john-piper  John Piper is indeed a prophetic voice on the American Evangelical landscape.  His passion for God’s glory is without equal.  Dr. Piper is also one of the most joyful people I’ve ever heard speak.  Given those two things, I want to strongly encourage you to consider a message he recently delivered about the present Economic Recession.

  In his message he give five reasons for God sending the recession from 2 Corinthians 1:1-11

  God intends for the recession to expose hidden sin and bring Christians to repentance and cleansing.

God intends to wake Christians up to the constant and desperate condition of the developing world where there is always and only recession of the worst kind.

God intends to relocate the roots of the Christian’s joy in His grace rather than in our goods… in His mercy rather than our money… in His worth rather than our wealth.

God intends to advance His saving mission in the world… the spread of the Gospel and the growth of His church… precisely at a time when human resources are least able to support it.  This is how He guards His glory.

God intends for the church to care for its hurting members and grow in the gift of love.

Dr. Piper supports these in a convincing and powerful manner from Scripture.  I strongly encourage you to consider either reading or downloading the free MP3 of the message to hear his words.  You can click here to do either or both.  Below is a brief video clip from the message.  You can watch the whole message from the same site above…