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Loving God's Way: A Fresh Look at the One Another Passages Perfect Paperback – June 3, 2016
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About the Author
Gary DeLashmutt is a lead pastor at Xenos Christian Fellowship in Columbus, Ohio. He received his B A. from The Ohio State University and an M.A. from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. Xenos Christian Fellowship is a network of more than 250 home churches functioning under one eldership group. Gary is a contributor to The Death of Truth, co-author of Spiritual Relationships that Last, and has written numerous articles and curriculum materials. Gary and his wife, Bev, have been married for 35 years and have two daughters.
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The second thing this little gem accomplished for me is to show how functional and loving churches opporate. How they care for one another, forgive one another, and build one another up. A few concepts I drew insight from was when the author shared his own history of drug addiction. The author tells us how he asked his parents to forgive him, that his parents did forgive him, but that it took time to earn their trust back. I have found that a lot of christians get the concepts of forgiveness wrong, and I was delighted to see this concept covered so well in this book. The author stated that although he was angry that they didn't trust him as much as they did before he violated their trust, and he further explained that it made him very angry that they didn't trust him as much. However, he later demonstrates how they were actually correct in their thinking. They did forgive him but he had to earn their trust back. The best indicator of future behavior is past behavior, and although the author teaches through scripture that we should forgive, he also shows us that you don't hand over the keys to your house to the guy you just forgave for stealing from you. We must forgive, but trust is earned.
A quote from the book I really enjoyed was, "Harboring bitterness is like shooting yourself to hit your offender with the recoil of the gun!" Sounds simple enough but for a guy (me) who has struggled with bitterness that quote convicted my heart in a very positive way. I can truly recommend this book to any church organization, ministry, or individual. It has a lot of impact.