Sunday, June 8, 2008

Book of the week

Jennifer and I are going to a middle school mission camp this week, so I'm not sure how much reading I'll get to do, but I'm planning on reading through John MacArthur's "The Gospel According to Jesus." It's somewhat of a modern classic, but I've never really read through the whole thing before...

1 John 4:1

This video is from one of the "revival" meetings in Lakeland, Florida:

"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1).

There was a quote in "And the Shofar Blew" that fits this video well. It was a conversation about how a church was growing so rapidly and one of the people stated something along the lines of "God must be in this...look how many people have joined." The older gentlemen responded to the comment by saying, "Just because something grows doesn't mean it's good. Cancer grows."

Wise counsel.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Strange Headline

I saw this headline today: "Retired Justice O'Conner Starts Video Game Project"

Seems a surprising/bizarre direction for her career...

Friday, June 6, 2008

Jesus commands my destiny

“No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.”

-from "In Christ Alone"

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Jennifer and I will be heading to Chattanooga next week leading a Middle School mission trip. We will be doing several service projects while we're should be a great trip.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” -Jesus, Matthew 5:16

“In all our serving may God be the giver, and may God get the glory.” -John Piper

“Trying to work for God without worshipping God results in joyless legalism. Work minus worship magnifies your will power not God's worth. If you try to do things for God without delighting in God you bring dishonor upon God.” -John Piper

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” -1 Corinthians 15:58

“Trying to do the Lord's work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.” -Corrie ten Boom 

“Worship empowers serving; serving expresses worship.” -Donald Whitney

“The bread that is spoiling in your house belongs to the hungry.  The shoes that are mildewing under your bed belong to those who have none.  The clothes stored away in your trunk belong to those who are naked.” -Basil the Great

“Let us be willing to do little things. And let us remember that nothing is small in which God is the source.” -D.L. Moody

The Discovery

My friend Josh Via just wrote a book. It's called, "The Discovery: Beyond the Jesus of Flapjacks and Grilled Cheese." You can purchase the book here.

Josh is a gifted writer, worship leader, a great husband to his wife and father to his children, a good friend, and Christ-exalting in the way he lives. This will be a great devotional book to go through the Gospel of John with and encounter Christ.

Can't wait to read it!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

The Christian & Pain

"For the Christian pain represents, at various times and from various angles, a design feature worthy of praise and gratitude, an affliction to be overcome, a potential vale of soul-making, and a spur to hope in a painless future." -Philip Yancey


Some guy out west got real video of an alien.

Book of the Week

I forgot to post last week, but I continued reading "Overcoming Sin and Temptation" by John Owen. I decided to take it slowly rather than to read through it in a week, due to the density of it.

Each month, I read one book that Jennifer recommends for me. This week, I'm reading "And the Shofar Blew" by Francine Rivers. Jennifer says it should be required reading for seminary students.