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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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Why Jethro? The Wisdom of What God Doesn't Say

Jon Bloom
“Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.” (Exodus 33:11) “[Jethro said to Moses,] What you are doing is not good… Now obey my voice; I will give you advice,
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Beware the Peril that Lurks in Success

Jon Bloom
It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king's house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. (2 Samuel 11:2) We are…
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Wrong Thinking Is Behind Wrong Living

Jon Bloom
Everybody knows this is true. It’s a very simple principle. But right thinking is very hard. The forces wielding a distorting influence over our reasoning powers are immense. Though God is revealing himself all the time in every aspect of…
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A Prayer for What I Need Most

Jon Bloom
O gracious God, Father of the Lord Jesus, Through your Son’s words I hear you ask me “What do you want me to do for you?” (Luke 18:41). This is my answer: I want Ephesians 3:16–19. I want you to…
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Make October "Faith Month"

Jon Bloom
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6) October will be here before we know it. And…
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What God Is Building Through All the "Inefficiencies" of Life

Jon Bloom
Time and energy is money. And money is money. So when we want to get something done we typically want it done as efficiently as possible. That’s why we are often bewildered when God gives us work to do and…
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The Pride of Nazareth

Jon Bloom
Jesus and Nazareth are inseparable. Jesus spent most of his life in Nazareth. The prophets had said, "He shall be called a Nazarene" (Matthew 2:23). History would remember him as Jesus of Nazareth. Even the demons called him that (Luke…
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Refuse to Be Numbed

Jon Bloom
I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. (Romans 9:2–3) I just…
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Sexy, Successful, and Smart

Jon Bloom
He had… no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men. (Isaiah 53:2) Are you feeling hopeful today? Take a look under the hood. How much of your hope is linked to some promise of…
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Don’t Let Discouragement Choke You

Jon Bloom
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. (John 14:1) Discouragement is a temptation “common to man” (1 Corinthians 10:13). And in dealing with it sometimes we need tenderness and other times we need toughness…
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You Obey the One You Fear

Jon Bloom
At the root of insecurity — the anxiety over how others think of us — is pride. This pride is an excessive desire for others to see us as impressive and admirable. Insecurity is the fear that they won’t, but…
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Come, Take a Look at This!

Jon Bloom
We impoverish ourselves by not lingering more. Whipping from one thing to the next does not make for a rich, memorable life. Understanding and wonder and worship don’t typically result from doing or reading as many things as possible. It…
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Fight the Poverty of Attention

Jon Bloom
Oh, that my people would listen to me. (Psalm 81:13) “Attention is focused mental engagement on a particular item of information.”1 I’ll bet you’re finding that difficult to do, aren’t you — paying attention? As you read this are…
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Your Emotions Are a Gauge, Not a Guide

Jon Bloom
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:13). Your rest is coming. Sooner than you know you…
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When You’re in a Spiritual Storm, Trust Your Instruments

Jon Bloom
“Spatial disorientation” is what a pilot experiences when he’s flying in weather conditions that prevent him from being able to see the horizon or the ground. Points of reference that guide his senses disappear. His perceptions become unreliable. He can…
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Jesus Comes When You Least Expect

Jon Bloom
“The Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Luke 12:40). Jesus said this of second coming. But it’s also a familiar pattern of Jesus’ dealings with us in almost all areas. His reasons for this…
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The Most Precious Treasures Are in the Most Difficult Things

Jon Bloom
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation (Hebrews 11:1–2). Hebrews 11 is in the Bible to remind us that God hides his…
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When It Feels Like God Is Punishing You

When It Feels Like God Is Punishing You

Jon Bloom
As a Christian, when you experience a painful providence, do you ever wonder if God is punishing you for some sin you committed? If you do, there is some very good news from the letter to the Hebrews.
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When Homosexuality Became a Man

Jon Bloom
“Man, that guy’s got a voice!” That was my first impression of Joe Hallett. In the fall of 1990, my wife and I joined Bethlehem Baptist’s young adult Sunday School class. And during the worship times Joe’s voice would soar…
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