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Articles by Jon Bloom

A Year-End Letter to the DG Staff

Jon Bloom

Dear Desiring God Staff

As 2008 fades into history, I want to tell you again what a precious, undeserved privilege it has been to serve with you in the mission of Desiring God. God granted 44 of you to serve…

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One of My Heroes...

Jon Bloom

…is my big brother, Jim. He has been since I was young. Being five years older than me, he was always the epitome of what it meant to be big.

But when he was in college (and I in Jr…

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Joseph's Painful Decision

Jon Bloom

Mary wasn’t herself. Joseph had sensed some urgency in her request that he meet her at “their” tree. She was staring at the ground. She seemed burdened. 

“Mary, is something wrong?”

She looked up at him intensely. “Joseph…  I’m pregnant.”

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God Will Guide-Even Correct-You When the Decisions are Hard

Jon Bloom

Mary wasn’t herself. Joseph had sensed some urgency in her request that he meet her at “their” tree. She was staring at the ground. She seemed burdened.

“Mary, is something wrong?”

She looked up at him intensely. “Joseph… I’m pregnant.”

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Sordid Lineage, Beautiful Legacy

Jon Bloom

Ruth Wasn’t Even a Jew

The book of Ruth is amazing. Not simply because it’s a great story about love, loyalty, faith, romance and redemption. But its very presence in the Bible is amazing. Stuck right there in the Old…

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The Beautiful Legacy of a Sordid Lineage

Jon Bloom

The book of Ruth is amazing. Not simply because it’s a great story about love, loyalty, faith, romance and redemption. But its very presence in the Bible is amazing. Stuck right there in the Old Testament is a book named…

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All God's "Musts" Require Trust

Jon Bloom

In reading through the Book of Revelation recently, by the time I got to the end of chapter 19, the wars, rebellion, suffering, death and judgments were almost overwhelming. Oh how I wanted Jesus to wrap everything up and…

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Is God Punishing Me?

Jon Bloom

As a Christian, when you experience a painful providence like an illness or a rebellious child or a broken marriage or a financial hardship or persecution, do you ever wonder if God is punishing you for some sin you committed

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A Mighty Deacon

Jon Bloom

When Sam Crabtree (DG Board member and Executive Pastor at Bethlehem Baptist) recently asked us what he needed to do to get some DWYL stickers, Lukas Naugle replied that Sam needed to write a song about what a deacon does…

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Some Knowledge Is Too Heavy

Jon Bloom

When the disciples were with Jesus on the Mount of Olives just before his ascension to the Father, one of them asked a question that must have been on everyone’s mind: “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom…

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They Don't Teach This Math in School

Jon Bloom

There’s a lot of gloom and doom in the news these days. If we listen too much, unbiblical fear may begin to govern our actions because we’re only putting our trust in what we see. 

Imagine for a moment that…

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Jesus and Buddha on Happiness

Jon Bloom

Greatly disturbed by the suffering he saw in the world, 29-year-old Prince Guatama Siddhartha (563-483 BC), who was later called the Buddha (enlightened one), left his wife and young child and set out on a search for the meaning of…

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What Jesus Meant When He Said “You Must Eat My Flesh”

Jon Bloom

The day before, Jesus had fed 5,000 people with a few loaves and fish. Then that night he walked miles across the Sea of Galilee before catching up with his disciples in their boat. The crowd had seen him send…

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Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment

Jon Bloom

The insults fell on her like blows. “Shame on you, Whore!”

Imagine it. She was married, but not to the man whose arms she'd been in. Suddenly the door burst open. Angry men dragged her—and her secret sin—out into the…

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Doubt Your Perception of Suffering

Jon Bloom

There he sat, the scum of society, a sorry piece of work begging the condescending mercy of pious passersby going in and out of the temple. Enough mercy and he could eat

The blind man in John 9 didn’t have…

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The Night 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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How Grace and Peace Is Multiplied to You

Jon Bloom

Every morning at 8:45 the Desiring God staff gathers for a 15-minute devotional. We read a small portion of Scripture, apply it to God’s call on us, and then pray for various outreach efforts, needs, and prayer requests. It’s our…

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A Quake that is Still Shaking the World

Jon Bloom

I love the book of Acts. That’s where my Bible reading plan has me right now. And my only regret is that it’s going by so fast, three chapters at a time.

But one good thing about reading Acts quickly…

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When Prosperity is a Bane and Adversity a Blessing

Jon Bloom

“Teacher! Teacher, please wait!”

Jesus and his disciples were just leaving town. They turned and saw a young man hurrying toward them. He was well-dressed, clearly from an upper class family. But his face was troubled and there was urgency…

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When the Adulteress Went Home

Jon Bloom

“Neither do I condemn you; go and from now on, sin no more.”

These words were almost unbelievable. A half hour ago she had been dragged out of her illicit lover’s house and shoved through the streets. Just minutes before…

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Hopeful Post-Christmas Melancholy

Jon Bloom

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…

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Trust Promises, Not Providences

Jon Bloom

This morning my assistant, Bryan DeWire, found out his father, who 24 hours ago seemed in fine health, didn’t make it through emergency heart surgery. This afternoon, my wife called me in tears to update me on a very difficult…

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5 Helpful Prayers

Jon Bloom

Here are 5 “Ds” that I have made part of my daily prayers:

Whatever it takes, Lord, give me

  • Delight in you as the greatest treasure of my heart.

    Delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires…
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What I Learned in a Spiritual Storm

Jon Bloom

“Spatial disorientation” is what an aircraft pilot experiences when he flies into weather conditions that prevent him from being able see the horizon or the ground. Points of reference that guide his senses disappear. His perceptions become unreliable. He no…

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You Never Know What God Is Growing

Jon Bloom

Olive Nelson passed away a few days ago at age 94. As I remembered her, my heart filled with gratitude.

Olive and her husband, Arnie (who passed away a few years ago), were members of Bethlehem Baptist Church for decades…

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