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“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…

By Joel Maust

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

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