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Pray. Lord speak Your truth into my heart and life.
“At that time, declares the LORD, the bones of the kings of Judah, the bones of its officials, the bones of the priests, the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be brought out of their tombs. And they shall be spread before the sun and the moon and all the host of heaven, which they have loved and served, which they have gone after, and which they have sought and worshiped. And they shall not be gathered or buried. They shall be as dung on the surface of the ground. Death shall be preferred to life by all the remnant that remains of this evil family in all the places where I have driven them, declares the LORD of hosts. (Jeremiah 8:1-3 ESV)
There is none like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is great in might.
Who would not fear you, O King of the nations? For this is your due; for among all the wise ones of the nations and in all their kingdoms there is none like you. They are both stupid and foolish; the instruction of idols is but wood!
Beaten silver is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz. They are the work of the craftsman and of the hands of the goldsmith; their clothing is violet and purple; they are all the work of skilled men. But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God and the everlasting King.At his wrath the earth quakes, and the nations cannot endure his indignation.Thus shall you say to them: “The gods who did not make the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under the heavens.”
It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens. When he utters his voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain, and he brings forth the wind from his storehouses. Every man is stupid and without knowledge; every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols, for his images are false, and there is no breath in them. They are worthless, a work of delusion; at the time of their punishment they shall perish. Not like these is he who is the portion of Jacob, for he is the one who formed all things, and Israel is the tribe of his inheritance; the LORD of hosts is his name. (Jeremiah 10:6-16 ESV)
There’s so much about worship in these passages. God is speaking through the prophet Jeremiah to the people of Israel about the seriousness of their divided hearts. God uses strong words for Israel. He seems to say that He will allow hardship and death to come to Israel because of their false worship. The consequences for worshiping the sun, moon, and stars, is that the people will be like “dung upon the ground.” Think, “poop in the grass.”
God takes worship seriously. So what do we worship? We all worship something. Whatever we spend our most time on, whatever we throw out money at… that’s what we worship. Those are the things that come first in our hearts.
Let’s take an inventory of our hearts. Is God really who we worship? Do we worship our worship leaders and pastors more than we do God? Do we love the emotional high that music can cause during our songs of worship or do we truly love God?
What you need to understand is that @KristinHasty, my wife, had a crappy night.
She had plans to go to Ohio to visit with her family and grandmother as they celebrated grandma’s 80th birthday.
At the last minute Kristin’s flight was cancelled. I had already dropped her off at the airport and was at home beginning a wild rumpus of sorts with some dear guy friends of mine. A nerdy guy’s night filled with card games, Lord Of The Rings, and junk food.
Upon getting Kristin’s call I quickly made my way back to the airport to get her. She and I were both disappointed she was going to be missing this time with her family as she had looked forward to it so very much. She was stressed and tired and knew she was walking back into our home where a wild rumpus was ensuing. A wild loud guy rumpus.
Can I just say my wife is awesome. She totally chilled and let us guys be guys. Before she went upstairs to go to bed she whispered to me, “You guys can keep, playing if you keep it quiet.” She gave me a smile and a nod and headed on upstairs. The previous arrangement when she came home had the guys heading out around 10PM. They ended up leaving around 2AM with this new arrangement.
We all had a great time tonight. Mainly because my wife was awesome enough to sacrifice some of her space even when she may have needed it most. I didn’t ask her to do that. She didn’t have to do that. We could have ended at 10PM, but she let us keep playing.
I love my wife. I love how patient and understanding she is. I love that she loves me and that I get to love her.
Hi (; I looked up John Piper in the search bar here on Tumblr & your blog showed up. It definitely caught my attention that you're glorifying Him in your posts. We need a lot of men like you out here where I live.
If you dont mind, too, I pressed the Follow button <3
Glad you’ve found Him in some of my posts. That’s my hope with all of this is to point to Jesus, To let my life wrap up around His life so that our hearts beat the same for the world around me. Like the tag says: I’m loving God and loving people… or at least trying my best.
Desiring God by John Piper (Revised Edition) - Book Review
Desiring God by John Piper is a book that I’ve heard about from many of my friends for a long time and I was excited to dive into it’s pages. The new revised and expanded edition ads some things the former editions have not. An updated preface, a chapter by chapter study guide, an addition chapter on suffering and deeper appendices which dive into why Piper uses the language “Christian Hedonism”. Piper strives to answer in this edition of Desiring God some questions and criticisms that have arisen since the books initial 1986 publishing.
I decided to brave reading this entire work in one night. That very well did not happend. I made it through the Introduction/Preface/Chapter1/Appendices/Study Guide before calling it a night. There’s so much to digest here. Piper believes that Christian Hedonism is not just an aspect of the Christian life, but that it is foundational to the Christian life. He over and over again emphasizes that the pleasure we take is in nothing but God himself.
I started thinking about the joy we have in Christ. Do I have joy in what Christ has done for me or joy in Christ? The idea reminds me of what I learned in Francis Chan’s Crazy Love, where He writes about very much the same idea. Saying that a generation of Christian’s have risen up falling in love with what Jesus has done for them, but not really in love with Jesus. If we don’t find joy in Jesus Himself we can never experience the true joy of what He’s done for us.
Desiring God is a en excellent read. It’s not one to be taken lightly. This one takes lots of thinking and study to make it through so that the ideas present make their way from the page to your heart and life.
I received this copy of Desiring God by John Piper for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Press’ Blogging For Books Program in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Publisher’s Description: A sweet addition to the Tommy Nelson Baby/Toddler Bible line, using an adorable image of a flocked velvet bunny. Inspired by Baby’s First Bible with the adorable fuzzy duck cover, this new offering for little ones, The Velveteen Bible features soft fur and a fuzzy tail! Inside, the New King James Version scripture is accompanied by whimsical images of bunnies and other baby animals, colorful borders, and lovely sentiments from the scriptures. The Bible is packaged in a keepsake treasure box. —————————————————————————————————-
I’ll be honest. I got this bible to review because I wasn’t sure I believed it actually existed. Yet it does. The packaging and artwork on this piece are very cool. Childlike in nature playing off of the story of The Velveteen Rabbit. The pages are filled with illustrations to make reading the bible for children more fun.
My biggest frustration with this Bible is that it completely misses it’s audience. I’m a youth pastor. I constantly have students tell me they don’t like reading their Bible. When I dig deeper I find that the issue is that they can’t understand it. “No one talks like that.” One of my students said referring to biblical verbiage. I found that they were reading King James and New King James Translations of the Bible. These are middle school students that I mainly work with.
Now we have a children’s Bible that looks good, has great packaging and artwork, but fails miserably with the translation. Even more than with my middle school students, our children are growing up in a culture that is immersed in “common english”. They speak in text and tweet and status updates. Just recently one of my coworkers was telling me how his youngest son (1st or 2nd grade) was confused at why his daddy’s laptop wasn’t a touch screen like the iPad. They are growing up in a new world.
I don’t have anything against the King James or New King James Translations, except for the fact that the majority of the students and children I work with don’t understand it, get frustrated with it, and stop reading the Bible because of it. So in that… I have a very big problem marketing a children’s Bible in the New Kings James Translation.
It seems to me if we’re making a children’s Bible we should choose a translation that best meets children where they are at. If the goal of this Bible is to get children to enjoy art and packaging, great job. If it’s to get children to read the Bible, epic fail.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
“Our solemn assemblies may be a stench in God’s nose (Amos 5:21-24). It is possible topursue God without glorifying God. If we want our quest to honor God, we must pursue Him for the joy in fellowship with Him.”—
“If you are a guide on a sightseeing trip and you know the people are longing to enjoy beauty and you come upon some breathtaking ravine, then you should show it to them and urge them to enjoy it. Well, the human race does in fact crave the experience of awe and wonder. And there is not reality more breathtaking than God.”—
So, you posted a C.S. Lewis quote and it made me even more excited than I already am.. basically, his step son, the director of the Narnia films, is coming to LU next week! :D
It's going to be legit. Just saying.