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Providence

Providence is a great theological word and sometimes forgotten.  It reminds us of God's intervention in the world.  Put simply, it is the divine guidance or care displayed by the Almighty God.  We see clearly that there is a amazing narrative unfolding throughout the pages of Scripture.  It is true that God's plan for the world and every soul that he has created is guided by his will, or providence. You will be blessed to read the following blog entry by Kevin DeYoung that outlines God's providence in the Old Testament.

Providence in the Old Testament

 

You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;  none can compare with you!  I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told (Psalm 40:5).

Reading the Bible in 2013

Happy New Year! I hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to a New Year as we see God's grace unfold in new ways in our lives.  I've read different Bible reading plans over the years but am really excited about this year's plan.  It leaves room for grace while also incorporating discipline along the way.  Check it out and see.

Bible Reading Plan 

I'm looking forward to reading the entire Bible in 2013.  Who would like to join me?  There are at least two of us are eager and ready.  You can join in today.  After all, it's only January 2nd.

Also, here is just a fun video of a 4 year old reciting all 66 books of the Bible.  Enjoy :)

The Books of the Bible 

Consider it Joy

John Piper has preached his last sermon as the Pastor for Preaching and Vision for Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis.  His impact on my life and on many others is hard to estimate.  He has pointed me to the Cross repeatedly and continually helps me not to boast in anything that man can give but in only what God gives. He has preached tirelessly so that the gospel would be proclaimed in such a way whereby Jesus was exalted.  Here are a few timely notes from his last sermon.

"What the world needs from the church, from Bethlehem, from you, is your invincible joy in the midst of suffering and sorrow."… "I think Jesus was the happiest man who ever lived. And oh how sorrowful. A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief." … "Christ is more precious than sleep, health, money, and life. Wouldn't you want a Christ that precious?" … "It is no accident the greatest chapter in the Bible, Romans 8, ends with Paul doing everything in his truth-laden power to help our joy be indomitable in suffering." … "For the next 32 years, Bethlehem, let the world see your indomitable joy in Jesus, in sorrow."

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Honestly, today has been a struggle for me.  It's been a battle against my sinful nature and my desire to only gratify my flesh.  But the amazing truths of the gospel keep silencing my fears and lifting me up out of despair and into devotion to my LORD and SAVIOR!

Look to Christ!  Rejoice in Him today!