#CrashTheChatterBox

crash the chatterboxCrash the Chatterbox is the first Steven Furtick book I’ve read. The title piqued my interest although I wasn’t sure what the chatterbox was. In the book he not only explained the chatterbox, but described how to deal with it.

He describes the chatterbox as the lies we believe that keep us from accurately and actively hearing God’s voice. He referenced a stat that said the average person has more than 60 thousand thoughts per day and over 80% of those thoughts are negative. Whether that stat is true or not, we’ve all had the experience where we have had a silent discussion with ourselves – that chatter that goes on in our head about whether we should attempt something new or even chiding ourselves for a mistake we just made. In Crash the Chatterbox Furtick gives some tools for silencing that chatter.

One of the things I appreciated about the book is that Furtick kept pointing back to God’s Word as the main way to silence the chatter. In one chapter he used Jesus as the example of how to silence the lies of the enemy. He said this in chapter 4: “That’s why Satan’s temptation of Jesus had no more chance of succeeding than a Guns N’ Roses original lineup reunion tour. Because Jesus was fully loaded with the Word of God. He was literally preloaded with the truth of scripture in a way that only He could be: He was the Word of God.” As Jesus used God’s Word to silence the chatter of the enemy, we need to do the same.

Furtick’s book is filled with both personal stories and other people’s accounts of how the chatterbox has tried to defeat and derail. He balances the personal experiences of people and the truth of God’s Word to provide insight on crashing the chatterbox. At the appropriate time he inserted some humorous story or comment to keep the reader engaged.

I earmarked several pages in the book for future reference. It was a good read and provided insights to help followers of Jesus hear Him above the chatter.

Thoughts on The Bible Mini-Series

bibleWe were talking about The Bible Mini-Series today for a few minutes today in the office. I’ve only seen two nights of the series, but overall have liked what I have seen.

What has been surprising to me is the response of people, especially “church people,” to the mini-series. I say surprising. What I really mean is disappointing. In the times I have watched, I follow along on Twitter to read people’s reactions. Several comments have also appeared on Facebook. Much of the response I have seen from people I think are believers has been negative. We don’t like this. We don’t like that. It appears that for many out there, we don’t like much.

The thing that really grabbed my attention was the comparison between Satan during the temptation of Jesus and President Obama. Really? That’s what you took away from it? Seemed to really take the whole point of the mini-series in a different direction than what I think it was intended.

I saw a statistic earlier this week – Over 68 MILLION have viewed The Bible in 15 days making it the #1 cable series of the year. I think that is great. I’m going with the assumption that a good number of those people are already believers. They accept God’s Word as truth and read it on a regular basis.

What would be interesting to see is the number of people who either don’t believe in the Bible or ever read it that are tuning into the show. If they are watching the series, become engaged and actually spend time reading it to see what it says or start a conversation with someone they know reads the Bible, isn’t that a win? While I do agree we need to be accurate to God’s Word, it would be incredibly difficult to do a mini-series on the Bible and include everything. If the producers’ goal is to engage people and point them to God’s Word, I think they are moving in the right direction.

I guess my surprise is the number of comments being made by those who know God’s Word. I don’t think we are the audience the producers were aiming for. I know there are many opinions on the show. This is just my two-cents.