Month: April 2007

Children Desiring God 2007 Conference

The Desiring God blog has audio and message summaries from the Children Desiring God conference. Piper’s message looks promising: The Gospel For 11-Year-Olds Plus. Also, Wayne Grudem, David Michael, and C.J. Mahaney spoke as well.

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How To Get Your Soul Happy In The Lord

I’m reading a biography on George Mueller right now {A.T.Pierson’s}, so I thought I’d post this infamous quote of Mueller’s:

“It has pleased the Lord to teach me a truth, the benefit of which I have not lost for fourteen years. The point is this: I saw more clearly than ever that the first great primary business to which I ought to attend every day was to have my soul happy in the Lord. The first thing to be concerned about was not how much I might serve the Lord, or how I might glorify the lord; but how I might get my soul into a happy state, and how my inner man might be nourished…

Before this time my practice had been, at least for ten years previously, as a habitual thing, to give myself to prayer after having dressed myself in the morning. Now, I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the Word of God, and to meditation on it, that thus my heart might be comforted, encouraged, warned, reproved, instructed…

The first thing I did, after having asked in a few words the Lord’s blessing upon His precious Word, was to begin to meditate on the Word of God, searching as it were into every verse to get blessing out of it; not for the sake of public ministry of the Word, not for the sake of preaching on what I had meditated upon, but for the sake of obtaining food for my soul. The result I have found to be almost invariably this, that after a very few minutes my soul has been led to confession, or to thanksgiving, or to supplication; so that, though I did not, as it were, give myself to prayer, but to meditation, yet it turned almost immediately more or less into prayer. When thus I have been for a while making confession or intercession or supplication, or have given thanks, I go on to the next words or verse, turning all, as I go, into prayer for myself or others, as the Word may lead to it…

By breakfast time, with rare exceptions, I am in a peaceful if not happy state of heart.”

George Muller, Narratives

{HT: Fellowship of the Living and the Dead}

Good-bye Starbucks!

It’s official. I am counting down the days in which I will forever leave Starbucks behind! I have worked for this company for over 10 years. In many ways it has been a blessing {stock, relationships, ministry opportunities, free coffee!, etc} but I am ready to move on. After all, that’s why I went to seminary. This is what I’ll be doing now…