Good News of Great Joy

With December just days away, here are two helpful ways you could prepare for the most significant birth in history.

John Piper has released a new revised version of his daily readings for advent, Good News of Great Joy which can be downloaded in a multitude of ebook formats for free.  You can even can purchase a paperback version from amazon.co.uk for a small price, should you require.

Alternatively you can download Doug Wilson’s God Rest Ye Merry: Why Christmas is the Foundation of Everything from amazon for slightly less than it would cost you to watch Netflix for the month.  And you know which one is more likely to help fill your heart with joy at the Word made flesh.

Free ebook of readings for Advent

John Piper has a new ebook, Good News of great Joy, available over here which is full of devotional readings to take you through advent.

Over the next few weeks there will be all kinds of preparations being made for Christmas, but what about preparing our hearts to celebrate God’s Son taking on flesh and becoming a man.

I’m sure  making use of the Bible readings along with Piper’s comments would be a great way of spending some time each day over the next month.

The book is available in various formats and it’s free.  What’s not to like?

 

iPiper daily – Solid Joys

Desiring God ministries have just launched their latest app for iPhone and iPad users. It’s a daily Bible devotional with reflections from John Piper’s ministry, entitled Solid Joys and you can get hold of it here or by searching for it in the App Store.

And apparently there’s an Android version coming soon.

An evening of eschatology

Tonight at church, we are having a question and answers session on the first half of the book of Revelation, which we’ve been studying on Sunday mornings and at home groups during previous months.

There are some good questions and I’m hoping this will be a helpful evening.  Studying Revelation can leave us somewhat confused and yet we’re told

Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near – Revelation 1:3

The video above shows how Evangelical Christians with differing views on how to interpret much of the Book of Revelation, can maturely discuss their differences.  It’s two hours long but honestly it’s better than an Agatha Christie Miss Marple – and you don’t have to sit through adverts!

What is man’s primary purpose?

At church last night we began looking at the Westminster Shorter Catechism, a series of questions with answers focusing on the Christian faith which were completed in 1647.

If you want to look at / print off the 107 questions of the catechism for yourself you can find the original version here, and if you are really cool you’ll find an updated English version here.

The first question and answer of the catechism is also without doubt the most well know

Question: What is the chief end of man? (What is man’s primary purpose?)

Answer: Man’s primary purpose is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.  

And as John Piper has helpfully stated,