Great Expectations

My name is Mark Smith. I'm a guy who loves Jesus, His Word, and His Church. I am filled with Great Expectations for what the future will ultimately bring - Matthew 24:14.

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My favourite verse is Psalm 16:11, my other favourite verse is Acts 20:24, my other favourite verse is Habakkuk 3:17-19, and my other favourite verse is Matthew 24:14.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

A Hunger For God

A Hunger For God by John Piper

I read this book a while back wanted to just put a few quotes up here from it for anyone to read, because like he says on page 183, "Sometimes a passing comment can have as much impact on us as a whole chapter or book."

Read slowly.

"The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but he prime-time dribble of triviality we drink every night. For all the ill that Satan can do, when God describes what keeps us from the banquet table of his love, it is a piece of land, a yoke of oxen, and a wife (Luke 14:18-20). The greatest adversary of love to God is not his enemies but his gifts. And the most deadly appetites are not for the poison of evil, but for the simple pleasures of either. For when these replace an appetite for God himself, the idolatry is scarcely recognizable, and almost incurable." – Page 14

"Fasting reveals the measure of food's mastery over us – or television or computers [which are other things to possibly fast from] or whatever we submit to again and again to conceal the weakness of our hunger for God." Page 20

"Spontaneously we take risks and don't worry that the long-term effects may be small. Love does not calculate that way. The Good Samaritan did not say, "One interrupted day will make very little difference to the problem of chronic violence in this region." He saw this one need and did something." – Page 144.


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