Archive for September, 2013

Reading Music: Michael Gungor’s Doxology

Posted: September 17, 2013 by thoughtsfrommyshelf in Leisure, Reading, Uncategorized
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I am hardly ever using spotify to listen to music. The reason is that I prefer covers, live songs, or just rare jam sessions you can’t buy. There is something about live acoustics or live renditions that just captures my attention a little more. I normally have to create a playlist on youtube of my favorite songs since I can’t really find them any where else. I am going to start posting some of them here so that others can listen to them too.

If you have ever wanted to play the guitar, this is going to make you pick up a Fender. If you know how to play the guitar, I would love to see you do this! If you know of any chill songs, leave a link in the comment section.

Why passion for God must precede our preaching of God.

Posted: September 16, 2013 by thoughtsfrommyshelf in Mission
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John Piper writes, “Passion for God in worship precedes the offer of God in preaching”. But why? He adds to this statement, “You can’t commend what you don’t cherish.” I believe that he is right. Imagine someone wanting to persuade you of anything they view as valuable. Whether it’s a restaurant, a gym, clothing or anything really, no one is really interested in a uninterested description. If you were to tell me you went to the best burger place with the most nonchalant tone, emotionless facial expression, and dull word choice, I would more than likely not believe you.

When something truly grips your heart you talk about it with a wonderful tone, flowery language, and pull for metaphors and similes to make sure you get your point across.

God is bigger, more majestic, greater and far more indescribable than we make Him out to be. Let’s see the display of his magnitude in the Bible, in the cross, and in our lives and declare it to others in a unbelievably believable way!

My prayer is that they experience something different than what is described of Einstein by Charles Misner

The design of the universe…is very magnificent and shouldn’t be taken for granted. In fact, I believe that is why Einstein had so little use for organized religion, although he strikes me as a very religious man. He must have looked at what the preachers said about God and felt that they were blaspheming. He had seen much more majesty than they had every imagined, and they were just not talking about the real thing. My guess is that he simply felt that religions he’d run across did not have proper respect for the author of the universe.

How would people view the way you talk about the glorious God of the gospel? Would they believe the unbelievable news offered to them? Or would they be so staggered by the fact that God would do the impossible to demonstrate His love for them?