John Piper on 9/11

Jonathan Parnell
John Piper on 9/11

9/11 — The Day Death Became Real

David Mathis
9/11 — The Day Death Became Real

C. S. Lewis's words from his classic essay “Learning in War-Time," written during World War II, captured some of the powerful effect 9/11 had on those of us living half a century later.

There is no question of death or life for any of us, only a question of this death or of that — of a machine gun bullet now or a cancer forty years later.

What does war do to death?It certainly does not make it more frequent; 100 percent of us die, and the percentage cannot be increased.It... Continue Reading

Serve In the Shadow God Places You

Jon Bloom
Serve In the Shadow God Places You

“Andrew. Oh! You’re Simon Peter’s brother, aren’t you?”

Andrew must have gotten used to that. Even the New Testament introduces him as “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother” (John 1:40). Peter’s shadow is cast over Andrew from the beginning.

Andrew is mentioned by name 12 times in the New Testament. In ten of those he’s named along with Peter, and usually as Peter’s brother. Peter, on the other hand, has over 150 mentions, and actually contributed to the New Testament.

It’s... Continue Reading

Seven Lessons from Down Under

Josh Etter

John Piper recently spent two weeks ministering in Australia. Here are seven lessons I learned along the way traveling with Pastor John — both in conversation with him and through observing his example and interaction with the Aussies.

1. More than anything else, Satan hates and opposes our efforts to evangelize. This is not based on a specific text, but is apparent because Satan is a liar and so hates the truth of the gospel. Satan is a murderer and the ultimate death is hell.... Continue Reading

Giving Thanks for Victor Manuel Watters

Brian Eaton
Giving Thanks for Victor Manuel Watters

Last November we wrote a post about the Watters family and their testimony of God's sovereignty in the midst of cancer. Here is their CaringBridge entry from September 7:

Victor Manuel Watters passed into eternity earlier this morning at the age of 14 years. He ran a good race, and finished well. To God be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

The testimony of Victor's life is that of a young man who spread the fragrance of the knowledge of Christ everywhere he went. Last... Continue Reading

Why Are You Thrilled to Be Loved by Jesus?

John Piper
Why Are You Thrilled to Be Loved by Jesus?

Believers in Jesus are precious to God (we're his bride!). And he loves us so much that he will not allow our preciousness to become our god.

God does indeed make much of us (adoption!), but he does so in a way that draws us out of ourselves to enjoy his greatness.

Test yourself. If Jesus came to spend the day with you, sat down beside you on the couch, and said, “I really love you,” what would you focus on the rest of the day that you spend together?

It seems to me... Continue Reading

Why It's Important to Know Your Sin

Jonathan Parnell
Why It's Important to Know Your Sin

There are insidiuos perils to not knowing our sin.

This is the message of Romans 7:7-12 that John Piper expounds in two sermons from 2001, including an explanation of the law and grace, and a practical illustration of our fight against temptation.

Stream or download the sermons, The Importance of Knowing Our Sin and How We Come to Know Sin.

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Know Your Heart and Don't Believe It

Jonathan Parnell
Know Your Heart and Don't Believe It

John Owen:

Labour to know thine own frame and temper; what spirit thou art of; what associates in thy heart Satan hath; where corruption is strong, where grace is weak; what stronghold lust hath in thy natural constitution, and the like. . .

Be acquainted, then, with thine own heart: though it be deep, search it; though it be dark, inquire into it; though it give all its distempers other names than what are their due, believe it not.

Of Temptation, The Works of John Owen,... Continue Reading