Featured Resources by Jon Bloom

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Failure Doesn’t Have to Be the Last Word

Jon Bloom
Demas and Mark are contrasts in failure. One provides us a word of warning, the other a word of hope. And as people who stumble in many ways (James 3:2), we need both. Demas What happened to Demas? We don’t…
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Don’t Feel Qualified for Your Calling?

Jon Bloom
For the first forty years of his life, Moses lived in a place of strength. As a member of Pharaoh’s household he had social prestige, wealth (Hebrews 11:26), and youthful strength. When he became aware of and troubled by his…
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Your Sin Is No Match for God’s Grace

Jon Bloom
The old hymn says it beautifully: “Grace, grace, God’s grace; grace that is greater than all my sin.” But the grace of God is not only great enough to “pardon and cleanse within.” It is so powerful, as Joseph’s older…
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Dispel the Loveless Nightmare

Jon Bloom
Darwinian theorists say that our obsessive selfishness is programmed into our genes. No disagreement there. We know that. The Bible describes the effects of the fall as pervading everything. This would include the genetic level. But they hypothesize that the…
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Are You Content with Weaknesses?

Jon Bloom
Every day, as we seek to follow Jesus, we deal with incessant weaknesses in our bodies, emotions, relationships, families, vocations, and churches. We are “beset with weakness” (Hebrews 5:2). And they tempt us to discouragement, sometimes exasperation. But one of…
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What Love for God Looks Like

Jon Bloom
The greatest commandment is to love God (Matthew 22:36–37). But what that looks like can shock us, as it did Simon in Luke 7:36–50. He had the Holy One of Israel (Isaiah 54:5) in his house, reclining at his table…
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I Will Not Let You Go Unless You Bless Me

Jon Bloom
Is there a fear staring you in the face right now? Are you finding your faith in God’s promise shaking? If so, you are likely praying desperately for God to be with you. God will answer you. But you might…
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Staying Faithful When Things Get Worse

Jon Bloom
Genesis chapters 37–41 only tell the low and high points of Joseph’s Egyptian slavery and imprisonment. But he spent at least 12 years there before he suddenly became the Egyptian Prime Minister. And during that terribly lonely, desolate time, things…
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When a Rock Sunk Slowly

Jon Bloom
The new banner above has its inspiration from the following story about Peter’s walking on (and sinking in) the water (see Matthew 14:13–33 and John 6:1–21). We must think carefully about this because in following Jesus we are called to
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When the Perfect Comes . . .

Jon Bloom
“…when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away” (1 Corinthians 13:10). Another year is passing away. Thank God. Not only for the massive amounts of unquantifiable grace we have received from him, but also because we are one year…
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A Stable of Desperation

Jon Bloom
A Christmas Reprise, A Christmas Prequel This imaginative story, including character names, was written as a sort of prequel to John Piper’s moving story, The Innkeeper. The first Christmas night was a holy night. But it was not…
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Christmas: The Dawn of Death’s Destruction

Jon Bloom
The Apostle Paul wrote, “O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55). Anyone grieving the death of someone they love deeply will say that “sting” hardly begins to describe the pain. And Christmas often heightens this pain. Certain decorations…
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Christmas Bloodline: Notorious Women in Jesus’s Family

Jon Bloom
Buried in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew chapter one is a gospel treasure. That treasure is five women. Their inclusion in the list is notable because it’s a patrilineal genealogy — a record of fathers and sons. Their inclusion…
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Do Not Be Afraid

Jon Bloom
Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s. (2 Chronicles 20:15) The Predicament In 2 Chronicles 20, the armies of Moab, Ammon, and Edom were on the…
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The Apologetic of Pointing

Jon Bloom
Most people don’t feel the need to struggle with Descartes over how they can be sure that they exist. And most don’t doubt the existence of the sun. These things are self-authenticating when one sees them. And so is Jesus…
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We Must Have Help to See Right

Jon Bloom
If I take my glasses off the world becomes blurry. In fact, things begin to diffuse at about six inches from my nose and grow more distorted the further away they are. I am very dependent on my corrective lenses…
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What You Teach Really, Really Matters

Jon Bloom
Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Timothy 4:16) Do you have a communication gifting? Have others commented on how well…
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An Antidote to the Disorder

Jon Bloom
America is the most affluent nation in the history of the world. And affluence is at once wonderful and perilous in its potential. Listen to what Michael Ramsden has to say: Our affluent culture looks for ease in everything. Comfort…
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John the Baptist's Doubt

Jon Bloom
Are you struggling with doubts in the middle of painful circumstances? So did John the Baptist. As he sat in Herod Antipas’s prison waiting likely execution, he was afflicted with doubts about Jesus. “Are you the one who is to…
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Give Others the Gift of Being Slow to Speak

Jon Bloom
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger. (James 1:19) Listen. Wait. Respond. How many of our conflicts would dissolve or never even materialize if we: Listened to really understand
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What I Am Doing You Do Not Understand Now

Jon Bloom
Peter watched Jesus make his way toward him, washing the feet of other disciples It had already been a confusing Passover. Jesus had been unusually burdened, close to tears all day. The atmosphere during the meal was charged with ominous…
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Piper and Edwards On Election (the Presidential One, I Mean)

Jon Bloom
The 57th U.S. presidential election is bearing down hard on us. Well-funded propaganda warships are shelling us from every media outlet. Dire consequences are prophesied if the wrong vision for America is elected to power. But here’s something that you…
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Jesus Understands Loneliness

Jon Bloom
“He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” (Isaiah 53:3) Sometimes we feel alone in the world. Jesus understands this feeling. In a very human sense, he was alone.   Imagine what living…
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Don’t Miss the Subtle, Ironic Poetry of God

Jon Bloom
When it comes to God, you must always keep your eyes open. If you don’t pay attention you’ll miss jaw-dropping glory. Take the book of Esther, for example. If you’re not careful, you’ll only see a Hollywood-like story of a…
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