John Piper’s Advent Devotional Guide

The other day, I found out that the fine folks at Desiring God with whom I had the pleasure of working this summer have released a free e-book of John Piper writings that have been organized in the form of an Advent devotional guide for 2012 called Good News of Great Joy.  Check it out today and download it for free onto basically any electronic reading device!  I’m sure it’ll be great.

In addition to that Advent devotional guide, Desiring God released some time ago an app called “Solid Joys” which is similar to this compilation of Piper texts geared for Advent, but that has been written for all 365 days of the year.  You can download it here.

It’s a really neat app that has truly spoken encouraging and convicting words into my heart at just the right time, and I am thankful for this free resource the men and women at Desiring God have so graciously given to the body of Christ (or at least those who own a device that can use such an app).  This app is going to be working on conjunction with the Advent devotional Good News of Great Joy for the Advent season, so I encourage you to work through it with a small group or some family members this Christmas season as a means of keeping Christ at the center of this celebratory season.

Again, remember my Advent blog will be starting on Sunday, so keep your eyes peeled for that!  Have a wonderful day!

-Chris

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Together for the Gospel Live II

In April I had the opportunity to attend a conference in Lousiville, KY called “Together for the Gospel.”  There were about 7,000 men (and women) in attendance at this pastors’ conference, and we were led by Bob Kauflin in worship through song.

Bob Kauflin and our wonderful brothers and sisters at Sovereign Grace Music have released an album I have been looking forward to for some time now, a live worship album with Bob on the piano and his voice leading all 7,000+ of us in worship to some awesome hymns of the Church.  This is the first time I had ever experienced the leadership of Bob Kauflin and he is truly a gift to the body of Christ.  I love the joy he shows in his singing and leadership in worship.  I couldn’t help but be filled with joy simply because of the joy that flowed out of his full heart.

I encourage you to buy the album for yourself, or as a gift for someone this Christmas; it is truly a blessing.  I love worshipping in my car with 7,000 voices in chorus with me.  Check it out!

-Chris

P.S. There was a mic awfully near my face as we were singing, so I apologize if you happen to hear my voice in there.  :D

Announcing: Advent Devotional 2012

Good morning friends!  I hope you all enjoyed the time you were able to spend with friends and family last week for Thanksgiving and other related festivities.  Hopefully you’ve gotten back into the swing of things, and for you students reading this, hopefully you’re able to persevere until the end of the semester–it’s not too far off!

Well, I decided when I was home for Thanksgiving break that every day from December 2 to December 25, I wanted to post a piece of Scripture and a brief word on its significance in relationship to the birth of the Messiah, which we celebrate on Christmas Day, December 25.  I have always loved short devotionals such as this, so I want to do the best with the skills God has given me and write a bit of my own Advent Devotional.

The Scriptures I will be posting are certainly inspired by the Holy Spirit, but neither the order I post them in nor the brief reflection that follows the Scripture are inspired.  I just want to take some time every day and give you the opportunity among your shopping or studying to stop and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas throughout this advent season.  Know that I also may post some videos of my favorite Christmas songs throughout the month as well.

I leave you with the poignant Linus and his message that I so dearly cherish:

Thanks, and have a great Christmas season.  For unto us a child is born!

-Chris