I'd probably be reading while I waited :)

1 comment:

Utecht Family said...

I'm half through this book as well. Loving it!

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