Blog Posts by Jon Bloom
A Prayer for What I Need Most
O gracious God, Father of the Lord Jesus,
Through your Son’s words I hear you ask me “What do you want me to do for you?” (Luke 18:41). This is my answer: I want Ephesians 3:16–19.
I want you to…Continue Reading
Make October "Faith Month"
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
October will be here before we know it. And…Continue Reading
Give Them Words of Eternal Life
Lord… You have the words of eternal life. (John 6:68)
Christians are word people. We’re really into words because the Founder of Christianity is the Word (John 1:1). He came to earth to deliver a message in words. Those of…Continue Reading
What God Is Building Through All the "Inefficiencies" of Life
Time and energy is money. And money is money. So when we want to get something done we typically want it done as efficiently as possible.
That’s why we are often bewildered when God gives us work to do and…Continue Reading
The Pride of Nazareth
Jesus and Nazareth are inseparable. Jesus spent most of his life in Nazareth. The prophets had said, "He shall be called a Nazarene" (Matthew 2:23). History would remember him as Jesus of Nazareth. Even the demons called him that (Luke…Continue Reading
The More Wood, the Bigger the Fire
People don’t really care how many books we’ve read. So it’s a waste of time to read kinds of books or numbers of books to impress others.
And it’s also a waste if we spend most of our reading time…Continue Reading
Refuse to Be Numbed
I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. (Romans 9:2–3)
I just…Continue Reading
Sexy, Successful, and Smart
He had… no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men. (Isaiah 53:2)
Are you feeling hopeful today? Take a look under the hood. How much of your hope is linked to some promise of…Continue Reading
Throw Off the Shackles of Conventional Coolness
Life is Christ. (Philippians 1:21)
One of the great hoaxes of our time is that we’ve learned to worship posers. American heroes are mainly entertainers. Our heroes don’t have to do anything particularly great, they just need to look and…Continue Reading
Don’t Let Discouragement Choke You
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. (John 14:1)
Discouragement is a temptation “common to man” (1 Corinthians 10:13). And in dealing with it sometimes we need tenderness and other times we need toughness.…Continue Reading
You Obey the One You Fear
At the root of insecurity — the anxiety over how others think of us — is pride. This pride is an excessive desire for others to see us as impressive and admirable. Insecurity is the fear that they won’t, but…Continue Reading
Come, Take a Look at This!
We impoverish ourselves by not lingering more. Whipping from one thing to the next does not make for a rich, memorable life. Understanding and wonder and worship don’t typically result from doing or reading as many things as possible. It…Continue Reading
Fight the Poverty of Attention
Your Emotions Are a Gauge, Not a Guide
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:13).
Your rest is coming. Sooner than you know you…Continue Reading
When You’re in a Spiritual Storm, Trust Your Instruments
“Spatial disorientation” is what a pilot experiences when he’s flying in weather conditions that prevent him from being able to see the horizon or the ground. Points of reference that guide his senses disappear. His perceptions become unreliable. He can…Continue Reading
Jesus Comes When You Least Expect
“The Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Luke 12:40). Jesus said this of second coming. But it’s also a familiar pattern of Jesus’ dealings with us in almost all areas. His reasons for this…Continue Reading
The Most Precious Treasures Are in the Most Difficult Things
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation (Hebrews 11:1–2).
Hebrews 11 is in the Bible to remind us that God hides his…Continue Reading
God Is Merciful Not to Tell Us Everything
There is more mercy than we realize when God chooses not to tell us everything. 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…Continue Reading
When It Feels Like God Is Punishing You
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?
When Homosexuality Became a Man
“Man, that guy’s got a voice!” That was my first impression of Joe Hallett.
In the fall of 1990, my wife and I joined Bethlehem Baptist’s young adult Sunday School class. And during the worship times Joe’s voice would soar…Continue Reading
Thank You, Bill Walsh
In January 1999, Desiring God was four years old and in a growth spurt. Our office was partly in two old Sunday School rooms and partly on the balcony of Bethlehem Baptist Church's vacated (and now demolished) old sanctuary. We…Continue Reading
Let Wonder Lead You to Worship (Don’t Let the Devil Dumb You)
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…Continue Reading
Jesus Commends Shrewd Money Managers
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…Continue Reading
Joe Encouragement: Let’s Be Like Him
“Encourage one another and build one another up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
His name was Joseph. But he “was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement)” (Acts 4:36). Joe Encouragement. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be such…Continue Reading
Jesus Also Had Unbelieving Family Members
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…Continue Reading