This is a 2003 message delivered by John Piper to a campus group concerning his mantra at the time of ‘a wasted life’; but this audio message captures the essence of his book and makes you hungry for more. This is an excellent read and leaves you with a visionary path parallel to that which Christ has set us aside to do. The content should make you uncomfortable as any exegesis should; in that it states the truth and bares us to the bone it those ways that we fall woefully short. I believe you can find the mobi/pdf/ebook of his book ‘Don’t Waste Your Life’ at http://www.desiringgod.org where you can find a virtual library on all of Piper’s works, but I’m more than willing to loan you the book itself if you desire to read it. I have to have the books in hand or in ebook so that I can return to all of the referenced scripture and do my own study and exegesis on the matters. If you’re wanting to borrow my actual copy, just PM me and I’ll loan it out to you. As a warning, you will not be able to listen to this and not somehow come away with a drive for action. -B
Great read about my next read!
I recently picked up Eugene Peterson’s A Long Obedience in the Same Direction at a used book store (I love the title). I have always found Peterson’s writing soul stirring. In this book Peterson offers an honest and reflective journey through the Psalms of Ascent (120-134). Consider this thought on worship based on Psalm 122:1, “I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the LORD!” (ESV)
But very often we don’t feel like [worshiping], and so we say, “It would be dishonest for me to go to a place of worship and praise God when I don’t feel like it. I would be a hypocrite.” The Psalm says, I don’t care whether you feel like it or not: as was decreed, “give thanks to the name of God.”
I have put great emphasis on the fact that Christians worship because they want to, not because they…
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Good for those who want to get into ARCs. I sure would but still.working with a couple of publishing houses.
“Remember who you belong to”
When and every time my Grandmother said to us “remember who you belong to.” She didn’t just mean that we belonged to her as in don’t mess this up. She implied, implored, and impressed that by remembering to whom we belong to, that it meant to remember that I am a new creature and child of our Mighty Lord Christ Jesus. It meant to remember that I am a child of the family that is Beaman, Armstrong, Cooley, Wilson, and Wallace.
That it meant to remember that it was those families for which I’m a child of, did in steadfast faith, purpose, and action settle on this continent at Plymouth, at Boston, in Kentucky, and at Nova Scotia.
It meant to remember that members of our family were part of the 3 percent of colonialists who risked life, property, and their sacred honor to fight for our independence from Tyranny. They civilly founded two Constitution’s and if needed We today can and have already made in many states the groundwork to convene a third Constitutional Convention because the example has been laid before us. It also meant that I was to learn and study our history and the history of the world so that I might remember and be grateful and cautious to learn from our history. It meant never to forget the moments you have had with your Uncles and Grandfathers that have gone off to war; they won’t be with you forever so go to them young man, take leave young Marine while you still can. She meant that I was to choose the right heroes in life and then to remember you then belong to their memory and accountability also.
My heroes and/or beloved influencers were and are special and if you may not know of them, I’d be proud to introduce you to- Wendy Dawn White-Beaman, Sergeant Robert F Cooley USMC, Tech Sergeant James Earnest Armstrong USA, Tennie Wilson Beaman DAR, Roger Wilson Beaman, Ryan Wallace Beaman, Master Sergeant Jeff Hess USMC, Gunnery Sergeant Oronde Ward USMC, Chief Warrant Officer Henry Cooke USMC, General and President George Washington, Corporal Rick Johnson USMC, John Calvin, Rev Andrew Wiggins, Dr Christine Brown, Martin Luther, Rev Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Taylor Elizabeth Beaman, Allyson Rose Beaman, President Ronald Reagan, Rev Martin Luther King Jr, Rev/Chaplain Dean Emery USA, Rev R.C. Sproul, Rev John Piper, Staff Sergeant ‘Cricket Black’ USMC, 2nd Lieutenant Charlie ‘Hambizl’ Hamilton USMC, Chief Warrant Officer Don Brown USMC, Master Sergeant Joaquin Cocco USMC, Lance Corporal Scott Dougherty USMC, Master Gunnery Sergeant Michael ‘The Last Centurion’ Bragin USMC, Master Sergeant Edward Valdez USMC, Master Gunnery Sergeant Alberto Gomez, Sergeant Frederick Pou USMC, Lt Colonel Jack May USAF, Colonel Michael Bowersox USMC, Lt Colonel Christine Rabaja USMC, Gunnery Sergeant Mark Jones USMC, Master Gunnery Sergeant Lloyd Locklear USMC, C.S. Lewis, Gunnery Sergeant Paul Agromonte USMC, PM Sir Winston Churchill, Rev John Allen , Robert James Armstrong, SSgt Manuel Disla USMC, President Abraham Lincoln, the Police, Fire and Rescue, my brothers and sisters in arms and in the Lord, and even Glenn Beck…….
So I’m just thinking that with my lifes heroes being Christ, Elizabeth Holbrooke Cooley-Armstrong, George Washington, Wendy Dawn White-Beaman and my daughters; that could not ever be as though I don’t ‘belong’!
As my grandmother said thousands of times, but has joyfully been followed by James into their eternal home: “Remember who you belong to”
A big congratulations to my dear friend Charlie upon his graduation from OCS. Having been a combat proven Marine as and enlisted Marine, I think the Corps has made and excellent decision in making you an Officer of Marines. I look forward to seeing you at TBS graduation or maybe at least a few nights here; you can take the family to 6 Flags or Zoo St Louis and we have Discovery Park her in my town. I know the family is proud. Tell Papa And Mana bear hello and thank you again to them and Andrea for trusting me in dealing with your career. Pictured above is Charlie and his father Jerry (also a former Marine). Miss you buddy, but know I was there in spirit I can’t wait to see what God has in store for your life. Remember where you came from my brother and we need to talk before you begin TBS. -Shannon