Your small group is destined to die a slow, complacent, even cordial death without direction. Good food and casual conversation might be staples of normal small group life, but they cannot be the substance. Too many groups meet week after…
In this three-minute clip from John Piper’s latest Passion message, he explains that blindness to God is at the root of our rebellion against God. Sin is our greatest problem, but it as much about seeing wrongly as it is about doing wrongly.
Before you buy a ticket or talk to a friend who wants to read the books or see the movie, I want to put ten of God’s promises before you. My hope and prayer is that the clarity and power of God’s words will convince many of you to save your money and your heart.
Theology, if cut off from knowing and enjoying God himself, can be a subtle and superficially spiritual god. As we read great old books, hear powerful messages, and adopt doctrines, we need to guard against falling in love with learning for learning's sake, and not for the sake of loving God.
What’s your favorite promise in the Bible? For many, it would be Romans 8:28. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good.” It calms a thousand fears, comforts a thousand pains, and yet raises a thousand questions.
Piper: “We have come to take all the relatively minor benefits of following Jesus and elevated them above the massive, real pleasures of knowing him, loving him, and dying and being with him forever. Everything’s out of proportion in typical American Christianity.”
Jesus came on mission, lived on mission, died on mission, and left his disciples — including all of us who follow him today — on mission. Conversion is about commission, not just salvation, because we’re not saved to be saved, but saved to be sent.
Killjoys was written to lead you deeper in love with our God and further into war against your sin. The truths, warnings, and promises in these pages are meant to chart a life-giving path to greater holiness and greater joy.
Our hearts were designed to enjoy a full and forever happiness, not the pitiful temporary pleasures for which we’re too prone to settle. Pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust are woefully inadequate…
Prayer is quite possibly the most important thing you will do today. And yet most people feel lost alone with the Lord. They don’t know what to do or how to persevere when prayer feels difficult, boring, or unfamiliar.
As you walk into corporate worship this weekend — especially as you sing God’s goodness back to him — know that he rejoices over you. His love for you is the surest. His joy in you is the fullest. His song over you is the loudest.
Louis Zamperini (1917–2014) was a miracle of a man. He truly lived — better, survived — one of the greatest stories ever written. Nonfiction stories are written, too, you know. “In your book were written, every one of them, the…
We surveyed our most-viewed articles of 2014. It’s an interesting mix of commentary on current events, advice for seasons of life, and insight into the mind, heart, and life of a Christian. All of it, of course, is an effort to satisfy your soul with a vision of a big, sovereign, loving God.
The story of the world meeting Jesus in the flesh is a story of the world finally finding full joy in God. Joy to the World sings this climax of history. Download Shane & Shane's new version of the song for free.
Jen Wilkin wants to remind us that, while the Bible is an extraordinary book, it is still a book, and reading it isn’t as mystifying as we’re tempted to think. She gives tips for finding what we need in any book, including the Book.
God refuses to define the greatness of your life in dollars or cents, family or friends or kids, promotions or raises, accomplishments or recognition or fun. He loves you too much, and there’s too much at stake.
Why do you want the job you do? Success is a subtle, but deadly god in America. But unlike the typical career path in our country, our God only trades in the currency of grace. We’ve been accepted and loved long before we clock in on Monday.
As we commit to one another in Christ-exalting churches and small groups, we should expect God to make those communities attractive, even irresistible to others. God will make our love, joy, and worship contagious.
Grades are the currency of college campuses — the way we measure our progress and compare ourselves with others. But when the A becomes the aim, we’ve really missed the point of our education. For the Christian, school — whatever discipline, whatever course, whatever professor — is about worship.
God, by his unrivaled, infinite power will one day remedy everything wrong about you. Now, you are counted perfect through faith in Jesus. Then, you will be presented perfect — no sin, no shame, no guilt, no doubt, no fear — nothing broken about you.
The problem with school, for most students, is all the classes — the lectures, the assignments, the papers, and the exams. But before you let yourself complain again about the suffering of schoolwork, think about how empowering learning really can be.
Some of the most precious pieces of this Bible are the promises God makes to those who love and believe in him. 2 Peter 1:3–4 explains that they’re weapons for the battle for faith, love, and purity. Watch the new Look at the Book video.
Psalm 130 puts words to a pattern of conviction, repentance, waiting, and praise that purifies the sinner and glorifies the Savior. It’s a paradigm for pursuing happiness among the everyday realities of temptation, weakness, brokenness, and failure.