acresofhope: (live - move - be)
Guess what? I've been listening to Piper again. He just so refreshingly weird! Okay, so that's not the only reason I like him, just one. He also has funny pictures of himself on his website! ^_^ He also grew up not far from where I live. And he explains the Bible instead of telling lots of stories, and he's the first one to tell you "John Piper is BAD!" After all, if he were perfect, I wouldn't like him. Only person that can be perfect without being annoying is Jesus. Seriously, I don't see how anyone could hate Him. He rocks! To which He says, "I should, I made rocks." *falls over* He makes me laugh!

Anyway, this is probably the clearest, most beautiful telling of something we Christians call the Gospel (good news) from a modern preacher in years ever, appropriately titled "The Greatest Thing in the World". Conversely, it could also be the most offensive telling of the gospel, depending on how you look at things. Either way, anyone who is reading this, please, check it out. I would be satisfied if you just read the summary, but I suggest listening. I know some of you aren't Christians and probably don't want to be, but if you really believe what you believe, whatever that might be, one sermon by some weirdo with funny pictures isn't going to hurt you. Besides, it might help you understand why I haven't killed myself. But if not, you can at least be entertained. *pokes Piper* Weirdo.
acresofhope: (at His feet)
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be conceited. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." To the contrary, "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:9-21 ESV


I have just finished listening to a sermon from John Piper on these verses. Boy, does this hit home. Yet another ouch moment.

I don't even know how to respond to this. I have complained and, most likely, repaid evil for evil. And even now, I am tempted to excuse myself by saying not that it is not in the way that some would think I have. It really doesn't matter which way I have. I shouldn't have, plain and simple.

I want to obey this now, even if I haven't been...but where does the genuineness come from? How do I genuinely bless and not curse? I don't know how to do that! All I can do is fall on my face before God and scream, "PLEASE, TEACH ME!" and hope, with a Biblical kind of hope that is better described as expectation, for a miracle.

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