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I act the miracle

by Jason Moore on March 2, 2011

John Piper writes,

When it comes to killing my sin I don’t wait for the miracle, I Act the Miracle.

Acting a miracle is different from working a miracle. If Jesus tells a paralyzed man to get up, and he gets up, Jesus works a miracle. But if I am the paralyzed man and Jesus tells me to get up, and I obey and get up, I act the miracle. If I am dead Lazarus and Jesus commands me to get up, and I obey, Jesus works the miracle, I act the miracle.

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What Is the Recession For?

by Jason Moore on August 30, 2010

2 Corinthians 1:1-11

This is a message about God’s purposes in the recession. Byrecession I don’t have any sophisticated definition in mind. I just mean various financial setbacks like business slowdown, decreasing profits, massive layoffs and joblessness, the bursting of the housing bubble, thousands of foreclosures, personal and business bankruptcies, bank failures, investment company collapses, the loss of retirement funds, and the social ills and unrest that go with the downturn.

God is sovereign over these things, he foresees them all, he causes or permits them all, and when he causes or permits something, he does so with purpose and design.

  • The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord. (Proverbs 16:33)
  • Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. (Proverbs 19:21)
  • The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples.” (Psalms 33:10)
  • [The Lord] declares the end from the beginning . . . saying, “My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.” (Isaiah 46:10)

So none of the recessionary events has surprised the Lord. His purposes and designs are being fulfilled according to plan. And what I want to do is draw your attention to some of those purposes. READ MORE

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The following is an edited transcript of the audio.

If at the end of your life you could say one thing to the next generation of church leaders, what might it be?

This is risky, because I know how it could be misused by people who don’t like me anyway. But I think I’m going to say to them on my death bed, “Make the Bible the supreme intellectual and emotional authority in your life, for the sake of magnifying Christ in the fullness of his person and his work, so that generation after generation preserves the foundation and the capstone of the glory of God in Christ, and the grace that is the apex of that glory.”

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Originally posted December 10, 2009  |  By: Noel Piper @ DesiringGod …All Rights remain property of them.

Advent is a time of looking back, remembering the faithful people who were waiting for the salvation God had promised, as 1 Peter 1:10-12 tells us.

Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully,inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.

Then the very next verses continue by turning our eyes forward in Advent, looking toward the return of Jesus.
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My Biggest Enemy Is Not Satan. My Biggest Enemy IS Jason Moore

December 2, 2009

Let each of us declare war on ourselves, to the Glory of our Lord. Romans 7:23 / 2 Corinthians 10:3 / James 4:1 / 1 Peter 2:11

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Another Look: God So Loved the World, Part 2

December 2, 2009

Original post + audio + video + notes, all can be found here. By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: desiringGod.org John 3:14-18 Many people are new to Bethlehem. Some simply stop by to see what’s going on. Some have little or no experience with what we mean by preaching. I think it will help […]

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Another Look: God So Loved the World, Part 1

December 1, 2009

Having read and liked what Paul wrote yesterday, I wanted to link to another fantastic sermon, via Desiringgod.org, that was given by John Piper. You can see all the original stuff here: By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: desiringGod.org John 3:9-18 We focus today, and Lord willing next week, on one of the most […]

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Scripture Verses: Committing to Memory

April 20, 2009

One of the things I have struggled with is the memorization of scripture. There are parts I have down that I can recall and even ‘sections’ I know to point to when speaking about a specific topic, but overall I am lacking in my ability to call scripture exactly when needed. If you’d like to […]

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