To say it a little differently, worship is declaring, with our lips and lives, that God is more important than anything else to us, that he is our deepest desire, that his inherent worth is beyond everything else we hold dear.

So it isn’t surprising that the desire for instant gratification can even creep into our study of the Bible. We approach our “time in the Word” like the drive-through at McDonald’s: “I’ve only got a few minutes. Give me something quick and easy to fill me up.”

"Our world is dripping with God’s presence and calling us to worship him alone (Ps 97:4-6). But our eyes are dim and our understanding is darkened. Eternity is lost in the immediacy of our world. We hardly have patience to wait for someone to make our latte, let alone to set our minds on Christ, who sits at the right hand of God (Col 3:1-2). What does it look like to grasp God’s presence and his call for our growth in grace? What does it look like to be God’s “fellow workers” (1 Cor 3:9) in the Christian life? What does it mean to proclaim, “Without you I can do nothing” (see Jn 15:5)?"

— Strobel, Kyle (2013-03-07). Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards (p. 11). InterVarsity Press. Kindle Edition. 

I am so blessed.  (at Beverly-Triton Beach Park)

I am so blessed. (at Beverly-Triton Beach Park)

"Excuse me mommy and daddy, I have patients. You have to leave now."

"Excuse me mommy and daddy, I have patients. You have to leave now."

Sitting in St. Arbucks (that’s Starbucks) reading some Piper and chillin.

Sitting in St. Arbucks (that’s Starbucks) reading some Piper and chillin.

The Debtor’s Ethic

The debtor’s ethic says, “Because you have done something good for me, I feel indebted to do something good for you.” This impulse is not what gratitude was designed to produce. God meant gratitude to be a spontaneous expression of pleasure in the gift and the good will of another. He did not mean it to be an impulse to return favors. If gratitude is twisted into a sense of the debt, it gives birth to the debtor’s ethic - and the effect is to nullify grace.

John Piper

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I’ve been preaching for over twenty-four years, and have had the opportunity to stand as a guest in another pastors pulpit hundreds of times. Looking through the rear view mirror I still wince over some huge mistakes I’ve made as a visiting preacher. Along the way there have been five basic…

I thought I would get my iPad back when we gave Nathan a Kindle for Christmas. But I learned that, “The Kindle is for downstairs. The iPad for upstairs daddy.”

:-/

I thought I would get my iPad back when we gave Nathan a Kindle for Christmas. But I learned that, “The Kindle is for downstairs. The iPad for upstairs daddy.”

:-/

Its actually warmer in #Sochi then here on the east coast of the USA! By this time tomorrow we may have more snow.

Its actually warmer in #Sochi then here on the east coast of the USA! By this time tomorrow we may have more snow.

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