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This Week's Sermon: "Missions Exists Because Worship Doesn't: A Bethlehem Legacy, Inherited and Bequeathed"
"Missions exists because worship doesn't." "Prayer is a war-time walkie-talkie, not a domestic intercom." "Suffering is not just the price many must pay, it is God's strategy for victory."
These are not merely pithy statements from John Piper. They are…Continue Reading
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We are beggars. This is true.
Those were the final words Martin Luther scribbled on a piece of paper just before he died on February 18, 1546. His last words echoed the life-changing truths he'd unearthed in the Scriptures —…Continue Reading
How the Battle Against Evil Is Transformed
Joy changes everything, including our battle against evil.
John Piper explains in this two-minute video:
Christian Hedonism changes our combat with evil. Jeremiah 2:13 — the Christian Hedonist definition of evil — "for my people have committed two evils: they…
The Grunt Work of the Gospel
"I am concerned," writes David Platt, "about a general vagueness that has existed in contemporary Christianity regarding the next step..."
We have seen that God blesses us so that his glory might be made known in all nations. But an…
The Deeper You Walk, the Hungrier You Get
When you take your stand on the finished work of God in Christ, and begin to drink at the River of Life and eat the Bread of Heaven, and know that you have found the end of all…
God Is More Relentless Than Disability
Don't Discount Them Like the Culture Does
It speaks volumes when a pastor addresses the reality of disability with biblical authority.
In this 3-minute video, John Knight, father of a child with multiple disabilities, explains how "The Works of God" conference is aimed at equipping pastors and…Continue Reading
The Greatest Enemy of Our Hunger for God
Christian fasting is not only the spontaneous effect of a superior satisfaction in God; it is also a chosen weapon against every force in the world that would take that satisfaction away.
The greatest enemy of hunger for…
Kevin DeYoung on the Doctrine of Scripture
This Week's Sermon: "God Is Most Glorified in Us When We Are Most Satisfied in Him"
God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. This idea, called "Christian Hedonism" by some, is a massive and pervasive biblical truth that changes everything.
Perhaps the apostle Paul makes it clearest in Philippians 1:12–26.
If Your Church Is Not All You Want It to Be
Chances are your church gathering isn't all you want it to be. . . This or that should be different, so and so should talk less, he and she should be on time — and why can't we just get…Continue Reading
What Happens When We Pray?
Do we really know what's going on when we pray? When we bow our heads at the dinner table? When we whisper quietly during our morning commute? Or when, like dragging our feet along a well-worn path, we ask again…Continue Reading
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Behind the Blog: When Storytelling Goes Bad
What to Do with a Told Gospel
It was a beautiful Saturday morning, the kind nobody in Minnesota takes for granted. The sun was running strong, the air was happy, the sky had never been more blue. My family and I were finishing up breakfast outside when…Continue Reading
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David Platt on the Doctrine of Suffering
God's Plan Before the Ages Began
Grace was given to you, Christian, before the universe was made. And it was given to you in Jesus Christ.
In this video, looking at Ephesians 1:5 and 2 Timothy 1:9, John Piper explains God's plan for our redemption…Continue Reading
The Apex of the Glory of God
This Week's Sermon: "Why Did God Create the World?"
The ultimate purpose for which God created this world is the praise of the glory of his grace in the death of Jesus for sinners.
There you have it, the most important thing we could ever know.
Recognizing that God…Continue Reading
Staying for the Best Things
I can't shake the scene of that little room where Passion and Patience sit waiting. The boys' sitter instructed them to stay still, to rest side by side, to hold out for what's best. What we come to find is…Continue Reading
We Should Learn This Verse
"I can't imagine any greater verse in the Bible," says John Piper of Jeremiah 32:40. The infinite heart of God is engaged in doing us infinite good. And that is what Jesus paid for with his blood.
In this three-minute…Continue Reading