All Resources by John Piper

More Thoughts on Friends Who Fail You

John Piper
Last Sunday’s message struck a chord with many when I spoke of Christian friends letting you down. I argued that sometimes they forsake you never to return — like Demas. He loved “the present world,” and so abandoned the great…
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Yes to All God’s Promises and More

John Piper
All the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. (2 Corinthians 1:20) Being “in Christ Jesus” is a stupendous reality. It is…
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6 Things It Means to Be in Jesus

John Piper
[God] saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began. (2 Timothy 1:9) Being “in Christ…
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Forgiven for Jesus’ Sake

John Piper
For your name's sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great. (Psalm 25:11) The righteousness of God is the infinite zeal and joy and pleasure that he has in what is supremely valuable, namely, his own perfection and…
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He Stood by Me and Strengthened Me for the Sake of the Gospel

John Piper
2 Timothy 4:9–22 Do your best to come to me soon. 10 For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Luke alone is with…
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Life Is Cheap in Norway: C. S. Lewis on the Sentence of Anders Breivik

John Piper
Anders Breivik’s sentence for killing 77 people in Norway on July 22, 2011 is outrageous. He was deemed sane and sentenced to serve 21 years in prison “in a three-cell suite of rooms equipped with exercise equipment, a television and…
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Jesus Will Trample All Our Enemies

John Piper
Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. (1 Corinthians 15:24) How far does the reign of Christ extend? Verse 25 says, “He must reign until…
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Shadows and Streams

John Piper
May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works, who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke! I will sing to the Lord as long as I
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When God’s Love Is Sweetest

John Piper
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word. (Ephesians 5:25–26) If you only hope for unconditional love…
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The Message of Creation

John Piper
Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. (Romans 1:22–23) It would be a great folly and a great tragedy if…
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God Is Not an Idolator

John Piper
When he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. (2 Thessalonians 1:10) People stumble over the teaching that God exalts…
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When a Sermon Becomes a Poem

John Piper
After preaching on the inestimable value of God’s inspired word on August 11th, I was so moved that the desire to say it again another way kept urging me on. So I wrote this. The Truth A Meditation on 2…
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Pleased to Praise

John Piper
Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! (Psalm 67:3, 5) Why does God demand we must praise God? C.S. Lewis: Just as men spontaneously praise whatever they value, so they spontaneously urge us to…
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An Unshakably Happy God

John Piper
“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11) God is absolutely sovereign. “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases” (Psalm…
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Preach the Word, For the Time of My Departure Has Come

John Piper
2 Timothy 4:1–8, I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and…
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Jesus Is Who You’re Looking For

John Piper
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to
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What the Resurrection Means

John Piper
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9) The meaning of the resurrection is that God is for us…
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Hope to Obey Hard Commands

John Piper
Whoever desires to love life and see good days . . . let him turn away from evil and do good. (1 Peter 3:10–11) There is only one basic reason why we disobey the commands of Jesus: it’s because we…
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What It Means to Bless the Lord

John Piper
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! (Psalm 103:1) The psalm begins and ends with the psalmist preaching to his soul to bless the Lord—and preaching to the angels and the…
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Why You Give in to Sexual Sin

John Piper
Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. . . . Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. (Psalm 51:8, 12) Why isn’t he crying out…
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Beware of Elevated Vagueness

John Piper
The term “elevated vagueness” caught my eye. It was in a tweet by Fred Sanders linking to his article about F. W. Robertson, a 19th century British preacher. Even before I read the article I could smell the rot…
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Praying for Your Straying Soul

John Piper
Praying for Your Straying Soul
Do you pray for your straying soul? I do. Daily. The soul is always in motion. If you think yours is motionless, you are probably floating downstream. Daily the soul is lured to other treasures, other satisfactions, other rewards besides…
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Your Executioner May Laugh You to Scorn for Quoting Psalm 91

John Piper
As a church we are memorizing Psalm 91 again. It's part of our Fighter Verse program. Again we face the seeming unreality of these promises. Ordinary readers start to stumble and need help. At least I do. Here are…
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What We Were Made For

John Piper
Christ suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God. (1 Peter 3:18) The gospel is the enjoyment of fellowship with God himself. This is made explicit here in 1 Peter 3:18 in…
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God Forgives and Is Still Fair

John Piper
The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord, the child who is born to you shall die. (2 Samuel 12:13–14) This is outrageous. Uriah is…
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