Books

Where do I start with this…I think there’s only on book I can start with – the Holy Bible.

Holy – specially recognized as or declared sacred by religious use or authority; consecrated

Bible – from the Greek word meaning papyrus roll, strip of papyrus

The Holy Bible is God’s inspired word.  The Apostle Paul said that the scriptures were literally God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16).   I really love how the Apostle Peter said it in 2 Peter 1:16-21, “For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,’ we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.  And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.  For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

There is no other book that I go to and read every single day.  Only the Bible is worthy of that type of treatment.  It is food for my soul and I cannot go without it a single day or else I would grow weary and sick.  No other book do I seek to memorize and hide in my heart.  Only the Bible is worthy of that type of treatment.  So, I start with the Holy Bible.

Now, where should you go from there.

I say J.I. Packer’s, Knowing God.  No other book has so shaped my understanding of the doctrine of God as this book has.  I don’t think I could count the number of times I’ve read it, although it has been a while since I’ve read it.  When I was in college, I know I read it probably 8 times.  Or I at least started reading it 8 times.

Next would have to be the John Piper trilogy:  The Pleasures of God, Desiring God, and Future Grace.  And I would read them in that order if you haven’t read any of them.  How can’t tell you how these books and Piper’s preaching have been used of God to transform my thinking.  I grew up thinking God’s love revolved around me, but slowly began to realize that there was much more to God than just his thoughts and feelings about “me”.  It would all be summarized in Piper’s noteworthy phrase – God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.  Instead of using God as a means to an end (a better life, more blessings, moral purity, etc.) I began to the LORD as the end all and be all of all things.  For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To Him be glory forever.  Amen. It is a glorious thing to have your eyes opened to the reality that God is God, and the LORD has used Piper’s clear and “bible saturated” teaching to assist people in that.

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