When Life Hurts

Michael Horton
When Life Hurts

Monks go looking for a cross, thinking that they are pleasing God by their stoic resolve. We encounter this sometimes in our own circles today, as believers often feel obliged to smile in public even if they collapse at home in private despair.

John Calvin counters, “Such a cheerfulness is not required of us as to remove all feeling of bitterness and pain.”

It is not as the Stoics of old foolishly described “the great-souled man”: one who, having cast off all human qualities, was affected... Continue Reading

When God Does the Miracle We Didn’t Ask For

Vaneetha Rendall Demski
When God Does the Miracle We Didn’t Ask For

Countless childhood surgeries. Yearlong stints in the hospital. Verbal and physical bullying from classmates. Multiple miscarriages as a young wife. The unexpected death of a child. A debilitating progressive disease. Riveting pain. Betrayal. A husband who leaves.

If it were up to me, I would have written my story differently. Not one of those phrases would be included. Each line represents something hard. Gut wrenching. Life changing.

But now, in retrospect, I... Continue Reading

When Distractions Keep Us from Our Kids

Christina Fox
When Distractions Keep Us from Our Kids

“Mom. Mom. Mom!”

I looked up at my son. “I’m sorry. What?” I asked.

“Did you hear anything I said?”

“No,” I admitted.

“I think you are addicted to your phone,” he remarked.

Justifications and excuses lingered on the tip of my tongue. I wanted to tell him about the “important” email I had to send. But the truth is, he was right.

The Pull of Technology

I recently wrote an article about investing the limited time we have with our children. One of the biggest drains of our time... Continue Reading

Why We Need Pastors with Big Hearts

John Knight
Why We Need Pastors with Big Hearts

There are things you cannot know without suffering. So writes John Piper in his foreword to How to Stay Christian in Seminary.

This is true, and yet those are the very things pastors must know, in some sense, as they seek to shepherd their people. Seminary is a place to be instructed and equipped, even though the vital experiences can’t all be simulated. Pastors must understand pain, even when they can’t understand every pain from the inside.

This is why us non-seminarians... Continue Reading

The Merciful Gift of Desperation

Jon Bloom
The Merciful Gift of Desperation

Do not underestimate the power of desperation to do good for your soul.

A couple of years ago I listened to a sermon by a friend who leads a missionary team that has planted itself into one of the least reached nations in the world. The most optimistic estimates of the number of indigenous Christians in this nation is less than the number of people who attend Bethlehem Baptist Church on a Sunday morning. A lot less.

When I listened to him preach it was like listening to the... Continue Reading

Share in the Glory of the Winter Games

David Mathis
Share in the Glory of the Winter Games

Don’t just watch the Olympics. Be a part.

The Christian can enjoy the Games with more substance and depth than anyone. Here’s a call to Olympic viewing with spiritual significance.

Our God and his Book give us unmatched capacities to experience the Olympiad — to share in the experience of the Winter Games in Sochi without making a costly and frightful trip to Russia. The only prerequisites are a television and faith in the true Savior of the world.

1. Hear the Voice of... Continue Reading

I Know the Plans I Have for You

Tony Reinke

Jeremiah 29:11 is a precious verse to many: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lᴏʀᴅ, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

So how can Gentile John Piper, or any of us, lay claim to this hopeful promise made to Israel, God’s covenant people? Pastor John explains in this 3-minute video:


Related resources:

  • Do the promises in the Psalms apply to the Christian life today? The question was asked in episode 162 in the Ask Pastor John... Continue Reading

Death: Shall We Weep or Rejoice?

John Piper
Death: Shall We Weep or Rejoice?

When a Christian dies, shall those of us who remain weep or rejoice? The biblical answer is both, even simultaneously.

I saw this in a new place as I was memorizing my way through Philippians again. I had never noticed before the emotional contrast between Philippians 2:17–18 and 2:27.

An Invitation to Rejoice

In Philippians 2:17–18, Paul is describing the possibility of his own death as “drink offering on the sacrificial offering” of their faith. He is willing to die in the... Continue Reading

Make the Most of Your Conference

Jon Bloom
Make the Most of Your Conference

This afternoon Desiring God kicks off the 27th annual Conference for Pastors in Minneapolis.

Yes, in Minneapolis. In February. Early February. More than 1,500 brave souls from all over the States and numerous other nations will travel to the capital of the polar vortex. Why Minneapolis, you ask? We are lovingly serving attendees by removing distractions like warm theme parks and Pacific palms so they can give their full focus to “The Remarkable Reality of Union with Christ.”... Continue Reading

Eternity Changes Everything

Stephen Witmer
Eternity Changes Everything

All Christians go to heaven. But some leap and stride into paradise from their deathbeds — peaceful, confident, and happy. Others limp and shuffle — clinging, denying, and frightened. Why the difference?

In my experience, it’s what they know (or don’t know) about what’s coming next. Jesus has guaranteed his people a glorious future. But have they fully grasped what he has fully secured? Those who haven’t will likely die clinging to a broken present rather than a perfect future.... Continue Reading