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Blessed Be the Name of the Lord

Romans 12:15 – “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” Today my heart is filled with a mixture of emotions; that’s the life of a Christian. I rejoice with John Thomas, and Temple as he preaches tomorrow in view of a call as our East Campus Pastor. Many of you have rejoiced with Kimberly and I over these four kids we are trying to adopt. I rejoice with Kimberly as she celebrates her wonderful dad’s birthday today.

But I weep with others who weep today. My sister reported that her neighbor comitted suicide a few days ago; a 16 year old college baseball prospect was killed by a wildpitch; and many that I will not name continue to grieve over the passing of loved ones.

The book of Job offers hope to suffering saints. And John Piper’s illustrated book has been re-released. Few people know about this book; it is not his most popular; but it is my favorite of Piper’s. He basically puts the book of Job to his own poetry. Coupled with amazing pictures, this book will encourage the grieving and remind everyone the wonder of God’s sustaining grace, and the testimony of a faithful saint who said, “The Lord gives, the Lord takes away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

  • I agree. We have that book. It is “classic Piper.”

  • Anonymous

    Tara and I are praying for you and Kimberly and the children. One of the first things I did after returning from Uganda was get an update on the adoption. Needless to say, I was greatly surprised by 4!!! How awesome. We can’t wait to meet them. Welcome to the world of denim jumpers and pink tights!!!! Adoniram and James will have to bond together for survival from the girls. Love you guys.


  • Thanks LD. It has been an amazing journey so far; and it has just started.

    We have a dear family in our church adopting from Uganda.