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Adoption = A Constant Reminder of the Gospel

“Adoption mean God is not my Father
I got the hottest Poppa and by the Spirit holla Abba!”
Shai Linne, Song: Atonement Q & A, Album: The Atonement

My wife and I are considering adoption once our son gets a little bit older. In an effort to bless our city (Denver), we are thinking of going with either a local adoption agency or being a part of the local foster care system with the hopes of one day adopting a child of any ethnicity.

It would be a beautiful thing to bring a small child home with us and call him/her our child – and for him/her to call me, father, and Rebecca, mother.

Similarly, God looked at us before the beginning of time and called us our son & daughter.  The “earthly” view of adoption is a great reminder of what God has done for us – and – the price Jesus paid for adoption to be accomplished.

John Piper, Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN, along with Desiring God talk about this idea more in full. Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2011 in Articles

 

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Farewell Rob Bell

Farewell Rob Bell.

Those were the words of John Piper, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN, on his facebook page referring to Rob Bell‘s recent book, Love Wins: Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.

Those words rang loudly, and saddened me, as I was reading two posts from Justin Taylor titled Rob Bell: Universalist? and Kevin DeYoung titled “To Hell With Hell“.

Head over to these two readings to gain more insight. Here are some of the highlights:

Justin Taylor writes in his posting:

It is unspeakably sad when those called to be ministers of the Word distort the gospel and deceive the people of God with false doctrine.

But it is better for those teaching false doctrine to put their cards on the table (a la Brian McLaren) rather than remaining studiously ambiguous in terminology.

Kevin DeYoung writes about the importance of understanding the wrath of God (please read his entire posting for a full unwrapping of each point). Excerpted from Why We’re Not Emergent:

First, we need God’s wrath to keep us honest about evangelism.

Second, we need God’s wrath in order to forgive our enemies.

Third, we need God’s wrath in order to risk our lives for Jesus’ sake.

Fourth, we need God’s wrath in order to live holy lives.

Fifth, we need God’s wrath in order to understand what mercy means.

Sixth, we need God’s wrath in order to grasp how wonderful heaven will be.

Seventh, we need the wrath of God in order to be motivated to care for our impoverished brothers and sisters.

Eighth, we need God’s wrath in order to be ready for the Lord’s return.

— Follow me on Twitter @Armando923

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in Articles

 

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Decide to Abandon Retirement as the Reward for Your Life

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John Piper (@JohnPiper) calls every young adult to make a radical decision now to pursue Christ as his/her greatest treasure as opposed to pursuing earthly comfort at the end of his/her life. There is too much spiritual blindness and physical suffering in the world to work in this life for your own comfort. If Christ is our treasure, then we will lay down our lives for the sake of meeting the spiritual and physical needs of the world.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2010 in Articles

 

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One Flesh Even in Death

John & Betty Stam

John & Betty Stam

While reading John Piper’s new book “This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence”, I came across this part that brought me to tears. I guess to live is Christ & to die is gain…literally!

John and Betty Stam were missionaries in China. They gave birth to Helen Priscilla in 1934. Three months later, her parents were beheaded by the Communists on a hill outside Miaosheo, while tiny Helen lay hidden where her mother left her with ten dollars in her blanket.

Their story can be found here at OMF International.

Their story was published two years after their death in 1936. Here is an excerpt of their story “The Triumph of John and Betty Stam” by Mrs. Howard Taylor.

Never was that little one more precious than when they looked their last on her baby sweetness, as they were roughly summoned the next morning and led out to die. . . . Painfully bound with ropes, their hands behind them, stripped of their outer garments, and John barefooted (he had given Betty his socks to wear), they passed down the street where he was known to many, while the Reds shouted their ridicule and called the people to come and see the execution.

Like their Master, they were led up a little hill outside the town. There, in a clump of pine trees, the Communists harangued the unwilling onlookers, too terror-stricken to utter protest—But no, one broke the ranks! The doctor of the place and a Christian, he expressed the feelings of many when he fell on his knees and pleaded for the life of his friends. Angrily repulsed by the Reds, he still persisted, until he was dragged away as a prisoner, to suffer death when it appeared that he too was a follower of Christ.

John had turned to the leader of the band, asking mercy for this man. When he was sharply ordered to kneel—and the look of joy on his face, afterwards, told of the unseen Presence with them as his spirit was released—Betty was seen to quiver, but only for a moment. Bound as she was, she fell on her knees beside him. A quick command, the flash of a sword which mercifully she did not see—and they were reunited.

While reading John Piper’s new book “This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence”, I came across this part that brought me to tears. I think of the desire God has given to share the gospel with Muslims. I guess to live is Christ & to die is gain…literally!
John and Betty Stam were missionaries in China. They gave birth to Helen Priscilla in 1934. Three months later, her parents were beheded by the Communists on a hill outside Miaosheo, while tiny Helen lay hidden where her mother left her with ten dollars in her blanket.
Their story can be found at http://tinyurl.com/6rlwlt.
Their story was published two years after their death in 1936. Here is an excerpt of their story “The Triumph of John and Betty Stam” by Mrs. Howard Taylor.
<blockquote>
Never was that little one more precious than when they looked their last on her baby sweetness, as they were roughly summoned the next morning and led out to die. . . . Painfully bound with ropes, their hands behind them, stripped of their outer garments, and John barefooted (he had given Betty his socks to wear), they passed down the street where he was known to many, while the Reds shouted their ridicule and called the people to come and see the execution.
Like their Master, they were led up a little hill outside the town. There, in a clump of pine trees, the Communists harangued the unwilling onlookers, too terror-stricken to utter protest—But no, one broke the ranks! The doctor of the place and a Christian, he expressed the feelings of many when he fell on his knees and pleaded for the life of his friends. Angrily repulsed by the Reds, he still persisted,
until he was dragged away as a prisoner, to suffer death when it appeared that he too was a follower of Christ.
John had turned to the leader of the band, asking mercy for this man. When he was sharply ordered to kneel—and the look of joy on his face, afterwards, told of the unseen Presence with them as his spirit was released—Betty was seen to quiver, but only for a moment. Bound as she was, she fell on her knees beside him. A quick command,
the flash of a sword which mercifully she did not see—and they were reunited.<blockquote>While reading John Piper’s new book “This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence”, I came across this part that brought me to tears. I think of the desire God has given to share the gospel with Muslims. I guess to live is Christ & to die is gain…literally!
John and Betty Stam were missionaries in China. They gave birth to Helen Priscilla in 1934. Three months later, her parents were beheded by the Communists on a hill outside Miaosheo, while tiny Helen lay hidden where her mother left her with ten dollars in her blanket.
Their story can be found at http://tinyurl.com/6rlwlt.
Their story was published two years after their death in 1936. Here is an excerpt of their story “The Triumph of John and Betty Stam” by Mrs. Howard Taylor.
<blockquote>
Never was that little one more precious than when they looked their last on her baby sweetness, as they were roughly summoned the next morning and led out to die. . . . Painfully bound with ropes, their hands behind them, stripped of their outer garments, and John barefooted (he had given Betty his socks to wear), they passed down the street where he was known to many, while the Reds shouted their ridicule and called the people to come and see the execution.
Like their Master, they were led up a little hill outside the town. There, in a clump of pine trees, the Communists harangued the unwilling onlookers, too terror-stricken to utter protest—But no, one broke the ranks! The doctor of the place and a Christian, he expressed the feelings of many when he fell on his knees and pleaded for the life of his friends. Angrily repulsed by the Reds, he still persisted,
until he was dragged away as a prisoner, to suffer death when it appeared that he too was a follower of Christ.
John had turned to the leader of the band, asking mercy for this man. When he was sharply ordered to kneel—and the look of joy on his face, afterwards, told of the unseen Presence with them as his spirit was released—Betty was seen to quiver, but only for a moment. Bound as she was, she fell on her knees beside him. A quick command,
the flash of a sword which mercifully she did not see—and they were reunited.<blockquote>
 
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Posted by on May 2, 2009 in Articles

 

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