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Some helpful and much needed advice from Darryl over at DashHouse.com

“As you may know, some 7,000 people are attending the Together for the Gospel Conference in Louisville, Kentucky today. You, like me, may not be one of them.

It’s easy at a time like this to start to get bitter. It’s like the dance that everyone attended in high school without you. Everybody cool is going to be there, which leaves you feeling like you naturally should be there too.

You can’t escape it. Yesterday I quickly pulled a shirt out from my dresser. At random, I found my T4G shirt from two years ago. I swear it was mocking me. Last night I dreamt that my friend Paul Martin – who was not planning to attend, and now is – was personally invited by Mark Dever to take the last spot before the conference sold out. Such is the sad state of my dream life.

To make it worse, this morning I read on Twitter that Fake John Piper and Jonathan McIntosh are fighting over pillows in their room. See what we’re missing?

How should you cope with not attending T4G? Hopefully better than I am, which qualifies me to offer the following advice:

Act Smug. Say that you don’t believe in conferences. All the wasted money and energy and time, not to mention the celebrity worship. You’re at home serving the Lord. Not that you’re judging anyone, of course. They may have been called to sit and soak. It’s just that you’ve been called to serve. We can’t all be ears in the body of Christ.

It’s hard to pull this off without coming across like a prideful wannabe, but with practice I’ve found this approach to be quite effective. (My wife just glared at me. What’s that about?)

Act Strategic. Say that you are going to instantly buy all the book giveaways on your Kindle the minute they announce them. Before they can crack open a book, you’ll have figured out what’s on the chairs through the power of Twitter, and you’ll be reading it instantly. No heavy suitcases of books to carry back. You’ll also listen to all the free audio from the conference. You’ll spend less time traveling and have all the benefits of attending, minus the cost – and some other minor things like all the relationships and the experience and the sense of corporate worship. But you’re cool with that. You’re simply being strategic.

Play the Security Card. It’s simply not safe for everyone important to be in one room. Instead, you’re home or at an undisclosed location. Say everyone gets a stomach virus – God forbid – and can’t preach this weekend. Who is Bethlehem Baptist going to call? Probably you. It’s a good thing you didn’t attend.

Yes, this makes you the Dick Cheney of T4G. Live with it.

There are undoubtedly many other ways you can cope with not being at T4G. Please know that I am there for you. We’ll get through this together.”

Thanks Darryl, I needed that.

I thought this was pretty awesome, so I figured I’d share it with you all………..

“Many of us read the Bible, and many of us do not. Many of us go into Bible reading looking for anything but transformation, which is unfortunate, given that transformation is the primary reason the written word of God exists. Devotional Scripture reading requires discipline and consistency, but its aim is the treasuring of God’s word in our hearts and the delighting of ourselves in God’s statutes. We have at our fingertips the very revelation of God to us, and yet we treat Scripture like a blunt instrument, like a reference book, like a prop for our propaganda, anything but the wellspring of God’s truth to be drunk deeply from. Devotional Scripture reading means meditating on Scripture, chewing on it, savoring it, learning not just how to read Scripture, but how to feel it.

My conviction is that evangelicals by and large have lost their ability to feel Scripture. The great irony is that now when the Bible is more available than any time in history, we are perhaps more biblically illiterate than any Christian generation in history.
The great opportunity in this, of course, is that our generation is now extra ripe for biblical transformation and a revival in commitment to the deep well of Scripture.

I’ve come up with five ways one might begin to develop a greater feeling for Scripture. Some or all of these may not be new to you (and none were invented by me, of course), as they are basically good practices for essential Bible study, but put into disciplined practice, these approaches to study can condition us to feel Scripture more keenly.”  Read More Here.