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Don’t Idolize Your Leaders

Jon Bloom
Don’t Idolize Your Leaders
Barak was a hero of early Israel, serving during the pre-monarch period when Deborah judged the nation (Judges 4–5). His great military feat was the complete rout of the Canaanite general, Sisera, and his army. However, in the process he
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When It Seems Like God Did You Wrong

Jon Bloom
When It Seems Like God Did You Wrong
The story of Naomi in Ruth chapter one teaches us that how things *look and how things feel are often not how they are.* The last time Naomi had seen her hometown on the Judean hillside, the barley fields had…
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It Is Finished

Jon Bloom
It Is Finished
The triune God had the Council, Pilate, and Satan where he wanted them. They would have had no authority over the Son at all unless it had been given them from above.
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When Fear Attacks

Jon Bloom
When Fear Attacks
Without exception, regardless of our situation, following Jesus requires all of us to repeatedly exercise courage, because God frequently calls us to face or do things we’re afraid of. In this, Joshua, the son of Nun, is an example for…
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Why God Gives Us More Than We Can Handle

Jon Bloom
Why God Gives Us More Than We Can Handle
The next time someone says that God doesn’t give us more than we can handle, point them to Judges chapter seven. God instructing Gideon to take on over 100,000 enemy soldiers with just 300 fits in the “more than you
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God Wants You to Know How Much He Loves You

Jon Bloom
God Wants You to Know How Much He Loves You
The greatest love you can know is when someone lays down his life for you (John 15:13). Especially when you were an enemy when he laid his life down for you (Romans 5:10). And that’s when Jesus laid his life…
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The Folly of What Noah Preached

Jon Bloom
The Folly of What Noah Preached
Paul wrote, “the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18). In Noah, we have an Old Testament illustration of this.
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How to Get Your Mind Back on Track

Jon Bloom
How to Get Your Mind Back on Track
How are you feeling? What’s on your mind? These are very important questions, not just polite conversation starters. They’re questions we should ask ourselves (and others) frequently because they tell us what direction our train is heading. Our Train of…
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Extraordinary Help for Gospel Productivity

Jon Bloom
Extraordinary Help for Gospel Productivity
Does God care about how productive we are? He does. Deeply. Consider: Our fruitfulness reflects on Jesus: “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples” (John 15:8). We are to…
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Nine Practical Pointers for Plodders

Jon Bloom
Nine Practical Pointers for Plodders
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14) Today is going to be a challenge. You will not make perfect plans. You will not work your plans perfectly…
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The Dead Snake Handler and the Dead Poet’s Society

Jon Bloom
The Dead Snake Handler and the Dead Poet’s Society
On February 15, Jamie Coots, pastor of Full Gospel Tabernacle in Middlesboro, Kentucky, and co-star of National Geographic’s reality show Snake Salvation, died from a snakebite to the hand. Christianity Today has the story. It was his ninth…
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The Insanity of Leaning on Our Own Understanding

Jon Bloom
The Insanity of Leaning on Our Own Understanding
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5–6) When the Bible tells us in this verse not to…
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Why We Shouldn’t Neglect to Meet Together

Jon Bloom
Why We Shouldn’t Neglect to Meet Together
Have you ever thought of this simply stunning statement by God as a reason why we are to gather together in corporate worship? It is not good that the man should be alone. (Genesis 2:18) What’s so incredible about this…
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What Dead Abel Speaks to Us

Jon Bloom
What Dead Abel Speaks to Us
The story of Cain and Abel in Genesis 4 tells much more about Cain than Abel. In fact, not one word is recorded from living Abel. But the author of Hebrews says that, “through [Abel’s] faith, though he died, he
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Valentine’s Day Belongs to God

Jon Bloom
Valentine’s Day Belongs to God
What should Christians make of today’s Valentine’s Day? As much as purely possible! Valentine was a saint, and Eros is not Cupid’s domain. It is God’s.
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Bind My Wandering Heart to Thee

Jon Bloom
Bind My Wandering Heart to Thee
In my observation and experience, the most loved verse from Robert Robinson’s hymn, “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” is this one: O to grace how great a debtor Daily I’m constrained to be! Let Thy goodness, like a fetter…
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The Merciful Gift of Desperation

Jon Bloom
The Merciful Gift of Desperation
Do not underestimate the power of desperation to do good for your soul. A couple of years ago I listened to a sermon by a friend who leads a missionary team that has planted itself into one of the least…
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Make the Most of Your Conference

Jon Bloom
Make the Most of Your Conference
This afternoon Desiring God kicks off the 27th annual Conference for Pastors in Minneapolis. Yes, in Minneapolis. In February. Early February. More than 1,500 brave souls from all over the States and numerous other nations will travel to the capital…
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Don’t Miss the True Bread

Jon Bloom
Don’t Miss the True Bread
One of the strangest things Jesus ever said is recorded in chapter six of John’s Gospel, where Jesus stated that his followers must eat his flesh and drink his blood. These words are disturbing. Almost everyone, including his most loyal…
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Relentlessly Call Abortion What It Really Is

Jon Bloom
Relentlessly Call Abortion What It Really Is
Abortion is rarely talked about. I’m not talking about the word “abortion.” We hear this word a lot it in the public square. But we rarely hear about it. Abortion almost always refers to something else. We hear that…
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Read This If You Want to Burn

Jon Bloom
Read This If You Want to Burn
Some things you read are invigorating and expansive for your imagination. Some things you read give you penetrating insight into dealing with complex issues. Some things you read hit the sweet spot of your interests and you’re lost in them…
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The Weakness of the World’s Strongest Man

Jon Bloom
The Weakness of the World’s Strongest Man
Why did the author of Hebrews include Samson in his heroes of the faith? His story is a painful reminder that faithful obedience is better than impressive giftedness, that faith must work through love.
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Come, Look Through This Telescope

Jon Bloom
Come, Look Through This Telescope
He gave . . . teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of
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Love Is Not a Verb

Jon Bloom
Love Is Not a Verb
Two weeks ago, I encouraged us all to make a 2014 resolve to “pursue love” (1 Corinthians 13:5). Based on the following statements by Jesus, I would say that love is the most important thing to pursue this year. [The…
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22 Million Reasons to Pray with Us

Jon Bloom
22 Million Reasons to Pray with Us
Do you ever think about the Internet as an answer to centuries of saints’ prayers that “the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored” (2 Thessalonians 3:1)? We must not take this marvel for granted. In reading…
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