Tonight I was watching the kids while Superwoman went shopping for groceries and necessities. The kids enjoyed playing, which being translated means when it came time to start thinking about showering and getting ready for bed, the house was a disaster. As I struggled to keep them on task in cleaning up, the thought hit me:
IF ONLY MY KIDS HAD THE SAME ENTHUSIASM FOR PUTTING TOYS UP AS THEY DID FOR GETTING THEM OUT!
Between my verbal encouragement (attempting to keep them on task) I was daydreaming about what it would be like for them to attack their chores with joy and enthusiasm, when suddenly another thought hit me:
IF ONLY I HAD THE SAME ENTHUSIASM FOR REPENTING OF SIN AS I DO FOR COMMITTING SIN!
Ouch. Ok, God. Just as my kids need to be trained and grow in many areas, so do I.
I’m in Jacksonville right now. But tomorrow at about 1:15 CST I’ll be just a few miles from O’Hare Airport where I’ll be hanging out with a lifetime friend as we indulge in borderline sinful behavior (but oh, so good!):
…John Piper made the decision to no longer be a college professor and become a pastor. Why do I take notice of this day? Because I believe no man has had a more significant influence over young evangelical Christians in North America over the past 15 years than Piper. His books, particularly his signature work, Desiring God, have been a tremendous source of inspiration for millions. Because of his intellectual rigor, for those who have been longing for a reasonable yet passionate faith, his books have been an oasis amidst the desert of evangelical fluff. The thesis of the aforementioned book, and really the thesis for his entire ministry is this: Continue reading 30 Years Ago Today…→
This past Sunday, I told a story about Michael Guido, who went to be with the Lord earlier this year at the age of 94. Dr. Guido served the Lord diligently for decades, never asking anyone for a penny. Yet God more than provided for his needs, raising up an international ministry that continues today by the leadership of his son. You may not recognize Dr. Michael Guido by name but you may recognize him from television. For many years he produced television PSAs (Public Service Announcements) titled “Seeds from the Sower” in which he shared the Good News of Christ. These television spots, filmed from the Guido Gardens (“a seed for the garden of your heart”) in Metter, Georgia brought hope to millions.
I’ve always liked Burgundy Bibles. In fact, I’ve had so many Burgundy Bibles that I have started shying away from buying them. Here lately I’ve been leaning toward a preference for tan, light brown, or some say “Saddle” colored Bibles. I’ve also developed a new appreciation and love for black Bibles (you can see a pic of my Black Stack on my “About Me” page). He is a pic of my Burgundy Stack: