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The Gadarene: When Following Jesus Means Going Home

Jon Bloom
We tend to think of following Jesus as leaving behind the familiar for the unfamiliar. But sometimes, like the man in Luke 8:26-39, the more difficult call is to go back home. *** For the first time in a long…
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Make It Free: A Follow Up

Jon Bloom
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…
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Amazing Grace in the Wreckage of Adultery

Jon Bloom
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…
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Counting the Cost of Sexual Immorality

Jon Bloom
It's very important that we count the cost of sexual immorality before temptation hits. That's the time for clear thinking. Temptation clouds our judgment. That's why we pray "keep us from temptation." Avoiding the fog by steering around it is…
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Give to the One Who Begs from You (Part 2)

Jon Bloom
In my previous post I reflected on this verse: "Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you" (Matthew 5:42). And the comments have been very thoughtful and helpful It's a…
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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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In God We Trust

Jon Bloom
This morning I read a booklet by Michael Haykin of Southern Seminary titled, In God We Trust: What Is God Saying In The Midst Of This Financial Crisis. He provides a brief survey of historical financial crises, beginning with…
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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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