Hey Church,

I’m still enjoying thinking about this past weekend’s baptism service. There was just so much to love about it!

First of all, we had about 20 people come out for the work day on Saturday. We got a lot of great work done. Had some great discipleship happening as folks rubbed shoulders together and the place looked as immaculate as a Disney theme park when they were done!!!

Then, the actual service – It’s amazing how much energy 200 students can bring to anything they are a part of! I loved walking down toward the crowd right before the service began and seeing the kids do the wave around the seating area!!!! I loved the prayer time for CEF. Loved hearing Greg share the gospel so effortlessly and clearly. Loved the encouragements and the testimonies. I loved getting to baptize my son (a life memory for sure)!! I loved Scott’s “last call for baptism” and having that kid jump over the chairs only to have his dad following him into the baptism tank!!!! (I still get chocked up just writing about it)

But it’s time to begin to think about this week’s services. We are going to conclude John chapter 9 this week. In order to refresh our minds and think again about our first message in this chapter I want to share an article written by John Piper in 2006 when he was first diagnosed with prostate cancer. He entitled it, “Don’t Waste Your Cancer.” In the article, Piper discusses ten ways not to ‘waste your cancer’ or any other hardship you might find yourself in. I’ve listed the ten points below.

To read the whole article click here.

  1. You will waste your cancer if you do not believe it is designed for you by God.
2. You will waste your cancer if you believe it is a curse and not a gift.

3. You will waste your cancer if you seek comfort from your odds rather than from God.

4. You will waste your cancer if you refuse to think about death.

5. You will waste your cancer if you think that “beating” cancer means staying alive rather than cherishing Christ.

6. You will waste your cancer if you spend too much time reading about cancer and not enough time reading about God.

7. You will waste your cancer if you let it drive you into solitude instead of deepen your relationships with manifest affection.

8. You will waste your cancer if you grieve as those who have no hope.

9. You will waste your cancer if you treat sin as casually as before.

10. You will waste your cancer if you fail to use it as a means of witness to the truth and glory of Christ.


Special thanks to Joe “our favorite attorney” C. for sending me Piper’s article.

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