Blog Posts by Jon Bloom
Christian Hedonism 3.0
The Eyes Jesus Opened First
Luke included the Emmaus road account (Luke 24:13-35), no doubt, because it was a powerful testimony of the resurrected Jesus by two credible eyewitnesses (Cleopas likely would have been known to many first generation Christians). But there is also something…Continue Reading
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 experience euphoric moments of rapturous communion with the Lord.…Continue Reading
Pray for the Pearsons
Mitch and Mary Pearson are very precious to us. They are long-time members of Bethlehem Baptist, a church they have served in countless ways. And Mitch has served on the DG Board of Directors for the past 10 years.
Enduring Common-to-Man Temptations
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…
There Must Be Factions
I’m thankful for First Corinthians. It reminds me that the early church wasn’t only experiencing Acts 4:32-35.
The church in Corinth was so divided that you might say it was diced. There were divisions over which apostle was…Continue Reading
God Provides Direction, Resources, and Ability
In Exodus chapters 26-30, God gave Moses very detailed instructions about how to make the tabernacle, its furnishings, the priests’ garments, and all the instruments used in worship. And then in chapter 31, God tells Moses (much to Moses’ great…Continue Reading
The Bleakest Psalm Is Really a Night-light
All the Beautiful Virgins?
Can You Bear Uncertainty?
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…Continue Reading
When God’s Direction Comes Through Correction
God faithfully directs the paths of everyone who trusts in him with all their heart (Proverbs 3:5-6). But sometimes, as Moses experienced in Exodus 18, God directs us through a word of correction from someone else.
The reunion of Moses…Continue Reading
Success Can Be Perilous
We are never more vulnerable to sin than when we are successful, admired by others, and prosperous, as King David tragically discovered.
It was spring again. David once had loved warm, fragrant spring afternoons on the palace roof. But this…Continue Reading
Hopeful Post-Christmas Melancholy
Each year Christmas night finds members of my family feeling some melancholy. After weeks of anticipation, the Christmas celebrations have flashed by us and are suddenly gone. And we’re left standing, watching the Christmas taillights and music fade into the…Continue Reading
Veiled in Flesh the Godhead See
Joseph: (Un)Planned Detours
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).
As Jesus’ earthly father, Joseph, discovered in Matthew 1-2, that’s just another way of saying that when your plans are detoured and redirected, you find…Continue Reading
Hope for "Older Brother" Types
Simon the Pharisee: The Fuel of True Love for God
He had the Holy One of Israel in his house, reclining at his table. The Prophet that Moses had foretold was sharing dinner with him. The Lord of glory, the Resurrection and the Life, was speaking with him face to…Continue Reading
When You Don’t Feel Like It, Take Heart
Did you wake up not feeling like reading your Bible and praying? How many times today have you had to battle not feeling like doing things you know would be good for you?
While it’s true that this is our…Continue Reading
When Following Jesus Means Going Home
We tend to think of following Jesus as leaving behind the familiar for the unfamiliar. But sometimes, like for the man in Luke 8:26-39, the more difficult call is to go back home.
For the first time in a long…Continue Reading
Make It Free: A Follow Up
The New Testament makes essential things crystal clear: "there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name [besides Jesus] under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). Deny that and you…Continue Reading
Amazing Grace in the Wreckage of Adultery
In staff devotions recently we were in Proverbs 6. Solomon warns his son against the devastation of adultery. In verses 32-33 he writes,
He who commits adultery lacks sense;
he who does it destroys himself.
He will get wounds…
Counting the Cost of Sexual Immorality
Give to the One Who Begs from You (Part 2)
I Have Not Always Obeyed This Command
"Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you" (Matthew 5:42).
I confess, I have not always obeyed this command.
I'm a veteran urban-dweller. Having lived in an inner city…Continue Reading