What better way to wile away the morning hours of a night shift when all is quiet than to dive into the rich, deep, awesome Christian blogs that are out there? I must confess I have been robbing myself by not searching more fervently for the gold that is there! So here goes:
For those friends who have followed my story and this site for a while, you will appreciate what a big deal this is. I have successfully mastered the procedure for getting my dusty Ern Baxter audiotapes onto MP3! So over the weekend I have been recording non-stop and can now offer the following ministry messages on MP3 to anyone who would like them.
- "The King, the Kingdom and the Holy Spirit" Conference Messages with Bishop Earl Paulk. (10 Sessions with a Dialogue Q and A).
Dr John Piper at Phoenix Seminary with Professor Wayne Grudem.
For any like-minded fans of these two scholarly, passionate, gifted academics like me, the idea of them being together in any forum is enough to make ones mouth water. Well it is now available on DVD and mine is on order! Here's the information:
"The Happy Necessity of God-Centeredness in the Pastor's Feeling, Thinking, and Preaching
Man-centeredness pervades our world. Even in the church, a gospel is often preached that makes man the focus and puts God at the edge. People become God and he becomes their lackey. Into this context, the Bible levels a radical challenge to feel, think, and preach with absolute God-centeredness.
In these three messages from the 2006 Phoenix Seminary Pastors Conference, John Piper preaches to preachers, urging them to lead in a way that keeps God where he belongs – the center. Also featured is an hour of Q & A with John Piper and Wayne Grudem".
I sent Terry Virgo a copy of Ern Baxter's awesome sermon, "Ditch Diggers Revival" and made reference to how stirred I was by his book, "The Tide is Turning". Terry has the unique gift of being able to respond warmly and graciously to someone like me while probably being one of the busiest church fathers around in the world (a gift not many church leaders seem to have). Terry is one of the few heroes of mine who seems to be able to make a passing comment that can just reach out and grab one. Writing about the upcoming "Together on a Mission 2007" he said,
"Let's pray fervently for God to visit us in power".
We cannot simply passively wait! So John Piper's "Desiring God" blog has provided a gem of a tool that will be helpful for any who are ready to join in with Terry's fatherly urge. One of the Desiring God team wrote about a recent seminar that Piper held at Bethlehem Baptist Church on prayer and they have provided a 35 page document of notes, examples and comments that Piper used in his address.
Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce
Another gem from John Piper! For many years Piper has demonstrated his gift of being a biographer at his Bethlehem Conference for Pastors. I love collecting the "Swans are not Silent" sets that are such an inspiration. So it is clear that Wilberforce had slightly bigger impact on Piper that some of the other men he has studied because he has written a short book on Wilberforce's amazing life - one of battle through adversity and glorious triumph by the grace of God. Want to change the world for the glory of God?
It is available online here to read.
The Days Are Coming!
Prophet Jon Cressey has expanded his wealth of resources into a new blog; "The Days are Coming" - prophetic encouragement for weary hearts. And encouragement it is! Take a load of this;
"There is so much promise in the scripture as yet fully unrealised. Promises of a global outpouring of the Spirit on all flesh, promises of God’s glory to cover all the earth as the waters cover the sea, and the certain, inextinguishable hope of the return of Jesus Christ for the Saints. Promises of Jesus coming to fetch a glorious Church. A Church that will be without spot and wrinkle, a glorious community of the saints, forgiven, restored, accepted and redeemed by the Blood of Christ. And all this, not by their great actions, deeds and works, but by his breathtaking, magnificent and glorious grace. Christ has done it all!"
Feeling tired and worn out like me? It's the kind of stirring encouragement that you need to read and hear!
And Finally a Report on the Newfrontiers Student Worker Day!
My friend Luke is back writing with a vengance and it is great! His reports are here:
The one theme that caught my attention and excited me hugely was this; "I will also say that the final question led to Tom Shaw asserting again that it is too small a thing for us to be simply concerned with the UK. And that more and more Mobilise will be focusing on the nations."
The final thought from Luke which I also agree wholeheartedly with: