Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Don't Waste Your Life Tour 2009!

Reach Records presents the Don't Waste Your Life tour 2009! Featuring Sho Baraka, Tedashii, Trip Lee, Flame, and Lecrae. Go to the official site here to see if they will be visiting your city or to volunteer to be a host for the tour.

Click here to buy the album (Rebel) by Lecrae that features the song, "Don't Waste Your Life" feat. Cam & Dwayne Tryumf, plus lots of other cool 116 Clique merchandise.

Click here to buy the book by Pastor John Piper, "Don't Waste Your Life" that was the inspiration for the song.

"Your Money, Your Singleness, Marriage, Talents, Your Time,
They belong to you to show the world that Christ is divine.
That's why its Christ in my rhyme,
That's why its Christ all the time,
See my whole world is built around Him, He's the life in my line."
- from the song Don't Waste Your Life

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"China cracks down on human rights lawyers" - The Christian Science Monitor

"A Beijing firm known for defending famous activists is told to close. Attorneys elsewhere have been detained or tried.

One of China's most prominent human rights law firms is fighting a government closure order, as authorities here step up a crackdown on troublesome lawyers."

Read the rest of the artical here

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Won Over Through Acts of Love, Grace and Peace: Thoughts on Abortion - Part 3

I propose that corporately, we try mass acts of love, grace and peace.

The next time you see a young girl who is pregnant, rather than looking at her disapprovingly and shaking your head, why don’t you ask her what she needs? Does she need maternity cloths? A ride to a doctor’s appointment? Does she need money? A safe place to stay? Maybe she needs friend who will walk with her through this hard time in her life. The next time you stand in front of an abortion clinic, rather than holding a sign or hurling insults, talk to some of the women. Get to know them as people. Ask if there is some way you can help. Maybe the baby is an inconvenience, maybe it is going to be born with a physical defect. Maybe they do not want the baby and do not know of anyone who would.

Maybe you should offer to adopt it if she will carry it to full term.

That sounds extreme to you, doesn’t it?

That is precisely the problem.

What is stopping us from overturning abortion is not politicians, it is our own selfish hearts. We see the vision, but don’t have the ambition to grasp it.

What it would take to stop abortion outside of politics would be far more costly than standing outside a building for a couple of hours or signing a petition. It would take personal investment in another human being. It would take us getting our hands a little dirty while keeping our hearts and actions pure and peaceful. It might cost us money. It will cost us time and it will be hard work. It will mean many, many hours spent in prayer and fasting. It might cost us our pride. It might even cost us our lives.

However, that is the way that Jesus conquered. Changing the world through servant-hood and sacrifice was not the way that the Jewish people expected, was it? He did not come as a king, to overthrow the corrupt government of his day. He did not petition or bargain with the politicians. In fact, he did not even speak with them very much. He did not raise up a mob of followers to do his bidding.

What he did was wash his disciples’ feet. He fed crowds of people who were hungry. He healed people from their illnesses and freed them from demons. He hung out with poor and diseased people, tax collectors, crooks, fishermen and prostitutes. Christ never expected anyone to be perfect, but was angry when they pretended to be. He came for the lost, the hurting, the sinners, the broken and the dead. When he died, he conquered sin and death and when he rose again, he told his disciples to, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:15-16)

Jesus told us to bring the good news to sinners, not to ostracize them. He told us to pour our lives out for them in his name, not to look down on them. Not just the convenient or easy people to love, not just the white ones, the pretty ones, the clean ones, the honest, intelligent, healthy, whole ones. He said to love people as you have been loved. (You, who were at enmity with God and dead in your sin, you who did not deserve grace but had it given freely anyway.) Christ did whatever it cost to overcome sin and to glorify God the Father. It cost him his life and his father looking away from him because he took on our sin. Are you willing to follow Christ’s model, his form of love?

Reaching out and touching people’s hearts in honest, tangible, Christ centered love is ultimately the only way that the abortion crisis will be stopped. Why? Because, until people see Christ, and his glory rightly, they will never be moved to repentance and faith in him. If we continue down the path that we have been on with the anti-abortion movement, at best we will only see behavior modification in the form of a few less abortions. We will not see eradication of abortion forever because people’s hearts have changed.

The point of ending abortion often becomes obscured. It is not just about social justice, or racism, or human rights, although all of those things are important. Ending abortion is about God. It is about his glory, and his will. It is about the fact that we were created by him, made in his image and have been bought with a price, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

My prayer is that souls would be won over by the beauty of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and the sacrifice of his saints in the form of love, grace and peace. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)


Go Do Something. - Tavia Pitkanen

Also, see James 1:22-27, 2:14-26.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Won Over Through Acts of Love, Grace and Peace: Thoughts on Abortion - Part 2

My small-group leader told me a story a couple of months ago that I have not been able to get out of my mind. He had read a story about a “Christian” family who lived not too far from our town. This family’s daughter made some mistakes in her life and one of them resulted in pregnancy. Her “Christian” parents were so angry with her, and so prideful that they did not want anyone in their church to know that she was pregnant, so they kicked their sixteen-year old daughter out of their home.

However, there was a woman who went to their church who found out that the young, pregnant girl was homeless and took her in. The girl was pro-life and wanted to give her child a chance at life. The woman provided the young girl with food, shelter, clothing and most importantly, friendship and support. Some months later, the girl’s baby was born. You would think that the woman who took the girl in was a strong pro-life advocate.

You would think that she would attend all the rallies.

However, if you were at your capital on Sanctity of Life Sunday, you did not see her there.

She is pro-choice.

This woman really believed that a woman should have the right to keep or not keep her baby. The girl’s choice was life for her child and this woman supported her in that. The fact that it was a pro-choice woman who took this girl in surprised me. Not because I believe that pro-choice people are heartless, but because there were no pro-life people helping this young girl who wanted to keep her baby. Where were they all?

I think that they were, metaphorically, down at the capital building holding signs and listening to speeches. I think that it is far easier to attend an event, falsely believing that something has been accomplished and then leave, feeling free to point to politicians and lawmakers when nothing changes. It becomes easy to unload the burden on someone else and then walk away. We have, for the most part, abandoned personal responsibility for the genocide that is abortion. We like to believe that since we are doing something that it is better than doing nothing. But it is not enough! If it were, abortion would no longer exist.

Will the Roe v. Wade decision ever be overturned? Personally, I do not think so.

However, I believe that there is a better way, a more effective way to change the tide in our country. (Please do not hear me wrong here. If, one day, our government repeals Roe v. Wade I will be on my knees thanking God.) That does not mean that we should stop trying to go through political channels, it just means that there is more than one way to win a battle.
If the tactics that you have been trying do not work, then it is time to change your tactics.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Won Over Through Acts of Love, Grace and Peace: Thoughts on Abortion - Part 1

In the month of January, thousands of people left their homes to attend rallies all across the country at their state capitals, asking local representatives to end abortion in their state. Some travelled for hours to participate. Some stood for hours in sub-zero temperatures once they were there. They had signs and posters to wave and they sang songs. Speeches were made and emotions were elevated.

Throughout the rest of the year, there are numerous protests outside of abortion clinics nationwide. People often become angry. People from both sides. Sometimes violence has broken out. Injury and even death have resulted.

Since the Supreme Court upheld the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, abortion in the United States has become a much-politicized issue.
· People who are pro-choice believe that not being able to have an abortion infringes on their rights as a person to be in control of their own body (I could say much on this issue but won’t because Scott Klusendorf says it far better than I ever could).
· People who are pro-life believe that a person is fully human with every right endowed to humanity from the moment of conception until their natural death and so abortion affects two people, not one.

Now, why do the two sides have such different opinions since we have the same medical research and information available to both groups? It is because they have different worldviews.
· Many pro-choice people do not believe that an un-born baby is “human” until it has been born. Some pro-choice people are atheists; they do not believe that God has given each of us a life and a soul, a purpose and a plan. They believe that aborting a baby is no less of a crime than putting down an animal or removing a tumor from someone’s body, so it does not seem wrong to them.
· Most pro-life people believe in the God of the Bible. They believe that he is holy and sovereign. They believe that he is the giver of life and that he has ordained every life that there is. Most pro-life people believe that God chose to make people in his own image and so human life is sacred and that to destroy something that God himself has ordained and created is one of the most rebellious and heinous crimes.

This year, Barack Obama became president of the United States and because he is pro-choice (even though he says that he believes in God); I wonder if more people will attend the anti-abortion rallies throughout the coming year. In one sense, my heart is with those at the rallies. They are speaking out boldly against a huge injustice. Many have endured insults, harassment, and even being sent to jail to stand up for what they believe is right, and I thank them for their courage.

However, here is the problem with the rallies: after everyone waves their signs, sings their songs, and listens to all the speeches, in the end, they all load back onto their buses and go home. It is an event. After it is over, no one is speaking out until the next event, when everyone will stand outside with their signs, again asking politicians to change the law for us.

I think that most pro-life people believe that since Roe v. Wade was politicized and legalized that the anti-abortion battle must be fought on a political plane. By politicizing abortion in our hearts, we are actually addressing the issue from a far weaker standpoint. By politicizing abortion in our minds, and by only challenging abortion through political channels (in a country thoroughly saturated by evolutionary teaching that gives no thought to a divine creator), we have created a nearly insurmountable wall for ourselves. Our strength does not lie in well-attended rallies or eloquent speeches. Our strength does not lie in which governor or president is or is not pro-life.

Our strength in the pro-life movement lies in Christ, and will only succeed when we follow his example.

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentines Series: Part 3



Here are some great Valentine videos for our married readers, or those who would like to be one day. For more from these speakers, click on the links! Pastor John Piper, Pastor Mark Driscoll, Pastor Tommy Nelson.







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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Valentines Series: Part 2




How Should Singleness Be Different For Christians?


By John Piper August 18, 2008


The following is an edited transcript of the audio.

How should singleness be different for Christians?

I don't think that a lot of the singleness that we see happening today is designed to increase devotedness to the Lord. That's what Paul said it should be. He said that the problem with marriage in crisis situations that he found himself in was that it would distract a person from full devotion to the Lord.

Well, when I look around at the kind of secular singleness we see today, that's the last thing on many singles' minds. "I'm keeping myself free from the entanglements of marriage in order that there might be a more radical focus on and devotion to Jesus Christ"—that kind of thinking is not what is dictating the change of statistics in our culture.

No, it's probably almost the reverse. Many people are afraid of commitments and relationships, and many people are eager to stretch their wings and do their own thing. And then maybe later, when they've traveled the world and done lots of things that satisfied them, then maybe they will lock in to somebody...maybe.

So there's a lot of the independence and a lot of desire to satisfy their own immediate desires, which has nothing to do with what Paul was talking about, namely, increased devotion to the Lord.

How would you challenge a Christian who has these selfish desires?

I would say that singleness is a gift for as long as you have it. Some people God means to have it for a lifetime, and some people God means to have it for a season. But while you have it, consult the Scriptures to see how you can maximize the freedoms of singleness for the glory of Christ, because there are advantages to being married, and there are advantages to singleness when it comes to serving Jesus.

And I would just encourage Christian single people to ask, "For this chapter in my life, while I am single, what is it about my singleness that could make me especially fruitful for Christ?" And then I would encourage them to give themselves to that.


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We would also encourage you to read: Single in Christ: A Name Better Than Sons and Daughters

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Valentines Series: Part 1



Knowledge Of The Holy
by A.W. Tozer

CHAPTER 20: The Love of God

Our Father which art in heaven, we Thy children are often troubled in mind, hearing within us at once the affirmations of faith and the accusations of conscience. We are sure that there is in us nothing that could attract the love of One as holy and as just as Thou art. Yet Thou hast declared Thine unchanging love for us in Christ Jesus. If nothing in us can win Thy love, nothing in the universe can prevent Thee from loving us.

Thy love is uncaused and undeserved. Thou art Thyself the reason for the love wherewith we are loved. Help us to believe the intensity, the eternity of the love that has found us. Then love will cast out fear; and our troubled hearts will be at peace, trusting not in what we are but in what Thou hast declared Thyself to be. Amen.

The apostle John, by the Spirit, wrote, “God is love,” and some have taken his words to be a definitive statement concerning the essential nature of God. This is a great error. John was by those words stating a fact, hut he was not offering a definition.
Equating love with God is a major mistake which has produced much unsound religious philosophy and has brought forth a spate of vaporous poetry completely out of accord with the Holy Scriptures and altogether of another climate from that of historic Christianity.

Had the apostle declared that love is what God is, we would be forced to infer that God is what love is. If literally God is love, then literally love is God, and we are in all duty bound to worship love as the only God there is. If love is equal to God then God is only equal to love, and God and love are identical. Thus we destroy the concept of personality in God and deny outright all His attributes save one, and that one we substitute for God.

The God we have left is not the God of Israel; He is not the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; He is not the God of the prophets and the apostles; He is not the God of the saints and reformers and martyrs, nor yet the God of the theologians and hymnists of the church.

For our souls’ sake we must learn to understand the Scriptures. We must escape the slavery of words and give loyal adherence to meanings instead. Words should express ideas, not originate them. We say that God is love; we say that God is light; we say that Christ is truth; and we mean the words to be understood in much the same way that words are understood when we say of a man, “He is kindness itself.” By so saying we are not stating that kindness and the man are identical, and no one understands our words in that sense.

The words “God is love” mean that love is an essential attribute of God. Love is something true of God but it is not God. It expresses the way God is in His unitary being, as do the words holiness, justice, faithfulness and truth. Because God is immutable He always acts like Himself, and because He is a unity He never suspends one of His attributes in order to exercise another.

From God’s other known attributes we may learn much about His love. We can know, for instance, that because God is self-existent, His love had no beginning; because He is eternal, His love can have no end; because He is infinite, it has no limit; because He is holy, it is the quintessence of all spotless purity; because He is immense, His love is an incomprehensibly vast, bottomless, shoreless sea before which we kneel in joyful silence and from which the loftiest eloquence retreats confused and abashed.

Yet if we would know God and for other’s sake tell what we know, we must try to speak of His love. All Christians have tried, but none has ever done it very well. I can no more do justice to that awesome and wonder-filled theme than a child can grasp a star. Still, by reaching toward the star the child may call attention to it and even indicate the direction one must look to see it. So, as I stretch my heart toward the high, shilling love of God, someone who has not before known about it may be encouraged to look up and have hope.

We do not know, and we may never know, what love is, but we can know how it manifests itself, and that is enough for us here. First we see it showing itself as good will. Love wills the good of all and never wills harm or evil to any. This explains the words of the apostle John: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.”

Fear is the painful emotion that arises at the thought that we may be harmed or made to suffer. This fear persists while we are subject to the will of someone who does not desire our well-being. The moment we come under the protection of one of good will, fear is cast out. A child lost in a crowded store is full of fear because it sees the strangers around it as enemies. In its mother’s arms a moment later all the terror subsides. The known good will of the mother casts out fear.

The world is full of enemies, and as long as we are subject to the possibility of harm from these enemies, fear is inevitable. The effort to conquer fear without removing the causes is altogether futile. The heart is wiser than the apostles of tranquillity. As long as we are in the hands of chance, as long as we look for hope to the law of averages, as long as we must trust for survival to our ability to outthink or outmaneuver the enemy, we have every good reason to be afraid. And fear hath torment.

To know that love is of God and to enter into the secret place leaning upon the arm of the Beloved - this and only this can cast out fear. Let a man become convinced that nothing can harm him and instantly for him all fear goes out of the universe. The nervous reflex, the natural revulsion to physical pain may be felt sometimes, but the deep torment of fear is gone forever.

God is love and God is sovereign. His love disposes Him to desire our everlasting welfare and His sovereignty enables Him to secure it. Nothing can hurt a good man.

The body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still
His kingdom is forever.
Martin Luther

God’s love tells us that He is friendly and His Word assures us that He is our friend and wants us to be His friends. No man with a trace of humility would first think that he is a friend of God; but the idea did not originate with men. Abraham would never have said, “I am God’s friend,” but God Himself said that Abraham was His friend. The disciples might well have hesitated to claim friendship with Christ, but Christ said to them, “Ye re my friends.”

Modesty may demur at so rash a thought, but audacious faith dares to believe the Word and claim friendship with God. We do God more honor by believing what He has said about Himself and having the courage to come boldly to the throne of grace than by hiding in self-conscious humility among the trees of the garden.

Love is also an emotional identification. It considers nothing its own but gives all freely to the object of its affection. We see this constantly in our world of men and women. A young mother, thin and tired, nurses at her breast a plump and healthy baby, and far from complaining, the mother gazes down at her child with eyes shining with happiness and pride. Acts of self-sacrifice are common to love. Christ said of Himself, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

It is a strange and beautiful eccentricity of the free God that He has allowed His heart to be emotionally identified with men. Self-sufficient as He is, He wants our love and will not be satisfied till He gets it. Free as He is, He has let His heart be bound to us forever. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. “For our soul is so specially loved of Him that is highest,” says Julian of Norwich, “that it overpasseth the knowing of all creatures: that is to say, there is no creature that is made that may know how much and how sweetly and how tenderly our Maker loveth us. And therefore we may with grace and His help stand in spiritual beholding, with everlasting marvel of this high, overpassing, inestimable Love that Almighty God hath to us of His Goodness.”

Another characteristic of love is that it takes pleasure in its object. God enjoys His creation. The apostle John says frankly that God’s purpose in creation was His own pleasure. God is happy in His love for all that He has made. We cannot miss the feeling of pleasure in God’s delighted references to His handiwork. Psalm 104 is a divinely inspired nature poem almost rhapsodic in its happiness, and the delight of God is felt throughout it.

“The glory of the Lord shall endure forever: the Lord shall rejoice in his works.”

The Lord takes peculiar pleasure in His saints. Many think of God as far removed, gloomy and mightily displeased with everything, gazing down in a mood of fixed apathy upon a world in which He has long ago lost interest; but this is to think erroneously. True, God hates sin and can never look with pleasure upon iniquity, but where men seek to do God’s will He responds in genuine affection.
Christ in His atonement has removed the bar to the divine fellowship. Now in Christ all believing souls are objects of God’s delight. “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.”

According to the Book of Job, God’s work of creation was done to musical accompaniment. “Where wast thou,” God asks, “when I laid the foundations of the earth. . . when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” John Dryden carried the idea a bit further than this, but not, perhaps, too far to be true:

From harmony, from heavenly harmony,
This universal frame began:
When nature underneath a heap
Of jarring atoms lay,
And could not heave her head,
The tuneful voice was heard from high,
“Arise, ye more than dead!”
Then cold, and hot, and moist, and dry,
In order to their stations leap,
And Music’s power obey.
From harmony, from heavenly harmony,
This universal frame began:
From harmony to harmony
Through all the compass of the notes it ran,
The diapason closing full in Man.
From “A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day”

Music is both an expression and a source of pleasure, and the pleasure that is purest and nearest to God is the pleasure of love.
Hell is a place of no pleasure because there is no love there. Heaven is full of music because it is the place where the pleasures of holy love abound. Earth is the place where the pleasures of love are mixed with pain, for sin is here, and hate and ill will. In such a world as ours love must sometimes suffer, as Christ suffered in giving Himself for His own. But we have the certain promise that the causes of sorrow will finally be abolished and the new face enjoy forever a world of selfless, perfect love.

It is of the nature of love that it cannot lie quiescent. It is active, creative, and benign. “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were sinners, Christ died for us.” “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son.” So it must be where love is; love must ever give to its own, whatever the cost. The apostles rebuked the young churches sharply because a few of their members had forgotten this and had allowed their love to spend itself in personal enjoyment while their brethren were in need. “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” So wrote that John who has been known to the centuries as “the Beloved.”

The love of God is one of the great realities of the universe, a pillar upon which the hope of the world rests. But it is a personal, intimate thing, too. God does not love populations, He loves people. He loves not masses, but men. He loves us all with a mighty love that has no beginning and can have no end.

In Christian experience there is a highly satisfying love content that distinguishes it from all other religions and elevates it to heights far beyond even the purest and noblest philosophy. This love content is more than a thing; it is God Himself in the midst of His Church singing over His people. True Christian joy is the heart’s harmonious response to the Lord’s song of love.

Thou hidden love of God, whose height,
Whose depth unfathomed, no man knows,
I see from far Thy beauteous light,
Inly I sigh for Thy repose;
My heart is pained, nor can it be
At rest till it finds rest in Thee.
Gerhard Tersteegen

Knowledge Of The Holy

by A.W. Tozer

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GDS Valentines Series Intro


The rest of this week we will be posting a series of articles exploring what Love should look like in light of the gospel.

To really understand Love, we must understand the greatest kind of Love--the Love God has for his children. Through the articles we will be posting for the series, we will be showing the different ways God displays his Love towards his children, and how we should relate to others in light of that kind of Love.

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another." - John 13:34

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another."
- John 15:12-17


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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Dwayne Tryumf - 777 Intro




This is the intro for Dwayne Tryumf's new CD, "777". The album drops soon! Keep an eye on his MySpace page for updates and to listen to some of his music from his first release, "Ghetto Scriptures".

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Desiring God Pastors Conference 2009: Things We Bought There!

The Pastors Conference took place at the Minneapolis Convention Center and Desiring God set up a book store inside with the following exhibitors: 9Marks, ACTION International, Banner of Truth, Bethlehem College & Seminary, Children Desiring God, Christian Focus Publications, Crossway Books, Desiring God, Desiring God International Outreach, Good Book Company, Logos Bible Software, Matthias Media, P&R Publishing, Reformation Heritage Books, TCT Church Planting Residency Program.

All of the staff at Go Do Something love books, so we had almost as much fun spending time in the book store as we did listening to the speakers. We thought that we would share with you some of the great things that we selected...

1. A "Don't Waste Your Life" Tee-Shirt! 2."Death by Love" By Mark Driscoll


3. "The Great Gain of Godliness" 4. "The Valley of Vision"
By Thomas Watson


5. A "Don't Waste Your Life" Poster!
"The greatest cause in the world is joyfully rescuing people from hell, meeting their earthly needs, making them glad in God, and doing it with a kind, serious pleasure that makes Christ look like the Treasure he is."

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Desiring God Pastors Conference 2009: Day 3

Yesterday was the third and last day of the Desiring God Pastor's Conference. Here are the links so you can enjoy the messages.

Pastor Michael Oh's message, "Missions as Fasting" was incredible! Please take time to listen to it.

The last event was a, "Conference Q & A" where Pastor Mark Dever, Pastor Michael Oh, Pastor Matt Chandler and Pastor John Piper answered questions submitted during the course of the conference from the pastors that attended.

We enjoyed the pastors conference very much. We felt welcomed, encouraged and re-energised by all the messages and everyone there and our hope is that all the pastors left feeling that way as well.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Desiring God Pastors Conference 2009: Days 1 & 2

Today was the second day of the Desiring God Pastors Conference! Over 1,500 people attended and we feel very blessed to have been able to serve there. We are also thankful that the staff was kind enough to let us sit in on some of the sessions! Matt Chandler's message was one of our favorite.

Here are links to talks for the first two days:
2.3.09

Pastor Matt Chandler's message, "Shepherds and Unregenerate Sheep"

Pastor Mark Dever's message, "5 Things That Aren't Evangelism"

Pastor John Piper's message, "Piper's Message on Whitefield"

Pastor Mark Dever's message, "The Church and Evangelism"

2.2.09:

Pastor Mark Dever's message, "3 Reasons to Share the Gospel"

Plus: Get Your Book Bearings - A list of several recommended books to pick up at the pastor's conference bookstore or to order online later.

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Spurgeon Speaks to Modern Readers


Answers in Genesis is working on a new project to update Spurgeon's sermons into modern-day language. Their aim, is to make the richness of Spurgeon's sermons more accessible to the modern reader, through updating the text into current language.

"Larry Pierce—who’s behind the Online Bible software, the translation of James Ussher’s The Annals of the World into modern English, and the upcoming translation of Isaac Newton’s works—along with his wife, Marion, want to give Spurgeon’s sermons new life. Thanks to the Electronic Bible Society (EBS) in Texas, Larry was able to update these sermons, not to change the meaning, but to make them more easily understood by modern readers."-AIG


Read the whole article at: answersingenesis.org

And don't forget to check out the updated sermons at: Get Answers

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    Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for
    Jesus' sake. For God, who said, 'Let light shine
    out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give
    the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in
    the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure
    in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power
    belongs to God and not to us."
    - 2 Corinthians 4:5-7

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