BE PATIENT, TAKE COURAGE, DON'T GRUMBLE: AN EXCERPT

BE PATIENT, TAKE COURAGE, DON'T GRUMBLE

An Excerpt

Greg Fish, our coordinator of communications, has released his second book, Be Patient, Take Courage, Don’t Grumble. This is an earlier than expected release due to the book’s relevance to the times we find ourselves in. Our sermon series, on our worship broadcasts, will loosely follow the book. You can also hear more about it as Pastor Tim interviews Greg on our Stories of the 116 podcast. The advance pdf is just $5, and that purchase may be used towards a credit to buy the print version once it is available in about a month. You may order the advance pdf, or the print version when available, at www.gregfish.me. In the meantime, here is an excerpt from the book:

“In the Old Testament we have the book of Proverbs, a collection of probabilities. They teach us that if 'x' happens, then 'y' is what is most likely to happen next. Proverbs 29:18 (NLT) says, “When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But, whoever obeys the law is joyful.” There are a number of ways this saying is translated, but one of the important truths it teaches is this:

"Our journey isn’t about PASSIVITY or PERFORMANCE, but rather, PARTNERSHIP.

"When we allow God’s divine, sometimes supernatural, guidance to influence our decisions, we are transforming our journey in a positive way. Following a healthy ethic isn’t about performing to achieve a goal. It’s about partnering and walking with the One who can help us navigate what lies ahead. When our character is built by God, it doesn’t matter who is watching, we are consistent.

"Proverbs 29:18 implies that God is revealing truth to His people, and truth gives us direction and blessing.

"Therefore, in a very practical sense, applying the patience/courage/grumble metric to our lives partners us with something divine. It gives us divine wisdom for dealing with our surroundings. It creates vision. Yes, there is a work that we do, but it’s not a work that earns salvation. Salvation is a gift of grace, it is unmerited. But this work builds our character and allows the grace we’ve been given to flourish in such a way that even communities can be changed.

"Our partnership with the One who gives us this kind of vision means that we are NOT who we were, but we’ve learned from it. We are NOT who 'they' say we are, but we listen. We are NOT where we want to be, so we seek.”

Used with permission of Corbin Foster Publishing
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