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Lay Aside the Weight of Irritability

Lay Aside the Weight of Irritability

Jon Bloom
Our irritability never has its roots in the soils of righteousness. It springs out of the soil of selfishness and springs up fast, like the sin-weed that it is.
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Why Your Happiness Is So Important to God

Why Your Happiness Is So Important to God

Jon Bloom
If you want to try your hand at stoicism, forget the Bible. It has little for you. Scripture does not support the idea that our motives are more pure the less we are pursuing our own interested happiness.
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New Every Morning, New Every Moment

New Every Morning, New Every Moment

Jon Bloom
Every single moment is new. Every moment is a completely unique creation by God the Father through God the Son who is upholding the universe at that moment by the word of his power. Never is a moment neglected. Never is a moment repeated.
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The Antidepressant of Wonder

The Antidepressant of Wonder

Jon Bloom
Living in this world tends to make us feel thin. We feel, with Bilbo Baggins, “like butter scraped over too much bread.” Another beheading, another disease epidemic, another leader’s adultery exposed, another day struggling within and without against unrelenting evil.
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Some Books to Feed Your Brain

Some Books to Feed Your Brain

Jon Bloom
If you’re like me, book recommendations are always welcome. So here are a few books that have been food for my brain (and heart) this year. . .
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Lay Aside the Weight of Self-Indulgence

Lay Aside the Weight of Self-Indulgence

Jon Bloom
Self-indulgence is spiritually dangerous to us because it’s a form of idolatry. It’s something we turn to instead of God for happiness.
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What’s the Point of All this Futility?

What’s the Point of All this Futility?

Jon Bloom
Are you tired of fighting futility? Evil and disorder relentlessly throw wrenches into the gears of your life. What’s the point? For God, the point is hope. Which is very strange.
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“Invictus” Redeemed

“Invictus” Redeemed

Jon Bloom
The poem has inspired millions, but its message is sick at its core. Who is the master of your fate? Who is the captain of our soul?
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Make Your Mouth a Fountain of Life

Make Your Mouth a Fountain of Life

Jon Bloom
The Bible tells us “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). That means a lot is at stake in what we say today. And in literate societies like ours, tongues include hands that write, type, paint, or sign.
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True Grit

True Grit

Jon Bloom
All kinds of adversity, because of God’s grace, strengthens the Christian’s faith. Just like our brains and our bodies, faith is only strengthened by vigorous exercise. Adversity produces strong, gritty faith.
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Help for Those Fighting or Grieving a Suicide

Help for Those Fighting or Grieving a Suicide

Jon Bloom
For some of us in the household of Jesus, Robin Williams’s death hits hard for very personal reasons. For some, a profound, oppressive darkness is threatening to douse the little light and hope they see.
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The Priceless Grace of Pressure

The Priceless Grace of Pressure

Jon Bloom
Pressure is one of the more resented of God’s graces. Read the Bible and you’ll discover one story after another of pressurized saints. When God chooses his servants, he tends to give them an oversized workload.
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You Don’t Have to Know a Lot of Things

You Don’t Have to Know a Lot of Things

Jon Bloom
John Piper’s book Doctrine Matters is the distillation of the “few great, majestic, unchanging, obvious, simple, glorious things” that set him on fire for 33 years as a local-church pastor and are still making him burn.
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When God Seems Silent

When God Seems Silent

Jon Bloom
So you desire God and ask for more of him and what do you get? Stuck in a desert feeling deserted. You feel disoriented and desperate. Don’t despair. . . . It’s how it feels, it’s not how it is. You are not alone. God is with you (Psalm 23:4).
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The Cool God Is a Puny God

The Cool God Is a Puny God

Jon Bloom
Americans, and most Westerners, live in cultures governed by the god called “Cool.” Cool doesn’t have a temple we can see or visit, but his images and shrines are everywhere. Cool is a god that we actually invite to take…
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The Unexpected Answers of God

The Unexpected Answers of God

Jon Bloom
In John 16:23–24, Jesus makes a stunning, sweeping, glorious promise to us: In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it…
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Before the Children Are Gone

Before the Children Are Gone

Jon Bloom
Time is our most precious earthly asset because all other earthly assets are governed by it. We can’t really save time. We can only spend it. So we try to manage it. But that’s very hard. Never in history have…
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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Jon Bloom
July 4th is the day we commemorate the Continental Congress’s declaration of independence from the nation of Great Britain. People still debate over whether or not Britain’s offenses warranted colonial secession and war. Regardless, it was a bold, very risky…
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How Can Self-Denial Be Hedonistic?

How Can Self-Denial Be Hedonistic?

Jon Bloom
The Christian life is a journey to the greatest joy that exists. But “the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:14). Why is that? Because, paradoxically, as Jesus’s disciples learned in
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God Makes Our Misery the Servant of His Mercy

God Makes Our Misery the Servant of His Mercy

Jon Bloom
Naaman was Syria’s foremost general when Elisha served as God’s foremost prophet in Israel. After a Syrian raid on Israel, Naaman brought back his wife a gift: a Hebrew servant girl. When she saw that Naaman suffered from a serious
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Jesus Wants You to Be You

Jesus Wants You to Be You

Jon Bloom
God had you specifically in mind when he created you and called you to follow him. You are custom-designed for your calling. But when you face the difficulty of your calling, you may look at others and be tempted to…
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This May Push You over the Edge

This May Push You over the Edge

Jon Bloom
Most of us read, see, or hear thousands of messages during the course of our lives. But only a few strike us with such force that we remember them distinctly. These messages uniquely shape us. They haunt us. We can’t…
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The Treasure Makes All the Difference

The Treasure Makes All the Difference

Jon Bloom
One of Jesus’s most powerful parables is also one of his shortest: The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all
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Let Darwin Teach You

Let Darwin Teach You

Jon Bloom
Charles Darwin loved his scientific studies. They were his “chief enjoyment and sole employment throughout life.” However, as the years passed, Darwin experienced a tragic atrophy. He described it near the end of his life in his autobiography: Up…
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Why Was Judas Carrying the Moneybag?

Why Was Judas Carrying the Moneybag?

Jon Bloom
Jesus put a thief in charge of his moneybag. Has that ever struck you as odd? Last week we focused on Mary, who poured a year’s wages on Jesus’s feet, and Judas, who saw Mary’s worshipful act as huge…
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