Life As a Vapor: Thirty-one Meditations for Your Faith   -     By: John Piper
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Life As a Vapor: Thirty-one Meditations for Your Faith

Multnomah Books / 2004 / Hardcover

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The apostle James tells us that we are like vapors---clouds that appear for a time and then vanish. But as Christians, we have hold of something that will stand forever. Best-selling author Piper offers 31 meditations that express a heart-longing for Christ---our anchor through all our moments and days. 192 pages, hardcover from Multnomah.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 7 X 5 (inches)
ISBN: 1590523385
ISBN-13: 9781590523384

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"You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away" (James 4:14).

Living knowing that your life is a vapor is different than just living. Things here are passing away. You’ve got to hold on to what will stand. Savor what matters. This collection of thirty-one articles is full of that heart-longing after Christ that distinguishes Piper’s preaching ministry. Readers will feel as though they have stumbled into a garden as they enter these pages. The Scripture cuts, Christ is exalted in God, and we worship Him.

Life Is Short. Eternity Is Long. Live Like It.

You will exist forever. You and God are both in the universe to stay—either as friends on His terms, or enemies on yours—which it will be is proven in this life. And this life is a vapor. Two seconds, and we will be gone.

In these thirty-one meditations, John Piper will connect you to a fresh understanding of God and a renewed relationship with Him. You’ll find your faith stirred to make every day count for Christ when you consider life as a vapor.

Story Behind the Book

Time is precious. We are fragile. Life is short. Eternity is long. Every minute counts. Oh, to be a faithful steward of the breath God has given me. Three texts resound in my ears: "Redeem the time" (Ephesians 5:16 ); "It is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy" (1 Corinthians 4:2); "His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me" (1 Corinthians 15:10 ).

Surely God means for our minutes on earth to count for something significant. Paul said, "In the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain" (Philippians 2:16). In the same way, I have good hope from the Lord that my "labor is not in vain in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 15:58 ).

Author Bio

John Piper, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis since 1980, is the author of Desiring God, Future Grace, A Godward Life, The Pleasures of God, Pierced by the Word, and Dangerous Duty of Delight. He holds degrees from Wheaton College (BA), Fuller Theological Seminary (BD), and received his doctorate in theology from the University of Munich . He taught biblical studies for six years at Bethel College , St. Paul , before becoming a pastor. He and his wife, Noel, have four sons and one daughter.

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    January 18, 2016
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    This is absolutely the best devotional that I have ever read. I've read through this devotional 8-10 times and given away copies of this book to others. John Piper is insightful, thoughtful, biblical, and just the right blend of spiritual/practical. I learn something new each time that I read this devotional. It is so well written that I've obtained John Piper's entire series of books on great Christians of the past (The Swans are not Silent). They are fabulous, too! Great spiritual encouragement for our earthly pilgrimage! When I reach for something to read now, it's John Piper's works.

    As an aside, I wanted to "carry" this devotional (Live as a Vapor) with me at all times. So, I bought's (CBD's) digital version online from this website. It was a major mistake because CBD's book reader is terrible. I won't ever purchase an online book for CBD's digital reader again. I will by paper books from CBD. They are easy to order, received in a timely manner and just what I ordered.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 29, 2010
    Paula Calci
    This was the perfect graduation gift for someone to take off to college with them. Something remind them that we are only hear for a moment in time and we should make that moment count for glorifying God.
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