Living Bread LogoAbout a year ago, in 2015, I published Living Bread, a 148 page which also included a transcript of a talk on Galatians 2:20 from 2009. I thought at the time there were some good things said in the book and was proud to publish it. I have hardly thought about it in the year since.

Until yesterday, when it came into my mind to give the book to one of our neighbors. I dug out the only copy I had left before I get some more and decided to skim it again, with this neighbor in mind. Well, I was blown away! Did I write that? I thought, “I don’t know who this guy is, the author, but he’s written a pretty good book! I think I’ll recommend it to others!”

So that’s what I am doing. But not just recommending it. I am also making it available to anyone who wants to do so, to download it free from my blog as a PDF file and view it on any compatible device. I have as yet not made actual ebooks, but PDF files can be displayed on almost all devices, and there are apps that turn PDF files into formats compatible with most readers.

Anyway, get it and read it! We are the Living Bread come down from Heaven, because He is Himself in us. O what glory there is in Christ, that He would continue to dwell in persons living in this world.  Below first there is an except from the book, and then below that is the link to either buy or download it to your equipment.

Excerpt —-

A universe running on logic alone can theoretically work. As they said of the Nazis, “At least they made the trains run on time.” And logic is like law – break it and there are dire consequences. Love breaks logic, and in a sense, messes up the beautiful and orderly universe that logic thinks it has made and it should be. Logic reasons that everything would work like clockwork if we were not interrupted or driven by some silly variable called “Love.” Love is an intrusion into such an orderly world.

But Love just shows up, Love full of Grace, Love full of hope, Love full of encouragement and most importantly, Love without judgment. The whole world is the exact opposite – we are always braced for the next crisis because that is the nature of this world! But Grace and Love are ultimately not “of” this world – and therefore Grace and Love are totally unbelievable surprises simply coming “out of the blue!” We are always surprised by Love and Grace coming in their true form! Life often conditions us to think we do not deserve that kind of joy and peace. But, as C.S. Lewis wrote about his marriage late in life, he was “Surprised by Joy.”

Most things are predicable, but Love is not, other than we can only expect it to be what it is. Sometimes it shows up where it is least expected, and when it is least expected. There are people, places and situations where righteousness, truth, and even wisdom sometimes cannot or will not go. Sometimes folks in those places get their dander up when righteousness, truth and wisdom come in the door. Love, however, needs no invitation, and can get through many a closed door that its brothers cannot. Not many can withstand Love’s fire, which is not a passion to possess the other, but a passion to light the same fire in the other.

Love is more powerful than darkness because it can burrow through the murky depths where Light cannot penetrate. Then the Spirit, along with divine righteousness, truth and wisdom, follows on the path Love has blazed, breaking through our strong barrier of self-will. coming from within us out of the other principle (heaven), and by some means awakens us when we are in darkness to a hunger for the Light, along with a growing hope to escape the wrath that rages and constantly speaks accusation and judgment in us in our captivity. Something has stirred us, and somehow something about the life we have been living seems false, and the hope of freedom begins to grow. We did not know, as the crowd with Jesus did not know, that we were “opposing ourselves,” that the entire life we had been living until Jesus Christ, we were caught in the “snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” (2 Tim 2:25,26).

Think of Jesus walking boldly into the house of Matthew, to make merry with his friends and party guests. (Jesus here is being exactly what Paul instructs Timothy in the same passage above, 2 Tim 2:24 – “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing …”)

Jesus walks in with no hint of “holier than thou” or frowning disapproval. He may have encountered some rowdy and bawdy behavior.  If He was there, “loving the sinner but hating the sin,” (as some modern evangelicals like to say), there was no hint of hating anything in His demeanor. He simply had a genuine love for Matthew and his guests. They all heard Grace and Love speak kindly to them, instead of judging them and predicting ruin. As it is written, “Beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.” (Isaiah 9:1,2)

Jesus was just living what Love does. Suddenly, even while we are yet in darkness, a Light can somehow come on of its own accord, and ignite in us an inner change of direction! (It did for me!!!) As we are led and drawn out of darkness by the Light of the brightest noonday sun, like Lazarus at the door of his tomb, we are made wholly new again!

Here is the link again to Living Bread.

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