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Books of 2015

Time to share my beloved books from the year! I think this has become a beloved tradition. The books I listen to and read become an important part of my learning and growth. So, it also becomes an important part of my sharing for the year. Maybe my year is really measured in books.

This year also features the explosion of the Audiobook category. Often in tandem with a book I am reading, it serves to expand my growth in specific areas. So, if I am reading a book about marriage, I may also listen to one next to think about the same subjects or see how another author handles certain topics.
I've been officially introduced to Dietrich Bonehoeffer and picked up a bunch of books by C. S. Lewis. I think it's been a good book year. 
Books of 2015 Sticky Church, Larry Osborne
Love and Respect, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
In Memoriam, Henri Nouwen
Life Together, Dietrich Bonheoffer
Left Behind or Left Befuddled, Gordon Isaac
Christ the Center, Dietrich Bonheoffer
The Wounded Healer, Henri Nouw…

A New Creation, Again and Again

Happy New Year!

I was speaking with my pastor and he asked if I would preach while he was away. I agreed and thought it would be a really meaningful way to begin the year. My Scripture passage was from
 2 Corinthians 5:16-21. I tried to focus on the way we grow as Christians. I remember trying to memorize verse 17 as a newer Christian because of how important these concepts were to me. Growth takes time. Changing little by little is difficult, but an important truth to how we grow in our spiritual lives.

"From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and …