John Piper, in a message, “Called to Suffer and Rejoice -that We Might Gain Christ” Why did God ordain and Paul accept the losses that it meant for him to be a Christian? Paul gives the answer again and again in these verses so that we cannot miss the point. He is not passive in this suffering … More Gaining something far more precious
He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:7 I would like this verse to be true of me, trusting in God, even when life hurts. Plans may change, but God’s purpose remains. I was reminded of this when I read of Rachel, a young mom who went … More Spurgeon: no dread that evil tidings will come, and no alarm when they do come.
John Piper on Philippians 1:21 ….the inner essence of worship is cherishing Christ as gain – indeed as more gain than all that life can offer – family, career, retirement, fame, food, friends. The essence of worship is experiencing Christ as gain. Or to use words that we love to use around here: it is … More The Inner Essence of Worship