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

Kevin DeYoung on the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

Jonathan Parnell

In this 12-minute episode of Theology Refresh, Kevin DeYoung discusses the role of the Holy Spirit in our understanding of the Bible and our assurance of salvation.

Stream or download the podcast.

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One Way to Serve Families with Disabled Children

John Knight
One Way to Serve Families with Disabled Children

Disability looms over families. By definition a life-long disability is unrelenting; there isn’t a day I wake up that my oldest son isn’t significantly disabled and needing care. Frequently that care includes an army of people who are serving our disabled children through the educational and medical systems, adding complications to family life.

What About the Non-Disabled Siblings?

The other children in the family can feel it as well — and sometimes they feel... Continue Reading

How to Glorify God at Work

John Piper
How to Glorify God at Work

Just home from two weeks in Australia, I am brimming with thankfulness to God for his people there, and for the pleasures of working with them in Brisbane and Sydney and in the mountains of Katoomba.

One of the conferences was called Engage. It was focused on “young workers,” which, in their lingo, means young professionals in the workplace. I was asked in an interview if I thought this focus was a good idea. I said yes, because of 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether you eat or drink,... Continue Reading

Hard Work or Anxious Toil? — A Christian Understanding of Labor

Jonathan Parnell
Hard Work or Anxious Toil? — A Christian Understanding of Labor

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil, for he gives to his beloved in his sleep. (Psalm 127:1-2)

Pastor John from 1980:

I think the main point of these three verses is: "Don't eat the bread of anxious toil." It means just the same thing Jesus meant when he... Continue Reading

Boomers, Millennials, and the Growing Tension: Nine Lessons in Generational Dynamics

David Mathis

The first of the Baby Boomers are turning 65 this year, just as their generational progeny, the so-called “Millennials,” are hitting their thirties. With one massive generation approaching retirement, while another even larger group seeks to establish itself in the adult world, it’s a recipe for generational tension.

The Boomers were born in the post-WWII birthrate “boom” from 1946 to about 1965. After this significant... Continue Reading