Journaling Bible–Great Father’s Day gift
Piper’s Three Messages on “How to Kill Sin” from Romans 8.
“…the choicest believers, who are assuredly freed from the condemning power of sin, ought yet to make it their business all their days to mortify the indwelling power of sin…Do you mortify; do you make it your daily work; be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you. Your being dead with Christ virtually, your being quickened with him, will not excuse you from this work.” John Owen, On Mortification of Sin
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A helpful interview with R.C. Sproul Jr. (via TGC) who recently lost both his wife and his special needs daughter within ten months of each other. See below for the questions he answers and the time stamps on the video.
What was it that prompted you to attend worship the morning your wife, Denise, died? (00:49)
What enabled you to teach a series on suffering after having just experienced so much? (03:11)
Why should we try to “own” the sovereignty of God in the context of suffering? (05:03)
Why are those in the contemporary church struggling so much with suffering and the sovereignty of God? (07:48)
Why do bad things happen to “good” people? (10:05)
When Jesus suffered and died on Calvary, did God suffer? (12:00)
How do you hope this series will benefit the church? (14:37)
How can Christians encourage those who are in the midst of great hardship? (16:12)
How are you doing? (18:46)
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One of the biggest obstacles for people to accept or believe in Christianity is that they think they know all about it already. After all, hasn’t it been around for thousands of years? Doesn’t everybody know what Christians believe?
But if we look at Jesus’ encounters with various men and women during his life, we will find some of our assumptions challenged. These conversations were not about personal sins or specific religious views and practices, nor were they a set of talking points or a political platform. Instead, in these encounters we see him meeting people at the point of their big, unspoken questions: Who are we, and why are we here? Why be a good person; why love instead of hate? What’s wrong with the world—And what, if anything, can make it right?
The Gospels are full of encounters that made a profound impact on those who spoke with Jesus in this way. In this 10-part ebook series, Timothy Keller explores these encounters and how they can still address our questions and doubts today.
THE SKEPTICAL STUDENT
On Sale December 4, 2012
Nathaniel was a skeptical student who doubted that Jesus, a carpenter’s son from Galilee, could be the Messiah. His objections were not so different from those of intellectuals today. But underneath he had questions that the religious establishment could not answer, and a personal encounter with Jesus changed his life forever.
This first essay in the ten-part series of Encounters with Jesus also includes an excerpt of Timothy Keller’s new book on faith and work, Every Good Endeavor.
THE INSIDER AND THE OUTCAST
On Sale January 15, 2013
One of the most famous verses in the Bible is John 3:16, a compact presentation of the gospel according to Jesus. Yet what is often forgotten is who Jesus was speaking to—a high-ranking religious leader, the ultimate insider—and the stark contrast when he approaches a Samaritan woman, a social outcast, just a few verses later. Keller sheds light on Jesus’ insightful response to both individuals, who appeared totally different yet ultimately had the same problem.
THE GRIEVING SISTERS
On sale February 19th, 2013
The story of two sisters grieving a brother’s death confronts us with the questions, what does the world need, and who can make the world right? This essay explores the unique identity of Jesus and shows us that because he is both God and man, he is able to provide everything we need, in just the way we need it.
THE WEDDING PARTY
On sale March 12, 2013
Jesus’ very first public act in launching his ministry was to turn water into wine in the middle of a wedding feast. Timothy Keller unpacks the meaning of the feast—a sign of the end of judgment, the celebration to come, and the sacrifice required to make it all possible.
THE FIRST CHRISTIAN
On Sale April 9, 2013
By examining an encounter between Jesus and Mary Magdalene, one of his most beloved disciples, Keller clarifies the Christian understanding of faith, and explains its role in answering the big questions of life.