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Let Wonder Lead You to Worship (Don’t Let the Devil Dumb You)

Jon Bloom
How great are your works, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep! The stupid man cannot know; the fool cannot understand this” (Psalm 92:5–6). The devil does not want you to wonder. Wonder is deadly to the domain of…
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Jesus Commends Shrewd Money Managers

Jon Bloom
In Luke 16:1–9, Jesus told his disciples an odd parable where he used a dishonest manager as an example of shrewdness. What did he mean? Imagine a discussion about this between disciples Simon (the Zealot) and Matthew. ________ “Matthew, you…
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Jesus Also Had Unbelieving Family Members

Jon Bloom
Do you, like me, have family members who do not believe in Jesus? If so, we are in good company. So did Jesus. And I think this is meant to give us hope.  According to the Apostle John, “not even…
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The Only Thing We Have to Fear

Jon Bloom
The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied. (Proverbs 19:23) Franklin D. Roosevelt coined one of America’s iconic maxims in his first inaugural address: “the only thing we have to fear is fear…
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He Must Increase, But I Must Decrease

Jon Bloom
All of us want to finish well. But so many of us do not. Why? Because we too easily cherish our roles in the Great Wedding more than the wedding itself. Which is why John the Baptist1 must become…
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You Don’t Have to Obey

Jon Bloom
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions (Romans 6:12). It bears repeating: if you want life, deny yourself (Matthew 16:24–25). Your narcissistic nihilist self will kill you if you do not. This…
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What the Lilac Preached to Me

Jon Bloom
The man at Home Depot said I had to choose between having kids and having a yard. I have five kids. And our friends next door have five kids. Inner-city living means that most of the biking, digging, running, building…
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A Prayer for a Lukewarm Heart

Jon Bloom
O Infinitely Passionate Father, You have created me with the capacity for deep affections — to love, to loathe, to desire, to delight, to excite, to grieve, to laugh, to enjoy, to fear, to be depressed, to be thankful. And…
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If You Feel Overwhelmed, Eat!

Jon Bloom
When your soul is troubled and you feel overwhelmed, sometimes you need to just stop stewing and praying and tell yourself to eat, for God’s sake. I get this from psalms like Psalm 43: Why are you cast down, O
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The Cross Guarantees the Death of Our Dark Guest

Jon Bloom
Easter is for shouting. But Good Friday is for not much talking. Good Friday is for long looks at the fulcrum of human history when the most beautiful and most horrible events converged in one glorious gory moment as the…
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When the Angel Didn't Come

Jon Bloom
Luke says it so quickly, so matter-of-factly: “[Herod] killed James the brother of John with the sword” (Acts 12:2). In the flow of the story this little phrase sets the stage for Peter’s dramatic prison rescue by the angel. So…
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Whom Are You Really Serving?

Jon Bloom
When Martha welcomed Jesus and his contingent into her home in Bethany (Luke 10:38–42) there could have been a hundred or more people. The seventy-two had just rejoined Jesus after their itinerant ministry tours. And considering his fame at this…
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God Loves Good Wine

God Loves Good Wine

Jon Bloom
I think this paradox in nature — stressed vines produce good wines — is also a parable for how God produces rich, complex, intense faith in his children. Because when it comes to faith, God loves good wine
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God Wants You to Complain

Jon Bloom
Psalm 142:1–2, With my voice I cry out to the Lord; with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord. I pour out my complaint before him; I tell my trouble before him.” To live in this…
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Don’t Focus on Your Strengths

Jon Bloom
The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation (Exodus 15:2). For the past decade or so, discovering our strengths has been the buzz in North America, particularly in leadership and management circles. Lots of…
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The Darling Object of William Wilberforce

Jon Bloom
At 4:00 AM on February 24, 1807, the British Parliament overwhelmingly voted to abolish the slave trade and then “rose almost to a man and turned towards [William] Wilberforce in a burst of Parliamentary cheers…while he sat, head bowed, tears…
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Spiritual Leadership May Be Heartbreaking, but It Is Always Hopeful

Jon Bloom
Any time a selfish sinner is tasked with leading other selfish sinners in a Godward direction — whether in families, friendships, small groups, churches, or broader movements — there’s going to be trouble. Take Moses, for example. No Old Covenant…
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He Finished Well: A Tribute to Mike Stohlmeyer

Jon Bloom and Matt Heerema
On February 11, 2012, at age 61, Mike Stohlmeyer, a good friend of and mission partner with us at Desiring God, entered the joy of his master, Jesus Christ. After a 39-year battle with Crohn’s Disease, Mike’s body…
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Don’t Give Up

Don’t Give Up

Jon Bloom
“Here is a call for the endurance of the saints” (Revelation 14:12). We all long for rest from the fatigue of living. God placed the desire for rest in our souls, and he promises to fulfill it: “I will satisfy…
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Jesus Chooses and Uses Failures

Jon Bloom
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved. Sitting on the beach after breakfast, Jesus had just asked him for the third time if he loved him. Peter had already wholeheartedly answered yes twice. What else was…
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If We’re Going to Be Skeptical, Be Skeptical of Our Perceptions

Jon Bloom
There he sat, the scum of society on the footstep of heaven on earth, begging the condescending mercy of pious passersby going in and out of the temple. Enough mercy today and he could eat. This man was blind. He…
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Don’t Be Afraid to Pray “Whatever It Takes”

Jon Bloom
When visiting my mother recently I was leafing through a well-known magazine and came across an article about a well-known actress who is a professing Christian. The article described her vibrant faith and the role of prayer in her life…
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More Than Enough

Jon Bloom
Will Jesus provide for you? Are you struggling to believe it, because when you do the math it doesn’t add up? You’re in good company. Philip and Andrew had witnessed astounding miracles by Jesus, but when it came to feeding…
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Live and Love Without Wax

Jon Bloom
According to folk history, the… …English word sincere comes from two Latin words: sine (without) and cera (wax). In the ancient world, dishonest merchants would use wax to hide defects, such as cracks, in their pottery so that they…
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A Year-End Prayer for Weary Waiters

Jon Bloom
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son” (Galatians 4:4). Jesus, you came in "the fullness of time." But how many of your children living during the ripening years wondered at your tarrying? A thousand…
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