This summer and spring there are a multitude of fantastic conferences that I’m so excited about! Even though I sadly can not attend any of them, I know that God is going to do some amazing thing through these conferences. All the conferences I want to share with you are put on by fantastic people! I have had some form of contact with at least one person running each conference. So without further ado, here are the conferences to look into:
- NEXT (formerly New Attitude): This year’s conference is on the person and work of Jesus Christ and it looks amazing! With speakers such as Joshua Harris, C.J. Mahaney, Sinclair Ferguson, D.A. Carson, and Kevin DeYoung. Worship is also lead by Bob Kauflin. If you are attending this conference you are in for a real treat! (There is also a breakout session with Carolyn McCulley on Radical Womanhood!!!)
- Do Hard Things tour: I went to this conference last year and it was great! Also for all of you that have not read Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris or haven’t checked out The Rebelution as a whole, be sure to check it out.
- Set Apart Girl: For those of you who don’t know, Leslie Ludy is one of my favorite authors and a personal hero of mine. She is doing a full blown conference this summer and it looks absolutely like the best thing out there! The material in geared towards 18+ but those girls about 15+ that are passionate about being set apart for Christ. Anyone in Colorado or that can get there should definetly go!
- Beauty From the Heart: I’ve been reading this blog for a few months and I love the message and the two teen girls behind the blog and conference! I really wanted there to be a conference close by but sadly the closest is about 1,000 miles away. If you are able to attend this conference then you need to go! (Also, Hannah Farver’s (one of the authors) brother got into a horrible ATV accident a few months ago and needs a ton of prayer. You can check out the story on the blog.)
- The Gospel Coalition: This conference is coming up next weekend I believe. With names like D.A. Carson, John Piper, Mark Driscol, and Ligon Duncan as some of the main speakers and Joshua Harris and C.J. Mahaney as two of the workshop speakers. Just some of the books that they are giving away to those attending are worth going for!
Tell me if you have any great conferences that you would like to share! Again, all of these look fantastic and I am confident in all of the people leading these to have sound Biblical doctrine and message. If you can attend any of these then you should definetely take advantage of that.
“If God were not just, there would be no demand for his Son to suffer and die. And if God were not loving there would be no willingness for his Son to suffer and Die. But God is both just and loving. Therefore his love is willing to meet the demands of his justice.” John Piper – Fifty Reasons Jesus Came to Die (p. 20)
We can not wrap our minds around God’s complete and awesome holiness. It is beyond all human knowledge and is infinitely great. To think that someone could of never done anything wrong, never had even thought a wrong thought is too much for our frail minds. Because of God’s amazing holiness, God is also a God of justice. When we do things that are contrary to God’s holiness (sin) it’s treason and because of how big and great God is we deserve to die. The issue isn’t that a sin is “small”, it’s that the one whom we commit the sin against is so huge. The slightest bad thought earns us a place on death row.
Yet God is more than only just. He is also a God of mercy and love. He desires that we have life instead of the death we deserve and to be in an intimate relationship with Him. He desires that we glorify Him like He created us to do. He is filled with steadfast love for us. The extent of God’s love is also far beyond human logic and knowledge.
Though God loves us and desires us greatly, because of His justice He can’t just ignore our sins. To do that would be against His holy and perfect nature. So God sent His son, whom He loved and was a perfect spotless lamb, to take all the wrath of God that we deserve. Jesus was God-man, the only human to not sin a single time. He was the only man to walk the earth that was good enough to be a worthy sacrifice for our sins.
So God poured out all His wrath, that which should of been ours, onto Jesus. Jesus willingly drank the cup of God wrath and died so that we could have life. What marvelous love that God has for us! What wonderful sacrifice Jesus did by taking on God’s wrath!
“Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4,5
Easter is right around the corner. The day that has been hidden by candy and fluffy bunnies still manages to shine through all of that to show the Truth, the Way, and the Light. It’s so easy to forget the reason behind the best day in history by the show that the world puts on to try to distract us. We are all busy with Easter plans, services, activities and such going on that we forget to take a deep breath, slow down, and meditate on the glory of this day where we celebrate the gospel, our salvation, and all that Christ has done for us.
Easter was when Jesus conquered death and sin. Easter was when the whole world was turned upside down. Easter is when the most miraculous event in history happened, Jesus rose from the dead. Easter was when God saved us. There has been no better day since the dawn of time than Easter.
This year I’m going to do a series of blog posts for the purpose of preparing my own heart and also help you as well. I’m also going to try to read Fifty Reasons Jesus Came to Die (also known as The Passion of Jesus Christ) by John Piper in the next two weeks so I’m sure a lot of my posts will be influenced by this book (not to mention quotes galore!). I hope you all enjoy this series and the Lord will work through them to help your hearts be ready for Easter. God bless!
For a really long time we have been hoping that our family would grow a little more. We were just far too small (in my opinion) with only three children and five people total. Well now our family is officially “hefty” as I put it. :) This last Friday we added two little boys to our family. They are being placed with us for adoption through foster care. Here is my dad’s post about this along with a John Piper clip on the theology of adoption. I can’t say too much online since it’s through foster care and for privacy purposes. But I will say that they are very cute and I am loving them so much!
So my life is very crazy right now so posting is slow. I’ve been working on a post and should have it ready in the next few days. I’ve also been finding some cool nuggets of wisdom I would like to share with you soon. Here is a quote I came across by J. Hudson Taylor (a personal hero of mine and great missionary to China) that I want to give to you to chew on. Give me your thoughts on it.
“Perhaps if there were more of that intense distress for souls that leads to tears, we should more frequently see the results we desire. Sometimes it may be that while we are complaining of the hardness of the hearts of those we are seeking to benefit, the hardness of our own hearts and our feeble apprehension of the solemn reality of eternal things may be the true cause of our want of success.”
Well I was very blessed to have the privilege to be able to attend the 2008 Desiring God Conference in Minneapolis Minnesota. Though we weren’t able to stay for Saturday night and Sunday morning because of having to get back for church, it was still a great time. When I heard the theme of the conference I wanted to go so bad, since it is “The Power of Words and the Wonder of God”, perfect for an aspiring writer and a thriving talker. By some really cool events that were obviously “God things” in my mind, I was able to go, along with both my parents.
All the sessions are available for downloading/streaming here. The speakers were Sinclair Ferguson, Bob Kauflin, Mark Driscoll, Daniel Taylor, Paul Tripp, and John Piper (the last two I missed). They were all amazing, spirit-filled, convicting messages, and I think that you can all benefit greatly from the sessions. The first one by Sinclair Ferguson about bridling the tongue was especially convicting, also Driscoll’s had a few things that really convicted me as well. Like always Driscoll kept me laughing the entire time, I especially liked the blogger jokes.
I got to see a few people that I had met volunteering for the Do Hard Things conference in June. I also had the extreme privilege of meeting Kaysie, from Alabaster Box and Cross Eyed, in person. We didn’t get to spend much time together but just being able to meet each other was great. I also met another blogger on Friday named Andrew. He was sitting in the row in front of me and I noticed his live blogging on his laptop at the first session so I talked to him after. His blog is The Core. Check it out, it is very good.
It was an amazing conference and a true blessing. The worship was also just amazing! There is something about worshiping with 3,000+ other believers that just amazes me. It makes me think of heaven and worshiping in the direct presence of God with every believer ever to live will be wonderful! I can’t wait! For now though, being able to go to conferences like Desiring God, that has such passionate worship with so many people is a great blessing.
I hope you guys check out all the audio and video recordings and are blessed by them. Let me know what you think, especially all you bloggers that are brave enough to listen to Driscoll! God bless you all and I am praying for you!