Articles by John Piper
The Bible teaches that we are so sinful we are morally unable to please God (Romans 8:7). It also teaches that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Yet salvation is by faith, and we are called…Continue Reading
Come on, dads, have some courage. Just say, “Over my dead body are you going to wrestle a girl.” Of course, they will call you prudish. But everything in you knows better
Yes, I am talking to the boys’ fathers…Continue Reading
God is pleased and honored when we come to him first before any undertaking. And he is displeased and dishonored when we “set out to go down to Egypt, without asking for His counsel” (Isaiah 30:2)
I am eager to…Continue Reading
What is our ministry and mission budget for 1988?
How much of this remains to be given this year?
$129,500. That’s 87% of the budget (that has been given).
How does this compare with last year at this time?… Continue Reading
It is a wonderful problem! The Bethlehem nurseries are overflowing with little children. And all the more so because of so many visitors. We need your help. Even one hour over the next three weeks would be appreciated. Call Laurel…Continue Reading
I can remember the hours that Steve Roy and I spent four years ago dreaming and planning and praying about the ministry of home cell groups at Bethlehem. We were captivated by two biblical principles
The One Another Principle
Fight the good fight of faith. (1 Timothy 6:12)
The essence of righteousness is to trust in God. The root of all sin is unbelief. Unbelief is dissatisfaction with God’s fellowship and fortunes. It is discontent with his presence and…Continue Reading
Things are moving fast since the congregation voted to move ahead immediately with sanctuary planning and construction. The Building Committee is hard at work. That’s no exaggeration—they have meetings at 6:30 A.M.! The members of this committee are… Continue Reading
After the “SPAN the Nineties” fund raising effort last spring, several factors led the leadership of the church to reconsider certain aspects of the original proposal
1) For example, the cost to remodel the “Hacking Property” for Children's…Continue Reading
On Sunday evening, September 25, the church reached an astonishing consensus on two recommendations from the Council of Deacons
Of the 173 voting members 98.8% (only 2 no votes!) said yes to the recommendation that we proceed with construction of…Continue Reading
Last week I spoke in four daily chapels at Western Seminary in Portland. It was part of their missions emphasis week. The topic they gave me was: How to Bring Missions Vision and Life to a Local Church. There…Continue Reading
Take a piece of paper and write
Dear _______! (wife’s first name; don’t use Mrs. or Ms.)
This is not your Valentine’s gift. It’s an I.O.U.
I hereby promise to take you away for a weekend on March 18-20. Think…
“In 1983, the Sudan (the darkened country in the photo below) was declared an Islamic republic. At that time, Islamic Sharia law was imposed on all the country’s citizens. Since then, dozens of Christian pastors have been killed and countless…Continue Reading
On Sunday, January 3, 1988 those in attendance at Bethlehem gave an offering of $73,450.33. Not counting designated gifts, $55,232.84 of that was applicable to the budget needs of 1987. This exceeded the budget need by $23,232.84
Our contingency plan…Continue Reading
After the second service last Sunday morning a young woman introduced me to her friend whom she said had a question. He was perplexed about “predestination” and didn’t know quite how to ask his question. I admired his courage to…Continue Reading
The introductory “Word to the Reader” of Today’s New International Version (TNIV) says, “Among the more programmatic changes in the TNIV are the removal of...most instances of the generic use of masculine nouns and pronouns.”