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Hope for the Battle with Intractable Weakness

Jon Bloom
We all have sin-infected weaknesses that are intractable. They are deeply woven into the fabric of who we are and are frequently exacerbated by our sinful responses to them. Inherent weaknesses are different from indwelling sin. Indwelling sin is evil…
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Six Benefits of Ordinary Daily Devotions

Jon Bloom
Private devotions aren’t magic. We know that (for the most part). But still, we can be tempted to think that if we just figure out the secret formula — the right mixture of Bible meditation and prayer — we will…
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Lay Aside the Weight of Prideful Comparison

Jon Bloom
By the grace of God I am what I am. (1 Corinthians 15:10) God made you to be you. You have the body God gave you — with all its genetic capacities and limitations (Psalm 139:13). You were born at…
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The Impoverishing Power of Financial Prosperity

Jon Bloom
The story of the rich young man in Mark 10 has a chilling message: earthly prosperity can make people spiritually destitute. “Teacher! Teacher, please wait!” Jesus and his disciples were just leaving town. They turned and saw a young man…
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Rich Young Man: The Impoverishing Power of Financial Prosperity

Jon Bloom
Dear Friend, The story of the rich young man in Mark 10 has a chilling message: earthly prosperity can make people spiritually destitute. * * * “Teacher! Teacher, please wait!” Jesus and his disciples were just leaving town. They turned…
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You Can Take Heart in Uncertainty

Jon Bloom
Uncertainty is a difficult thing to bear. We want to know where the provision is going to come from or if we’re going to die of this disease or how this child is going to turn out or if our…
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Jesus Has Overcome the World

Jon Bloom
One thing the Bible is not is utopist about life in this world. It gets unfairly criticized for encouraging a pessimism that makes people passive about doing anything to improve things; people who are “too heavenly minded to be any…
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Lay Aside the Weight of Fragmented Focus

Jon Bloom
No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. (2 Timothy 2:4) The Debilitating Weight of Too Much If we’re going to successfully run the race of faith with endurance (Hebrews…
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How to Endure Common-to-Man Temptations

Jon Bloom
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may
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How Jesus Exposed the Idol of Self-Glory

Jon Bloom
The love of our own glory is the greatest competitor with God in our hearts. And sometimes we cloak this idol in a pious disguise. In Matthew 21, Jesus exposed this idol in the hearts of a few men with…
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Seven Ways to Pray for Your Heart

Jon Bloom
Over the years, as I’ve prayed for my own heart, I’ve accumulated seven “D’s” that I have found helpful. Maybe you’ll find them helpful as well. With seven you can use them a number of ways. You might choose one…
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Lay Aside the Weight of “Not Feeling Like It”

Jon Bloom
What do you not feel like doing today? You know what I mean. It’s that thing that’s weighing on you, which you know would honor God because it obeys his law of love (John 15:12), or is a work of…
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Watch Your Mouth

Jon Bloom
It is humbling to remember that as Christians we are still vulnerable to Satan’s deception. One moment we can speak glorious truth and the next moment destructive, satanic words. We must be on our guard, something Peter learned the hard…
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Lay Aside the Weight of Restless Work

Jon Bloom
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28) July marks my 20th year working with John Piper and many precious colleagues in this mission of Desiring God. It is a…
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Lay Aside the Weight of Self-Preoccupation

Jon Bloom
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8) Want to…
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God Will Never, Ever Break His Promise

Jon Bloom
How might Isaac have explained to his young sons, Jacob and Esau, why God had commanded his father, Abraham, to offer him as a burnt offering (Genesis 22)? Eight year-old Esau sat on his bed-mat firing imaginary arrows in the…
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Lay Aside the Weight of Sluggishness

Jon Bloom
“And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, **so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit
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God Will Never, Never Break His Promise

Jon Bloom
Dear Friend, How might Isaac have explained to his young sons, Jacob and Esau, why God had commanded his father, Abraham, to offer him as a burnt offering (Genesis 22)? *** “Father, tell Esau to stop shooting at me!” Isaac…
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Two Kinds of Regret, One Kind of Hope

Jon Bloom
What do you regret? That question can trigger some vivid memories. I don’t like to think about them. I wince as I remember things I wish I had never done—terrible, wounding words I spoke, confidences I betrayed, dark lusts I…
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God’s Mercy in Messed Up Families

Jon Bloom
Have you ever noticed how hard it is to find an example of what we would call a “healthy family” in the Bible? It’s a lot easier to find families with a lot of sin and a lot of pain…
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God’s Mercy in Making Us Face the Impossible

Jon Bloom
God is not content for us just to understand the idea that nothing is too hard for the Lᴏʀᴅ (Jeremiah 32:17). He wants us to have the overwhelming joy of experiencing it. But the sometimes agonizing period between his promise…
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When Harsh Words Are Kind

Jon Bloom
Missionary to India, William Carey, once exhorted a Baptist gathering in England by saying, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.” I love that quote But we must heed the Bible’s warning through Simon the Magician: if…
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Jesus Came to Reverse the Curse

Jon Bloom
“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25–26) A few days ago we…
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Not by Sight

Jon Bloom
Trusting Jesus is hard. It requires following the unseen into an unknown, and believing Jesus’s words over and against the threats we see or the fears we feel. Through the imaginative retelling of 35 Bible stories, Not by Sight gives…
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Faith That Made Jesus Marvel

Jon Bloom
Jesus… marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” (Luke 7:9) Jesus, the “founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2), once marveled at…
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