The grace of God in spreading the good news through persecution

The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, (Acts 11:22-23 ESV) John Piper preached a sermon, “He Saw … More The grace of God in spreading the good news through persecution

Purposes in suffering

John Piper, in a sermon on Job 38-42 What we have seen so far, then, is that Job’s suffering has a twofold explanation: its purpose at the outset was to demonstrate God’s value and glory, and its ongoing purpose was to refine Job’s righteousness. His suffering is not punishment. It is not a sign of … More Purposes in suffering

On a leash

   And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. Also it was allowed to make war on the saints … More On a leash

For a little while…

In Job 24, we see that Job does not understand how God  can allow the strong to exploit the weak? When will judgment come? Why? When? How? Kim Riddlebarger comments in a sermon on this section of Job: None of this fits with Job’s hope in a coming redeemer. It is not until we come … More For a little while…

Many people are helped just by the loving presence of another

In Job 22:5, Eliphaz, one of Job’s “friends” says to him “Is not your evil abundant? There is no end to your iniquities.”  Hmmm, probably not the best example for us to follow when visiting a friend who is suffering! Can we learn something from Job’s friends about how to help the hurting? John Piper’s … More Many people are helped just by the loving presence of another