Upon meeting Steven Furtick a few years ago at Newspring's Unleash Conference, I was immediately impressed with his passion for life, God and ministry. This remarkable young man was consumed by a holy vision that was both extraordinary and inspiring.
I walked away saying, "I need some of that!"
Well, Furtick has written a challenging book, Sun Stand Still, to help people (like you and me) discover and demonstrate audacious faith. It's not a comfortable read.
In his own words, Furtick says, "This book is not a snuggie. The words on these pages will not go down like Ambien. I'm not writing to calm or coddle you. With God's help, I intend to incite a riot in your mind."
The book challenges people to move beyond the mundane, and to be bold in praying, believing, living, and obeying God.
I finished the book under the unsettling conviction that I have settled for less than I should in dreaming God's dreams for my congregation and our northwoods community. What would GREAT FAITH have us do?
Furtick points to a phrase that capture him from page 23 of Jim Cymbala's Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire:
"I despaired at the thought that my life might slip by without seeing God show himself mightily on our behalf."
Here's a treasure trove of cookie recipes just in time for Christmas. Click on the cookie's name, and presto -- you'll get the recipe! This is for all the folks who complain about "cookies" on their computers. (Thanks Sue Bartz!)