When you are satisfied with God’s presence and approval in your life, you will no longer obsess about what everyone else thinks about you. You can quit hiding your faults and start living with authenticity, letting people see the real you — the ‘you’ with all the faults and warts — because you no longer depend on their admiration for personal fulfillment.
It is a revolutionary, liberating truth: in Christ, you have all you need for everlasting joy. His approval and presence are all that you need for life and happiness.
He is the only One who should play the role of God in our lives. He has no equals, no partners, and doesn’t want to share the office of ‘God’ with anyone. (J. D. Greear, Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary)
by Richard Shin
Well, I’m back with another set of fantastic links. Here we go:
- In case you didn’t know, the biennial Together for the Gospel conference reconvened this past week. This year’s theme was “The Underestimated Gospel.” While I’m sure all the sermons were good, I’d like to point you particularly to Matt Chandler’s (you can find the abbreviated transcript here). It’s geared towards pastors, but I think everyone can benefit from this one (as is the case for any sermon centered around Scripture).
- Um.. this is huge. D. Martin Lloyd-Jones’ sermons are available to download for free. Right. Here. Periods. Finality. MLJ is awesome.
- Gerald Bray has a new systematic theology book out that builds upon 1 John 4:8, that God is love. Odd? Wait until you read this.
- For those that don’t know, I’m a big fan of golf. Ask me why and I’ll give you an earful. Jeremy Lin? Tim Tebow? Step aside. Bubba Watson is here. For those that don’t know, he is an outspoken Christian and recently won the most prestigious golf tournament on the PGA Tour–The Masters.
- If you’ve been on the blogosphere long enough, you are no stranger to Christian liberalism. Nathan Busenitz shares the lessons he learned from studying German liberals.
- Ray Ortlund Jr. shares an encouraging post on Psalm 31:19.
Have a great weekend, everyone.