Six Questions to Ask When Studying the Bible in a Group
Nov 14, 2015How do you read the Bible when you read it with others? Here are six questions to ask every time you open the Bible together. Hopefully, whether you’ve been reading the Bible for years or are brand new to it, these ideas allow you to engage in a deeper, more practical way than you ever have before.
Satan Hunts Among the Hurting
Nov 4, 2015Mountain lions detect vulnerabilities in their prey and attack the weakest — the young, the sick, the injured. The enemy of your hope and happiness hunts with that same instinct, with a cold-hearted and ruthless hunger for the weak or hurting. Here are five invincible truths for vulnerable hearts.
The Old Me Made New
Oct 25, 2015The cross was the greatest price ever paid. But what did Jesus buy with his blood? Far too many Christians settle for far too little from God’s. Yes, he forgives us, but he also makes us new. Read the meditation, and stream a song from Shane & Shane specifically written for Psalm 51.
The Joy of Living in Jesus’s Shadow
Oct 16, 2015One key to happiness is learning the joy and freedom of being found in Jesus’s shadow. John the Baptist, one of the most important men in history, joyfully retreated to the background when Christ came. We all need to learn that kind of fearless, hardworking, full-hearted rest and humility.
The Lies That Tie Us to Our Phone
Oct 5, 2015The same device that connects us with people all over the world alienates us from those just across the room. At least two lies keep us so close to them: The world needs me, and I need the world. The truth frees us to love those closest to us, the ones who often need us most.
Take Every Task Captive Today
Sep 24, 2015The most dangerous thing about tomorrow is the temptation to forget God, to live and talk and act as if God doesn’t exist. It’s the greatest danger any day: to live our daily lives — our daily habits, daily work…
A Big God Will Eclipse Every Pain
Sep 17, 2015Often the moments of life we feel most helpful are when sitting with friends or family who are suffering. What’s the first thing you say to someone in your life who’s experiencing significant grief or has received tragic news? The Bible’s approach to pain may surprise you.
A Worship Song Worthy of Eternity
Sep 6, 2015And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and…
Three Prayers for Your Heart
Sep 2, 2015In three short videos, John Piper walks through a prayer from God for us in Psalm 141. He pulls out several key points for our prayer lives, teaching us to call on God to move, first to meet us, then to guard and keep us, and finally to fill and satisfy us.
Sep 1, 2015For all that technology has done to connect us with people around the world, it’s put miles between next-door neighbors. It almost feels like you need to book a flight. Face-to-face friendship is a lost art that’s critical to loving the lost, and it’s never too late to be a better neighbor.
Pain: A Secret Garden of Pride
Aug 19, 2015Pain can be a secret garden of pride. It can cause us to doubt God’s goodness, wallow in self-pity, and isolate ourselves from him and others. We don’t talk about it often because it’s so sensitive. As touchy as the topic of pain is, though, it’s equally dangerous to tiptoe around it.
Hope for the Unhappily Single
Aug 11, 2015Will I be single forever? It’s a question that haunts a growing number of men and women in the church today. The good news for the not-yet-married is that no one in Christ is single, and no one is married in heaven.
It Is Well
Aug 9, 2015For Horatio Spafford, Christ was the key to suffering well. Only his love for Jesus was able to carry him across the most violent waves of life.
Sex: The Frontrunner for President
Aug 5, 2015One decision determines the fate of the American people every four years: Who will be our next president? The candidates are pouring in, and the race is heating up. So who’s the favorite? Sex. Sex has won far too many elections, but it cannot satisfy like God or save like his grace.
Designed for Joy
How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice
Jul 31, 2015It’s one of the most important — and controversial — topics of our time. God created men and women in his image — equal in value and complementary in roles. These distinctive roles are not the vestiges of a bygone…
The Joy of Christian Manhood and Womanhood
Jul 31, 2015This book now appears in print under the title Designed for Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice. Christian complementarity is the conviction that God created men and woman as his image-bearers — equal in…
Too Depressed to Believe What We Know
Eleven Resources for the Darkness
Jul 14, 2015We’ve collected some of our best resources on the topic of depression, as well as a few others from around the web. We pray they will be God’s means of bringing his light into your darkness, his hope into your despair.
Guilty Until Proven Innocent
Jul 9, 2015Christians are often divided because we are by nature defensive. Too many divisions in the church — specifically in personal relationships — stem from insecurity and defensiveness in the face of accusation, whether real or imagined. These accusations may fall…
No Sore Losers on Sunday
Singing Despite the Court’s Decision
Jun 28, 2015We head to church this weekend with heavy hearts. The cloud of the Supreme Court’s 5-to-4 decision hangs over our corporate worship — and we don’t even yet know or feel all the consequences of the historic decision.
When Leaders Fall, All Are Punished
Jun 24, 2015Too often, we see the news of another pastor or leader who has fallen into some moral failure. Their disqualification can be devastating to their followers. But are the consequences for the congregations even deeper and more serious than we feel at first?
Inside Out, Right-Side Up
The Roots of Real Joy
Jun 22, 2015Inside Out, the latest creation from Pixar, enters the mind of eleven-year-old Riley, and personifies her five dominant emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. The five characters in Riley’s head, led by Joy, man a control panel that…
Binge-Eating, But Starving
Jun 18, 2015The world offers us pleasure on pleasure, but they never fill the hunger we feel deep inside. So many of us are binge-eating, frantically consuming everything we can in this life, not knowing that day by day we’re hungrier than we’ve ever been. The cravings are a mercy meant to lead us to God.
My All in All
Jun 14, 2015The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. (Matthew 13:44) Lots of people are…
When Marriage Is Miles Away
On Long-Distance Dating
Jun 10, 2015Any dating couple should pursue clarity and postpone intimacy. Here are three pieces of advice specifically for long-distance relationships.