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2 Great Posts about God the Father

July 25, 2011

Read these 2 posts by Mikey Anderson. They’re short. They’re packed full of God’s glory.

16 Things that being a new dad has taught me about God

4 Things I’ve learned about God through my baby who was born blind

HT: the Resurgence


Money and the Christian: What Really Counts

July 21, 2011

Having just finished up a brief financial series, this article struck me as very timely, and VERY biblically wise.


Rather than debating between “radical” living for God and the dangers of “poverty theology,” we learn from 1 Timothy 6 that contentment and generosity should be our emphasis in light of the gospel.

God has already provided all that we will ever need (Rom. 8:32). He cares for grass (Matt. 6:28-30) and birds (Matt. 10:29), so we can be content with or without stuff. God has been infinitely generous with us in Christ so, rich or poor, we can be joyfully generous in a way that makes our neighbors scratch their heads and say, “Who are these people?”

Generosity is not a poverty theology. Contentment with thankfulness is not a prosperity theology. The gospel motivates us to be generous and gives us ultimate contentment.

On the opposite side, the Gospel also teaches (and motivates) us deny worldly lusts, including the lure and temptation of riches.

Read the whole thing HERE.

Beholding is Becoming

July 19, 2011

This is an excerpt from a letter by John Piper. I have had the same experience as John, discovering the wonderful, transforming truth the Scriptures proclaim: we’re transformed by beholding Christ. That’s how sanctification happens. If the Christian life is a building, this is surely the cornerstone. It’s a hard, frustrating, impossible road to try to live the Christian life any other way.

Click HERE to read the whole thing.

The most important text on my emergent frogishness became 2 Corinthians 3:18 —

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.

This was one of the greatest secrets I ever discovered: Beholding is becoming.

Introspection must give way to amazement at glory. When it does, becoming happens. If there is any key to maturity it is that. Behold your God in Jesus Christ. Then you will make progress from tadpole to frog. That was a great discovery.

Seeing is Believing is Obeying

July 13, 2011

In our “in-house seminary” we’re studying through the Gospel of John this summer. I think John would agree with this statement about obedience and the Christian life:

“Seeing is Believing is Obeying”.

Does that seem too audacious? Read John 1-12–especially chapter 3–thinking about the question of how does “believing” in / on Jesus relate to “obeying” Him (and thus the Father). There is an unbreakable connection between having spiritual eyes (=spiritual life) to see the light of the glory of Jesus, and being drawn into that light like a moth to a flame. Then, rather than being consumed, we are transformed by it into its likeness.

Said another way, more John-ishly:
Seeing the light of the glory of Jesus is an essential and necessary component for walking in the light. Those who see the light, come to the light, and they walk in the light. Those who do not walk in the light walk in darkness. Those who walk without the light walk in darkness. To worship in spirit and truth, walk in the light.

One Duty: Worship

July 12, 2011

Psalm 50 14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, 15 and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”

You and I need to hear this (or at least the psalmist thinks we do). God doesn’t care about your tithes and your devotions and your church attendance and your church office and your heartless prayers. In fact, those things done with a wrong heart will make Him livid at you.

Here’s what grabs His ear, His attention, and His pleasure: thanksgiving (because that honors Him as the source of everything in your life, and appreciates Him for it), following His ways (because that honors Him as your King, as His wise, good ways are followed), and calling on Him for deliverance (because that honors Him as your only hope in the present and the future). And then you praise Him some more.

It’s a good life.

The Yali Tribe :: Celebrating 50 Years of Jesus

July 11, 2011

It’s so easy to not be consciously thankful to God for the Christian heritage we live in, and for the work that He is doing in the world right this moment. This may stoke that fire in you!

On May 21, 1961, Stan Dale and Bruno de Leeuw made first contact with the Yali tribe in what is now Papua, Indonesia. In the week of May 16, 2011, the Yali held the Yubileum, or Jubilee: they celebrated fifty years since the coming of the Gospel to their tribe, and fifty years of its transformational impact on their society. This video captures some of the highlights of that celebration, as well as the Holuwon Yalis’ welcome of John and Gloria Wilson and their family, who had lived among them for twenty years.

A longer video will eventually be released, containing more footage including interviews with several Yali leaders, Bruno de Leeuw and others.

Video by Jonathan Wilson.

Indepedence Day Sale :: Isaac Watts Hymns by Sojourn

June 29, 2011

I try not to post things to buy just because they’re there. I post things to buy that I think are worth the money or time. This is one of those items. I bought it.

If you haven’t heard Sojourn, they’re taking old hymns and putting them to new music. They sound much edgier (“alternative”) than the Indelible Grace albums if you’re familiar with those (which I like). But aside from the high calibre sound they’re putting out, what a joy and blessing to have RICHES of God’s character and might coming out the car speakers. These 2 albums–for sale for $10 total–are all hymns of Isaac Watts.

Listen to song samples or buy HERE.