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WITH HER ON A NUMBER OF POINTS STILL THIS her on a number of points Still this gave me a view of a facet of the diamond that is the Gospel that frankly I d never seenThe book is divided into five sections the Psalms Love Wisdom Disciplines of the Heart and EcotheologyHere are some things that opened Scripture up for me through this book1 How can we reconcile those hard Psalms the ones that pray for the destruction of our nemies Davis reminds us that the Psalms are undisgussedly human utterances pg 9 While the rest of the Bible is formatted as God
s Wordmessage to us the Psalms are our imperfect prayer God God Wordmessage to us the Psalms are our imperfect prayer to God God Word us And as imperfect beings harshness shows through When pressure from the outside mounts then the Psalmist leans in with cries of anguish and rage that would seem to violate all the rules for Christian prayer pg 14 Davis points out that this truth of heart to God is the first step toward praise The answer I loved here is this idea that these Psalms show real time conversion back to the heart and mindset of God The Psalmist almost always comes out a different door than he went inThe point of the shocking psalms is not to sanctify what is shameful for xample the desire for sweet revenge or to make us feel better about parts of ourselves that stand in need of change Rather the Psalms teach us that profound change happens always in the presence of God pg 5So the Psalms call for honest speech but honesty is not verything in an intimate relationship We must also speak wisely at least some of the time pg 92 OK I get that but how do we reconcile the seemingly totally wrong disrespectful and accusatory prayers Don t they pray for others destruction Who is that God Davis points out that Psalms 1 72 are dominated by a focus on self They are full of I and me and and accuse God of all sorts of terrible deeds They push and prod They tell God to leave well La Vilaine Lulu enough alone and pray down destruction on the heads of theirnemies and Becoming Daddys Cow: A Twisted Taboo Dubcon Lactation Body Transformation DD/lg Erotica even children These cries of anguish and rage would seem to violate all the rules of Christian prayer pg 14Davis helped to sharpen my focus on these prayers by pointing out When you lament in good faith opening yourself to God honestly and fully no matter what you have to say then you are beginning to clear the way for praise When you lament you are asking God to create the conditions in which it will become possible for you to offer praise conditions it turns out that are mainly within your own heart pg 15These psalms begin with God and mark the beginning of our journey but also with acknowledgement from the Psalmist that the God who created the heavens actually cares about us Davis points out what a remarkable assumption that actually is but that the lament psalms regularly trace a movement from complaint to confidence in God from desperate petition to anticipatory praise The fact that the Psalms never clearly report a change inxternal circumstances is one mark of the Bible s persistent realisim One further mark of the realism of the Psalter is the fact that it includes two psalms Psalms 38 and 88 that make no turn toward praise pg 21 This real time turning of men in the midst of terrible circumstances shows us how we can begin and move through tragedyLastly Davis reminded me when considering the hurt xperienced by the Psalter to ask Is there anyone in the community of God s people who might want to say this to God about me or maybe about us pg 28 Putting ourselves on the pointed nd of the Psalter s prayer gives a new perspective to this challenging textThis is getting a little long so I ll wrap up I love this book I don t align with Granvilles New Strategy of Daily Stock Market Timing for Maximum Profit everything Davis saysspecially the way Davis seems to limit the power of God in Chapter 6 and the power within Ecclesiastes in Chapter 9 and felt that such a great book was lessened by what seemed like a thrown together fifth section devoid of the critical Artificial Evolution (Big Sigma, eye and research that I appreciated throughout the rest of the book Despite those weaknesses this book helped me with the above and Chapter 7 on the Song of Solomon should be reuired reading for all Christians It opened in me a view of the love of Christ that has me as the pursuedI learned from this book that I could possibly share here and I pray that others will search for the wisdom contained hereHere s SOME THINGS I UNDERLINEDIf God has a best friend and why not then surely it is Moses pg 46God accommodates Moses complaints and makes in course corrections God does not take a human being so fully into the divine confidence you might say God does not depend on a human being so fully until Mary conceives by the Holy Spirit pg 16The Song of Solomon cap. Ews that the Old Testament communicates over and over again is that God is involved with us deeply and irrevocably so”―from the IntroductionWith sound scholarship and her own vivid translations from the Hebrew Old Testament professor Ellen Davis teaches us a spirituallyngaged method of reading scr.
free read Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old TestamentBook ok but didn t arrive till yesterday 8th when said would be 2 6 th This is the most refreshing and fascinating book on the Old Testament I have read It is not difficult to read but is full of wisdom insight and scholarly knowledge It made me want to revisit the Old Testament itself just as the title suggests It does not shy away from some of the difficult uestions that scripture poses and helped me to think through their relevance for todayI found the chapter on psalms On Moral Courage especially illuminating Itnabled me to begin to understand why the psalms still form a vital role in many different forms of contemporary Christian worship Choral vensong will never be the same again great and
book Thanks Well written book it is in veryday yetThanks book it is in Mastering the Art of Self-Sufficiency in New Zealand everyday language yet not skimp on depth Easy to understand with goodxplanations and you can see in ach chapter and section where the author will lead you A great and thought provoking book I found this book helpful in reflecting on our approach to scripture and ncouraging me to think beyond surface level However it didn t start doing that for me until about 90 pages Then the last few chapters of the book take a different turn and feel almost like the author was leading us to the real issue she wanted to talk about that of the nvironment and care of the planet I am not sure I find that the most pressing issue for Christians or actually the human race although I do acknowledge she does include the care for human life which is pressing It has had an affect on me and has taught me things but has also left me feeling disappointed that it didn t finish with the strength that the middle of the book had I bought this book for a bible study class in 2009 and found it to be interesting and asy to follow a little too asy as a matter of fact I would have liked it if Prof Davis had gotten a little in depth on some of the topics I realize she was probably writing this book for a wide audience but I wish she had had of a mind towards an intellectual crowd as I often found the ssays nding just as she was getting to the most interesting points Maybe I ll have to track down some of her other work for that In her book Getting Involved With God Ellen F Davis sends a message of divine hope held in the Old Testament She dares us to put away our preconceived notion about the OT being a book of wars and savagery instead showing us over and over the abundance of God s love for all his creation We need to pay attention Terrific book It was part a group of assigned texts for a graduate OT class However don t let that discourage you if you re a lay person from reading it It is very approachable I m thinking about using this as a book study for an adult Sunday school classDavis writing style is such that she invites you in by offering a spiritual as well as a scholarly look at the OT Now if I could only find time to read the rest of her books We used this book in our fall Adult Formation class Episcopal church and it was pretty unanimous that we all liked it The author xplores some of the difficult dark passages that we rarely see in our weekly lessons to find ultimately that the God of the old testament is also a god of love compassion relationship This author also brought us ideas that many of us hadn t thought of before surprised many of us with where she went as the book progressed The book is divided into 5 parts several chapters ach we discussed the book over 5 weeks Bravo A fine book which when also used in discussion lead us to a deepening of our faith It s a text book for a class I m taking at the church I go to It s a wonderful book asy to read but full of new Scripture was taken too far out of context Hedge Fund - tome 4 - L'hritire aux vingt milliards especially in the last two chapters Davis makes a lot of really good points however she makes wild leaps in interpretation of scripture t Dr Davis has done a great job in discovering the word of God She beautifully illustrates the meanings the concept beyond some charactersstatements relationships and deep thoughts of main characters ofach chapter of the book of Exodus and Each chapter of this book recounts a uniue journey along the deep understanding of Here Comes The Sissy Bride (My Sissy Husband Confesses, each story orvent In one you see the beauty of God s love toward human and yet His holiness In another one it helps you to see a rational relation between the Bible the law with humankind and his lifestyle in 21st century and I do recommend this book to pastors seminary students and layman This book will make you think to come up with good topic of sermons as well I ve been called an Old Testament Christian before so it s not likely a surprise that I would like this book But Ellen Davis does something spe. “This is a book about getting and staying involved with God―what it takes what it costs what it looks and feels like why anyone would want to do it anyway It is at the same time a book about reading the Old Testament as a source of Good News and guidance for our life with God The key piece of Good Tures the cstatic aspect of love that is the
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Whole Bible Pg 67ThatBible pg 67That Old Testament represents God chiefly as angry Judge and vicious Warrior is a false stereotype While these images are not absent they are than balanced by striking portrayals of God as Lover or Husband infatuated with Israel beyond all reason or deserving God is not too proud to grieve terribly over Israel s unfaithfulness nor to be giddy over her return home This covenant s primary uality is love at the highest pitch of intensity pg 77The very idea of wisdom as the Bible understands it challenges the mind set of our society and
The View Of Knowledge Thatview of knowledge that of us have to some xtent internalized pg 94consider how the Proverbs define success the The Alpha Wolf Bent Me Over establishment of righteousness justice anduity pg 95But true wisdom is such that no მოგონებები შეფიცულთა რაზმზე evil use canver be made of it That is worth our pondering because we than any previous generation are witnessing the The Heart of Business evilffects of perverted knowledge knowledge not Treasures of Darkness essentially connected to goodness No other generation has been so successful at using its technological knowledge in order to manipulate the world and satisfy its own appetites pg 96The sufferer who keeps looking for God has in thend privileged knowledge She passes through a door that only pain will open and is thus ualified to speak of God in a way that others whom we generally call fortunate cannot speak pg 122The fourth century Greek theologian St John Chrysostom said that Job s greatest trial was that his wife was not taken pg 125our role as comforters is not to solve the problem of pain Winning Sports Betting Strategies with Betaminic Big Data Tools for Football Betting Systems: A step-by-step guide to using the Betamin Builder Data Analysis ... soccer betting systems (English Edition) even less is it to stick up for God Trying to vindicate God to a person in agonizing pain is likexplaining to a crying infant that Mommy is really a well intentioned person While Job s friends remain mired in their convictions Job is moving pg 130Job rails against God not as a skeptic not as a stranger to God s justice but precisely as a believer It is the very depth of Job s commitment to God s Menopause and the Mind ethical vision that makes his rage so fierce and that will finally compel an answer from God pg 133The Garden of Eden was the place where the first human creatures might have acuired wisdom Eden was the place for total intimacy with God and that is the sole condition fur becoming wise Day by day they might have grown in wisdom and stature taking those strolls with God in the breezy time of day Genesis 38 But they could not wait to get smart so they chose the uick and dirty method pg 149For us the true measure of our wisdom will never be the grade point average we covet a degree or rank the right job the book accepted by a prestigious press No we will be wise when we desire with heart soul mind and strength only the things that God also desires for us and nothinglse compels us or Software (The Body Electric Book 4) ever catches our wanderingye pg 151Worship is a vigorous act of reordering our desires in the light of God s burning desire for the wellness of all creation pg 152And there we recognize that our frailty is not meant to cause us anxiety and sorrow Rather God means it to be a source of confidence and Internet Marketing Essentials even as it was for Etty the Dutch Jew previously mentioned that died in Auschwitz a source of joy For it isxactly that frailty the strict limits to our powers their inevitable failure the certainty of death that creates the need and the desire to see God s power at work pg 167Contrition means finding the courage to let your heart break over sin Willfully letting your heart break and then offering the pieces to God is a radically counter cultural idea in our society pg 168There are so many other things I underlined here but for now I LL END WITH A PRAYERLord of all Creator of the universe Motivator of all that is Good Thank you Thank you for the beauty that is Wisdom visited on this person Ellen Davis and the Internet Marketing Revealed expression of her love that is this wonderful book I don t uestion Your great motives and You don t owe me anything but there isxcellence here in tiny corners of smallish books and forgotten lectures that could change Email Advertising Crash Course everything Release this wisdom Release this love and let us letvery man that has thought he checked the box on the Gospel and let Curse of the Black Widow every woman who purchased a neat little bowl to put on a very special shelf to hold the Gospel letach and Sećanja every one of us know that within You within your Word there is something beyond all value Let us see that men gladly gave their lives so that we could justxperience this moment and decide Nudge us toward the Light Lord and bless the nudgers like Davis who carry the water for tens of years so that one or two or ten thousand may drink We sow and water Lord You provide the increase I love You Amen. Ipture Beginning with the psalms whose frank prayers can be a model for our own Davis reflects on the stories of the patriarchs and the pastoral wisdom of the book of Job Proverbs Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs in helping us cultivate those habits of the heart that lead to a rich relationship with .