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One of the problems with being a full-time student is the lack of time available to read books. Books that interest you. So, if you are finished with school — graduated high school or university — you finally have the time to do some reading!
A great place to start is The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer. This book is actually just a book list. Bauer lists five categories of books: fiction, autobiography, history, drama, and poetry. In each category, she lists several dozen ‘must read’ books in chronological order, so that you are learning history as you read through each of the lists.
For example, one of the books in the ‘fiction’ category is Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It is one of those books that every American should read. Although I read this book seven or eight years ago, I can still feel the tension and pain that made an imprint on my heart by reading this fictional story . . . a work of fiction that was based completely on true stories. (The author’s family was active in the Underground Railroad of the 1860’s, and each aspect of this famous novel is entirely based on true events.) It has been said that when Abraham Lincoln met Harriet, he said, “So, you are the lady who started the Civil War.”
After graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s Degree, then going on to earn a second Bachelor’s Degree at a Bible College, I gained my true education once I became a homeschooling mother! 🙂
15 years of homeschooling is where I became educated, and yes, Susan Wise Bauer’s book helped tremendously along that road.
There is so much to learn. I never want to stop learning. Books are the key. Educated teachers are of huge importance also, and have helped me so much. But, today, I just want to say a word in praise of books.
Books! Glorious books! Let’s all keep reading.
What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below. The book I’m in right now is “The Science of Trust” by John Gottman, PhD. And, oh my gosh, it is sooo good.
Let’s not insult our God, Jesus, the Spirit of Grace, by thinking that our apology is some form of sacrifice for our sins.
There no longer remains a sacrifice for sin; Jesus did it ALL and the sin issue is over.
Why would you ASK Him for forgiveness, when He’s already GIVEN it to you?
“For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins . . . How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of Grace?” (Hebrews 10:26 & 29)
Wow! Huh? It’s THAT big of a deal to our God. The sin issue is OVER. Let’s move forward and move into a life of faith, and trust, and rest. Leave the sin issue behind you forever, where it belongs, at the foot of the Cross.
When you sin, do you ever stop and think about it — in the moment — and ask yourself questions like, “Is this sin?” Or, “Should I feel ashamed right now?” Or perhaps, . . . “Am I breaking some rule here!!!!?”
Yes? No? No . . . you are not a rules-oriented Pharisee like me!?
Well, even though I still sometimes ask myself such questions, it really doesn’t affect me too much, because I do not ever feel ashamed. I am 100% secure in His acceptance of me.
I read this verse the other day (copied below) and it really struck me; it says the sacrifices offered under the Old Covenant could not take away the consciousness of sin from the people.
Hebrews 10:2, “Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins.”
What struck me is that, this implies that in the New Covenant, His resurrected life in us HAS taken away the consciousness of sin!
Christ died for ALL of our sins. He nailed them ALL to the cross. He brought an end to the Law of Moses, and he brought an end to the topic of sin. It is not an issue between us and God anymore!!
Even though we still sin every day, He sees us as saints. Being a completely forgiven person IS our identity in Christ.
This doesn’t make us desirous for a bunch of evil all of a sudden! No, the knowledge of the truth makes us fall in love with our God!! So we start walking with Him, walking in the Spirit. And as He guides us, Our God will never lead us to commit evil, to hurt other people or Himself. We can TRUST His guidance, that He will always lead us to love others.
So, we live our life trusting Him, not walking around being conscience of our sins and thinking to ourselves “I can sin and it doesn’t matter.” Or, “I don’t sin anymore because I don’t want to.” Neither one of those is exactly right. We still sin, sometimes we want to, but the sin issue is OVER so we just do not have consciousness of it anymore.
We no longer have a guilty conscience. We have a clean conscience thanks to Jesus, even in the midst of our sinfulness!!
May 14, 2022