Monday, March 30, 2009

A word for us all

J. I. Packer is one of the men that has been instrumental in my understanding and love of our Savior. His books Knowing God and Praying fall into my top ten books to recommend while a couple of lesser known titles like A Grief Sanctified and Praying the Lord's Prayer are so short and so great on specific topics. If you get a chance to read him or hear him, you'll be blessed and served on how to consider Christ and Him crucified.

He's 83 now and still the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He served as Executive Editor of Christianity Today as well as serving as the General Editor of the ESV Study Bible which you already know I love so much from previous posts like this one.

I say all that to set up this little gem of a video...just three and half minutes of Packer looking into the lens and talking to someone who's a new believer in Jesus Christ. Join me under the conviction of running hard to return to that first blush of love so that we don't stand with those at Ephesus. These things he speaks of should be firmly rooted in most of us who are reading this...and therefore bearing fruit for those new believers God is giving birth to all around us. Where we're lacking, let's take off running with perseverance this race He's marked out for us. And if you've got some people around you who are new to this, here's some basics they'll need to run well alongside you. Get this to them and tell them it's their welcome from one of the giants of the faith.

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