A Vision for the Generations

It started with our new/used ipod… I reset the ipod, then downloaded i-tunes, then decided to check out this thing called podcasts. I am not too old or too electronically naive to be completely in the dark regarding podcasts – but I’m only working with a nightlight’s knowledge of the whole thing!

So I went to Desiring God first for some podcasts**. In the providence of God and His sovereignty even over my podcast subscriptions, I listened to most of “Let No One Despise You for Your Youth.”, by John Piper. I think that parents, youth workers, youth, teachers, singles, anyone and everyone should click and listen/read/watch/whatever to this message. Soooo good!

From the sermon:

“One of our premises is that living for the glory of Christ is not on hold until you are eighteen or twenty-one. There is a way for six-year-olds to make much of Christ and a way for ten-year-olds to make much of Christ and a way for sixteen-year-olds to make much of Christ. And there is a way for parents and church leaders and all of us to create a matrix of relationships and teachings and expectations and blessings that awaken young people from the emptiness and aimlessness of our popular youth culture and give them a vision for Christ-exalting significance throughout their pre-teen and teen years.”

YES! I want that vision…

Here are some of the scriptures that are used throughout… (I Timothy 4:11-16 is the central scripture text for the sermon)

“Even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.” Psalm 71:18

“All that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel.” Judges 2:10

“Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me” Psalm 51:5

“Folly is bound up in the heart of a child” Proverbs 22:15

“O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds” Psalm 71:17

“You, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth” Psalm 71:5

“Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!” Psalm 25:7

“Everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” Acts 10:43

I plan to finish listening to the rest of the sermon while I do the dishes tonight.

**edit: The 2nd podcast I went to was “This American Life” with Ira Glass – in case you wanted to know.

Why I am thankful…

“God sets the lonely in families…”
Psalm 68:6a

Daniel’s walk adventure to Mt. Francisco

Halfway through the fireswamp – Daddy let Daniel know about the RUS’s. This was his response…
He was relieved to find out that they don’t exist!

but then dismayed again to learn that he needed to keep the boulders from falling down the mountain…
“How about if I make sure this tree doesn’t fall instead?” Nice try, Daniel! But Daddy had other ideas…

“but this boulder is bigger than the last boulders!!!”
“and this tree is making my neck itch!!”

“I’ll just feed this random horse…”

Morning Coffee…

“I am the LORD;
I have called you in righteousness;

I will take you by the hand and keep you;
I will give you as a covenant for the people,
a light for the nations,
to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.”

Isaiah 42:6-7

The Johnson Boys

Perfect Peace by Fanny Crosby

In perfect peace,
O gracious Lord,
No fears my heart molest,
For Thou, whose voice controls the deep,
Can soothe my care to rest.

Thy perfect peace Thou givest me,

My ever present Guide;
Thy perfect peace thou leavest me—
What can I ask beside?

In perfect peace from day to day
I learn Thy righteous will,
And with a love that questions not,
Obey and follow still.

In perfect peace the clouds I view,
The gathering storm I see,
For Thou hast taught my soul to know
It shall be well with me.

In perfect peace, O gracious Lord,
Till life’s last hour shall close,
I’ll sing Thy goodness o’er and o’er,
And on Thy love repose.

Words by Fanny Crosby (1820-1915)

Fanny Crosby, possibly the most prolific of hymn-writers, often wrote of perfect peace, perfect rest, perfect submission and perfect delight. I love that she refers to these blessings of the Father for the believer here and now as well as eternal blessings. Eliza Hewitt, also an author of many hymns, wrote the following upon the death of Fanny Crosby…

Away to the country of sunshine and song,
Our songbird has taken her flight,
And she who has sung in the darkness so long
Now sings in the beautiful light;

The harp-strings here broken are sweetly restrung
To ring in a chorus sublime;
The hymns that on earth she so trustfully sung
Keep tune with eternity’s chime!

What heart can conceive of the rapture she knows
Awakened to glories so bright,
Where radiant splendor unceasingly glows,
Where cometh no shadows of night!

Her ‘life-work is ended,’ and over the tide,
Redeemed’ in His presence to stand,
She knows her Redeemer, for her crucified,
By the print of the nails in His hand.’

Blessed Assurance’—the lamp in her soul
That made earthly midnight as naught!
A ‘New Song’ of joy shall unceasingly roll
To Him who her ransom had bought.

To ‘Rescue the Perishing,’ her greatest delight,
What bliss, in the Homeland, to meet
With those she has told of the Lord’s saving might,
Together, to bow at His feet.

Good-bye, dearest Fanny, goodbye for a while,
You walk in the shadows no more;
Around you, the sunbeams of glory will smile;
The Lamb is the Light of that Shore!

Someday we will meet in the City above;
Together, we’ll look on His face;Safe,
Safe in the Arms’ of the Jesus we love;
Together we’ll sing, ‘Saved by Grace!

Rothwell, p. 47

Morning Coffee…

“May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
may the LORD rejoice in his works,
who looks on the earth and it trembles,
who touches the mountains and they smoke!

I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
May my meditation be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the LORD.”

Psalm 104:31-34