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Jimmy

Hey Kim! I appreciate your thoughts on this and what you say makes a lot of sense. Thanks for taking time out to share them with me.

Kim

Jimmy, I know that I've been busy and out of touch, but this post struck a chord with me and so I decided to comment.

First, I agree with Mike's comment that the Spirit is supposed to move us, but I also agree with your response that the Spirit is moving you in a different way. The Spirit does not speak to every body in the same way and His presence is not manifested in everybody in the same way (that is why there are so many different spiritual gifts listed in the New Testament). God made us unique individuals, and I believe He communicates with us differently and we respond to Him differently.

Second, be aware that the Holy Spirit communicates with us is a "still, small voice." He does not always come to us with trumpets and fire. Often He comes in the whispers in our heart. Your introspective nature is a huge blessing from God because it makes it easier for you to recognize this truth.

Lastly, we should not be going to church to be entertained or to seek a particular emotional experience. We go to church to be in God's presence and offer back to Him some of the worship that He deserves. People who go to church seeking to be moved in some dramatic way miss the point. They make church about them (i.e., their reaction) rather than about God (i.e., the way He is moving hearts internally that for some people BUT NOT EVERYONE might partially manifest in raised hands or tears or some other expression of worship). You are right on track by processing what happens in church on your own time. Yes, God sometimes touches us dramatically and changes our lives instantaneously. More often, however, God works more methodically and brings change a bit more slowly than we want to see in our DSL world. This is exactly why we need to be spending time in prayer and in God's word on a daily basis rather than just on Sundays. Church is not meant to refuel you. It's meant to be another enriching part of a lifetime of devotion to God in which you are getting refueled every day during your own devotion time.

Jimmy

That's a good question, and I'm not sure what the answer to that is. In short, I'll say that some parts of the Bible have been more accessible to me than others (though I get confused about plenty even in the accessible parts; it doesn't mean I understand everything I'm reading). I'm still searching for that, trying to challenge myself.

Leah

here's a question: is the bible supposed to be easy to read and understand?

more thoughts on this, but they'll come on paper :-)

Jimmy

Perhaps the spirit can work inwardly too, and it's moving through me in a different way. I'll consider the recommendation, and appreciate the comment.

mike bertelsen

You are to be moved by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is what brings us into the presence of Jesus.

On the Bible, you might try Good News For Modern Man. It is New Testament only, but it is very good for starters. The language is clear and concise and easy to read and understand.

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Page Turners 2006 (7)

  • Lindsay Moran: Blowing My Cover: My Life As A CIA Spy

    Lindsay Moran: Blowing My Cover: My Life As A CIA Spy
    A really enjoyable read, filled with insight on a deceitful, and mostly unilluminated job. (****)

  • Rich Smith: You Can Get Arrested For That

    Rich Smith: You Can Get Arrested For That
    Amusing in parts, but thin in substance overall. (*)

  • : Fish, A Remarkable Way To Boost Morale And Improve Results

    Fish, A Remarkable Way To Boost Morale And Improve Results
    Nice small compact inspirational way to live a productive and happier work life. (****)

  • Christopher J. Walsh: No Timeouts: What It's Really Like To Be A Sportswriter Today
    I thought I was getting more practical insight into the world of a sportswriter than I actually got. Though examples of stories and the author's progression was nice, I thought it padded the book to make it longer than it needed to be. (**)
  • Dan Brown: The Da Vinci Code

    Dan Brown: The Da Vinci Code
    Much better than the movie; the plot moves well. (****)

  • Dan Wetzel: Glory Road: My Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship and How One Team Triumphed Against the Odds

    Dan Wetzel: Glory Road: My Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship and How One Team Triumphed Against the Odds
    Much better than the movie, as it provides more insight behind the story of Don Haskins and Texas Western; would have liked more about the players and their perspective on playing for him. Probably falls somewhere between 3 & 4 on the star rating. I guess I'd just like a more comprehensive telling of the story. Actually, though people may come out of the book/movie with the idea that this was the first time 5 black players took the basketball court at the same time and won a championship, that actually happened in 1957 (9 years earlier) when Tennessee State won the NAIA championship. (***)

  • Leif Enger: Peace Like a River

    Leif Enger: Peace Like a River
    Enjoyed this book, my first of 2006. The characters stay with you, left me wanting more. Had some trouble with the old west references, but nonetheless the prose painted plush pictures. (****)

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  • J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

    J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
    It was an enjoyable read, and even more fun to listen to. Jim Dale does a great job with the various voices, giving the characters even more life. (*****)

  • Pat Conroy: My Losing Season

    Pat Conroy: My Losing Season
    Really liked this one, a detailed look at a basketball season, and a past, that shaped the author's future. (*****)

  • Nick  Hornby: A Long Way Down

    Nick Hornby: A Long Way Down
    I loved this book and could easily identify with traits of all the characters in it. By far my favorite of the audiobooks (quite well-read, I thought, by the people doing the reading) I've listened too, and among my favorite books, period. Had me laughing out loud (some dark and profane humor, but in step with the characters) and alternatively left me melancholic and feeling for the characters and what they were going through. An interesting look at a serious subject. (*****)

  • Cynthia Kadohata: Kira-Kira
    A beautiful and touching story. Can't add more to that now. (*****)
  • Noah Adams: The Flyers : In Search of Wilbur and Orville Wright

    Noah Adams: The Flyers : In Search of Wilbur and Orville Wright
    Enjoyable listen, particularly when discussing the relationship the Wright brothers had with their sister Katherine and their father. Delves more on the location of their rise to prominence in aviation, rather than on the technical accomplishments themselves. Still getting used to audiobooks, so my attention waned in spots, but I liked the story, and the places and their descriptions are intriguing. (****)

  • Jon Stewart: America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide To Democracy Inaction

    Jon Stewart: America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide To Democracy Inaction
    My first audiobook. Very funny (and quite profane) in parts, quite satirical, and an easy listen. This version is an abridged version of his print book. (***)

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