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Jesus Must Increase: A Prayer for the New Year

Jon Bloom
Jesus Must Increase: A Prayer for the New Year
“Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30) If the prayer below captures in some way the deep longings of your heart, I invite you to join me in making it…
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Your Most Courageous Resolution

Jon Bloom
Pursue love. (1 Corinthians 14:1) Resolutions are good things. They’re biblical: “may [God] fulfill every resolve for good” (2 Thessalonians 1:11). And I think developing New Year’s resolutions is a very good idea. A year is a defined timeframe long…
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The Greatest Blessing Mary Received

Jon Bloom
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…
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When a Sword Pierces Your Soul

Jon Bloom
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…
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Making Christmas Melancholy Point Hopeward

Jon Bloom
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…
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For All Who Ever Lost a Child

Jon Bloom
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…
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Lay Aside the Weight of Christmas Expectations

Jon Bloom
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…
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No One Ever Said It Would Be This Hard

Jon Bloom
Nobody said it was easy; No one ever said it would be this hard. (Coldplay, “The Scientist”) O Christian Hedonism! That ancient, beautiful, biblical truth that our treasure is what most captures our heart (Matthew 6:21), that what measures…
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When Black Friday Becomes a Mission

Jon Bloom
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…
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How Can We Give Thanks in All Circumstances?

Jon Bloom
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18) In last week’s post, I described grumbling as the accent of hell and gratitude as the accent of heaven…
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Don’t Raise Good Kids

Jon Bloom
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…
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We Are Far Too Easily Displeased

Jon Bloom
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) I…
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Five Ways to Refresh the Saints in Your Life

Jon Bloom
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…
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Lay Aside the Weight of Discontentment

Jon Bloom
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
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What to Neglect to Have a Rich Life

Jon Bloom
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…
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Jonathan: The Glory of Humbly Yielding Power

Jon Bloom
Dear Friends, Perhaps the only thing harder for prideful humans than humbly wielding power is humbly yielding power. And perhaps the most beautiful Old Testament example of this is Jonathan, who not only yielded the throne to David, but, as…
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The Powerful Glory of Yielding Power

Jon Bloom
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…
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How to Humbly Give and Receive Correction

Jon Bloom
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…
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God’s Bright Design for Your Bitter Providences

Jon Bloom
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…
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Hope for the Battle with Intractable Weakness

Jon Bloom
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…
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Six Benefits of Ordinary Daily Devotions

Jon Bloom
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…
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Lay Aside the Weight of Prideful Comparison

Jon Bloom
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…
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The Impoverishing Power of Financial Prosperity

Jon Bloom
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…
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Rich Young Man: The Impoverishing Power of Financial Prosperity

Jon Bloom
Dear Friend, 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…
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You Can Take Heart in Uncertainty

Jon Bloom
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…
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