Blog Posts on Faith

When God Says Wait

Jonathan Parnell
When God Says Wait

The life of faith involves the miracle of seeing above your circumstances. It means we grasp the unseen that’s been promised, that we orient our lives in the time at hand, on the yet to come.

Psalm 37 exhorts us to this kind of life, and actually models for us what it looks like. David begins the psalm with end-times hope:

Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. (Psalm 37:1–2)

He says that... Continue Reading

Bind My Wandering Heart to Thee

Jon Bloom
Bind My Wandering Heart to Thee

In my observation and experience, the most loved verse from Robert Robinson’s hymn, “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” is this one:

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

Why do Christians love this verse? Because it beautifully helps us pray the groaning we... Continue Reading

The Greatest Blessing Mary Received

Jon Bloom
The Greatest Blessing Mary Received

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! (Luke 1:42)

Mary was unique in human history. It is absolutely true. She was “blessed among women” (Luke 1:42), and among men as well. She received the singular holy gift of being the mother of our Lord (Luke 1:43). God dwelled inside of her body in human form. Then he lived in her home and was under her care until adulthood.

Focusing on the Wrong Blessing

The mystery woven into Mary’s calling as Jesus’s... Continue Reading

The Undaunted Message of Freedom

Brandon Smith
The Undaunted Message of Freedom

“I think, therefore I am.” René Descartes penned this popular line in his 1637 treatise, Discourse on the Method, and it’s a good summary of the book itself. Heralding the importance of scientific discoveries and the necessity of doubting one’s own view of the world, Descartes’ work is often considered the first domino to fall in what is now called the Enlightenment. The Enlightenment, with its explosion of scientific discoveries and philosophical arguments, had one task: ... Continue Reading

Do You Want Your Faith to Grow?

Jonathan Parnell

If you want your faith to grow, read the Bible.

Earlier this Spring, in a discussion on sanctification, John Piper explains, “The only way faith grows is by God speaking to you. ‘Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God’ [Romans 10:17] — and not just when you got saved, but everyday of your life.”

God speaks to us when we read his word. There is where we encounter his truth — his promises, his warnings, his commands — of which we are called to trust and obey. And... Continue Reading

God’s Gracious Path to Costly Obedience

Steve Fuller
God’s Gracious Path to Costly Obedience

Imagine Abraham, living a life of security in Ur of the Chaldeans, but knowing that God had called him to leave it all for a land he did not know. That would have been costly.

And Abraham is not alone. God calls each of us to obedience that’s costly, like loving our enemies, sharing the gospel, forgiving those who hurt us, and battling sin.

So how did Abraham obey, when it was so costly?

Two Simple Words

God tells us in Hebrews 11:8, “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was... Continue Reading

God Will Never, Ever Break His Promise

Jon Bloom
God Will Never, Ever Break His Promise

How might Isaac have explained to his young sons, Jacob and Esau, why God had commanded his father, Abraham, to offer him as a burnt offering (Genesis 22)?


Eight year-old Esau sat on his bed-mat firing imaginary arrows in the dark at his younger twin, Jacob, who could hear him making his “pheoo” sound with each shot. They were hitting the target.

“Esau, stop!” pheoo. “I said, stop!” pheoo. “Stoooooop!” Jacob’s protests were aimed at his Father’s ears. They were hitting... Continue Reading

God’s Mercy in Making Us Face the Impossible

Jon Bloom
God’s Mercy in Making Us Face the Impossible

God is not content for us just to understand the idea that nothing is too hard for the Lᴏʀᴅ (Jeremiah 32:17). He wants us to have the overwhelming joy of experiencing it. But the sometimes agonizing period between his promise and his provision can push us to the brink of what we think we can believe, as it did for Abraham and Sarah.

[This imaginative conversation takes place shortly after Genesis 17:22.]


Abram entered the tent, his eyes on the ground, his mind a... Continue Reading

Faith That Made Jesus Marvel

Jon Bloom

Jesus… marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” (Luke 7:9)

Jesus, the “founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2), once marveled at the great faith he found in a man. And it’s the only instance recorded in the Gospels when Jesus responded that way. Who was this man? A rabbi? No. A disciple? Nope. A Roman soldier.


Jesus had walked down from the brow of the low mountain outside of Capernaum,... Continue Reading

Lay Aside the Weight of Doubt

Jon Bloom
Lay Aside the Weight of Doubt

*“Do not disbelieve, but believe.” (John 20:27)*

In the race of faith that Jesus has called you to run (Hebrews 12:1), doubt is a weight you simply can’t keep running with. You’ve got to drop it. Today.

But first, let me explain what I mean by doubt. Doubt is not synonymous with unbelief in the Bible — at least not complete unbelief. The Jewish leaders who opposed Jesus were full unbelievers (John 10:26). But the man who cried out “I believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24) was... Continue Reading