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Love or Die: Christ's Wake-up Call to the Church Perfect Paperback – August 27, 2008
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So I go to church every Sunday. As a leader, I spend a lot of time preparing Sunday sermons - thinking, praying, and researching. And I love our little flock very much! Yet, I realised - as I read through this book - that genuine agape love has to be fleshed out; it must be applied. In the words of a song by Don Francisco - "love is not a feeling but an act of your will"!
At the same time, I did not feel that I would now have to take on extra 'duties', or spend extra time with my brothers and sisters in the Lord in order to flesh out that love. I just needed to be more aware of them, and less aware of myself. And more aware of those outside the church, and less aware of myself.
If you've found church a little 'tough' of late - either as a leader or as a congregant - take some time out to read slowly through 1 Corinthians 13 again. That's what this book challenged me to do. And I've order a number of copies to pass around as I would love our congregation to be one, of which it is said, "see how those Christians love one another"!
After I read this book, I read Francis Chan's book "Crazy Love" and found both books to work well together. The Love or Die study gives solid, practical advice; Chan's study adds an extra dimension to the same topic. Perhaps it is Chan's ability to vividly portray an idea in words. Whatever the reason, both books were tremendously helpful to me.
This book helped me so much, I will be using it in a Bible study to get us all back to being in love with God! For those who are not clergy, it will convict you if you are a pew setter. Do you remember your first love?