All Resources by John Piper

An Update from John Piper

John Piper
Update 4/24: My Future at Desiring God Increasingly, our vision for Desiring God is global. The Internet is our main way of spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through…
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Christ as Means and End

John Piper
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me
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The Perfect City

John Piper
He has prepared a city for them. (Hebrews 11:16) No pollution, no graffiti, no trash, no peeling paint or rotting garages, no dead grass or broken bottles, no harsh street talk, no in-your-face confrontations, no domestic strife or violence, no…
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Lincoln’s Providence

John Piper
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! (Romans 11:33) Abraham Lincoln, who was born on this day in 1809, remained skeptical, and at times even…
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The Best Form of Slavery

John Piper
He who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ. (1 Corinthians 7:22) I would have expected Paul to switch the places…
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Saving Faith Isn’t Easily Satisfied

John Piper
If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. (Hebrews 11:15–16) Faith sees the…
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Pray and Ponder Yourself into Sync with Paul’s Sense of Wealth

John Piper
When the apostle Paul thinks about “wealth” or “riches” what springs to his mind? What should spring to ours? Where should our efforts at enrichment be invested? Here are all the uses of Paul’s favorite word for “riches”…
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Better Than Money, Sex, and Power

John Piper
Do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. (Hebrews 10:35) We need to ponder the superiority of God as our great reward over all that the world has to offer. If we don’t, we will love the…
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Gladly Not God

John Piper
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! (Psalm 96:7) Here’s what I think would be some of what’s included in a full experience of what the psalmist calls for when he…
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Eleventh-hour Breakthroughs

John Piper
“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” (Luke 23:42) One of the greatest hope-killers is that you have tried for so long to change and have not succeeded. You look back and think: What’s the use? Even if…
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Reviled Here, Rewarded There

John Piper
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. (Psalm 1:3) How does the promise in Psalm 1:3 point…
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The Main Purpose of Ministry

John Piper
We are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. (Hebrews 10:39) Don’t look at the temporary cost of love and shrink back from confidence in God’s infinitely superior…
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Five Ways Affliction Helps

John Piper
Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word. (Psalm 119:67) This verse shows that God sends affliction to help us learn his word. We should ask how affliction helps us understand God’s word and keep…
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The Greatest Love

John Piper
I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name's sake. (1 John 2:12) Why should we emphasize that God loves, forgives, and saves for his own glory? Here are two reasons (among many). 1)…
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The Forgiveness Cycle

John Piper
And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation. (Luke 11:4) Who forgives whom first? “Forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to…
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David Brainerd

John Piper
In 1742 Yale College expelled David Brainerd. A spiritual awakening had been sparked on the campus in months prior. As it began to grow and draw in more zealous students, tensions arose among the skeptical faculty such that the college…
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John G. Paton

John Piper
It wasn't until 1606 that Spanish explorer Fernandez de Quiros discovered a chain of eighty islands stretched across 450 miles in the South Pacific. Later named the New Hebrides, the islands were inhabited by peoples whose existence had been unknown…
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Adoniram Judson

John Piper
Earnestly consider your role in completing the Great Commission. That was John Piper's overarching plea when he delivered a biographical message on Adoniram Judson in 2003. Judson was America's first foreign missionary and an example of one who considered, and…
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Andrew Fuller

John Piper
In October of 1792 the Baptist Missionary Society was formed in the home of Andrew Fuller. For the next twenty-one years Fuller served as the leader of this organization, raising funds, writing periodicals, recruiting missionaries, and sending personal letters to…
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Included in the Covenant

John Piper
“There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed. His enemies I will clothe with shame, but on him his crown will shine.” (Psalm 132:17–18) Who will benefit from the promises…
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Five Purposes for Suffering

John Piper
For those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) We seldom know the micro reasons for our sufferings, but the Bible does give us faith-sustaining macro reasons. …
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Let’s Be Rich Toward God

John Piper
Luke 12:13–21, Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to…
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Read Your Bible More and More

John Piper
Don’t rest on past reading. Read your Bible more and more every year. Read it whether you feel like reading it or not. And pray without ceasing that the joy return and pleasures increase. Three reasons this is not legalism:…
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