Where Souls Find Sweet Rest Forever

Tony Reinke

Psalm 23:2,

He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.

Jonathan Edwards:

In Christ you shall have glorious objects for the eye of your soul to behold in which you shall find rest. You shall have glorious objects of your understanding and contemplation. The glory of God and beauty of Christ shall be the objects of your view.

The way of salvation by Christ…

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Speaking of Apps: The Voice of God in Our Hands

John Piper

As I did last year, here's another call for your Bible app to threaten the use of every other app out there.

Olive Tree BibleReader is my default mobile Bible. I use it for devotions every day, usually from my iPad. 

The McCheyne Yearly Reading Plan has buttons after each chapter that take you directly to the next assigned chapter. The split window lets me keep a Greek and Hebrew window…

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Forty-Year-Old Light on How to Translate “Son of God” for Muslims

John Piper

Writing in 1972, J. I. Packer sheds light on the contemporary debate over how to translate the term “Son of God” in Muslim contexts. A common Muslim misconception is that Christians believe Jesus was God’s Son by procreation with Mary, so that there are at least two gods — the Son and the Father.

Motivated by a desire to remove unnecessary stumbling blocks for Muslims, some have advocated translating the…

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Hell Can't Blackmail Heaven into Misery

Jonathan Parnell

God is for your everlasting joy. Real joy and really everlasting. Nothing can impede it, not even the simultaneous reality of hell. Pastor John writes in Future Grace,

When God's patience has run its long-suffering course, and this age is over, and judgment comes on the enemies of God's people, the saints will not disapprove of God's justice. They will not cry out against him. On the contrary, the…

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When Is Indecision Loveless and Sinful? (A Lesson from Bonhoeffer)

John Piper

Have you ever been paralyzed with indecision? I have. It is not a good trait of leadership.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer breathed the air of crisis most of his adult life. This would eventually make the issue of decisiveness a matter of life and death. And even before that moment it was an issue of love.

Everywhere Bonhoeffer looked in the Europe of 1934 he saw Christian indecisiveness. The “deutsche Christen,” the…

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Why the Lamb Was Spotless

Tony Reinke

Gerald Bray:

The lamb that was sacrificed for the sins of the people became sin for them, but it was not covered in blotches representing sins. On the contrary, it had to be completely free of blemish in order to be able to bear the burden of the people’s sins [Exodus 12:5]. If the lamb were less than perfect, someone might say that it was being sacrificed because of its…

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Lent or No Lent, Life Is War

John Piper

Lent or no Lent, not doing some things you feel like doing is the daily pattern for the disciples of Jesus. Yes, daily. “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).

In the resurrection there will be no self-denial because none of our desires will be sinful or foolish. Till then we have sinful and foolish desires…

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How Safe We Are

Tony Reinke

Matthew 10:30:

But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.

Charles Spurgeon:

You all take care of yourselves to some extent, but which of you ever took so much care of himself as to count the hairs of his head? But God will not only protect our limbs, but even the growth of hair is to be seen after. And how much this excels all the care of…

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The Darling Object of William Wilberforce

Jon Bloom

At 4:00 AM on February 24, 1807, the British Parliament overwhelmingly voted to abolish the slave trade and then “rose almost to a man and turned towards [William] Wilberforce in a burst of Parliamentary cheers…while he sat, head bowed, tears streaming down his face.”1 

This extraordinary moment was the culmination of 20 years of relentless, determined personal and legislative exertion to bring this evil trade to an end.…

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