To Experience God’s Love

Settle it today, in your heart and in your mind, that you will pursue a sweeter taste, a deeper experience, a clearer glimpse of the love of God and the patience of Christ.

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Is Glory God’s Only Goal?

So why does God save? For many reasons, but in and through all of them, God displays who he is and thus glorifies himself.

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When Mother’s Day Is Hard

Mother’s Day is your time of need, and God does not turn away from you during your time of need; he wants you to find grace to help.

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The Counterintuitive Calvin

To furnish our hearts with more assurance of God’s love is the ultimate purpose of the Institutes.

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God: Abounding in Love, Punishing the Guilty

Prompted by recent events that have cast doubt on evangelical teaching about the love of God, Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, and judgment for sin, Don Carson delivered a special address, “God: Abounding in Love: Punishing the Guilty,” at The Gospel Coalition’s 2011 national conference in Chicago. You can now download audio from this talk.

After Carson finished, he was joined for a panel discussion moderated by Kevin DeYoung that also included Tim Keller, Stephen Um, and Crawford Loritts.

You can also read Jonathan Parnell’s recap at the Desiring God blog.

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Update from Japan: How You Can Pray

With the rest of the world I have been watching footage of the devastation in Japan with my hands over my mouth. Videos and pictures have shown us the awful destruction and only make us wonder at how many lives are lost or now impoverished in ways beyond our ability to comprehend. Maybe you felt the same, but my prayers have only been groanings, hoping the Holy Spirit can give content to the needs I haven’t been able to articulate for Japan.

Two days ago, my wife rushed into my office and asked, “Do you think Keiko is alright?” Keiko Takahashi is a Japanese woman who was in our small group at church before she left less than a year ago to go work with Michael Oh at Christ Bible Seminary in Nagoya, Japan. After some investigation by email and Facebook, we found out she was fine, but working tirelessly, as you can imagine. I emailed Keiko to see if she could provide information on how the disaster is affecting Christians, local churches, and missionaries. Basically, I just wanted some information to help inform our prayers.

God’s Faithful Presence

Keiko’s response was thick with an awareness that God is present in Japan and that his providence, however mysterious, is good. But there are efforts, dark and spiritual, sowing the seeds of disorder, confusion, and anxiety. “When this kind of massive confusion occurs, some malice spirits spread dark malicious rumors,” she writes. “Evil demagogues on the Internet stir up the dark human …

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Piper and the “New Calvinism”

Justin Taylor points to a helpful video Q&A with John Piper where he offers some very important cautions about the “New Calvinism.” What you’ll see is that these cautions are not only helpful for those people who include themselves within this particular Christian subculture, but for all Christians.

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