Free Chapter Download and Video: Pager

Published on December 7, 2009 by CT in Blog, News

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Pager

“I have so much pain that I’m just holding on to.  I try to get away but everywhere I go my problems always catch up.  I’m so lost in this world.  Why can’t someone save me?”

These thoughts came from the little pink journal of a young teenage girl sitting next to me on a plane.  How did I know what she had written?  That’s a great question, and there’s really no way to spin it, so I’ll just tell you that I was peeking.  I peeked a lot, and I saw a lot more of that journal session, and it was pretty dark.  And I ended up having a very interesting conversation with her at the end of the flight.

This week’s chapter is titled “Pager,” and it has the funniest story in the book.  So I hope you have fun reading it, but it’s also an important chapter for many of us because it talks about something every Christian experiences:  what to do when God calls.  In last week’s chapter (Silence), we talked about the struggle with being silent before God so we can hear His voice.  This week we’re talking about hearing His voice and then actually doing what He says.

If you’ve ever ignored God’s call, I think this chapter might encourage you.  You can go to the downloads page for more information, or you can download the chapter and watch the chapter video below.

Books are best experienced by the writer and the reader in community, so I would love to hear your thoughts about what you’ve read in this chapter.  You can share any comments or stories in the comments section below.  You can also send this chapter to friends or family using the email, Facebook, Twitter, and other icons at the end of this post.

May God grant us the grace to respond to the call of His Spirit, not out of obligation, but out of a desire to know Him.

Resting With You In the Closeness of His Spirit,

ct

Pager (from Crave: Wanting So Much More From God) from Chris Tomlinson on Vimeo.

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Free Chapter Download and Video: Silence

Published on November 30, 2009 by CT in Blog, News

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Silence

This week’s free chapter download is titled Silence, and it’s a chapter I need to read again myself.  When I lived the story in this chapter, it was a season of discovery—of trying to find a place to be silent before God so that I can hear His voice.  My goal was to improve my conversation with Him, because when we’d spoken, I had pretty much done all the talking.  But I haven’t been listening for a while now.

Looking back, I can understand why being silent is so hard.  On the one hand, there’s the fear of what we might hear in the silence, whether it’s from God or from Satan or from ourselves.  On the other hand, there’s the fear we might not hear anything at all, which can sometimes seem even worse.

If you find yourself needing to hear from God, I think this chapter might encourage you.  You can go to the downloads page for more information, or you can download the chapter and watch the chapter video below.

Books are best experienced by the writer and the reader in community, so I would love to hear your thoughts about what you’ve read in this chapter.  You can share any comments or stories in the comments section below.  You can also send this chapter to friends or family using the email, Facebook, Twitter, and other icons at the end of this post.

May God grant us the grace to hear from Him in the silence. I hope you are inspired by what you read to find a place to be silent with your Father, and that the conversation that ensues will be for your joy.

Listening With You For His Still Voice,

ct

Silence (from Crave: Wanting So Much More From God) from Chris Tomlinson on Vimeo.

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Dear Kayli Anneke

Published on November 24, 2009 by CT in Blog, News

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Kayli Anneke

Dear Kayli Anneke,

Since the internet will last forever, I feel comfortable putting this letter online, knowing you will read it someday.  Perhaps someday very soon, since you’ll be growing up in Cambridge, England, and everyone knows kids from Cambridge typically write their first thesis by age six.

I’ve never had a niece or nephew before, so I’m new to being an uncle.  Thank you for the honor you’ve given to me just by breathing.  Your Aunt Anna and I love you already, and we haven’t even met you.  But we’re coming to see you in about three weeks, and we’re very excited to meet you and have you throw up on us and that sort of thing.

I want you to know we’ve been praying for you for a while now.  Your mom is a Type-1 Diabetic, and she worked very hard last year maintaining her diet and sugar intake so you could be conceived in relative safety.  I’m pretty sure God was involved in making that happen too, but your mom did a great job caring for you before you even came into being.  And your brilliant dad has been waiting eagerly and prayerfully for your arrival.

You don’t know this yet, and you probably won’t realize it for many years, but you are already blessed beyond measure.  You were created in the image of God, who also made the whole universe, so He’s a pretty big deal.  He’s an amazing Father, Savior, and Helper, and your beauty bears some of His glory already.  You also have truly wonderful parents, and you will be the envy of your friends for years to come.  Your mom will teach you to laugh loudly and to keep a very full schedule, and she will also pour a passion for Jesus and compassion for others into your little soul.  Your dad will probably give you shin guards by your second birthday and will show you how to build structurally sound arches with legos, and he will also teach you to be a deeply grounded woman who loves people and loves God.

Your mom and dad will surely tell you this, but your name Kayli Anneke means Crown and Grace.  Your parents will probably tell you that Crown means you’re the princess of the home, and rightly so, for such beauty deserves no lesser title.  But I think your name Kayli also points to the King of Kings, and your name Anneke points to what this great King is like.  In fact, the crown He wore at Calvary sparkled with the jewels of blood He shed for people just like you and me.

So we are praying that you will meet this King as soon as possible.  We’re asking God to give you His grace so you might know that you are His and He is yours.  Choose Jesus, for the sake of His glory and your joy, so we can hang out together for eternity.

With Great Affection,

Your Uncle CT

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Free Chapter Download and Video: Comfort

Published on November 23, 2009 by CT in Blog, News

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Comfort

This week’s free chapter download is titled Comfort, and it’s the story of my realization that I am a comfortable Christian–and how much I hate being one.  When you come to realize this about yourself, there are many ways to react, and one of them is to go and do something risky for Jesus.  So this is what I did.

And there’s good cause for taking risks for Christ–He told us to pick up our crosses and follow Him.  But I think there’s something deeper going on that just charging the hill for righteousness’ sake.  There’s something God means to teach us about our hearts, about why we choose to step out in faith for Him, and it has nothing to do with summoning our own courage.

If you find your faith has become a little too comfortable, then this chapter may be an encouragement to you.  You can go to the downloads page for more information, or you can download the chapter and watch the chapter video below.

Books are best experienced by the writer and the reader in community, so I would love to hear your thoughts about what you’ve read in this chapter.  You can share any comments or stories in the comments section below.  You can also send this chapter to friends or family using the email, Facebook, Twitter, and other icons at the end of this post.

May God grant us the grace to value Christ over comfort. I hope you are built up by what you read and that your faith will be rooted in the knowledge that apart from Him, we can do nothing–including picking up our own crosses to follow Him.

In Pursuit of the Comfort of the Cross,

ct

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Free Chapter Download and Video: Suffering

Published on November 16, 2009 by CT in Blog, News

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Suffering

This week’s free chapter download is titled Suffering, and it deals with the implications that suffering has on the life of a believer.  Why evil or suffering exists is one of the hardest issues people have to deal with when they consider whether or not they can embrace the existence of God.  And it’s a hard issue for the Christian too, one that becomes even more difficult in light of Scripture which calls suffering a gift from God.

This chapter has one of the better stories in the book (I’ll never forget the spider bite guy), but more importantly, it challenges us to deal with our own definition of what a good gift from God looks like.  Thinking about these things has been transformational for my understanding of God, and I’ve been challenged to deal with the heart implications as well as the head ones.

If you’ve ever wrestled with how suffering fits in God’s purposes, this chapter may help give you a bit more to consider.  You can go to the downloads page for more information, or you can download the chapter and watch the chapter video below.

Books are best experienced by the writer and the reader in community, so I would love to hear your thoughts about what you’ve read in this chapter.  You can share any comments or stories in the comments section below.  You can also send this chapter to friends or family using the email, Facebook, Twitter, and other icons at the end of this post.

May God grant us the grace to embrace His sovereign goodness in all things, including suffering.  I hope you are challenged and strengthened by what you read.

Trembling Before His Good Gifts,

ct

Suffering (from Crave: Wanting So Much More Of God) from Chris Tomlinson on Vimeo.

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Free Chapter Download and Video: Light

Published on November 9, 2009 by CT in Blog, News

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Light (Modified)

This week’s free chapter download is titled Light, and it’s an exploration of all the small decisions we make each day that bring us closer to or further away from the light of Christ.  It’s as if we are wicks, and the only way we can burn is to draw near to the white hot flame of Christ.

When Jesus told us we are the light of the world, He was saying we should be set apart from others, to lives our lives in way that is different way from others around us; specifically, to be a light in a darkened world.  If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably done something just for the sake of being different, in order to be noticed or draw attention to yourself.  And, of course, this isn’t the kind of different Jesus was talking about.

If you’ve wondered how to go about burning brighter for Christ, I invite you to check out this chapter. You can go to the downloads page for more information, or you can download the chapter and watch the chapter video below.

Books are best experienced by the writer and the reader in community, so I would love to hear your thoughts about what you’ve read in this chapter.  You can share any comments or stories in the comments section below.  You can also send this chapter to friends or family using the email, Facebook, Twitter, and other icons at the end of this post.

May God grant us the grace to see and walk in the brilliance of the light of His Son so that we might become brighter lights ourselves.  I hope you enjoy and are encouraged by what you read.

With Gratitude,

ct

Light (from Crave: Wanting So Much More of God) from Chris Tomlinson on Vimeo.

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Lightning As Grace

Published on October 4, 2009 by CT in Blog, News

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Lightning As Grace

Life seems so terribly urgent sometimes, even when it’s not.  I am new to this online community of people who are no longer connected by mere bonds of blood, color, or geography, and I already feel the pressure to communicate with you, as if I’ve joined a conversation part-way through and have hours and hundreds of words to make up.

We are a connected people today, but you know all of this already.  We blog because we want our voices to be heard and because there is a community out there who will listen.  We Facebook because we want to feel connected to one another, even if we are the loneliest of people.  We Twitter because, well, who knows why we Twitter?

Writing is becoming an important part of my life, and while there is a sense in which it comes naturally, there’s also a tremendous amount I don’t know about the craft.  Writing then, whether books, blogs, or tweets, is a response to a call on my life.  So I am trying all of the mediums.  I’ve re-engaged my Facebook community.  I started to Twitter.  And I’ve started this blog, which I intend to use in such a way as to reveal what is most important in my life.  I hope it is my faith, and my desire to make much of Jesus, but we will have to see what comes out week by week.  I suspect there’s far more superficiality to me than I care to admit.

Being connected to this larger world has been an interesting experience for me recently.  I have been constantly thinking about these outlets for days straight.  I feel a burden now that wasn’t there before, a responsibility to communicate to the ether, even if no one is listening.  I have become needlessly self-absorbed, which is when I need God the most.

When I am like this, God never fails to show up. I recently boarded a flight from Connecticut to Washington DC, sat down in a window seat, opened up my laptop, and began thinking of the next tweet I should craft or the first blog post to write.  As the tires left earth, my thoughts stayed on the ground, on what would need to be shot into cyberspace when we returned home.  And most of the flight, I thought of nothing but what I would say to you.

But then lightning struck, not our airplane, but the clouds we were passing by.  As I looked out my window, I saw grandeur few eyes have seen.   The horizon was dark, a sea of clouds touched by night with slowly churning currents betraying unrest within.  In the foreground were towering white clouds, racing towards the heavens with outstretched arms.  And the lightning streaked across these clouds, illuminating them as far as I could see.  It really was beautiful; I wish you could have been there.

My thoughts went from inward to upward in that moment, because who can think about oneself when they are standing before a Creator who commands lightning bolts?  And I recalled why I want to write in the first place.  Words are a gift, and they can be used for good or for evil.  But I want these words to be useful to the Giver of words, to show His ultimate worth and beauty.

So I will fight to give miles of road to the weighty things that matter, but I’ll also allow the trivial space to run around at times until it grows tired.  I hope you will join me in this journey and that these words will be a means of grace for God to shape you and me in the midst of our conversations.

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Crave Video Trailer

Published on October 4, 2009 by CT in Blog, News

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Crave Video Trailer

Harvest House Publishers has created a video trailer for the upcoming release of Crave: Wanting So Much More of God. Enjoy!

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