Relaxing with God: The Neglected Spiritual Discipline - eBook
Relaxing with God: The Neglected Spiritual Discipline - eBook  -     By: Andrew Farley
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781441246080
ISBN-13: 9781441246080

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Jesus called his followers to exchange the heavy yoke around their necks for his light one. So why are so many Christians feeling weighed down and burned out? The simple answer is that they are being told from many pulpits across the country what they "should be" doing for God.

Bestselling author Andrew Farley calls this for what it is--works-based religion--and then shares with readers biblical wisdom on the neglected art of resting in Christ. Anyone longing to experience true release from the crushing expectations that the world throws their way will find life and rest in Farley's revolutionary message.

Author Bio

Andrew Farley is the lead pastor of Ecclesia: Church without Religion and bestselling author of The Naked Gospel, God without Religion, Heaven Is Now, and The Hurt & The Healer. Andrew's writings have been featured by national news outlets such as PBS, ABC, and FOX, and his live call-in radio program airs nationwide on Sirius XM. Connect with Andrew on Facebook and Twitter (@DrAndrewFarley). Learn more at www.AndrewFarley.org.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Context Is Everything
    December 21, 2016
    Grover
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    No question about it, Andrew challenges many of our traditional paradigms and certainly addresses legalism in Christianity. It's my opinion that many (most?) Christians don't really own their faith... in other words, they have never searched out Biblical truth for themselves, only agreed with someone else who told them what to think. Andrew challenges serious Bible students to get into the scripture and engage the foundational truths IN CONTEXT. He asks whether scripture passages are addressed to believers or unbelievers, Jews or Gentiles, New Covenant or Old Covenant people. When CONTEXT is established, many apparent scriptural conflicts evaporate and the puzzle pieces start falling into place. He clearly shows the value and effect of the law, who it applies to, and what it's result should be in light of Jesus' sacrifice which consummated the New Covenant. I've see many Christians find freedom and new vision through Andrew's writings.
  2. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    Old heresy revisited
    December 6, 2016
    Stephen
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    I am appalled that this book is getting endorsements from the Christian community. The author doesn't believe we need to ask God forgiveness for our sins, he believes much of what Jesus said is irrelevant to believers, and he insists the Ten Commandments are not for Christians. Remember the Lord's Prayer? Not for you. Remember Ananias and Sapphira? Wasn't God. Probably a heart attack. Take up your cross and follow me? Jesus did it, you don't have to. At times as I was so astonished I laughed out loud; but in truth it is no laughing matter!

    It is no wonder the book is a call to relax. There is no standard. This is antinomianism going by a new name. Its an old heresy that was - in previous generations - rejected by all (!) the 'heroes of the faith' from every denomination. This is not an attack on one denomination. It is an attack on Christianity itself.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
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    June 1, 2015
    jldragon
    Quality: 5
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    Another nail struck on the head by Andrew
  4. north Georgia
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    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Made me think
    November 1, 2014
    jjandree
    north Georgia
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    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This book caused me to rethink some notions that I have held for years. I still have some questions, but that is good. Worth the reading.
  5. Oak Harbor, WA
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Who we are in Christ applied to life
    October 27, 2014
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
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    Quality: 5
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    Are you haunted by performance demands from God? Do you feel you must show God how much you love Him by your actions? Do you worry about what you are supposed to be doing for God? Are you experiencing spiritual anxiety because of recent books encouraging fanatical service?

    Farley felt that way, that he needed to do just a little more each day to meet God's demands. Now he understands the principle of spiritual rest. In fact, we are to make every effort to enter that rest! (Heb. 4:11) The true gospel, Farley says, is both simple and restful.

    Rather than God needing us to work for Him, Farley shows how living from God is to be our daily spiritual reality. He reminds us our sins are forgiven, once and for all. We are to live in that reality daily. We are always in fellowship with God, too. The truth is that our fellowship is unshakable and unbreakable because of what Jesus did, not because of what we are doing. (64) We don't have to die. We already died in Christ. He helps us understand what flesh is. He argues against the possibility of losing your salvation.

    I really liked this book. I heartily agree with almost all of it and the rest I am seriously thinking on. Farley points out many non-biblical teachings about who we are in Christ. They may sound good but they do not line up with Scripture. He has some very thought provoking comments about predestination for Calvinists. I really appreciate his discussion on covenants, that the dividing line is the cross, not the manger.

    This is not a book on meditation or anything like that. It is a book about resting in who we are in Christ. Farley has done an excellent job in clarifying our position in Christ and what that means to us in our daily life.

    Food for thought: So wake up every day, be reminded of who you really are in Christ, and then just be yourself! In so doing, you are both living in and walking by the Spirit. (98)
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