>Great stuff from Shel Silverstein…Seek God’s will in order to do it; not to consider it:
>For me, the most terrifying of all Scripture is Matthew 7.21-23.
This three minute video featuring John Piper is worth watching…and sharing:
So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” –Isaiah 6:5
Why does God answer prayer? Let’s not imagine that it’s because somebody was good. We Protestants think we don’t believe in saints, but we do. We canonize them: we have Saint George Mueller, Saint C.H. Spurgeon, Saint D.L. Moody and Saint A.B. Simpson. We get the idea that God answered prayer for them because they were really good.
They would deny that fervently if they were here.
Nobody ever got anything from God on the grounds that he deserved it. Having fallen, man deserves only punishment and death.
So if God answers prayer it’s because God is good. From His goodness, His lovingkindness, His good-natured benevolence, God does it! That’s the source of everything.
The Attributes of God, pp.46-47http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=jacksjots-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1600661297&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr
“Thank You, God, that You are indeed good, You are faithful, You are gracious, You are full of lovingkindness and benevolence. Thank You that You do in fact answer prayer! Amen.”
>As I woke way too early and couldn’t get back to sleep, I was walking outside and watched the sun rise in Pittsburgh. Just before that I startled, and was startled by, another blessing from the Lord as two deer walked out of a small patch of trees in the midst of a huge office complex.
As I pondered the deer and marveled at the sunrise, I began whistling a Keith Green tune…and now I youtubed it and share it with you. If you know Keith and the song, enjoy again; if this is an introduction, thank me later:
>“Hi, my name’s Jack and I’m a bookaholic.”
Yeah, that’s true. I’ve always been a reader, and since conversion the Lord has fed my hunger for reading with good stuff; and for several years I reviewed books for “The Family Life Journal” and interviewed authors on “my” talk show back in the day. I continue to recommend (and NOT recommend, in fact blast some “Christian” stuff) books and authors both electronically and during my preaching assignments.
I try to limit enthusiastic “you gotta read this book”-itus; but I have a book about which I say, “YOU GOTTA READ THIS!”
In a day where the essentials of the gospel are debated, ignored, railed against and more by everything from ultra-emergent folks to fighting fundies (who, for the most part, ignore repentance) it is essential for individual believers to define “that which is of first importance,” the gospel.
And author Greg Gilbert helps us do just that in “What is the http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=jacksjots-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1433515008&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrGospel?”
Mark Dever says, “This little book on the gospel is one of the clearest and most important books I’ve read in recent years.” Joshua Harris adds, “This book will help you better understand, treasure, and share the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
I urge/beg/exhort/challenge you to buy and read this small-sized, 124 page book. And, as always, if you order it off the link, you help this home missionary. More important, you will help yourself and thus make yourself more of a help to others.