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Articles by Jon Bloom

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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Lay Aside the Weight of Restless Work

Jon Bloom

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

July marks my 20th year working with John Piper and many precious colleagues in this mission of Desiring God. It is a…

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Lay Aside the Weight of Self-Preoccupation

Jon Bloom

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)

Want to…

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God Will Never, Ever Break His Promise

Jon Bloom

How might Isaac have explained to his young sons, Jacob and Esau, why God had commanded his father, Abraham, to offer him as a burnt offering (Genesis 22)?


Eight year-old Esau sat on his bed-mat firing imaginary arrows in the…

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Lay Aside the Weight of Sluggishness

Jon Bloom

“And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit

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God Will Never, Never Break His Promise

Jon Bloom

Dear Friend,

How might Isaac have explained to his young sons, Jacob and Esau, why God had commanded his father, Abraham, to offer him as a burnt offering (Genesis 22)?

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“Father, tell Esau to stop shooting at me!” Isaac…

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Two Kinds of Regret, One Kind of Hope

Jon Bloom

What do you regret? That question can trigger some vivid memories. I don’t like to think about them. I wince as I remember things I wish I had never done—terrible, wounding words I spoke, confidences I betrayed, dark lusts I…

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God’s Mercy in Messed Up Families

Jon Bloom

Have you ever noticed how hard it is to find an example of what we would call a “healthy family” in the Bible? It’s a lot easier to find families with a lot of sin and a lot of pain…

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God’s Mercy in Making Us Face the Impossible

Jon Bloom

God is not content for us just to understand the idea that nothing is too hard for the Lᴏʀᴅ (Jeremiah 32:17). He wants us to have the overwhelming joy of experiencing it. But the sometimes agonizing period between his promise…

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When Harsh Words Are Kind

Jon Bloom

Missionary to India, William Carey, once exhorted a Baptist gathering in England by saying, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.” I love that quote

But we must heed the Bible’s warning through Simon the Magician: if…

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Jesus Came to Reverse the Curse

Jon Bloom

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25–26)

A few days ago we…

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Faith That Made Jesus Marvel

Jon Bloom

Jesus… marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” (Luke 7:9)

Jesus, the “founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2), once marveled at…

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Lay Aside the Weight of Fear

Jon Bloom
Lay Aside the Weight of Fear

What happened in Boston on Monday was demonic. The thief (John 10:10) killed three precious lives, wreaked physical destruction on scores more and spiritual destruction on thousands. And he stole not only the joy of the race for millions, but…

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Lay Aside the Weight of Doubt

Jon Bloom

“Do not disbelieve, but believe.” (John 20:27)

In the race of faith that Jesus has called you to run (Hebrews 12:1), doubt is a weight you simply can’t keep running with. You’ve got to drop it. Today.

But first, let…

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Lay Aside Every Weight

Jon Bloom

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1)

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Do Not Disbelieve — But Believe

Jon Bloom

“Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” (John 20:25)

The resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth…

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When Jesus Makes You Wait in Pain

Jon Bloom

The reason there was a “Palm Sunday” was because Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (John 12:17–18). It was perhaps the most powerful, hope-giving miracle Jesus ever performed during his pre-cross ministry; the capstone sign of who he was (John…

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Jesus Is Turning Your Shame into a Showcase of His Grace

Jon Bloom

You know that part of you that you really want others not to see — that stubborn weakness, humiliating failure, embarrassing illness, horrible past event, or present struggle with sin? There’s very good news for you in the story of…

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Seven Things to Pray for Your Children

Jon Bloom
Seven Things to Pray for Your Children

Some years back a good friend shared with me seven Scripture texts that he and his wife prayed for their two daughters from the time they were infants. The girls are now grown. And it’s beautiful to see how God…

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Failure Doesn’t Have to Be the Last Word

Jon Bloom

Demas and Mark are contrasts in failure. One provides us a word of warning, the other a word of hope. And as people who stumble in many ways (James 3:2), we need both.

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What happened to Demas? We don’t…

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Don’t Feel Qualified for Your Calling?

Jon Bloom

For the first forty years of his life, Moses lived in a place of strength. As a member of Pharaoh’s household he had social prestige, wealth (Hebrews 11:26), and youthful strength. When he became aware of and troubled by his…

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Your Sin Is No Match for God’s Grace

Jon Bloom

The old hymn says it beautifully: “Grace, grace, God’s grace; grace that is greater than all my sin.”

But the grace of God is not only great enough to “pardon and cleanse within.” It is so powerful, as Joseph’s older…

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