“The Complete Green Letters” or “A book…finally”

Two Tuesdays ago, during a lunch-time prayer time, I felt suddenly released from the discipline-repressing, book-resisting mode I had worked through for several months. I can’t explain how or why it happened, but I felt God inviting me into new territory with him.

This is part of the new season I’m in: my knowledge-building, final-preparation season (not final as-in a I’ll-be-a-finished-product final, but a prepared-for-what’s-next final). I feel like I’m being "cleaned up around the edges" a bit. God sucking me into the intensely-zealous period of input solitude with Him helped establish a more firm foundation on him and break me free from dependence on others for my faith and identity. And now I feel he wants to re-root me in solid, unshakeable soil by engraining Biblical orthodoxy in my heart while expanding established understandings through new revelations by his Spirit.

A book I knew little about came to mind that Tuesday: The Complete Green Letters by Miles J. Stanford. A friend had recommended it about a year ago…but I hadn’t done anything with it. But I followed a hunch and headed to the campus library to see if I could check it out.

It, of course, was right there on the shelves (Dewey Decimal Number 248.4 S785), waiting for me.

I checked it out and breaked from work about a hour later to read a random chapter…19 to be exact. And lo and behold, it fit PERFECT with small group material. Just perfect.

So, now I’m planned to indulge in a little discipline of sharing my thoughts on each chapter as I read them. Not sure if it will be one per day or not. There are 70-some chapters, so it could take a while. But it feels like something I’d like to engage. I’ll probably end up just buying the book…

And, without further ado, thoughts on Chapter 1…

Joel Maust

Joel Maust is a blogger, marketer and photographer living in the beautiful Flathead Valley of northwest Montana.

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