Issue Number Twenty-One

A God Entranced Vision of All Things

The Center for Biblical Spirituality announces the release of a new book edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor, and it contains a chapter written by Don.

A God Entranced Vision of All Things is published by Crossway. Don's chapter is "Pursuing a Passion for God Through Spiritual Disciplines: Learning from Jonathan Edwards."

Other chapters are written by John Piper, Stephen J. Nichols, Noël Piper, J. I. Packer, Mark Dever, Sherard Burns, Paul Helm, Sam Storms, Mark Talbot, and Justin Taylor.

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Don's Schedule

Please pray for these ministry opportunities in November and December.

  • Providence Baptist Church
    Pasadena, TX
  • Southside Baptist Church
    Live Oak, FL
  • River Bend Community Church
    Ormond Beach, FL
  • Louisiana Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference
    Louisiana Baptist College, Pineville, LA
  • Baptist Convention of Iowa Ministers & Wives Retreat
    Des Moines, IA
  • Grand Avenue Baptist Church
    Ames, IA
  • Adirondack Bible Chapel
    Piseco, NY

Sample Chapters Written
by Don Whitney

Do You Thirst for God?
from Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health

Silence and Solitude
from Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

Why Join a Church?
from Spiritual Disciplines Within the Church

A Spiritual MindSet
from How Can I Be Sure I'm A Christian?

Rest for Your Souls
from Vanity & Meaning

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Featuring Don's Book

Simplify Your Spiritual Life

Below is one of the ninety chapters
from Don's book

Simplify Your Spiritual Life.

with Discussion Guide included.

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Learn to Be Content

Contentment is a great simplifier. It helps focus body and soul on the proper priorities. It calms the restless desire for more. It satisfies the heart with the present provision of God. It deflates pride, drains the drive of selfish ambition, and relaxes the grip of anxiety. Contentment decreases our dependence upon things and circumstances, and increases a restful dependence upon Christ.

The apostle Paul spoke of developing contentment in his own experience when he said, "I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:11-13).

Notice that Paul speaks of contentment as something to be learned.

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Click here for last year's Thanksgiving bulletin insert, "Sing the Table Blessing."

Your Deepest Longings Were Made to Be
Fulfilled in Another World

Do you find more and more that the life you long for in Heaven seems more natural to you than the one you are living on earth? Does it seem that your deepest longings were made to be fulfilled in another world? These are the groans of a growing Christian, one who knows that God made us for glorious communion with Him and that we are never at home, never fulfilled, until we are there.

[Taken from page 124 of Don's book, Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health. Find out more about this book here.]

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Give Praise to God

Earlier this year, Don contributed a chapter on "Private Worship" in a comprehensive and practical book on worship in memory of the late James Montgomery Boice. Give Praise to God is 515 pages with chapters from more than a dozen other writers including Ligon Duncan, Al Mohler, Derek Thomas, Edmund Clowney, Mark Dever, Michael Horton and others.

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Family News and Notes

We've had a splendid autumn in Kansas City. We didn't even get our first hard freeze until the middle of November, which is considerably later than average for the heart of the heartland. Some think we may be facing a hard winter. The family beasts apparently think so. Samson and Taffeta (our Maine Coon kitties—want one of them???) and Buddy (the white rabbit) have all grown extra thick coats already. But we have central heat and a woodstove, so what are they worried about? Speaking of which, before the next newsletter, I'm expecting to light—no, "looking forward to" is a better term—the first fire in the old woodstove.

Now that the elections are over, let's remember that as important as civic leadership and good government are, no message or ethical position of the government, no legislation or court decision can ever change people's hearts. Only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can lastingly change hearts "to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8).

I want to continue to request prayer for the writing project that has been dominating my life this year. This is a major burden I need to discharge as soon as possible. Please ask the Lord for the grace to finish this work quickly and well.

Caffy's autumn has been filled with teaching an art class three times each week at the classical school started by our church, and with teaching a Bible study for women at our church. She's also been a steward of her artistic talents by working on a couple of children's book projects given her by two Christian publishers.

One of the highlights of the year for Caffy was a recent weekend with Jean Fleming in our home. Jean was in town to speak to the women of our church. When I think of an "encourager," I think of Jean.

Laurelen's school routines fill most of her days. One of her weekly enjoyments this fall has been participating in Christian Youth Theater. They practiced every Tuesday for a presentation to the parents in mid-November. She's already counting the days until she turns eleven on December 16.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
2 Timothy 4:22

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