Help for Those Fighting or Grieving a Suicide
Aug 12, 2014
For some of us in the household of Jesus, Robin Williams’s death hits hard for very personal reasons. For some, a profound, oppressive darkness is threatening to douse the little light and hope they see.
The Priceless Grace of Pressure
Aug 8, 2014
Pressure is one of the more resented of God’s graces. Read the Bible and you’ll discover one story after another of pressurized saints. When God chooses his servants, he tends to give them an oversized workload.
You Don’t Have to Know a Lot of Things
Aug 6, 2014
John Piper’s book Doctrine Matters is the distillation of the “few great, majestic, unchanging, obvious, simple, glorious things” that set him on fire for 33 years as a local-church pastor and are still making him burn.
When God Seems Silent
Jul 18, 2014
All of God’s saints, if allowed to live long enough, are led into the lonely, disorienting, weary wilderness. God may seem silent, but he’s not.
The Cool God Is a Puny God
Jul 14, 2014
Americans, and most Westerners, live in cultures governed by the god called “Cool.” Cool doesn’t have a temple we can see or visit, but his images and shrines are everywhere. Cool is a god that we actually invite to take…
The Unexpected Answers of God
Jul 11, 2014
As you wait for God to answer your prayers, learn to expect the unexpected. God wraps most of his greatest gifts in painful packages.
Before the Children Are Gone
Jul 7, 2014
Time is our most precious earthly asset because all other earthly assets are governed by it. We can’t really save time. We can only spend it. So we try to manage it. But that’s very hard. Never in history have…
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
Jul 4, 2014
July 4th is the day we commemorate the Continental Congress’s declaration of independence from the nation of Great Britain. People still debate over whether or not Britain’s offenses warranted colonial secession and war. Regardless, it was a bold, very risky…
How Can Self-Denial Be Hedonistic?
Jun 27, 2014
The Christian life is a journey to the greatest joy that exists. But “the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:14). Why is that? Because, paradoxically, as Jesus’s disciples learned in…
God Makes Our Misery the Servant of His Mercy
Jun 23, 2014
Naaman was Syria’s foremost general when Elisha served as God’s foremost prophet in Israel. After a Syrian raid on Israel, Naaman brought back his wife a gift: a Hebrew servant girl. When she saw that Naaman suffered from a serious…
Jesus Wants You to Be You
Jun 19, 2014
God had you specifically in mind when he created you and called you to follow him. You are custom-designed for your calling. But when you face the difficulty of your calling, you may look at others and be tempted to…
This May Push You over the Edge
Jun 16, 2014
Most of us read, see, or hear thousands of messages during the course of our lives. But only a few strike us with such force that we remember them distinctly. These messages uniquely shape us. They haunt us. We can’t…
The Treasure Makes All the Difference
Jun 13, 2014
One of Jesus’s most powerful parables is also one of his shortest: The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all…
Let Darwin Teach You
Jun 9, 2014
Charles Darwin loved his scientific studies. They were his “chief enjoyment and sole employment throughout life.” However, as the years passed, Darwin experienced a tragic atrophy. He described it near the end of his life in his autobiography: Up…
Why Was Judas Carrying the Moneybag?
Jun 6, 2014
Jesus put a thief in charge of his moneybag. Has that ever struck you as odd? Last week we focused on Mary, who poured a year’s wages on Jesus’s feet, and Judas, who saw Mary’s worshipful act as huge…
When Wasting Your Life Is Worship
May 30, 2014
We all are happiness hunters. We are all treasure seekers. And as Judas and Mary illustrate, there’s one sure way to measure what we treasure: what we’re willing to spend to obtain it. The dinner table was buzzing with happy…
May 26, 2014
Memorial Day, as Americans have come to know it, began in the years immediately following the Civil War. But until World War II, most people knew it as “Decoration Day.” It was a day to decorate with flowers and flags…
The End of Books
May 24, 2014
Why is reading so important to Christianity? How is the Internet changing the way we read? How can we become better readers? These questions, and other critical topics about literacy, were addressed by Desiring God’s own Tony Reinke in an…
Escaping the Slavery of Selfish Ambition
May 23, 2014
Selfish ambition is a sin that always seems to be “crouching at the door” (Genesis 4:7). It contaminates our motives for doing just about anything. It shows up even in the most holy moments, like it did for Jesus’s disciples…
Ten Reasons to Memorize Big Chunks of the Bible
May 16, 2014
You can memorize big chunks, even books, of the Bible. And you should. But why? Here are ten reasons to commit more than Bible verses to memory, and how to do it.
When Waiting Doesn’t Work
May 12, 2014
Fifty-one years ago this spring, thirty-four-year-old Martin Luther King, Jr. sat in a Birmingham jail cell, technically because he had been “parading without a permit.” But that was a sham. Everyone knew it. He was in jail because he had…
Don’t Idolize Your Leaders
May 2, 2014
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…
When It Seems Like God Did You Wrong
Apr 25, 2014
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…
It Is Finished
Apr 18, 2014
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.