Today is my birthday, and I have thus far receieved 1 card (thanks Grandparents!), a whole heap of facebook messages, a singular text message (thanks Mim!), and an exciting package from UCCF.
Sadly the package from UCCF was not a birthday present, but I was still rather pleased to receive it. The package contained a short letter outlining what the package contained (very useful), an outline of 10 Bible studies in Corinthians for me to have a look at, a CD full of Relay goodness which includes a heap of reading material, Terry Virgo’s talk on grace which was given at Word Alive and a few forms to fill in, and finally three books for me to read before Relay begins.
As it happens I have read two of the books before, they are Cross Examined by Mark Meynell, a really excellent book outlining just how amazing an event the Cross was. Cross Examined is a book I can easily recommend to any Christian, it’s a fairly easy read and it is filled with so much fantastic stuff which every Christian should be told about! I now have two copies, so I will no doubt be trying to give one of them away soon. The second book was Out of the Saltshaker by Rebecca Manley Pippert, a brilliant book all about evangelism. When I read it the first time I couldn’t help but get really excited about evangelism and I’m sure that I will thoroughly enjoy reading it again and reminding myself about just how fantastic it is that I have been given an opportunity to tell people about Jesus! The third and final book is called The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges, and it comes highly recommended by a few people. I’m really looking forward to digging into just how amazing God’s grace is and how it should effect my life as a Christian. I also know that I will be challenged by the book, and I hope and pray that those challenges will work themselves out in my life.
Now I have the joy of sifting through all of the bits and bobs on the CD and filling in some forms etc. Then tonight I might actually have some proper birthday fun!