The Cross (3 Hours) by shai linne

One of my favorite rappers, shai linne, performing one of my favorite songs, describing the most significant event in history.

Here’s another version of it on Vimeo: The Cross (3 Hours) from The Lamp Lounge on Vimeo.

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God’s Greatest Adversaries are His Gifts

“The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in every night. For all the ill that Satan can do, when God describes what keeps us from the banquet table of his love, it is a piece of land, a yoke of oxen, and a wife. The greatest adversary of love to God is not his enemies, but his gifts. And the most deadly appetites are not for the poison of evil, but for the simple pleasures of the earth. For when these replace an appetite for God himself, the idolatry is scarcely recognizable, and almost incurable.”

– John Piper, A Hunger For God, p.14

Jesus Can Make Those Happy Who Trust Him and Call Him

“Jesus can make those happy who trust him and call him, whatever be their outward condition. He can give them peace of heart in a prison, contentment in the midst of poverty, comfort in the midst of bereavements, joy on the brink of the grave. There is a mighty fullness that is ready to be poured out on every one that will ask in prayer. Oh that people would understand that happiness does not depend on outward circumstances, but on the state of the heart.”

– J.C. Ryle, A Call to Prayer, p.19

God is Blessed

“God’s blessedness means that he fully delights in himself and in all the reflects his character. He himself is the focus of all happiness and delight; therefore, his complete fullness of joy is found in himself [Psalms 16:11]…We find our greatest blessedness and ultimate happiness in the source of all good things–God himself.”

– Wayne Grudem, Christian Beliefs, p. 35

The Deadly Deception of Earthly Pleasures

“Go and take of your earthly pleasures if you will–you will never fiind your heart satisfied with them. There will always be a voice within, crying, like a leech in Proverbs 30:15 ‘Give! Give!’ There is an empty place there, which nothing God can fill. You will find, as Solomon did by  experience, that earthly pleasures are but a meaningless show–promising contentment but bringing a dissatisfaction of spirit–gold plated caskets, exquisite on the outside, but full of ashes and corruption within. Be wise in your youth. Write the word “poison” on all earthly pleasures. The most lawful of them must be used in moderation. All of them are soul-destroying if you give them your heart.”

– J.C. Ryle, Thoughts for Young Men, p.41-42