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I Made the Mistake of Reading George MacDonald (aka C.S. Lewis’s “Master”)

I didn’t even know who George MacDonald was until recently. I think the first time I heard his name was last summer when my good friend Matt Perkins of Northwest Anglican and my mother-in-law Tiffany Seppala were discussing his books over lunch. They said he was a great influence on C.S. Lewis. So I started reading, Discovering the Character of God by MacDonald recently and realized his writings aren’t something I can just quickly read through and say, “Oh that was good,” and move on with life. No. I say “I made the mistake of reading George MacDonald” because I can’t do that. I can’t read a chapter, smile and then just go on with life like nothing happened. For whatever reason, his writing has challenged me at the core of who I am. As he writes about the character of God I begin to think about who God really is. And I want to share a statement that really rocked me last night. So much so that I had to sit my book down, sit up straight in bed and really consider what I had just read. But before I share that let me give you a little background on George MacDonald in case you aren’t familiar with him. Here are some quotes from the introduction of Discovering the Character of God.   “In a life of eighty years and a literary career spanning nearly five decades, Scotsman George MacDonald (1824-1905) produced some fifty-three books of tremendous diversity…Though he was said to have considered himself a poet first, a preacher second, and a novelist third, almost three-quarters of...

They Broke Through and Jesus Called it Faith – We Call it…?

What happens when you or a loved one has a need. A need that only Jesus can meet? A need that can only be met by a miracle? When it comes to having these needs met I’ve noticed there are primarily two schools of thought in the church. 2 schools of thought regarding breakthrough in the church   The first teaches that you can, and should, press in for breakthroughs. And even if circumstances seem to oppose this need being met you should still contend for the breakthrough and overcome the obstacles by the power of God that resides in you. The second is more of a passive approach. This belief system teaches that God will move in His own time and there is nothing we can do to influence Him to move. And the breakthrough is not what’s important anyway, what’s more important is “accepting” that God has ordained these circumstances and that they are all part of a bigger plan. I’ll be honest. I have a problem with the second school of thought. I believe it’s this kind of thinking that has crippled much of the church. When we are not allowed to press in for breakthrough we are sentenced to a life where circumstances become our lord instead of the Lord. I want to share a story I read this last week that relates to this. A biblical account of breakthrough   The story is found in Mark chapter 2. Four friends bring their paralyzed friend to the meeting where Jesus was. They could not get in through the front door so they dug a hole in the roof and...