Watch & Listen

There are a couple of things which recently came to my attention that are well worth watching and listening to.

Damascus Count DownThe first, is about a fourteen minute interview with Joel Rosenberg regarding his newest book entitled, ‘Damascus Count Down’.  Even though the book is fiction, Rosenberg has been well known for a strong prophetic element in his writing.  It seems that ‘Damascus Count Down’, his third and last in the series, is no exception.  The conversation between Joel and Pat Robertson is very interesting, informative, and thought provoking.  Check it out here; Joel Rosenberg Interview

Truth for LifeAlso, I recently listened to a great message by Alistair Begg on the importance of being encouragers.  It is the second part of a two-part message about Barnabas whose name means ‘Son of Encouragement’.  I was encouraged and challenged by what Begg had to say and think it is an excellent message exhorting us to look for ways that we can encourage others…thereby pointing them to Jesus.  Check it out here; Son of Encouragement, Part B

Hope you enjoy them!

“How do you make it stop?”

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“Every age has its own characteristics. Right now we are in an age of religious complexity. The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found among us. In its stead are programs, methods, organizations and a world of nervous activities which occupy time and attention but can never satisfy the longing of the heart. The shallowness of our inner experience, the hollowness of our worship, and that servile imitation of the world which marks our promotional methods all testify that we, in this day, know God only imperfectly, and the peace of God scarcely at all.”

As I read these words, they resonated in my heart. I couldn’t agree more. The big question for me is, “How do you make it stop?” Life has become a fast paced machine that never seems to stand still. It seems that gone are the days of quietly reading a book, or taking a leisurely walk, or any number of things which would serve to still our hearts thereby making them more supple towards God. Sadly, this attitude and fast paced frenzy has seeped into the church.

I love how accurately Tozer describes it as ‘a world of nervous activities’. It is a perfect description and unfortunately I find this often to be the case in my own life. Getting things turned around can seem as difficult as turning a mighty steamship around. And yet, when you think about how monumental a feat that might be, you realize that it is only a small rudder (relatively speaking) that gets the job done.

And so, “How do you make it stop?” For me, just get started, taking a few minutes at a time to simply be still and reflect on glorious majesty of God, and the reality that ‘He waits to be wanted’. Let us not leave Him waiting long. The sooner we want Him, the sooner we will experience His glory.

The Glorious Pursuit

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“The moment the Spirit has quickened us to life in regeneration our whole being senses its kinship to God and leaps up in joyous recognition. That is the heavenly birth without which we cannot see the Kingdom of God. It is, however, not an end but an inception, for now begins the glorious pursuit, the heart’s happy exploration of the infinite riches of the Godhead.”

How tragic it is if we think that being born again is the beginning and end of our pursuit of God. Tozer reminds us that it is just the beginning! Over the years, I have lost sight of this truth and defaulted to man’s definition of what it means to know God. The result has been that I have robbed myself of the precious time of actually sitting at His feet and getting to know Him.

How does this happen? For me, it is making it a priority, every day, to sit before Him. It is a priority that must take precedence over everything else I do. To ‘be still’ as it says in Psalm 46:10, to sit still, in order that I might know that He is God, that He loves me, and that He desires to spend time with me. I am renewed in my desire to put aside pre-conceived ideas of what it means to have a ‘quiet time’, or a ‘devotional’, or a ‘prayer time’, and just spend time conversing with my Lord.

Lord, help us to quiet our hearts before you each day…long enough to hear your sill voice speaking words of love, encouragement and correction to our souls.