An Overview of the History of Missions
Jan 1, 1981(Based on Ralph Winter, The Kingdom Strikes Back: Ten Epochs of Redemptive History in Perspectives on the World Christian Movement) Phase One: 1 – 400 Romans Possibly Paul's work in Galatia established contacts with Gauls in the West and…
The New “Bethlehem Star” Is Rising
First Bethlehem Star Newsletter
Jan 13, 1981Nine reasons why churches should have a weekly newsletter.
A Promise for You
Jan 20, 1981Can you think of any fact more encouraging than that God rejoices to do you good?
Two Sundays on Sex
Feb 3, 1981The great tragedy of sin is the good we miss, not the evil we attain.
“Only Wounded Soldiers Can Serve”
Feb 10, 1981When a person strikes rock bottom with a sense of helplessness he may find that he has struck the Rock of Ages.
The Spirit of Spring
Feb 17, 1981No one can stop the coming of spring — in nature or in the church — when God has appointed its time.
The Spirit of Joy
Mar 3, 1981Is it really possible for one’s face and heart to be filled with sorrow and joy?
The Spirit of Thankfulness
Mar 10, 1981One of the things you do when you are full of the Holy Spirit is spill over with gratitude to God for everything.
Early Services in History
Mar 17, 1981An early church service is the mark of a vibrant church.
New Year’s Resolutions? Oops.
Mar 24, 1981The possibilities of joyful service are too great to let yourself be paralyzed by the past.
Pow-Wow with the Pastor
Apr 7, 1981How do you satisfy your pastor-congregation communication needs?
Our Incense Before the Lamb
Apr 14, 1981Have you ever thought of your prayers as the aroma of heaven?
In Praise of Those Who Help Us Praise
Apr 21, 1981A pastor expresses his gratitude to those who minister in his church through music.
On Laboring in Vain
May 5, 1981The Lord measures the faithfulness of our labor, not our success.
Project ’84 and the Fear of the Lord
May 12, 1981God is a joy and a refuge to those who cling to his neck, but he is a terror to those who flee.
The Pride of Being Afraid
May 19, 1981Every time we let fear hinder us, we are proudly trusting our emotions more than the promises of God.
A Word on Bruce Leafblad
Jun 2, 1981John Piper outlines the responsibilities of a worship minister candidate.
Heaven-Bent: A Prayer for Evangelism at the House of Bread
Jun 9, 1981Hindrances to forthright witnessing rise mainly from taking our eyes off God.
Sunday School as Liberation
Jul 7, 1981Freedom is not doing what you please, but knowing the truth, loving the good, and never fearing the future.
Planning Life into Our Vacation
Jul 14, 1981John Piper outlines eight goals he once set to fill his vacation with vitality.
He Will Fight Your Battles
Sep 1, 1981Memorize Hezekiah’s words to Jerusalem under siege, and you’ll know God’s power in a new way.
A Call to Fast for Humility and Power
Sep 8, 1981Fasting fosters humility, and humility positions us for the Father’s blessing.
Sep 15, 1981Pastors should yearn for their people like Isaiah yearned for Israel.
A Call to Small Togetherness
Sep 22, 1981John Piper shares nine characteristics of fruitful small groups.
When the Potter Is for Us: Boom!
Oct 6, 1981Mixing God’s absolute power with his rights as Creator causes combustion in the heart.
On Thursday with the Pastor
On Children’s Finances
Oct 13, 1981John Piper lays out six things that he wants his children to understand about money.
The Issue Is Scripture!
Oct 20, 1981There’s no biblical support for excluding people from church membership whose consciences condone occasional drinking.
Holy Hedonism: Feeling Good About Doing Good
His Magazine 42, No. 2 (November 1981): 29–31
Nov 1, 1981The basic tenet of Christian hedonism is that the desire to be happy is a proper motive for every good deed. Or conversely, if you abandon the pursuit of your own pleasure, you cannot please God or perform good deeds…
How We See Christmas Symbols
Dec 1, 1981We want our Christmas decorating and festivities to be as explicitly Christ-centered and Christ-exalting as possible.
Dec 8, 1981Christmas is a call to go on strike at the assembly plant of sin.
Lenin, Francis, and Paul
Dec 22, 1981Saint Francis left a legacy of delight and gratitude to God.
Meditation on a Manger-Mustard Seed
For the People of Bethlehem on Christmas
Dec 25, 1981A poem on the glory of the Incarnate God and the gain of believing in him.