Blog Posts on The Grace of God

Free! Free! Free! I Am Free!

John Piper
Free! Free! Free! I Am Free!

I continue listening to The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797). In the midst of chapter seven the slave obtains his freedom. It was 1766.

His own description of his ecstasy jolted me into a joyful experience of my own freedom — my stunning manumission from the power of sin to God through the death of Christ. Here is his amazing description of his joy.

My imagination was all rapture as I flew to the Register Office. . . . I could scarcely believe I was... Continue Reading

Your Sin Is No Match for God’s Grace

Jon Bloom

The old hymn says it beautifully: “Grace, grace, God’s grace; grace that is greater than all my sin.”

But the grace of God is not only great enough to “pardon and cleanse within.” It is so powerful, as Joseph’s older brothers learned in Genesis 45, that it can turn the most horrible sin you have ever committed against another, or has ever been committed against you, and make it the slave of his mercy.


“What do you mean he’s alive?” Jacob had no place to put Rueben’s... Continue Reading

When the Light Comes On

Jonathan Parnell
When the Light Comes On

My oldest daughter isn’t sleeping well. It’s the dark. From fear of what might be under her bed, to who might be looking through her window, she has her reasons for preferring the lights on.

In fact, she has started a new nightly routine. After the house is settled and her parents are quiet, presumably asleep, she secretly slips out of her room to flip on the nearby hallway light and then returns to bed. Somehow she finds a measure of comfort from the crease of light between the... Continue Reading

Am I Scared of God’s Goodness?

Jonathan Parnell

It’s kind of a hard question to ask. We know from the Bible that suffering plays an important role in the life of believers. We have even walked close with friends who have experienced intense pain. But we ourselves, well, we’ve not been face to face with affliction yet. We’ve not suffered severe loss. And this starts to make us suspicious, as if we have received too many gifts and before long something terrible is going to happen.

So what do we do? How do we truly enjoy God’s... Continue Reading

The Compelling and Costly Grace of God

David Mathis

For all eternity, God’s people will marvel at the splendor of his grace. Ephesians 1 tells us three times, in one long sentence, that God does all he does “to the praise of his glory” (verses 6, 12, and 14) — and that this glory is “the glory of his grace” (verse 6).

Bob Glenn, pastor of Redeemer Bible Church here in the Twin Cities, loves to celebrate God’s compelling and costly grace. When we had Glenn in the studio recently to record an episode of Theology Refresh,... Continue Reading

Every Moment in 2013 God Will Be Doing 10,000 Things in Your Life

John Piper
Every Moment in 2013 God Will Be Doing 10,000 Things in Your Life

“God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them.” That was one of our most widely spread tweets in 2012. So we want to say it again for 2013 and make this promise even more solid.

Not only may you see a tiny fraction of what God is doing in your life; the part you do see may make no sense to you.

  • You may find yourself in prison, and God may be advancing the gospel among the guards, and making the free... Continue Reading

God's Promise for the Disappointed

Steve Fuller
God's Promise for the Disappointed

Maybe you have longed for healing, for a job or for a baby or for a wife. You have faithfully and earnestly prayed for weeks and months — even years. But you are still sick, still unemployed, still childless, still single.

And you are disappointed. In fact, you are disappointed by God.

I Can Relate

For many years my wife and I longed for pregnancy. We longed and prayed. And longed and prayed some more. Couples we knew got pregnant — but we did not. And we felt deep... Continue Reading

Christmas Bloodline: Notorious Women in Jesus’s Family

Jon Bloom

Buried in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew chapter one is a gospel treasure. That treasure is five women. Their inclusion in the list is notable because it’s a patrilineal genealogy — a record of fathers and sons. Their inclusion is also notable because they were among the most notorious women in biblical history.

Tamar

The first mentioned is Tamar (Matthew 1:3). Remember her? Tamar entered the royal bloodline of the Messiah by disguising herself as a... Continue Reading

Krista Horning's Testimony

Jonathan Parnell

One of the high points of the recent "Works of God" conference was Krista Horning's testimony. She began with the question, "How do I live with disability?" Then in eight minutes straight she exults in what God says to her in his word.

Stream or download "Krista Horning's Testimony."


Check out Krista's book, Just the Way I Am. The remaining audio and video from the conference will be posted shortly.

God Is Up to Something

John Knight
God Is Up to Something

Sometimes I just want to cry. The editor of The Journal of Medical Ethics recently wrote in Readers Digest that parents will have the moral obligation to genetically enhance their children for preferable traits, including personality traits. Part of his argument is that we already do this reactively by screening for genetic anomalies like Down syndrome. His unstated case is that aborting children with disabilities is already so normal that it just follows we should proactively alter... Continue Reading