Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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All You Have to do is Believe

Saved by Grace {Living Outside the Stacks}

I love that commercial where the three ladies are talking and the one has hung pictures all over her wall and other friend points to them and says, “I like that one” and the other friend looks bewildered and says, “That’s not how it works. That’s not how any of this works.” It seriously cracks me up every time I see it on TV. I think because it shows a basic truth about human nature: sometimes we make things more complicated than they have to be.

I’ve heard people say they’ll accept Christ after they fix this or that in their lives or that they’re going to Heaven because they’re basically good people. Well, that’s not how it works. That’s not how any of this works. First and foremost, we can’t “fix” ourselves. Nor does God want us to. If we could, then the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ wouldn’t have been necessary. The fact is that God loves us despite our flaws {Romans 5:8} and because of that love He sent His son that we may have eternal life through faith in Him {John 3:16}.

And just as we can’t fix ourselves, we can’t “buy” our way in either {Romans 6:23 and Titus 3:5}. God doesn’t have a set number of good deeds you have to perform in order to make it to Heaven; eternal life is a gift that has been given freely to us by a loving  and merciful God. All you have to do is believe…

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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Go and Speak without Fear

Jeremiah 1 and 7 through 8 {Living Outside the Stacks}

God does not send us out unequipped. He prepares us and protects us {that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy, that just means that The Word will be heard}, so we need to surrender our hearts and our lives to Him. No excuses.

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

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In Defense of My Faith

In Defense of My Faith Banner {Living Outside the Stacks}

A few years ago, I wrote a post about religious civility and the lack of respect that some people show towards people of faith, specifically towards Christians. The post was a reaction to some of the things that a few of my friends and acquaintances had posted over Easter weekend.

I honestly hadn’t planned to address the issue again but after seeing the same recycled “jokes” this past weekend, I realized two things:

  • The Bible says if I deny Jesus here on earth, He’ll deny me in Heaven {Matthew 10:33}
  • The comments and jokes are hurtful and rude, and instead of letting it fester, I need to get it out of my system

I know that much of the animosity towards Christians stems from the vitriolic actions of a few. But understand this: my love for Christ isn’t based on the condemnation of others but on the free {and sacrificial} gift of His love for me {John 3:16 and John 15:13}.

When I was in the Army and we went through sexual harassment training, one of the speakers said something that stuck with me: “Nothing is wrong until you say it’s wrong.” Meaning the initial responsibility for protecting my body, my heart, my spirit begins with me. People may not know they’re being offensive until it’s pointed out. So I’m pointing it out: calling my Lord and Savior out of His name is offensive and hurtful.

I know that we may not share the same religious beliefs and you may not understand why I believe what I do, but that doesn’t give you the right to be mean or dismissive. I may not agree with your beliefs but you’ll never hear me say anything that would grieve your heart.

Writing this post may cause me to lose some friends and I’m OK with that. Just know that I care for you and I always will. I’ll miss you and will always respect you. And, yes, I’ll even pray for you, because that’s what friends do {1 Thessalonians 5:11}.

But, ultimately, this is about my relationship with Christ and I never want to be in a position where He can say “Depart from me, I never knew you…” {Matthew 7:23}. I love my Lord and Savior and it is His approval that I desire.

Daenel T

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