When Blessings Hurt
I went to my 4th T4G Conference this week in Louisville, KY. Every two years this pastor’s conference takes place and I have been to all four. The conference is very large and well-planned and this year was especially powerful from the seat I was sitting in.
By the time of arrival, I had decided I did not want to be there, had no excitement about the conference (unlike as in years past) and was looking forward to nothing…from a positive perspective. (Don’t ask why. In light of eternity it matters little – sooo little.) Then, the conference happened.
CJ Mahaney starts off with a message, “The Sustaining Power of the Gospel” from 2 Corinthians 4 which begins with, Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. Oh well, it went downhill from there. Each sermon and each song were thrown my way like I was being stoned. Boom, boom, boom – they kept coming! And right when I thought God had just about killed me with all these rocks, Ligon Duncan preaches, God’s Ruthless, Compassionate Grace in the Pursuit of His Own Glory and His Ministers’ Joy. Elijah. That guy that said, “Lord, kill me!”
And one more rock provides life. “Though He slay me, yet, I will trust Him.” It was an amazing experience where you receive the grace of God and at the same time feel the sting of His grace-filled attacks.
You can watch all the messages at T4G.org. Take special note of David Platt’s message. By far, the best missions message I’ve ever heard!
We serve a mighty God. So mighty that He can pick out one stupid preacher from a crowd of 10,000 plus and speak words to him and only him. What were all those other people thinking?