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Articles by John Piper

The Spirit of Spring

John Piper
No one can stop the coming of spring — in nature or in the church — when God has appointed its time.
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“Only Wounded Soldiers Can Serve”

John Piper
When a person strikes rock bottom with a sense of helplessness he may find that he has struck the Rock of Ages.
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Don't Neglect Reminding

John Piper

It is essential to say grand old truths again and again. There is ample evidence in the Bible that they are quickly forgotten

Remember, there are different kinds of forgetting.

One is that great truths are gone out of the…

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The Unlikeliness of Israel

John Piper

To mark the 60th anniversary of the birth of the modern State of Israel, let’s listen to a voice from 100 years before this state was born

Who was it that said in 1867 that the existence of the Jews…

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6 Ways to React to the Cyclone

John Piper

As the carnage from Cyclone Nargis moves toward 50,000 dead and beyond, there is a way to pray and act

1. Be softened to the pain nearby.

The Good Samaritan knew nothing of the calamities in first century Burma…

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Don't Miss How God Motivates

John Piper

God motivates us to feel and to do what we should by calling to our minds his past performances of love and his future promises of love—some near, some far

Be sure that you are connected to the way God…

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What the Pharisees Got Right

John Piper

To lay a trap for an animal there has to be some truth to attract him. It must at least look like a meal even if the iron clamps lie just beneath. Mark says the Pharisees came “to trap" Jesus…

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The Bethlehem Baptist Church Elder Affirmation of Faith

John Piper

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Purpose of this Document

With a view to maintaining the sound doctrine of our church, the Council of Elders of Bethlehem Baptist Church on October 29 unanimously recommended that the church take action to approve the following…

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Acclaim for Christ vs. Craving Praise

John Piper
How do we reconcile "do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing" with "let your light shine before others"?
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Remembering Elder D. J. Ward

John Piper

Elder D. J. Ward, pastor of Lexington's Main Street Baptist Church for the past 19 years, died of complications from lung cancer Friday at Hospice Care Center at St. Joseph Hospital. What the Lexington Herald-Leader did not say about this…

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Economic Stimulus Payment & Christ

John Piper

For a moment, forget the political puzzle of getting money back when the country is nine trillion dollars in debt. The more immediate question is: How will you make much of Christ with your "economic stimulus payment"? The president says…

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Children Understand the Universe Before They Know There Is One

John Piper

I am on writing leave. I hope you will pray for me. The first book I'm working on is one on marriage. This includes chapters on raising children. Here is a section I was working on yesterday

The most fundamental…

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Never Be Wise In Your Own Sight

John Piper

If a twelve-year-old makes A’s in school and generally makes wise choices, how would you help her apply this verse to herself?

Never be wise in your own sight. (Romans 12:16)

You might say:

  1. It means that you gladly admit…
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When God Will Not Use Bigness

John Piper

There are saving works that God will only do through small churches and ordinary people, not through large churches and more sophisticated people

The Lord said to Gideon, "The people with you are too many for me to give the…

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The Heavens Declare God's Infinity

John Piper

Sometimes I'm asked how I explain the disproportion between the size of the universe and the smallness of man created as the crown of God’s creation. The tension is felt in Psalm 8:3-5

“When I look at your heavens, the…

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How God Readies Us to Read in Tune

John Piper

If in your morning devotions you open God’s word to the book of Judges and find that the strings of your inner instrument are not in tune, it is not blasphemy to excuse yourself for a few moments from the…

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An Effect of Passion for Christ

John Piper

One of the reasons pursuing a passion for Christ (or if you prefer the old word, “zeal” for Christ) is so important is the good effects it has on others

This is not the decisive reason for wanting passion. Passion…

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How to Be a Fountain of Life

John Piper

Every Christian should want to be a “fountain of life” for others. How does that happen

Here is a group of passages that answer this question. The answer is in the order.

Psalm 36:9, For with You is the fountain
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The Happy Paradoxes of Christian Freedom and Slavery

John Piper

For he who was called in the Lord as a slave is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a slave of Christ. (1Corinthians 7:22-24)

I would have expected Paul to switch the places…

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It's Good We Aren't All Like Jesus

John Piper

Jesus never wrote anything. He hung out, and talked, and healed. But if his followers had only done that, we wouldn’t know even that about him. Both-And, not Either-Or. And some people more one than the other.

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5 Tips for Clear Writing and Talking

John Piper
5 Tips for Clear Writing and Talking

C. S. Lewis’ advice to children on writing is good advice to pastors on preaching, or anybody on talking

  1. Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentence couldn't…
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Is Faith a Way of Seeing?

John Piper
Faith is not a decision made in spite of lacking evidence. It is the affection that results when glory is truly seen.
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Falling Dew and Falling Hammers

John Piper

Especially on Sundays, preaching is paramount in a pastor’s life. When we prepare to preach, we remember that our words should fall “as gentle rain upon the tender grass” and “like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces.” Such…

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