Woe to ME!!

 
Just finished that Idolatry message by Driscoll – and (thankfully) the Holy Spirit has exposed my innumerable idols through his message.  I have traded the truth about God for hundreds of lies.  I have taken "good things" – like my wife, our "marriage relationship", my boys, my appearance, my status (or lack thereof – which has served to further reveal my love affair with my position), food, entertainment… – and turned them into "god things" – by turning to them for functional salvation and comfort when Jesus has already given me His Salvation and The Comforter – and all this is a very bad thing.  It has clouded my view of God, my desire for God, and has subversively ruined every relationship that I have ever had.  I have settled for being happy with everything other than God.  I have become the very person God hates and is at war against and I am have been a heretic.  That may seem harsh, but Driscoll makes a phenomenal point at the very end of his message (if you watch that long).  He points out that the first requirement of the Gospel is repentance, anyone who doesn’t repent is a heretic.  Then he looks at this crowd of pastors and church leaders and simply says, "Some of you guys are heretics."  And then he grabs his bible and just walks off the stage.
 
May God grant me (and "you") the grace of repentance and the blessing to see its fruit.
 
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Something for Everyone

 
I’m currently listening to a message by Mark Driscoll on Idolatry and it’s rockin’ my world.  It’ll rock yours too, if you let it.  One of the lines he keeps repeating is: "That’s taking a ‘good thing’ turning it into a ‘God thing’ which makes it a bad thing." 
 
It is long (over 1 hour) but worth the time.
 

http://theresurgence.com/sites/all/modules/video/resurgence_player.swf

 

Piper on Missions

 
From "Don’t Waste Your Life":
 
Someone might say, "But isn’t the Gospel about finding forgiveness of my sins and getting the hope of eternal life and being filled with the Spirit of holiness and being changed into the image of Jesus so that I am a better mom or dad or son or daughter or friend or employer or citizen?"  The answer, of course, is yes.  But if that is all we focus on in our walk with God, we miss the big picture.  We miss the bigger point of it all.  We are like batboys at Yankee Stadium who think the great point of the World Series is to hand the players a bat.
 
If you haven’t read this book a couple of times, you should.  Especially if you live in America, call yourself a Christian, and have a pulse.  If you meet this criteria – you should read this book.  It’s not about missions, this was taken from a section towards the end of the book.  His main point is that he doesn’t want anyone (especially Christians) to reach the end of their life and to look back and say regrettably, "I’ve wasted it!"

The Kid Could Perform

 
So, I’m behind the times since being gone over the weekend – but, when I heard about Michael Jackson’s death, I was really surprised.  Sure, I hadn’t given a rip about him since I was in Middle School, but he was quite the icon when I was a kid.  You see, I was born a poor black child … anyways, I came across this video of the Jackson 5 when they were first making it big on American Bandstand (I think) in 1970, and Michael was like 11 years old.  Watch how he dances and performs at such a young age.  It doesn’t matter how much of a freak you might think he’d turned out to be, the kid could put on a show…
 
 

Good News vs. Good Advice

 
Saw this in someone’s blog, and have to share it.  It’s incredible…
 
 

Good News vs. Good Advice

This is a paraphrase of a Doug Wilson sermon illustration on what good advice is compared to good news, as relayed by John Piper.

Good advice is a teacher standing in front of her class and preparing them for a test. "Study hard, memorize your paradigms, do you homework and get it in every night, and you’ll do fine on the final exam." That is very good advice. Well, come test day the teacher makes her way up and down the rows of students as they work, but notices that one student has a blank page before him; he hasn’t even started writing. Good advice is the teacher coming up to him and urging him on, "You can do it, just take your time and concentrate, it will come." That is very good advice. Good news is the teacher sitting down at the student’s seat and taking the test for him.