Posts Tagged ‘reading’

God’s grace. It really is amazing.

At the Bible study I attend, we’re currently going through a DVD that overviews the history of the doctrines of grace.

You’ve probably guessed that I believe in God’s predestination. However, I’m not here to get into theological debates, because there are countless resources that outline both sides of the predestination/free-will argument. Also, I hardly think that an argument for argument’s sake would be conducive to our mutual Christian encouragement.

But suffice it to say, I’m just blown away by the sheer magnitude of God’s grace to me, an undeserving sinner. I have brokenn all His laws and I totally don’t deserve His love. But God loves me unconditionally; so much so, He chooses to save me through the perfect sacrifice of His Son. Wow.

I’ve also been going through R. C. Sproul’s book, Chosen by God, that outlines the logical Biblical argument for the doctrine of election. It is a most excellent book. Again, the disclaimer in the 2nd paragraph above applies here. But Sproul just shows in a very straightforward and uncomplicated way how it’s only logical (and very Biblical) to believe in God’s sovereign act of choosing sinners to be His.

Arguably, the greatest thing I’ve benefited from at the Bible study is the fellowship I’m having, being able to encourage and be encouraged by those of us who attend. Watching God’s work in their lives is so encouraging. I’m blessed and undeserving to have such friends.

God’s good.

Why Don’t People Ask Us About Our Hope?

[borrowed from a friend’s FB note]

From John Piper’s ‘Don’t Waste Your Life’ pp. 108-109…

When was the last time someone asked you about “the reason for the hope that is in you”? That’s what Peter said we should always be ready to give an answer for: “Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Pet. 3:15).

Why don’t people ask us about our hope? The answer is probably that we look as if we hope in the same things they do. Our lives don’t look like they are on the Calvary road, stripped down for sacrificial love, serving others with the sweet assurance that we don’t need to be rewarded in this life. Our reward is great in heaven (Matt. 5:12)!

So true, eh? Grab a pdf copy of the book here.

Also, watch Lecrae’s song, “Don’t waste you life”, here. He got the inspiration from John Piper’s book. The last 2 lines of the song go like this:

“If He’s truly raised to life / then this news should change your life / and by His grace you can put your faith in a place that rules your days and nights.”

Even though I don’t really like rap haha, I have to hand it to Lecrae. He’s summarized it SO well. And the music video is edited really well. It tells such a great story.

I think it’s awesome when people use their talents to glorify God. Lecrae’s done a brilliant job!

Cornflakes & reading

Among other things*, there are 2 simple “pleasures in life” that I enjoy: 1) eating cereal before going to bed and 2) reading a good book while eating said cereal. Nothing beats that.

I thank God for the little moments in life that He gives me to enjoy; after all, most of my life is be made up of mundane moments like these! So I strive to make the most of them. God is so good.

*namely serving Jesus, good theology, computers, listening to and playing music, reading, sleeping, etc etc