Christianity: More Like a Day Off?

R W Glenn
Christianity: More Like a Day Off?

Last fall, I took my first sabbatical in 15 years of ministry. Initially, I had no idea what to do. So I called a pastor friend and asked how I could be productive during the time off.

Ironic. Aproductivesabbatical! Obviously, if I was trying to make rest productive, I had a very practical problem with the whole idea of sabbatical.

I had spent my entire pastorate working six-day, eighty-hour weeks. I had no category for rest. . . until the Lord led me to Hebrews 4:10—

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Help Japan—At Least Five Options

Tyler Kenney

Here are several Christian relief organizations responding to Japan's earthquake and tsunami disaster. Join us by praying for them and giving financially.

Churches Helping Churches

Churches Helping Churches (CHC) is working with CRASH Japan to establish a base camp near Sendai to distribute relief supplies to the community. They are appealing to their church network to take a special offering for Japan on the weekend of March 26–27. (A video will be available on their site... Continue Reading

Japan: After Empathy and Aid, People Want Answers

John Piper
Japan: After Empathy and Aid, People Want Answers

Priorities

First things first.

When Christians see suffering they feel empathy. We too have bodies (Hebrews 13:3). Therefore, love commands, “Weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15).

Then comes aid. We want to help relieve human suffering—all of it, especially eternal suffering:

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith (Galatians 6:10).

And that includes enemies:

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Lord, Where Are You Going?

Jon Bloom
Lord, Where Are You Going?

What are you more concerned about today: where Jesus is leading you, or whether you really trust him?

I can tell you what Jesus is most concerned about: your trust.

When Jesus informed the disciples that he was going away and that they could not follow him where he was going (John 13:33), Peter asked the natural question, “Lord, where are you going?” (John 13:36). But Jesus didn’t answer with the kind of information I imagine Peter was looking for at that moment.

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Imparting A Passion: A Challenge to Youth Workers

Josh Etter

In 2002 John Piper delivered a powerful challenge to men and women who are responsible for leading youth and college ministries:

I want to begin by asking you a question that comes from the book of Acts. When your present generation of students graduates will you be able to say what the Apostle Paul says in Acts 20:26, "I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you. For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of... Continue Reading

A Prayer for Japan

John Piper

The scenes of the tsunami in Japan are apocalyptic:

The power of moving water is greater than most of us can imagine.Nothing stands before it. We are driven to our knees:

Father in heaven, you are the absolute Sovereign over the shaking of the earth, the rising of the sea, and the raging of the waves. We tremble at your power and bow before your unsearchable judgments and inscrutable ways. We cover our faces and kiss your omnipotent hand. We fall helpless to the floor in prayer and feel... Continue Reading

Japan, Sovereignty, and Mercy

Michael Johnson
Japan, Sovereignty, and Mercy

Japan’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake—the biggest one to ever strike Japan—echoes the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.

In response, John Piper wrote an article titled “Tsunami, Sovereignty, and Mercy.” The essence of his main points are the same, slightly modified for Japan’s context:

  1. Satan is not ultimate, God is.
  2. Even if Satan caused the earthquake in Japan, he is not the decisive cause of the deaths, God is.
  3. Destructive calamities in this world mingle judgment and mercy.
  4. The heart that... Continue Reading

Shine Your Light or Hide Your Hand

Jon Bloom
Shine Your Light or Hide Your Hand

Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 ESV)

But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:3-4 ESV)

A friend recently posed these two verses to me and asked, “So when do you tell others about your good deeds and when do you not?”

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The Cross: The Greatest Pro-Life Initiative Ever Taken

Josh Etter

LIFE Internationalunderstands that the horror of abortion is a global tragedy. Their mission is to multiply life-giving ministries wherever abortion is provided around the world. To see a little more of the heart that drives their mission, Kurt Dillinger responds to a few questions I recently asked him.

What biblical truth is the primary foundation for your ministry's approach to the global mission field created by abortion?

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A Five-Pointer Shares the Gospel

John Piper
A Five-Pointer Shares the Gospel

Here’s a conversation between an unbeliever and an evangelist who believes in the doctrine of definite atonement (sometimes unhelpfully called “limited atonement”)—the biblical teaching that when Jesus died, God’s unalterable purpose was to cancel the sins and commute the death sentence of all whom he would give to the Son (John 6:39).

Unbeliever: So what are you offering me?

Evangelist: Salvation from God’s wrath and from your sin. Everlasting life.

U: How?

E: Because when... Continue Reading