A Major Problem for American Christians

Great Quotes from Weekend Reading

The Roots of Endurance“The twenty-first century has begun with the shattering realization that there is no safe place on earth. Slowly, perhaps, many are wakening to the biblical view that ‘here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come’ (Hebrews 13:14); that this world does not offer a ‘kingdom that cannot be shaken’ (Hebrews 12:28); that we are ‘sojourners and exiles’ (1 Peter 2:11); that we should ‘not be surprised at the fiery trial . . . as though something strange were happening to’ us (1 Peter 4:12); . . .”

The Biblical Roots of Endurance,
p. 17, John Piper.

“I have found myself in conversation with Christians for whom it is simply a given that you do not put yourself or your family at risk. The commitment to safety and comfort is an unquestioned absolute. The demands of being a Christian in the twenty-first century will probably prove to be a rude awakening for such folks. Since we have not embraced the Calvary road voluntarily, God may simply catapult us onto it as he did the home-loving saints in Acts 11:19: ‘Those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word.”

The Biblical Roots of Endurance,
p. 18, John Piper

“One way or the other, Christ will bring his church to realize that ‘in the world you will have tribulation’ (John 16:33); that ‘all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted’ (2 Timothy 3:12); that we are called ‘to share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God’ (2 Timothy 1:8); that ‘we . . . groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies’ (Romans 8:23); that “whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for [Christ’s] sake and the gospel’s will save it’ (Mark 8:35); and that ‘through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God’ (Acts 14:22).”

The Biblical Roots of Endurance,
p. 19, John Piper

If I had read this book before I published my last book, I think I would have included every one of these quotes from John Piper. Oh how my heart longs for every Christian in America, from me to the oldest and youngest Christ followers in the nation, to recognize and live out these truths. May God raise up a new generation of cross-bearing followers of the Savior.

It’s why I wrote the booklet, Settlers or  Sojourners?  It’s available now from Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle format


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