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Good News of Great Joy by John Piper December 15, 2021

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Come, let us adore him. This beloved Advent refrain captures the heart of the season. Advent is for adoring Jesus. It is a season of preparation to ready our hearts for the glory of Christmas Day as we celebrate the coming of the eternal God in our frail humanity. These twenty-five short devotional readings from John Piper aim to help you keep Christ at the center of the Advent season.

My thoughts:

This is a great way to focus your heart and mind during the advent season. Each day you will read scripture and a brief reflection from John about the scripture.

If you are looking for something to get you focused on what Christmas is really all about and many different perspectives I highly recommend you add this to your Christmas traditions.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

 

Providence by John Piper January 13, 2021

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New from Best-Selling Author John Piper

The providence of God is his purposeful sovereignty by which he will be completely successful in the achievement of his ultimate goal for the universe. God’s providence carries his plans into action, guides all things toward his ultimate goal, and leads to the final consummation. Pastor and author John Piper draws on a lifetime of theological reflection, biblical study, and practical ministry to lead readers on a stunning tour of the sightings of God’s providence—from Genesis to Revelation—to discover the all-encompassing reality of God’s purposeful sovereignty over all of creation and all of history. Exploring the goal, nature, and extent of God’s purposes for the world, Piper offers an invitation to know the God who holds all things in his hands yet remains intimately involved in the lives of his people.

My thoughts:

This is a meaty book, meaning it is extremlly long but John writes in such an engaging way that I didn’t mind plowing through and reading his insights.

So much good stuff in here and a wonderful reminder of God’s providence. I highlighted so many thoughts but honestly I can’t share them all, that would be its own book.

One thing I remember reading that really stuck with me due to our current political climate, no matter what side you voted for, is that God puts kings on thrones and removes them. I think we can apply that to presidents as well. God is in control and His providence will prevail whether we like the outcome or not. It’s all about His glory, not man’s.

If you are looking for a deeper insight into God’s providence I highly recommend this book. It is worth the time it will take to get through.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

 

Coronavirus and Christ by John Piper June 12, 2020

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What is God doing through the coronavirus?

On January 11, 2020, a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) reportedly claimed its first victim in the Wuhan province of China. By March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization had declared a global pandemic. In the midst of this fear and uncertainty, it is natural to wonder what God is doing.

In Coronavirus and Christ, John Piper invites readers around the world to stand on the solid Rock, who is Jesus Christ, in whom our souls can be sustained by the sovereign God who ordains, governs, and reigns over all things to accomplish his wise and good purposes for those who trust in him. What is God doing through the coronavirus? Piper offers six biblical answers to that question, showing us that God is at work in this moment in history.

My thoughts:

John Piper is a solid thinker. I don’t think I have read anything by him before but I will be in the future. I appreciate his thoughts and he has challenged me in ways I didn’t know I needed to be challenged.

I have always struggled with people saying God didn’t allow something to happen, but I have agreed with that. Yet, if we say God didn’t allow something bad to happen then we must believe God isn’t all powerful. If he is all powerful then he did allow it. So which is it? I believe he is all powerful and he did allow the Coronavirus to happen. I might not have said that before reading this book but I do now.

I highlighted a lot from this book but this is the paragraph that really got me thinking: “The coronavirus was sent, therefore, by God. This is not a season for sentimental views of God. It is a bitter season. And God ordained it. God governs it. He will end it. No part of it is outside his sway. Life and death are in his hand.”

Wow, this blew my mind and made me see the error of my thinking. I was making God small, not sovereign. But he is big and in control of everything. What kind of God would he be if he wasn’t over all things?

One more paragraph I just need to share: “Why should I received the new of God’s sovereignty over the coronavirus, and over my life, as a sweet teaching? The secret, I said, is knowing that the same sovereignty that could stop the coronavirus, yet doesn’t, is the very sovereignty that sustains the soul in it.”

Oh, one more thing that he talked about was the very verse that represents my blog. I have been misquoting it for years. Genesis 50:20 doesn’t say God will USE it (the bad or evil thing) for good, it says he MEANT it for good. That means he allowed it and is meaning it for good in our lives. The only translation that used the word “used” is the Message and I don’t rely on that as a sound source of the Word.

This is a quick read. You could probably read it on one setting if you wanted to to. Highly recommend of a fresh look at how God is working through this virus that has changed our world.

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The Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper December 22, 2017

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The Christmas season is often one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year, and it’s easy to lose sight of what makes it special. Helping us refocus on what’s truly important, well-known pastor and author John Piper leads readers through twenty-five short meditations on Advent. The devotionals—drawn from Piper’s extensive preaching and teaching ministry—lead readers to ponder afresh the birth of Jesus, Israel’s long-awaited Messiah and the Savior of the world. Reflecting on several Scriptural texts, this accessible volume aims to direct individuals, families, and churches to the most glorious dawning of indestructible joy the world has ever seen: the incarnation of the Son of God.

My thoughts:

I needed a reset on my Christmas spirit this year so when I saw this book up for review I knew I wanted to read it. I have highlighted so much.

I have shared before that I have been struggling with joy recently so the title of this book alone was enough to draw me in. I know God’s joy is indestructible but I needed to really get it. Reading this small chapters everyday this month has helped.

John talks about when Peter writes to be awakened or stirred up: “is to feel some measure of the joy God intends for Christmas to bring. “Behold, I bring you good news of great joy” (Luke 2:10). Not small joy. Not modest joy. But “great joy.” If we don’t feel this when we ponder the incarnation of the Son of God, we need awakening.” We need to be “stirred up.””

And those words are only the beginning. There is so much more good stuff in this book. I know it’s a little late to dive into this book now but you could always grab it for next year and get stirred up. Or honestly, why not read it anytime of year, we always need to be reminded of the greatest gift of all, don’t we?

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Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.