Blog Posts by Jon Bloom
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
The Only Thing We Have to Fear
He Must Increase, But I Must Decrease
You Don’t Have to Obey
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions (Romans 6:12).
It bears repeating: if you want life, deny yourself (Matthew 16:24–25). Your narcissistic nihilist self will kill you if you do not.
What the Lilac Preached to Me
The man at Home Depot said I had to choose between having kids and having a yard.
I have five kids. And our friends next door have five kids. Inner-city living means that most of the biking, digging, running, building,…Continue Reading
A Prayer for a Lukewarm Heart
O Infinitely Passionate Father,
You have created me with the capacity for deep affections — to love, to loathe, to desire, to delight, to excite, to grieve, to laugh, to enjoy, to fear, to be depressed, to be thankful. And…Continue Reading
If You Feel Overwhelmed, Eat!
When your soul is troubled and you feel overwhelmed, sometimes you need to just stop stewing and praying and tell yourself to eat, for God’s sake.
I get this from psalms like Psalm 43:
Why are you cast down, O…
The Cross Guarantees the Death of Our Dark Guest
Easter is for shouting. But Good Friday is for not much talking.
Good Friday is for long looks at the fulcrum of human history when the most beautiful and most horrible events converged in one glorious gory moment as the…Continue Reading
When the Angel Didn't Come
Luke says it so quickly, so matter-of-factly: “[Herod] killed James the brother of John with the sword” (Acts 12:2). In the flow of the story this little phrase sets the stage for Peter’s dramatic prison rescue by the angel. So…Continue Reading
Whom Are You Really Serving?
When Martha welcomed Jesus and his contingent into her home in Bethany (Luke 10:38–42) there could have been a hundred or more people. The seventy-two had just rejoined Jesus after their itinerant ministry tours. And considering his fame at this…Continue Reading