Blog Posts by Jon Bloom
The Greatest Blessing Mary Received
Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! (Luke 1:42)
Mary was unique in human history. It is absolutely true. She was “blessed among women” (Luke 1:42), and among men as well. She received the…Continue Reading
When a Sword Pierces Your Soul
Simeon had a painful message for Mary. But she discovered that for those who trust God, he uses soul-piercing events to unleash more grace, salvation, and joy into the world than we could have ever imagined.
It was mid-morning when…Continue Reading
Making Christmas Melancholy Point Hopeward
Each year Christmas night finds members of my family feeling melancholic. After weeks of anticipation, the Christmas celebrations have flashed by us and are suddenly gone. And we sit in the messy aftermath watching the taillights and music of another…Continue Reading
For All Who Ever Lost a Child
Suffering. Evil. Death. All of us experience them. They consume the lives of our precious loved ones — sometimes in unspeakably horrible ways. They bend us to the ground and produce tearful groanings too deep for words.
Jesus was not…Continue Reading
Lay Aside the Weight of Christmas Expectations
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)
At Christmastime, it’s good for us to remember just how dangerous fantasies are.
I’m not talking about Narnia-type fantasies. I’m talking about…Continue Reading
No One Ever Said It Would Be This Hard
When Black Friday Becomes a Mission
With the Christmas season and all its commercial blitz and glitz upon us (seen especially on Black Friday), let’s lay aside the grousing and see the grace. No throwing wet blankets over Christmas.
May Christmas always blaze healthy and strong…Continue Reading
How Can We Give Thanks in All Circumstances?
Don’t Raise Good Kids
Parents, don’t raise good kids. I’m a recovering good kid, and I’m here to tell you that the gospel isn’t for good kids.
I was pretty easy for my parents to raise. I was generally compliant, had a buoyant, warm…Continue Reading
We Are Far Too Easily Displeased
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. (Philippians 2:14–15)
Five Ways to Refresh the Saints in Your Life
When reading Paul’s letter to Philemon this week I saw a theme I hadn’t really seen before. This letter is an instruction on how to refresh the saints.
Philemon was a refreshing person. When Paul thought about Philemon he thought…Continue Reading
When the Vine Really Became Precious
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
It was a July morning in Manila…Continue Reading
Lay Aside the Weight of Discontentment
I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance…
What to Neglect to Have a Rich Life
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16)
This verse from Colossians is so full…Continue Reading
The Powerful Glory of Yielding Power
Perhaps the only thing harder for prideful humans than humbly wielding power is humbly yielding power.
And the most beautiful Old Testament example of this is the way Jonathan yielded Israel’s throne to David. But as we see in 1…Continue Reading
How to Humbly Give and Receive Correction
Because we struggle so much with pride, correction can be difficult to give graciously and difficult to receive graciously.
That’s one reason to be very thankful for Exodus 18. God is so kind to have Jethro and Moses give us…Continue Reading
God’s Bright Design for Your Bitter Providences
This is the will of God, your sanctification. (1 Thessalonians 4:3)
“God Moves in a Mysterious Way”
God tells us everything we need to know to live godly lives (2 Peter 1:3). But sometimes we wonder.
The unexpected, unexplained twists…Continue Reading
Hope for the Battle with Intractable Weakness
We all have sin-infected weaknesses that are intractable. They are deeply woven into the fabric of who we are and are frequently exacerbated by our sinful responses to them.
Inherent weaknesses are different from indwelling sin. Indwelling sin is evil…Continue Reading
Six Benefits of Ordinary Daily Devotions
Private devotions aren’t magic. We know that (for the most part).
But still, we can be tempted to think that if we just figure out the secret formula — the right mixture of Bible meditation and prayer — we will…Continue Reading
Lay Aside the Weight of Prideful Comparison
By the grace of God I am what I am. (1 Corinthians 15:10)
God made you to be you.
You have the body God gave you — with all its genetic capacities and limitations (Psalm 139:13). You were born at…Continue Reading
The Impoverishing Power of Financial Prosperity
The story of the rich young man in Mark 10 has a chilling message: earthly prosperity can make people spiritually destitute.
“Teacher! Teacher, please wait!”
Jesus and his disciples were just leaving town. They turned and saw a young man…Continue Reading
You Can Take Heart in Uncertainty
Uncertainty is a difficult thing to bear. We want to know where the provision is going to come from or if we’re going to die of this disease or how this child is going to turn out or if our…Continue Reading
Jesus Has Overcome the World
One thing the Bible is not is utopist about life in this world. It gets unfairly criticized for encouraging a pessimism that makes people passive about doing anything to improve things; people who are “too heavenly minded to be any…Continue Reading
Lay Aside the Weight of Fragmented Focus
No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. (2 Timothy 2:4)
The Debilitating Weight of Too Much
If we’re going to successfully run the race of faith with endurance (Hebrews…Continue Reading
How to Endure Common-to-Man Temptations
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may…