Articles by Josh Etter
All good is in God, true, but how shall we come to partake of that good? There is such a distance between you and God that, were not Christ in the middle, you would never come together.
Nothing is more precious than hearing God say to us personally: No condemnation. Or hearing him pronounce the words over our guilty heads, Justified! If you cherish this verdict and this standing with God, then cherish your union… Continue Reading
John Piper from 1995:
Test yourself. What is your mindset? Do you begin with God and his rights and goals? Or do you begin with yourself and your rights and wishes?
And when you look at the death of Christ,…
John Piper recently spent two weeks ministering in Australia. Here are seven lessons I learned along the way traveling with Pastor John — both in conversation with him and through observing his example and interaction with the Aussies.
1. More…Continue Reading
Pastor John (1981) illustrates what it means to fear the Lord in Exodus 20:20 —
Noël and the boys and I went out to Dick and Irene Tiegen's place last week. They have a big dog as tall as Benjamin…
Sometimes when my heart has been hard, dead, slothful, blind, and senseless, which indeed are sad frames for a poor Christian to be in, yet at such a time, when I have been in such a case, then… Continue Reading
Why does God keep Satan around? One reason is so that we'll experience the joy of "participating in the triumph."
Listen to Pastor John talk about the connection between spiritual warfare and prayer in this 22-minute devotional from a missions…Continue Reading
'Take no thought for the morrow,' means 'Do not be guilty of anxious thoughts about the morrow'. It does not mean that you do not take any thought at all, otherwise the farmer would not plough and harrow…
Pastor John from 1988:
I have in mind at least five things—five ways to make God known through your secular job and all of them are important. When one of them is missing, the witness to the truth of Christ…
Pastor John from 1981:
There are six things in the word of Joab that I think should characterize every effort at team ministry in the church.
First of all, humility. "If the Syrians are too strong for me,…
Pastor John from 2008:
The difference between an entertainment-oriented preacher and a Bible-oriented preacher is the manifest connection of the preacher’s words to the Bible as what authorizes what he says.
The entertainment-oriented preacher seems to be at ease talking…
J. C. Ryle writes:
- If we love a person, we like to think about him. We do not need to be reminded of him. We do not forget his name or his appearance or his character or his opinions or…
Pastor John from December 28, 1981:
“For me to live is Christ!” But very specifically that must mean: “For me to live is Christ’s mission.” “As the Father has sent me,” Jesus said, “so send I you.”
In 1982 my life must…
Pastor John from 1981:
First, a woman who fears the Lord is not anxious about the future. Look at verse 25. I love this line, and I praise all you women who are like this: "Strength and dignity are…
Vern Poythress shares about how he and his wife thought about training their boys to become Christian men:
When does a boy become a man in [American culture]? When he gets a driver's license? When he graduates from high school?…
From the January 2007 edition of Tabletalk:
1. Learn to admit sin for what it really is.
Call a spade a spade — call it 'sexual immorality,' not 'I’m being tempted a little'; call it 'impurity,' not 'I’m struggling with…
It is an error to think that those who flee worldly affairs and engage in contemplation are leading an angelic life. . . We know that men were created to busy themselves with labor and that no sacrifice…
J. I. Packer writes:
It is a universal experience that conscience is largely autonomous in its operation; though sometimes we can suppress or stifle it, it normally speaks independently of our will, and sometimes, indeed, contrary to our will. And…