Monday, January 08, 2007

Living the Radical Life

"Our people are laid waste with sexual temptation and failure and guilt because their soul and their mind have shriveled down to the size of a TV sitcom."

It's not often that I simply direct you to another website, but there are two articles/blog posts that seem to have immense practical application to holiness and serving Jesus as Lord. The quote above comes from the first. It is the written version of a sermon given by Pastor John Piper to Passion 2007 just this last week in Atlanta. The article deals primarily with sexual sin, but its point could just as easily be applied to any sin and that sin's accompanying guilt, both of which paralyze us to radical service to our Lord. Although somewhat lengthy, I would commend it to you in its entirety. Print it out, sit down with a cup of take action on what you read!

It can be found here.

A second link is a set of blog posts is by Joshua Harris, senior pastor at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, MD. These posts flow out of a couple of sermons given at the beginning of the year on Psalm 90. In particular, Harris focuses on the verse, "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." When you consider what God has to say about himself versus us as finite humans and then compare it to what A.W. Tozer has said in Knowledge of the Holy (blog post here, here, and here), it will help you to continue to put God in His proper sphere, while teaching us to consider what it truly important in our short lives.

Harris makes several posts on the topic and the sermon on the subject can be accessed from the first few posts as well. They can be found:

here, here, here, here, here, and here.

May you be blessed by these wonderful gentlemen's writings... and may they help you serve the Lord in a radical, life-changing, Kingdom-advancing, Gospel-bringing manner.

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