More Than Enough

Jon Bloom

Will Jesus provide for you? Are you struggling to believe it, because when you do the math it doesn’t add up? You’re in good company. Philip and Andrew had witnessed astounding miracles by Jesus, but when it came to feeding 5,000 people1 the math added up to impossible.

Imagine a conversation between Philip and Andrew as they are gathering up the leftovers.

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Philip set his basket load of bread fragments down on the grass. He straightened his tired back and scanned the huge crowd of... Continue Reading

Psalm 2 and World Evangelization

Johnathon Bowers

I’d like us to consider Psalm 2 from three perspectives. First, we’ll examine the message of the psalm. Second, we’ll look at how the New Testament uses it. Finally, we’ll ask how this psalm speaks to the task of world evangelization.

The Message of Psalm 2

Psalm 2 begins with a question: “Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?” (verse 1). Verses 2–3 specify this futility: the kings of the earth reject Messiah’s right to rule. In response, God gives the nations... Continue Reading

Specifically, Who Were the Puritans? What Were Their Names?

John Piper
Specifically, Who Were the Puritans? What Were Their Names?

You may have heard people vilify or extol the Puritans. J. I. Packer is among those who extol. Indeed, he thinks that this century of pastors was the greatest the church has ever known.

Some of us have found our souls richly fed by these 350-year old pastors. When we have needed spiritual food, we have found ourselves grazing in the Bible-saturated, heart-searching seventeenth century Puritans.

If you have ever wondered just who they were, here is... Continue Reading

A Tool to Help You Live

Jonathan Parnell

"By the work of the Holy Spirit, God defeats temptation by awakening joy through belief in the word of God which is at work in us. And that word is most centrally the good news that Christ died for us so that all the promises of God are Yes in him."

This is how we live.

Pastor John's acronym A.P.T.A.T is a device that may help:

This excerpt starts at the 29:28 mark of this week's sermon.

Three Exhortations for Pastoral Ministry

Jonathan Parnell

Pastor, there are three things John Piper would say to you about your ministry.

Three things that he has said before, at a conference in Phoenix in 2006. Three things: make God central in your heart, central in your thinking, central in your preaching.

And the reason God is central in all these things is because God is central to our joy.

Stream or download all three messages of "Brothers — Feel, Think, Preach God" ...

For an... Continue Reading

Defending the Faith in the Public Arena

Jonathan Parnell
Defending the Faith in the Public Arena

"Defending the Faith in the Public Arena" — this is the topic of John Piper's message delivered at a 2004 gathering of the National Religious Broadcasters. We recently obtained this audio and commend it to you now. Its relevance hasn't waned.

Piper's approach in two parts:

  1. Toillustratethe increasingly public nature of the issue of the supremacy of God and ponder how we shouldrespondfor the sake of defending the gospel.
  2. Toanswer the chargethat God’s self-exalting... Continue Reading

Inspired to Pray in 2012

John Piper
Inspired to Pray in 2012

If you want to be inspired to pray in 2012 and don’t have time for a long book, Here is a short one.

Probably no book has had a greater effect on my prayer life in proportion to its size than E. M. Bounds, Power Through Prayer. It was the seed from which grew the tree, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals.

The preacher . .. is not a professional man; his ministry is not a profession; it is a divine institution, a divine devotion. (Location 55)

His passion is perhaps best expressed in... Continue Reading