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There are several audio messages that seem to coincide with many of the chapters of John Piper’s and Justin Taylor’s book ‘Suffering and the Sovereignty of God’.  The book does go further in depth with each of the topics, but these audio messages from the 2005 Desiring God Conference appear to provide a good overview of the topics.  It looks like there are two chapters and an appendix that do not have a corresponding audio message.

Chapter 1 – John Piper – ‘Ten Aspects of God’s Sovereignty Over Suffering and Satan’s Hand in It’

Chapter 2 – Mark Talbot – ‘All the Good that Is Ours in Christ: Seeing God’s Gracious Hand in the Hurts Others Do to Us’

Chapter 3 – John Piper – ‘The Suffering of Christ and the Sovereignty of God’

Chapter 4 – No Message

Chapter 5 – Stephen Saint – ‘Sovereignty, Suffering, and the Work of Missions’

Chapter 6 – Carl Ellis – ‘The Sovereignty of God and Ethnic-Based Suffering’

Chapter 7 – David Powlison – ‘Christ’s Grace and Your Sufferings’

Chapter 8 – No Message

Chapter 9 – Joni Eareckson Tada – ‘Suffering for the Sake Of…’

Appendix A – No Message

Appendix B – Justin Taylor – ‘Interview with John Piper’

And just in case you still need the book and/or study guide, here are the links:

Suffering and the Sovereignty of God online book

Suffering and the Sovereignty of God study guide

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As we have been going through this study, I remembered an excellent talk given by Matt Chandler and CJ Mahaney at the 2010 Together for the Gospel conference. Here is the message:

CJ Mahaney and Matt Chandler – ‘Preparing Your Church for Suffering’

July 13th, 2010 at 10:19 pm
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If only we could but read the writing!

Here is an awesome snippet from Grace Gems which seems to pertain to this study.

(James Smith, “Our Father and Comforter”)

“No one should be shaken by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we are appointed to this.” 1 Thessalonians 3:3

Man is born to trouble–as the sparks fly upward. Affliction does not comes not forth from the dust–neither does trouble spring out of the ground. Trouble is the natural consequence of sin–and all trouble springs from this bitter root. But God makes our trouble–our medicine, and uses it for our present and everlasting welfare.

Our troubles are not the inflictions of an angry God–but the chastisements of a loving Father! He foresaw what we would be, and what would be necessary for us–and consequently He has appointed . . .
the number,
the nature, and
the length of our troubles.

Every Christian has his ‘cup of trials’–it is mixed by his Father’s wisdom, and put into his hand by his Father’s providence. He should therefore take it, endeavor to acquiesce in it, and say with Jesus, “The cup that My heavenly Father gives me–shall I not drink it?” Every trouble . . .
comes from God’s appointment,
is intended to do us good, and
will be overruled for our real welfare!

Every trial is labeled “LOVE”–if only we could but read the writing! And in every affliction God calls to us, saying, “Come near unto Me, My son–that I may bless you!”

Let us, then, draw near unto God, and show our trouble to Him!
Let us entreat him to sanctify it to us, that it may . . .
wean us from earth,
consecrate us to Jesus,
and fit us for heaven!

All is love–which comes from the God of love!

“He is unchangeable; who can oppose Him? He does what He desires. He will certainly accomplish what He has decreed for me.” Job 23:13-14

July 16th, 2010 at 8:46 am

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