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  • « What was the Reformation all about? | Main | War of Words Part 2- Paul Tripp »

    War of Words by Paul David Tripp

    Pg 97-98

    I was once talking with a lady who had been married for many years. She was married to a person, who very honestly, I would have to say was a bad man. He was angry, controlling, and manipulative. He regularly said and did hurtful things. She, meanwhile, had dreamed of the ultimate husband and had gotten so embittered by the blessing of other women in her church that she said she could no longer go to worship. She felt as if God had forsaken her, so much that she couldn’t read her Bible or pray.

    I wanted her to understand her identify in Christ and the love of the Lord. I wanted her to understand that God is a refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble, so I quoted a few passages to her that spoke of God’s amazing love, when, in the middle of the verse, she said, “Stop!” I looked up at her angry face. She said, “Don’t tell me any more that God loves me. I want a husband who loves me!” And she pounded her fist on her chair as she spoke.

    I learned something that day. To the degree that you have based your life on something other than the Lord, to that degree God’s love and the hope of the gospel will not comfort you. You will not be comforted because you are hungry for another kind of bread. You long for a king who will give you the bread you crave. The bread might be a relationship, circumstance, or position. It might be human love and respect, the desire for vengeances, or a certain economic state. It literally can be anything in creation! But there are only two types of bread: Christ, the living bread, and everything else. We set our hearts either on him or something else.

    Posted by Marco on September 3, 2014 02:45 PM

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    I have not read the book but I have read other books by Tripp. I think people need to read the Bible and get away from peoples opinion on a particular subject. Obedience, humility and the fear of a righteous God will bring peace. Read, study and memorize the scriptures and the Holy Spirit will direct your thoughts and give you understanding. Don't waste your time with Tripp, Piper, Mahaney or any of these "Christian" authors who are making a lot of money feeding you their interpretation of scripture.

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