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I believe the legalization of homosexual marriage and future laws pushing the homosexual agenda will be the tell-tale signs. Hate speech criteria and freedom of speech restrictions will mark just the beginning.

I thought I’d bookmark what certainly won’t be last hostile attack against the Christian faith:
Burning Man suspect held in Grace Cathedral arson attempt
Another Church Under Attack In San Francisco

Some good sermons to listen to:

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Children Desiring God and Bethlem Baptist Church are hosting a conference for leaders of Children’s minstries:

“We have planned a number of seminars designed to provide practical help and encouragement that we trust will benefit parents, teachers, leaders, and all who are invested in ministry to children.”

For full details, check out their website, which includes a PDF brochure and mp3/video by John Piper.

April 26th to 28th, 2007 – Children Desiring God 2007 Conference
Topic: Standing on the Truth: How Great a Salvation
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Speakers: John Piper, Wayne Grudem, C.J. Mahaney, David Michael, and “a number of gifted seminar leaders”

Seminars on date of posting:

  • Vision-Driven Children’s Ministry Leadership
  • Recruiting & Retaining Volunteers
  • Partnering with Parents
  • Nursery Ministry & Teaching Toddlers
  • Preparing & Teaching Preschool Lessons
  • Introduction to CDG Curriculum & Sequence
  • Lesson Preparation & Presentation
  • Preparing & Leading Application Time
  • Leading Children in Worship
  • Teaching Youth: Watch Out for Your Method
  • Presenting the Gospel to Children
  • Theology of Salvation Q&A
  • Preparing Children to Hear the Gospel

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Yesterday, DesiringGod.org had an article by John Piper titled, “Teaching Doctrine to a Six-Year-Old.” The article was about teaching the meaning of imputation to Piper’s daughter, Talitha, using a story.

What I really like about John Piper is that he desires to teach the deep and important doctrines of the bible to children, which I noticed listening to some of his sermons on Romans.

This is reflected in Children Desiring God’s, “Philosophy and Distinctives“:

“Depth

We believe that children can handle deep truth at a young age. We want to fill them with solid Bible truth that will give them a foundation to fall back on when they go through deep waters. For this reason, the curriculum continually refers children to the Word of God; Bibles are an essential tool for children studying Children Desiring God curriculum. We believe that the Bible must be taught in depth, yet in a child-friendly, interesting manner. For this reason, much attention has been devoted to the development of creative presentation of essential Bible truths.”

Children Desiring God’s website is mainly a portal to purchase the resources developed and used at Bethelem Baptist Church.

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On Thursday, I listened to DesiringGod.org’s podcast for January 1st to 3rd. They announced the upcoming conferences for 2007:

February 5th to 7th, 2007 – Annual Pastor’s Conference
Topic: Holiness of God
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Speakers: R. C. Sproul, Thabiti Anyabwile, William Mackenzie, John Piper

April 21st, 2007 – Regional Conference
Topic: Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ
Location: Portland, Orgeon @ Good Sheperd Community Church
Speaker: John Piper

Septemeber 28th to 30th, 2007 – Desiring God National Conference
Topic: Stand: A Call for the Endurance of the Saints
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Speakers: John MacArthur, Jerry Bridges, Randy Alcorn, Helen Roseveare, and John Piper

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Kitten staring intently at the table he's sitting on. My cat has caused me to ponder about the relationship between mankind and God. Does God design us to have pets so that we may feel a similar inexpressible joy that cry out in our hearts for cute furry animals?The picture is not my cat, but demonstrates my point.
I suspect that, this feeling is probably more deep and powerful for a father holding his newborn child in his arms for the first time. An inexpressible but unquestionable feeling of joy.

I came across this verse upon reading 1 Peter 1:8-9:

“Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of our faith, the salvation of your souls.”

If God has blessed us, as images of God, to feel this way toward our children and pets given and designed by Him, how must God feel about us, with his perfect love, patience, and joy? I can’t imagine with my limited and imperfect joy, which makes me remember John Piper’s reflection in one of his sermons:

He used to be afraid of heaven as a child, because he thought heaven -worshiping God forever- would be incredibly boring after awhile. It wasn’t until later on his life that John Piper concluded we spend an eternity with God because we as finite beings, with limited minds, would take an eternity to see the glory of God.

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I was trying to make an avatar for my account, but unfortunately it scaled my photo down so small you can’t read the text on it anymore. I made it after watching parts of the Lord of the Ring marathon on the television network TNT.

Gandalf’s resolve was unshakeable, whom the actor portrayed extremely well- showing fear and dread, yet a unshakable determination, proclaiming, “You shall not pass!” I thought about how God could give unshakable boldness and courage, even against something so frightening, and so evil and powerful. So then I made my avatar:

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I had memorized this verse from the ESV Fighter Verses I purchased earlier in the year from DesiringGod.org. The entire passage I had memorized months ago was Psalm 62:5-8:

“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my slavation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.”

Although I didn’t remember the verse completely, I still knew it was there and where to look for it. Even though my memory is shot, I’m glad the Holy Spirit still helps me remember.

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These sermons (Men of Whom The World Was Not Worthy) by John Piper are dangerous. Do not listen if you want to live comfortably in your current spiritual condition.

 

Jonathan Edwards

Charles Simeon

David Brainerd

Martyn Lloyd-Jones
William Cowper

J. Gresham Machen
John Owen

Charles Spurgeon
Martin Luther

John Calvin (Do not listen if you don’t want to labor for Christ)
St. Augustine
John Bunyan

John G. Paton (Do not listen if you don’t want to be eaten by cannibals)
William Wilberforce
Adoniram Judson (Do not listen if you don’t want to be a missionary)
John Newton

George Mueller (Do not listen if you don’t want to pray)
Athanasius

 

[you can download the same sermons on desiringgod.org with the sermon notes]

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