Worth Your Time...4/16/12
Been a while since I have updated our "Worth Your Time" section of the blog, but there are several good ones today that I would encourage you to check out.
If you are not familar with 'Together for the Gospel' it is a conference put on every other year by a group of pastors that are concerned for and with the Gospel. They just finished their 2012 conference and have uploaded the audio and video from the conference. Two suggestions from this conference: (1) David Platt's 'Divine Sovereignty: The Fuel of Death-Defying Missions has been quoted as one of the best messages on missions ever heard (John Piper and Ligon Duncan); and (2) John Piper's: 'Glory, Majesty, Dominion, and Authority Keep Us Safe for Everlasting Joy' has also been said to be very good!
October Baby is a pro-life movie that is doing exceedingly well in the box office (see below). However, it is not having such success without attack from the other side. NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) is doing all they can to attack it. Also see John Piper's short take on abortion here.
"After a resounding success in a limited release, October Baby premiered nationally in March. The movie has received strong support from the pro-life community — drawing rave reviews and it received strong support form the public — despite the premier of other top films. Although much of the media focus for the weekend centered on the premier of “The Hunger Games” and second week of “21 Jump Street,” October Baby cracked the top 10 in its first full weekend of release. The pro-life movie received about $1.7 million on only 390 screens for a ninth place finish, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. Had the movie been screened in more locations, it would have done better — as evidenced by its $4,405 per screen haul, the third highest screen average of the weekend."
Here is a snippet from a great, short article on how we use our time:
"Catch yourself the next time you're about to say, "I don't have time" for something. Tell yourself the truth: either it's not a priority and you're guarding your time for good reason, or you simply aren't willing to choose to spend your time on it."
4. You Are Sent
This article was a good reminder about the truth that we are both called and sent people. This reality takes a shift in thinking at the worldview level.
"It takes a rewiring of the mind (Romans 12:2) through the Holy Spirit to change our circumstantial “what’s-in-it-for-me” mentality into a deliberate “God, where am I sent for your mission and glory?” mentality."
5. David Crowder Band Video
6. Resource Update: God At Work
Do you ever wonder how your job and your faith are to relate to one another? I would like to highlight a book that interacts on how faith and our vocations interrelate. Gene Vieth has written a book called God At Work and I have found it to be helpful in thinking through these issues. Here is short section that captures the essence of the book:
"The doctrine of vocation is a theology of the Christian life, having to do with sanctification and good works. It is also a theology of ordinary life. Christians do not have to be called to the mission field or the ministry or the work of evangelism to serve God, though many are; nor does the Christian life necessarily involve some kind of constant mystical experience. Rather, the Christian life is to be lived in vocation, in the seemingly ordinary walks of life that take up nearly all of the hours of the day. The Christian life is to be lived out in our family, our work, our community, and our church. Such things seem mundance, but this is because of our blindness. Actually, God is present in them--and in us--in a mighty, though hidden, way."
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