The weakness of God is stronger than men. The foolishness of God is wiser than men. Think of this. We preach Christ crucified. To Jews, a stumbling block. But to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks. Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Amen.
Learn to study God’s word. In the first of fourteen sessions on 1 Peter 1–2, Dr John Piper traces the theme of suffering in the letter. Peter is writing to exiles on the earth, helping them endure the darkness and opposition of this world with joy. He also explains the heart and vision behind the method of Look at the Book for studying the Bible.
How will life unfold for us when we respond to God’s love through faith? Or, alternatively, what have we missed by living in relative independence from God? The question has been raised in the Bible—though it’s sometimes fogged over by a misapplication of predestination.
There are few questions that are more important than the one stated by the title. A correct answer is crucial, both to this life and the afterlife. If the answer is, “There is no reason,” then a person must be prepared to also accept that there are no reasons behind human life, that we lack any significance, and that there is no hope.
This week’s summary is Craig Biehl’s God the Reason, an important book in presuppositional apologetics. Check out the rest, including this huge e-book sale with over 100 inexpensive books, many of which you’ll want in your library! (Wright, Brueggemann, Bonhoeffer, and more!).
It doesn’t matter if we work part-time, full-time, are retired, whatever – we should always act in a way so that “outsiders” can say, “Say what you want about those Christians, but they know their jobs well, they work hard, they support their families and they contribute to society.”
Those of us who are of the culture need to be careful that our guiding principle is not “my rights” but rather “God’s glory.” We are Christians and citizens of the Kingdom that cannot be shaken and we are here in this kingdom of men to draw attention to the excellencies of the King, Jesus.
At Desiring God they continue to grow their LAB studies. As we’ve mentioned previously “Look at the Book” is a fantastic new online method of teaching the Bible. It’s an ongoing series of 8–12 minute videos in which the camera is on the text, not the teacher. We highly recommend to you the ministry of Desiring God and labors of John Piper.
We have a book full of promises made by God who cannot lie, and who has all the power to keep these promises. Now here’s the question: Why have we not entered into more of these promises? And the answer is in the first part of the verse, “That you may not be sluggish.”
We hope you catch everything this week, including an important interview with Al Mohler, our summary of 4 views on Israel and the church, a review of Plantinga’s apologetics, and more.
If grace is something God throws to us from a distance, then grace is just a commodity, a battery, a coin, a heavenly favour. But what does it mean to see grace as a who, rather than a what? God does not just give benefits in his nice-ness, He gives us Himself in His Son by His Spirit.