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Right Thinking Is for Deep Feeling

Right Thinking Is for Deep Feeling

David Mathis
Doctrine is for the sake of delight. Christian theology does not exist for its own sake, but for our desiring and enjoying Christ. Simply put, the mind is meant to serve the heart. Thinking serves feeling. God gave us the…
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Enjoy the Gift of Having God’s Ear

Enjoy the Gift of Having God’s Ear

David Mathis
He is “the God of all grace” (1 Peter 5:10). Not only did he choose us before the world began, and give his Son to save us, and cause us to be born again, but he also sustains the whole…
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Isn’t It Ironic?

Isn’t It Ironic?

David Mathis
Alanis Morissette’s album Jagged Little Pill debuted in 1995, just as the first wave of Millennials was crashing into America’s high schools. Her music became one of the soundtracks for these critical years — for many of us, not chosen…
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Shape Your Life with the Words of Life

Shape Your Life with the Words of Life

David Mathis
The Christian life, from start to finish, is utterly dependent on the grace of God. Not only do we come into spiritual life by sheer grace (Act 18:27; Romans 3:24; Ephesians 2:5), but it is in divine grace that we…
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Put Yourself in the Path of God’s Grace

Put Yourself in the Path of God’s Grace

David Mathis
I can flip a switch, but I don’t provide the electricity. I can turn on a faucet, but I can’t make the water flow. There will be no light and no liquid refreshment without someone else providing it. And so…
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Share in the Glory of the Winter Games

Share in the Glory of the Winter Games

David Mathis
Don’t just watch the Olympics. Be a part. The Christian can enjoy the Games with more substance and depth than anyone. Here’s a call to Olympic viewing with spiritual significance. Our God and his Book give us unmatched capacities to…
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How to Stay Christian in Seminary—And Any Season of Waiting

David Mathis and Jonathan Parnell
Part 1: Forward-Looking Intentionality (Jonathan Parnell) The title of this seminar is “How to Stay Christian in Seminary—Or Any Season of Waiting.” And we really mean that last part. What David and I are going to talk about…
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How to Stay Christian in Seminary

David Mathis and Jonathan Parnell
Seminary is exhilarating . . . and dangerous. Seminary can be thrilling, with the potential to inspire and equip church leaders for a lifetime of faithful ministry. But it’s not without its risks. For many who have ignored the perils…
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Worship in Spirit and Truth

Worship in Spirit and Truth

David Mathis
The issue is not whether we will worship, but what. Even better, whom and how. On this Sunday, as many of us ready ourselves for corporate worship, perhaps the most significant single biblical text for guiding the essence of what…
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Meet the New desiringGod.org

David Mathis
It’s a new site for a new year. We spent a good deal of 2013 working on this redesign. Now 2014 is here, we’re live, and we’d love to have you help us spread the word. This is an aesthetically…
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Our Top 13 Posts of 2013

Our Top 13 Posts of 2013

David Mathis
For years, the heart of desiringGod.org has been our resource library, with three decades of sermons, books, articles, and more from the ministry of John Piper. When we started a blog in 2007, we thought we were just appending a…
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From This Day Onward

From This Day Onward

David Mathis
If you look hard, you might find Haggai. Tucked near the end of the Old Testament, third from last on that biblical road-less-traveled called the minor prophets, it’s one of Scripture’s shortest books — and one of its best for…
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The Real Festivus Miracle

The Real Festivus Miracle

David Mathis
December 23 is circled on my calendar. It’s marked as a day to take a deep breath, refocus, and head into Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with a fresh sense of what this frenzied season is really about. By December…
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This Is Not Worth Quacking About

This Is Not Worth Quacking About

David Mathis
Did A&E know what would happen when it suspended Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson? Whether it was intentional or not, they are cashing in on millions in free advertising. Perhaps it’s really about LGBT rights at the cable and satellite…
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Good and Evil Are Not Equals

David Mathis
Don’t give Peter Jackson all the credit. He wasn’t the first to desire an adult version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s children’s story The Hobbit. According to author and scholar Colin Duriez, it was actually Tolkien himself who initially had the…
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Let Us Adore Him

David Mathis
Advent is not just about acknowledging Jesus, but adoring him. Christmas is not first about witness, but about worship. So, come, all ye faithful. Come, joyful and triumphant. Let us adore our Christ. But beware your standard of who can…
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Living with the Loss of a Loved One

David Mathis
For Lyle Dorsett, it was the sudden loss of his ten-year-old daughter Erica. She came down sick one night, and she died the next morning. Years later, Dorsett and his wife Mary still are healing. Losing a child is a…
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Let a Little Lent into Your Advent

David Mathis
“What Child Is This?” is no chart-topper among the children. The minor keys and slower pace make it less engaging to little ears. It’s hard to compete with the brightness, cadence, and pep of “Jingle Bells” and “Joy to the…
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How Will You Make This Advent Special?

David Mathis
We’re now only five days from Advent, which begins this Sunday, December 1. Just a few minutes of forethought today could go a long way in making this year special for your family, or spiritually significant for you personally. One…
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More Than Just Raking

More Than Just Raking

David Mathis
I’ll take a rake over a shovel any day. Raking is relatively easy work and can make the yard look better in a short time. It’s easy enough that even our twin three-year-olds helped this fall, thanks to a pair…
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Half a Century Since C.S. Lewis

David Mathis
He went quietly. It was very British. While the Americans rocked and reeled, and the world’s attention turned to Dallas and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, one Clive Staples Lewis breathed his last in Oxford just a week…
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Why It Matters What Outsiders Think

Why It Matters What Outsiders Think

David Mathis
There is a place for a holy disregard for what unbelievers think. But it is small. We shouldn’t be caught off guard when they “suppress the truth” (Romans 1:18) of God as creator and sustainer, as speaker (in the Scriptures)…
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Go Deep in the Grace of God

David Mathis
Christians, of all people, cannot be content with small visions of grace. The message that made us is “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24), “the word of his grace” (Acts 20:32), “the grace of God in truth”…
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Church, Make Room for Young Leaders

David Mathis
What some aging Christians need from the younger generation is an invitation to lean into the local church, and not retreat or retire. But others from the older generation need a different challenge — a summons to lay aside…
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A Better Country for Old Men

A Better Country for Old Men

David Mathis
This is a plea from the younger generation to the older. We desperately need you. Please don’t phone it in just when the King’s about to call. Don’t retire on the world’s terms and abandon your long-time local church. As…
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