God is Love

I’m serious when I say this, but I really think these two messages changed the course of my life…

Jesus Christ & the Rescue of Joy (Part 1) – Why God is not a megalomaniac

Jesus Christ & the Rescue of Joy (Part 2) – Why pursuing God as our ultimate joy is not selfish

John Piper came to Park Street Church in Boston on April 19th, 2009 and I walked out with a whole new paradigm on life.

My Conviction in a Nutshell

Preposition #1: God is the ultimate good or else He would not be God. Then our joy is most complete in Him, because He is the ultimate good.

Preposition #2: Love is only true when you are looking out for the best interests of the other person. Therefore, for God to glorify and magnify Himself, it is not megalomania, because He’s simply loving us in working all things for His glory.

Conclusion: For God to reveal more of Himself to us and point our joys in His direction, is the ULTIMATE expression of love. And when we pursue God in this way, there is no greater calling and act of service then to allow for others to see the glories of God.

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Can Evil Be Ultimately Good?

“If you could taste the omelet you would know why the eggs needed breaking” Anonymous

In other words, evil has a glorious end that results ultimately in God’s supreme glory. It’s hard to swallow when we’re caught in the middle of fire, but when we can grasp the powerful truth of a sovereign and good God, then I think we can move to worship in the midst of evil.

I highly recommend this sermon series to you, if you haven’t heard of it already. John Piper’s Spectacular Sins & Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ.

or get this book!