Continuing with the GAPS Introduction Diet (sort of… we’re modifying a bit…)
Week 2 on the GAPS introduction diet. We discovered that my husband isn’t allergic to egg whites, just egg yolks, so he has been eating those freely and with joy! We are in stage 2-3 as he has not had any reactions or digestive difficulties at all until I tried to introduce cooked applesauce last night. Apparently his recovering intestines aren’t ready for apples yet… So here is a week of soups and easily digestible food.
Let me start by saying that it is my opinion that every Christian should read this book. I know I may have a whole load of books that I could say that about, but truly this one should be read. Even Rick Warren says that. If Rick Warren’s book recommendation/review doesn’t mean anything to you, you should check out the lonnnnnnnng list of revered and respected pastors, teachers, and influential Christians that recommend this book. It is not long, it is not difficult, but it is so important.
Matt Chandler, Pastor at The Village Church in Texas, writes this book to separate the assumed Gospel from the explicit Gospel. I know all Christians think they have heard the Gospel and know it well. But maybe not. I know a lot of Christians personally who do not know it well and who may have never heard the explicit Gospel in their lives. This does not mean that people who love and trust Jesus are not saved. It just means, their understanding of their own salvation and their own God that they serve is clouded, incomplete, and sometimes unbiblical and errant.
Please, please read this book. Pass it around and let all your friends read it. Whether they grew up in Sunday School or not. Whether they are teaching Sunday School or not. There can be a whole lot of abuse, misunderstanding and misapplication of the Gospel, but there can never be too much Gospel proclamation, understanding and fluency.
Rating: A (++++++)
Title: The Explicit Gospel
Author: Matt Chandler with Jared Wilson
Length: 240 pages
Genre: Spiritual Life
Last week’s grain free dinners were all a superb HIT! Here we go again… This isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. However… we haven’t taken out dairy fully yet. We’ve turned it down, but haven’t shut off the tap. After we have used up all the dairy in our fridge, we are going on the FULL GAPS diet. Up until now it has been really just no grain, no sugar, no starch, add probiotics. My next goal is to FERMENT! We already do some fermented stuff, but not too many homemade things. I will be doing yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, beet kvass and maybe more. My house may smell like a brewery 🙂
So here is April, week 2:
Jerry Bridges devotes a whole book to addressing that question. The Gospel doesn’t start and end with heaven. The goal of God was not to save us from hell, although He does do that. The goal of God in sending Jesus was to reconcile us back to Himself. And then to give us Jesus-power to live the Christian life, for Him, and for all to see, that others may know Him and be reconciled back to Him as well.
This Gospel isn’t just for unbelievers. It is for Christians. We need a higher and better concept and grasp of the Grace of God. Jerry Bridges will practically help you see yourself for who you really are and by contrast, see God for whom He really is.
Read this book and see what a daily embracing of the Gospel looks like. See how spiritual disciplines will move you deeper and closer in your relationship to the Gospel and to Christ Himself. See how we are responsible to live out the commands of Jesus, while at the same time depending “on the Holy Spirit to both do His own work and enable us through His power to do the work we must do.”
Title: The Transforming Power of the Gospel
Author: Jerry Bridges
Length: 192 pages
Genre: Spiritual Life
Okay, we’re doing it… at least we’re going to try to do it. The GAPS diet, that is. We’re taking the no-grain and no-sugar (and no-starch and no-fun) plunge!!! (We’re kind of easing our way into it by starting out sort of Paleo and just not eating grains at this point). Attempt #717 at healing my husbands gout without drugs, here we go. This could be a 2-year commitment and I’m not promising we’re staying committed, because if something else came along at any time that convinced me through it’s gout-healing promises, I may bite the bait.
But here is my grain-free diet plan for this week, anyway!