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My Shell Collection!

Yesterday I quoted from John Piper’s message, “Boasting in the Cross,” about what real tragedy is. Here’s a video (sorry, best quality I could find) of Piper delivering this himself at Passion OneDay 2000. The part that I quoted begins around 3:50.

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Why do we have to sleep?

You may notice that the time of day for this post is way too early. No, it’s not because I’m such a devout person and wake up every day at 4am to pursue every spiritual discipline before the rest of the world is even awake. It’s actually because I had a crazy dream, woke up, and my mind started racing. I’m going to feel the pain around 3pm, as I’m a person who really needs a good chunk of sleep to keep going strong.

Have you ever wondered why God created us to sleep? He could have made us without this need. In John Piper’s short article, “A Brief Theology of Sleep,” he includes this as one of the reasons:

Sleep is a daily reminder from God that we are not God. “He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:4). But Israel will. For we are not God. Once a day God sends us to bed like patients with a sickness. The sickness is a chronic tendency to think we are in control and that our work is indispensable. To cure us of this disease God turns us into helpless sacks of sand once a day. How humiliating to the self-made corporate executive that he has to give up all control and become as limp as a suckling infant every day.

Read the whole article.

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Lessons from John G. Paton

Every year at his pastor’s conference, John Piper does a biographical message on some influential Christian of the past. They are typically very encouraging and insightful (click here for a full list). One of my favorites is his message on the life of John G. Paton, who was a missionary to the New Hebrides islands. This message inspired me to read Paton’s autobiography, which is absolutely riveting–it’s like reading an adventure novel.

Anyway, this is a great message about courage, faith, parenting, and enduring suffering in a way that honors God.

Click here to listen to the message.

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Boasting Only in the Cross

Here’s another of my favorite resources from John Piper, “Boasting Only in the Cross.” This message was given at Passion’s OneDay in 2000, to a gathering of thousands of college students. This is a stirring call to have your life rooted in the only truth that matters–the cross of Jesus Christ.

Click here to listen.

For more John Piper resources, click here.

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Undoing the Destruction of Pleasure

One of the unique things that fires me up is recommending great resources. I’ll be trying to have a good recommendation at least every week if I can (see last week’s recommendation).

This week’s recommendation is John Piper’s, “Undoing the Destruction of Pleasure.” This message was given at the University of Minnesota as an outreach talk. Every time I listen to it, I am stretched and challenged.

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For more John Piper resources, click here.

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