ABIGAIL is an ECPA Bestseller!
Abigail is #18 on the March 2010 ECPA Bestseller's List! Thank you SO much to my readers and reviewers and influencers who have made this possible. Your support is MOST appreciated! I am grateful and honored to have my work make this list! In other thoughts...the sun has been shining most of the day. Amazing what a difference the sun makes. I think maybe God puts it there to remind us how much we need Him, not just His creation. I love what Revelation chapter 21:23 says of the New Jerusalem: "And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb." (No clouds! And more importantly for the peace of Jerusalem there will be no need because no one will be fighting over that city as they do present-day Jerusalem!) Just a side thought there~
I finished a proposal for a new series that I'm working on - which I hope will sell sometime in the future. First, I need feedback from my critique partners. Then we'll see if it's good enough or if I need to look at it again. In the meantime, I'm headed back to work on Sarai. I left her in Egypt on her way to meet Pharaoh. Lots of interesting things to ponder in these upcoming scenes!
I finished reading Bruxy Cavey's The End of Religion - Encountering the Subversive Spirituality of Jesus. Don't let the title scare you--the book is really good. He writes in an easy-to-read style and doesn't always use commonly known Christian lingo. He addresses some of the familiar doctrinal terms in the appendixes. But his purpose is to show the reader that Jesus did not come to start a new religion (and unfortunately even Christianity has fallen into the religion trap over the years) but to forge a relationship between us and God. He is the way to God and there is no other. But in our 21st century western thinking, we don't realize just how surprising and subversive and shocking His message was to his 1st century hearers. I'm rereading the Gospels with a new look at what Jesus' listeners might have heard when He spoke. The Pharisees and teachers of the Law hated Him because his words undermined the religion they clung to so desperately. (And they killed Him for it.) They were counting on their good works, their keeping of the Law of Moses (and all their added traditions) to save them. They weren't counting on a Messiah who said that "no one comes to the Father except through me" or who called them a "brood of vipers" for thinking rituals were more important than relationships.
One of the most disturbing passages in the Bible, aimed at religious people who do so many things to gain acceptance with God, is Matthew 7:21-23 where Jesus says, ""Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'"
Jesus came so we could know God, know Him. He came to restore what was broken in Eden when Adam and Eve sinned and were cast from the garden, no longer able to walk with God and talk with Him in the cool of the day. God has always wanted a relationship with men and women. Always. It's what He planned at Creation and what He will renew when He returns. Revelation tells us: "And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb." Revelation 21:22
We can follow all sorts of rules, practice a zillion rituals, and become the most religious zealot of our time, but those things won't bring us one step closer to knowing Jesus. He fulfilled the Law because we couldn't, and He died so we don't have to. All for want of restoring our relationship with Him.
The author (Bruxy Cavey) made me think outside of the religious box and renewed my love for the honesty and forthright message of Jesus. I want to read it again--and I don't say that often. Highly recommended!