Saturday

Still Saturday::we know better...

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Most of us have grown up thinking that being loved means being made much of.

Our whole world seems to be built on this assumption. If I love you, I make much of you. I help you feel good about yourself. It is as though a sight of the self is the secret of joy.

But we know better.

Our happiest moments have not been self-saturated moments, but self-forgetful moments.

Paradise will not be a hall of mirrors. It will be a display of majesty. And it won't be ours.

Love is the labor--whatever the cost--of helping people be enthralled with what will satisfy them most, namely, Jesus Christ.
John Piper,  The Passion of Jesus Christ p.117

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{Between February 12th and April 16th (the Wednesday before Easter), I am reading and discussing John Piper's The Passion of Jesus Christ - Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die with a group of friends. From now through Easter, my Still Saturday quotes and I {LOVE} Sunday scriptures will come from my readings in this book by Piper, and the photos might simply be a few favorites from those I've taken during the week.}

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Sandra Heska King - Still Saturday

Sunday

I {LOVE} Sunday::to know the power of God...

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The word of the cross is folly
to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved
it is the power of God.

I Corinthians1.18

I am not ashamed of the gospel,
for it is the power of God for salvation
to everyone who believes...

Romans 1.16
Between February 12th and April 16th (the Wednesday before Easter), I am reading and discussing John Piper's The Passion of Jesus Christ - Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die with a group of friends. From now through Easter, my Still Saturday quotes and I {LOVE} Sunday scriptures will come from my readings in this book by Piper, and the photos* might simply be a few favorites from those I've taken during the week.

Saturday

Still Saturday: death to the timid and dull...

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When Christ died for sins, he took from the devil his one lethal weapon: unforgiven sin.  
Freedom from fear was the aim of Christ in doing this. By dying he delivered "all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery" (Hebrews 2.14)

The fear of death enslaves. It makes us timid and dull. Jesus died to set us free. When the fear of death is destroyed by an act of self-sacrificing love, the bondage to boring, bigheaded self-preservation is broken. 
We are freed to love like Christ, even at the cost of our lives. 
John Piper,  The Passion of Jesus Christ p.97
{Between February 12th and April 16th (the Wednesday before Easter), I am reading and discussing John Piper's The Passion of Jesus Christ - Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die with a group of friends. From now through Easter, my Still Saturday quotes and I {LOVE} Sunday scriptures will come from my readings in this book by Piper, and the photos might simply be a few favorites from those I've taken during the week.}

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Sandra Heska King - Still Saturday

Monday

And the winner is...

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Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated.
 ~Deuteronomy 34:7
We read through the story of Moses in lifegroup and the lie the enemy keeps pestering me to believe - that I'm too old for this and that - is exposed once again. When God showed Moses the promised land from the top of Mt. Nebo just before he died, Moses was 120 years old.  

Now, clearly, I'm no prophet. My opthamologist tells me I'm already in need of cataract surgery {not good news for a "wannabe psalmist with a camera"}, and one look at my arthritic hands and the scars down the tops of both knees testify to my lack of vigor unabated. It's highly unlikely I'll live another 60 years, but that's not the point. 

As my lifegroup friend says, our sight may be dimmed and strength diminished, but God will let us see what he wants us to see and do what he wants us to do

In other words, I'll never be too old for God's pre-approved plans for my life. 

The lies the enemy throws our way - lies that feed off insecurity and perfectionism - turn our gaze inward and off the face of Christ, but they are always exposed by the truth God reveals in his word. 

In Love Idol - letting go of your need for approval and seeing yourself through God's eyes, Jennifer Lee weaves the encouraging story of her journey through perfectionism and people-pleasing with the truth she encountered in God's word and the freedom out of that approval-seeking "love idol" that she realized in knowing that in Christ she is pre-approved - and God's approval is all that truly matters. 

I'm thrilled to announce that the winner of a copy of Jennifer Lee's Love Idol is Lynn Mosher {Lynn, please email me your mailing address}. It breaks my heart that I don't have a copy for everyone who entered. I hope you'll consider purchasing a copy or borrowing one from a friend. {If you entered the giveaway and honestly don't have the resources to buy a copy for yourself, please send me an email and I'll see what I can do to find a copy for you}. 

Sunday

I {LOVE} Sunday::to remember: It's no longer I who live...

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I have been crucified with Christ.
It is no longer I who live,
but Christ who lives in me.
And the life I now live in the flesh
I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me
and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2.20
Between February 12th and April 16th (the Wednesday before Easter), I am reading and discussing John Piper's The Passion of Jesus Christ - Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die with a group of friends. During this time, my Still Saturday quotes and I {LOVE} Sunday scriptures will come from my readings in this book by Piper, and the photos* might simply be a few favorites from those I've taken during the week.