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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Gods At War - Kyle Idleman

Defeating the Idols that battle for your heart.  The author is teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky and has written a previous book titled Not A Fan.  The author states that your heart is a battlefield.  Many gods are competing for it.  And according to to Idleman, "Idolatry isn't an issue, It IS the issue."
The 1st of the 10 commandments makes it clear, that the one true God desires that no other gods be before Him.  This book reviews the battles that continue every day for our hearts, our devotion, and our worship.  Joshua 22 states that there is a choice to make about who you worship, and Joshua made it clear that "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."  All of us have to make a choice.  There is no choice but to choose.  What or who will you worship? It is a question all of us must answer.    "All of us are worshipers.  Everyone worships." 
Each chapter tackles a specific god that may come up in our culture, such as the god of entertainment,  god of me,  god of money,  and the god of success.  These are broken down into 3 sections, The temple of pleasure,  temple of power, and the temple of love.  In the god of entertainment he includes quotes from C.S. Lewis and A.W. Tozer.
Mike Huckabee, Lee Strobel and Max Lucado offer praise for this book.  I found it a very readable and relevant book for today .  We may not bow down to a golden calf,  but being aware of the things that are more important than God can be just as much a god as an idol. 

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