A Pastor’s words of hope for a baby born blind

(via)DesiringGod.org  Words of Hope for a Baby Born Blind.

More than fifteen years ago Pastor John Piper got the call that a family in his church had given birth to a baby who was blind. Pastor John Piper wrote this letter to the family:

Dear John and Diane,

Last night, as I prayed with Noel, you were heavy on my mind. I said, “Lord, O Lord, please let me be a pastor who preaches and leads and loves in a way that makes the impossibilities of life possible for your people by a miracle of sustaining grace. Help me to know the weight and pain of this life and not to be breezy when the mountains have fallen into the sea. Help me to have the aroma of Christ’s sufferings about me. Prevent shallowness and callousness to pain. O Lord make me and my people a burden bearing people.”

O John and Diane, I am so heavy with your child’s sightlessness! God is visiting Bethlehem with such pain these days in the birth of broken children. Randy and Ann Erickson with their baby’s broken heart; Jan and Rob Barrett with their baby’s liver outside the body; and your precious little one! Is the Lord saying, “I have a gift for your community”? This is not one or two or three couples’ burden. This is a gift and call to the whole church. This is a word concerning the brokenness of this fallen age of futility. This is an invitation for you all to believe that “here we have no lasting city” (Hebrews 13:14). This is an invitation for you to “count every gain as loss for the sake of Christ” (Philippians 3:7). This is a shocking test to see if you will “loose heart” when in fact God’s purpose is to show that his grace is sufficient to renew our inner person every day to deal with the “slight momentary affliction which is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18). Clcik to read more, including the father’s thoughtful response today (fifteen years later).

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Does God exist? Biola University hosts Christopher Hitchens and William Lane Craig

This is the video of the debate that took place at Biola University on April 4,2009. Introduction and hosting by Craig J. Hazen, Director of Christian Apologetics at Biola University. Moderator – Law Professor and Broadcast Journalist Hugh Hewitt.

Conferinta Peniel 2011 Oradea – Samuel Tutac (mesaj despre Duhul Sfint)

de la AlfaOmegaTV. AlfaOmega Tv a postat acest video astazi cu predica Pastorului Samuel Tutac, Biserica Baptista Betel, Tmisioara, predica  este preluata de la filmarile facute la conferinta Peniel in Oradea in Aprilie 2011. Pastorul Samuel Tutac predica despre lucrarea Duhului Sfint, din punctul lui de vedere (ca Pastor Baptist).

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