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The Andromeda Strain

Just read the Adromeda Strain by Crichton. I think some of his books explore a particular moral. The moral of this one might be, “Scientists are blind.” The best minds may gather in isolation at the most advanced facility and devote themselves entirely to understanding a new problem. But even then, they will miss important clues as they chase down theories that become pet theories.

 The story is old in technological terms, but I think it has aged quite gracefully. It was engrossing and thought-provoking, even if the ending seemed a little weak.


God’s Future Work

Phil 1:6 And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again.

 I think this relates to what Larry Crabb talks about in Connections. Look for what God is doing and even the good work that God will do in the future in others. Praise that and encourage that and give thanks for that in them. Sometimes, you will have to look for it. That is a good exercise: looking for what God is doing and will continue to do in the people around you. Think of them in terms of what God will do in their lives, not just in terms of the failings and weaknesses that are obvious now.

Addictions and Lies

Without lies, there would be no addictions. We have to tell ourselves lies in order to practice an addiction. Examples of lies:

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Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave, Chapter 5

This chapter is about speaking the truth in love: confronting an addict. Most addicts will not confess and forsake their sin on their own. Most need to be confronted. Advice is given for preparing to confront various members of the family. Interventions are simply church discipline rediscovered in the secular realm. An intervention is not the last hope. If the first one doesn’t work, you will remain patient and keep loving the person and keep seeking the Lord.

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Phil 3:18-19 The Cross

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Resurrection is a very important word to Christian theology.

Jesus was raised from the dead. In Phil 3, Paul states that he is striving towards the resurrection. We are raised from the dead at salvation. Those who die in Christ will be raised from the dead at his coming. In day to day living, we experience the power of Jesus’ resurrection when we die to sin and live to him.