Saturday, September 1, 2007

Starting a Revolution in Your World

We received this book as a gift when we attended Calvary Fellowship in Miami Lakes, FL. Bob Franquiz is the author of the book and the pastor of the church. I must admit that I had low expectations of the book - seeing the church "give away" it's own pastor's book seemed suspect to me. But my suspicions were invalid, as this book was a quick, excellent read that spoke directly into my life and also played along well with the very sermon that he had preached during our visit.

Franquiz devotes the much of the first chapter to the idea/concept/word: REVOLUTION, as well as a great deal of the subsequent chapters. Ah, Bob, you had me at hello. You had me at hello. The subject of this book, as a prime example of revolutionary living, is none other than John the Baptist, the oft-overlooked cousin of Jesus.

Honestly, I do not even know where to start. I literally highlighted and marked up so much of this book, that I can only really recommend that you get a copy for yourself. If I start listing notable excerpts here, along with impressions that I've taken away from this book, this post will turn into a book itself. So I am going to limit myself to a couple excerpts:

"Too many times Christians try to wear humility like a hat, and it turns out to be a false humility."

"People left institutional religion and went out to the desert to see John because he was an example of the life that he offered. Too many times, we as Christians are offering something that we ourselves don't possess and then we wonder why those that don't follow Jesus won't respond."

"The church in America has totally missed the boat when it comes to what it means to follow Jesus. We have resolved that to be a follower of Jesus is to repeat a prayer, but neglect living a life to the glory of God. True Christian faith is an invitation to be part of a revolution... men and women who have decided that 'playing church' is not an acceptable way to live."

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