Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ed's Story

Wow.   God is Awesome.   Last week Ed's Story premiered over at Flannel.  I was previously unfamiliar with Edward Dobson, his life, and more importantly HIS life lived through him.   Part 1 of Ed's Story is free over at Flannel and can be found at http://player.flannel.org/contents/66 .   Also, check out Ed's website at http://edsstory.com/ for more information.  

Desiring God 2011 National Conference Video/Audio

I was able to check out several of these services over the weekend Live and was blessed tremendously.  I highly recommend the Giglio and Platt messages.   Giglio does a mashup of Whales, Stars and Chris Tomlin that is something that will only make sense if you watch it.  Once you do, you will never be the same.   Thankful for this conference and the Word of God and Praise to God that came forth from it.

Session 1
The Global God Who Gives the Great Commission
Louie Giglio
Session 2
The Glory of God, the Lostness of Man, and the Gospel of Christ
David Platt
Session 3
Courage, Christ, and Finishing the Mission
Michael Ramsden
Session 4
From Every Land to Every Land: The Internationalization of Missions – Its Potential and the Price
Michael Oh
Session 5
Speaker Panel: David Platt, Michael Ramsden, Michael Oh, Ed Stetzer, John Piper
David Mathis
Session 6
The Church, The Neighborhood, and the Nations
Ed Stetzer
Session 7
Let the Peoples Praise You, O God, Let All the Peoples Praise You!
John Piper
Speaker Interview
Greg Livingstone, David Sitton
John Piper

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

How to Glorify God @ Work - Dr. John Piper

Reposting this Wonderful blog from John Piper.   Appreciate him and the advice, consult he gives.   Thankful to God for Dr. Piper.  Can't wait to dance in heaven with him one day :)

Just home from two weeks in Australia, I am brimming with thankfulness to God for his people there, and for the pleasures of working with them in Brisbane and Sydney and in the mountains of Katoomba.
One of the conferences was called Engage. It was focused on “young workers,” which, in their lingo, means young professionals in the workplace. I was asked in an interview if I thought this focus was a good idea. I said yes, because of 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
So they asked: How can young workers glorify God at work?
Here’s the gist of my answer.
Dependence. Go to work utterly dependent on God (Proverbs 3:5-6; John 15:5). Without him you can’t breathe, move, think, feel, or talk. Not to mention be spiritually influential. Get up in the morning and let God know your desperation for him. Pray for help.
Integrity. Be absolutely and meticulously honest and trustworthy on the job. Be on time. Give a full day’s work. “Thou shalt not steal.” More people rob their employers by being slackers than by filching the petty cash.
Skill. Get good at what you do. God has given you not only the grace of integrity but the gift of skills. Treasure that gift and be a good steward of those skills. This growth in skill is built on dependence and integrity.
Corporate shaping. As you have influence and opportunity, shape the ethos of the workplace so that the structures and policies and expectations and aims move toward accordance with Christ. For example, someone is shaping the ethos of Chick-fil-A restaurants with this video.
Impact. Aim to help your company have an impact that is life-enhancing without being soul-destroying. Some industries have an impact that is destructive (e.g., porn, gambling, abortion, marketing scams, etc). But many can be helped to turn toward impact that is life-giving without being soul-ruining. As you have opportunity, work toward that.
Communication. Work places are webs of relationships. Relationships are possible through communication. Weave your Christian worldview into the normal communications of life. Don’t hide your light under a basket. Put it on the stand. Winsomely. Naturally. Joyfully. Let those who love their salvation say continually, Great is the Lord! (Psalm 40:16)
Love. Serve others. Be the one who volunteers first to go get the pizza. To drive the van. To organize the picnic. Take an interest in others at work. Be known as the one who cares not just about the light-hearted weekend tales, but the burdens of heavy and painful Monday mornings. Love your workmates, and point them to the great Burden Bearer.
Money. Work is where you make (and spend) money. It is all God’s, not yours. You are a trustee. Turn your earning into the overflow of generosity in how you steward God’s money. Don’t work to earn to have. Work to earn to have to give and to invest in Christ-exalting ventures. Make your money speak of Christ as your supreme Treasure.
Thanks. Always give thanks to God for life and health and work and Jesus. Be a thankful person at work. Don’t be among the complainers. Let your thankfulness to God overflow in a humble spirit of gratitude to others. Be known as the hope-filled, humble, thankful one at work.
There are more things to say about glorifying God in the workplace. But this is a start. Add to the list as God gives you light. The point is: Whatever you do, whether you eat or drink or work, do all to make God look as great as he really is.

Monday, September 5, 2011

The River - Brian Doerksen - Live version

Such a blessed worship song.  Worship Jesus today.  Surrender all and Follow Him.