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Now Available: New Messages on Union with Christ

Jonathan Parnell
Now Available: New Messages on Union with Christ

John Owen once said that our knowledge of the Bible is useless unless it “forms Christ in the soul.” He means that unless truth leads us to Jesus or brings him to us, it stays lifeless and unprofitable. It does…

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When God Works for You

Jonathan Parnell

But they who wait for the Lᴏʀᴅ shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

It’s not exactly what we’d…

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Three Reasons to Get Some Sleep

Jonathan Parnell
Three Reasons to Get Some Sleep

Life is short. Stay awake for it.

So goes the tagline for the second largest coffee franchise in America. It’s catchy and practical. Drink our coffee, it suggests, not merely for its taste, but for its benefits, that is,

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The Love of God’s Power

Jonathan Parnell
The Love of God’s Power

God is faithful. We’ve all heard these words.

We’ve read them, said them, and sung them. And we’ve felt them.

God’s faithfulness is a palatable experience of his love. It’s his love tasted and seen in our history. It’s the…

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Backslap Death in the Face

Jonathan Parnell

Cadenced descriptions of Christ’s work have always characterized the voice of his church.

“He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate,” the old creed says, “he suffered death and was buried, and on the third day he rose again.” Straightforward…

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God Doesn’t Want You to Worry

Jonathan Parnell

Philippians 4:6–7,

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your

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Put Your Foot on It

Jonathan Parnell
Put Your Foot on It

We definitely wouldn’t let our kids see this.

If the next Bible-inspired movie was about Joshua taking the Promised Land, it might even be one that many adults choose to miss, especially if it stays true to the biblical account…

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Seven Details to See in Your Past

Jonathan Parnell
Seven Details to See in Your Past

The grace of Jesus Christ not only covers our past and sustains our present, but also creates for us a future.

In him our sins are forgiven and we are declared righteous. In him we are sanctified and progressively being…

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Captive to Glory (Free eBook)

Jonathan Parnell
Captive to Glory (Free eBook)

Today we are releasing a new ebook from John Piper, Captive to Glory: Celebrating the Vision and Influence of Jonathan Edwards. It is a collection of the best snapshots of Edwards’s influence in Piper’s published corpus.

The Focus on

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Dads, Write in Your Bible

Jonathan Parnell
Dads, Write in Your Bible

It’s no secret that the word of God and prayer are a personal means of grace that spill over for the good of those around us.

We read the Bible not just for ourselves, but for our families, for our…

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When You Track Your Spiritual Progress

Jonathan Parnell

The last days of December are a great time for personal inventory.

It’s almost involuntary for many of us. The close of one year naturally leads to us to think back over the highs and lows of the last 365…

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Football and the Warrior Instinct

Jonathan Parnell
Football and the Warrior Instinct

One of the last things we need is for young men to think that masculinity is defined by tackles and touchdowns. That would be bad. But it would also be bad if the world were bleached of tackles and touchdowns.

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Top 10 Books of the Year — Chosen by You

Jonathan Parnell

It’s that time of year. The lineups are out.

The last few weeks of December present a nice opportunity to do a little inventory on the past twelve months, including the best books you’ve read. If you’ve visited some of…

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God Will Fulfill His Purpose for You

Jonathan Parnell

“I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.

This is the straightforward truth that David clings to in Psalm 57:2.

Here he states two basic facts: God has a purpose for him…

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What Will You Say to Jesus?

Jonathan Parnell

One day we will stand before Jesus.

If we could see through the clutter of our lives now, if we could envision that day when everything is said and done, it’s clear that the enduring mission in and under and…

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Until the Son of God Appeared

Jonathan Parnell

Finally, the son was born. Generation after generation had anticipated his birth and the world desperately needed him. Desperately.

Each day was a gloomy cloud of night. The darkness of death’s shadow filled the earth. Strife and quarrels multiplied without…

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How to Clear the Clutter in Your Life

Jonathan Parnell

Sometimes our dining room table gets cluttered.

For one, it’s a big table. Every time I have to squeeze around the end chair, sliding my back against the wall, I remind myself that it’s not for the table we live…

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Learning from Lincoln’s Compelling Precision

Jonathan Parnell

On November 19, 1863 — 150 years ago today — a tall, stressed out man from Illinois stood up to deliver 269 words that changed a country. It took him only two minutes.

Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the…

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When the Sex Should Stop

Jonathan Parnell
When the Sex Should Stop

Sometimes sex should stop in marriage.

The sometimes is really important. Not all the time. It’s not what is normative or typical. It’s sometimes. And, at the same time, be sure that sometimes really means sometimes. Real times…

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The Kind of Father He Is

Jonathan Parnell

The castle was mangled. With just a glance, you could tell it was bad.

The main gate was completely exposed. The chains that once lowered the intimidating drawbridge were now severed. The drum tower, which had weathered the most obvious…

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Good News, Everyone’s Invited

Jonathan Parnell

Not everyone will believe the gospel, but everyone should be invited.

We know from Scripture, and experience, that not everyone will trust in Jesus and be saved. In fact, many will not. Many today sitting in churches across this country…

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Jesus Saves

Jonathan Parnell

The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. (Luke 19:10)

Christianity is summed up in these words: Jesus came to seek and save the lost. If we were asked to describe in a sentence the…

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God’s Glory Wins

Jonathan Parnell

Not everyone will believe the gospel. Why?

“God desires all people to be saved,” 1 Timothy 2:4 tells us. “God does not take pleasure in the death of anyone,” Ezekiel 18:32 says. Then why are there some who refuse to…

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Three Prayers for Facing Monday (Or Any Tomorrow)

Jonathan Parnell

This is one of those really deep, common truths — one which Jonathan Edwards expounds with the intellectual horsepower of a genius, and to which our most common experience testifies:

Essential to our present joy is the anticipation of greater

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Jesus Doesn’t Love You Like That

Jonathan Parnell

Either Jesus died to save his church or he didn’t. There isn’t a third option.

Either he gave himself up for his bride, as Ephesians 5:25 tells us, or he died to create the possibility of her salvation that depends…

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