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Peter: 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 celebration. Jesus had been unusually burdened, close to tears all day. The atmosphere during the meal was charged with…

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I Have Not Always Obeyed This Command

Jon Bloom

"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…

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Listen to Augustine Pray

Jon Bloom

I've been listening to Augustine's Confessions while doing yard work and exercising. It's been 8-9 years since I read the book and was blown away. The entire book is written as a prayer to God. Listening to it is a…

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Demas and Mark

Jon Bloom

What happened to Demas

We don’t know. All we know is that some of the last words the Apostle Paul wrote before his Roman execution expressed a heartbreak: “Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone…

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Demas & Mark: A Word of Warning and a Word of Hope for Stumblers

Jon Bloom

What happened to Demas?

We don’t know. All we know is that some of the last words the Apostle Paul wrote before his Roman execution expressed a heartbreak: “Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone…

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How DG Got Started

Jon Bloom

Pastor Tim Smith of Mars Hill church in Seattle did a brief (7.5 minute) interview with me at a recent conference on how Desiring God got started 15 years ago.

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Seeing Our Shame: The Fuel of True Love for God

Jon Bloom

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…

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How Long Will This Last?

Jon Bloom

A couple years ago I shared my experience of enduring a spiritual storm, a crisis of faith. Since then I’ve had the privilege of corresponding with numerous precious saints who are enduring similar storms

A common experience is that…

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Simon the Magician: The Peril of Pursuing Greatness

Jon Bloom

Missionary to India, William Carey, once exhorted a Baptist gathering in England by saying, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.” I love that quote. We don’t want to squander our lives on trivial, unimportant pursuits. But…

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Exposing the Idol of Self-Glory

Jon Bloom

The love of our own glory is the greatest competitor with God in our hearts. And sometimes we can cloak this idol in a pious disguise. In Matthew 21, Jesus unmasked such an idol with a single question

It was…

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Jewish Leaders: Exposing the Idol of Self-Glory

Jon Bloom

The love of our own glory is the greatest competitor with God in our hearts. And sometimes we can cloak this idol in a pious disguise. In Matthew 21, Jesus unmasked such an idol with a single question.

It was…

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She's Dying

Jon Bloom

Rachel Barkey is a 37 year-old wife and mother of two who is dying of cancer. She only has weeks to live

On March 4, she addressed 600 women and in 55 minutes delivered one of the most God-centered, gospel-soaked…

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Rock of Truth, Satanic Stumbling Block

Jon Bloom

It is humbling to remember that as Christians we are still vulnerable to Satan’s deception. One moment we can speak glorious truth and the next moment destructive, satanic words. We must be on our guard, something Peter learned the hard…

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Peter: Rock of Truth, Satanic Stumbling Block

Jon Bloom

 

It is humbling to remember that as Christians we are still vulnerable to Satan’s deception. One moment we can speak glorious truth and the next moment destructive, satanic words. We must be on our guard, something Peter learned the…

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Thomas: "I Will Never Believe"

Jon Bloom

Believing what we cannot see is hard. All of us are skeptics to some degree, and some more than others. But there is often more going on inside a skeptic than meets the eye. And Jesus knows how to reach…

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Jesus' Unbelieving Brothers

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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Jesus' Brothers: Hope for Your Beloved Unbelievers

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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Was Jesus a Lonely Child?

Jon Bloom

“He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3).

We know very little about Jesus’ childhood. But as I’ve been meditating recently on what it must have been like growing up having…

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John the Baptist: Doubt in the Darkness

Jon Bloom

“Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”

This was a surprising question coming from John the Baptist.

It’s unclear exactly when John first consciously knew that Jesus was the Son of God, whose…

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Ask!

Jon Bloom

He was one of the walking dead. It had almost been three years since the priest examined that suspicious spot on his left arm and looked at him with sympathy, “I’m so sorry. It’s leprosy. May God have mercy on…

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Ask! God Is Willing and Able to Give You the Best Gifts

Jon Bloom

He was one of the walking dead. It had almost been three years since the priest examined that suspicious spot on his left arm and looked at him with sympathy, “I’m so sorry. It’s leprosy. May God have mercy on…

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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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