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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.

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“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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Jesus Has Overcome the World

Jon Bloom

One thing the Bible is not is utopist about life in this world. It gets unfairly criticized for encouraging a pessimism that makes people passive about doing anything to improve things; people who are “too heavenly minded to be any…

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Lay Aside the Weight of Fragmented Focus

Jon Bloom

No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. (2 Timothy 2:4)

The Debilitating Weight of Too Much

If we’re going to successfully run the race of faith with endurance (Hebrews…

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How to Endure Common-to-Man Temptations

Jon Bloom

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may

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How Jesus Exposed the Idol of Self-Glory

Jon Bloom

The love of our own glory is the greatest competitor with God in our hearts. And sometimes we cloak this idol in a pious disguise. In Matthew 21, Jesus exposed this idol in the hearts of a few men with…

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Seven Ways to Pray for Your Heart

Jon Bloom

Over the years, as I’ve prayed for my own heart, I’ve accumulated seven “D’s” that I have found helpful. Maybe you’ll find them helpful as well.

With seven you can use them a number of ways. You might choose one…

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Lay Aside the Weight of “Not Feeling Like It”

Jon Bloom

What do you not feel like doing today?

You know what I mean. It’s that thing that’s weighing on you, which you know would honor God because it obeys his law of love (John 15:12), or is a work of…

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Watch Your Mouth

Jon Bloom

It is humbling to remember that as Christians we are still vulnerable to Satan’s deception. One moment we can speak glorious truth and the next moment destructive, satanic words. We must be on our guard, something Peter learned the hard…

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