Friday, January 06, 2006

Piper

As you know this site expresses much of what has been influenced in my thinking by John Piper. Justin Taylor posts a letter informing us that John Piper has prostate cancer.
"This news has, of course, been good for me. The most dangerous thing in the world is the sin of self-reliance and the stupor of worldliness. The news of cancer has a wonderfully blasting effect on both. I thank God for that. The times with Christ in these days have been unusually sweet."

"God has designed this trial for my good and for your good. You can see this in 2 Corinthians 1:9, “Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” And in 2 Corinthians 1:4-6, “He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God . . . If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation.”
Piper has taught much on suffering in a life that has not been free of it. Now the trial is more acute. Justin Taylor simply asks that we, Pray for Piper. Cancer affects many, and Christians and our leaders are not immune. The prognosis seems good in this case which is encouraging. Nonetheless death is ahead of everyone - but in Christ death has lost its sting!

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