Weekly Wraps (May 23-29)
Tim Challies on devotions, John Piper on a reminder by a friend to him, Jon Bloom on what Jesus left behind, and et cetera.
1. Date Nights & Devotions (Tim Challies) – Challies blogs on the devotions. He writes, “We judge the success of our time with the Lord by what we get out of it, by what we remember, by what we’ve learned…We get discouraged and want to give up when we feel like we have learned nothing through that day’s devotions.
2. Pursuing Relationship (Tim Challies) – Challies now blogs on relating to God. We must spend time, tell stories, and ask questions when we fellowship with God.
3. Not Smoking Could Even Give Us an Edge on Schlatter! (John Piper) – Piper blogs on Robert Yarbrough’s reminder to him and D.A. Carson, who both turned 65 this year.
4. What Jesus Left Behind (Jon Bloom) – Bloom opens his blog with these words: “You can often tell what mattered most to a person by what they leave behind when they depart this world. What Jesus left behind is more astonishing when you think of what he didn’t leave.”
5. The End is Near? The False Teaching of Harold Camping (Albert Mohler) – Mohler blogs on Harold Camping’s prediction of the end.
6. Twitter Slander (Justin Taylor) – Taylor blogs on slander.
7. Desiring God (Session 1) (John Piper) – Piper speaks for Desiring God 2011 Regional Conference at Saddleback Church. He explains what it means that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. Here are some wonderful statements from Piper:
“Love is like a high-pressure zone of joy that just wants to expand to fill in those gaps of joylessness in lost people’s lives that’s going to go to eternal joylessness.” (18:26)
“Sin is any feeling or thought or deed that flows from a loss of God as your supreme treasure.” (24:38)
“The righteousness of God is His unwavering commitment to uphold the value of His glory.” (29:28)
“Do ministry in such a dependent way that [God is] constantly getting the glory.” (40:55)
8. Hell: We can’t afford to get it wrong (Francis Chan) – Chan talks on hell. We need not be arrogant, for God’s ways our higher than ours. We shouldn’t subject His actions to our reasoning. (This video turns out to be a promotional video to Chan’s next book, Erasing Hell. I didn’t expect that coming. I’m just excited).