Thursday, June 28, 2007

All Piper Books $5 Today

What are you doing here!? You should be spending your entire day trying to get on and buying as many Piper books as possible. And I am not joking...You probably will have to try all day. Good luck.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Confessions of a Lazy Husband

It is amazing how quickly we can go from 'super-husband' (atleast in our own mind) to 'stereo-typical, lazy husband.' We go from stopping to pick up flowers on the way home from work to stopping on the couch when we get home from work. I know some would say, "That's what happens over time; you get used to eachother and that is not a bad thing." I would have to radically disagree with that! I hope I never get used to my wife; I hope and pray that I would follow God's design for marriage as seen in Song of Solomon - a growing infatuation with the pure beauty of my amazing wife which drives me to study her more and more so that I can please her exponentially with the love and romance that I lavish on her.

However, I confess that this has not been the case for me over the last few months. I have stooped into lazy, romanceless husband mode. What a drag! Not only have I been robbing Elizabeth from the joys of romance and adventure, but I have been robbing myself of the unspeakable joy that comes with passionately loving my wife as I see her excitement, love, and passion for me grow. Oh how true it is when Paul wrote to the Ephesians, "He who loves his wife loves himself" (Eph. 5:28).

If you have stooped into this joyless slump, I want to make two recommendations to you. First, read Song of Solomon. Second, pick up the book, Sex, Romance and the Glory of God, by C.J. Mahaney.

Well, I'm off to a great little pastry shop here in town called "Sweet Dreams" to get Elizabeth one of their delicious cup cakes - she is going to love it!

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

What if Jesus Came Back in the Summer?

What if Jesus came back in the summer? Would you be ready? Or, would he come back to find you on spiritual cruise control - taking it easy over the summer.At this time of year school is out and many businesses slow down a little, thus giving many of us a chance to take a breather or slow down ourselves. This can be a very good thing but unfortunately this attitude usually seeps into our spiritual lives as well. One only needs to walk into a church in the middle of July and return at the beginning of October to see the results. At the beginning of October one could see nearly twice as many people in the same church that they visited in July. Now, I am not saying that we should not take advantage of the summer months to travel and see family, but I am saying that often times our spiritual tempreature can be seen in our committment to worship and fellowship with those who God has brought us together with in our local church.

Clearly many of us take vacations in the summer, unfortuneately many of us take vacations from our walk with Christ. This is not how God intended our relationship with him to be. He intends that our faith should be intertwined into every aspect of our lives, all of the time. There are no breaks, there are no compartments, there is just one life that is completely swollowed up by our relationship with God. This wholistic relationship with God is summed up nicely for us in Deuteronomy,
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates" (Deut. 6:4-9).

Are you on a spiritual vacation or were you planning on taking one this summer? I hope this will change your mind.