I first heard this sermon of Piper back in 2000, and it was sealed in my memory.  Then in 2007, I walked along the beaches where people’s lives are are summed up in a seashell collection. Although John Piper ruined my vacation, he was used by God to keep me from ruining my life with the American dream.  Today, I live in a city with idols on land and sea, full of wealthy people who have retired to enjoy the American Dream–a people on the verge of eternity sipping lemonade on their yacht without the slightest thought of being swallowed up in a grave no amount of riches can redeem save the blood of Jesus. I need to be reminded of what this video communicates that I should . . .

“[C]onduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”

– The Apostle Peter