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

Three Things to Learn in Romans 8:35

Jonathan Parnell
Three Things to Learn in Romans 8:35

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? (Romans 8:35)

Pastor John from 2002:

Notice three things in verse 35.

1. Christ is loving us now.

A wife might say of her deceased husband: Nothing will separate me from his love. She might mean that the memory of his love will be sweet and powerful all her life. But that is not what Paul means here. In Romans 8:34 it says plainly,... Continue Reading

Fill Your Mouth With Life, Not Death

Jon Bloom
Fill Your Mouth With Life, Not Death

A lot is at stake in what we say today. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21).

In literate societies, tongues include hands that write, type, paint, or sign.

Words Cause Death

People die because of something said. Tongues can be weapons of mass destruction, launching holocausts and wars. Tongues can also be the death of marriages, families, friendships, churches, careers, hopes, understanding, reputations, missionary efforts, and governments.

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Don't Loiter in That Ditch

Jonathan Parnell
Don't Loiter in That Ditch

Henry Scougal:

It is true, religion in the souls of men is the immediate work of God, and all our natural endeavors can neither produce it alone, nor merit those supernatural aids by which it must be wrought: the Holy Ghost must come upon us, and the power of the Highest must overshadow us, before that holy thing can be begotten, and Christ be formed in us:

But yet we must not expect that this whole work should be done without any concurring endeavours of our own: we must not lie... Continue Reading

Do You Have a Godly Ambition?

Jonathan Parnell

In this three-minute video, Dave Harvey talks about church planting, missions, and how we overcome the unbiblical brand that all ambition is bad:

Dave Harvey, Jeff Vanderstelt, and Ed Stetzer will be speaking on church planting at our upcoming National Conference, "Finish the Mission: For the Joy of All Peoples."

For the reduced rate, register for the conference tonight before 11:59 PM (CDT).

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The Providence of God: Ten-Part Course from John Piper

Jonathan Parnell
The Providence of God: Ten-Part Course from John Piper

"Providence" is not a word we commonly use.

This is true today and it was true in 1995 when John Piper introduced a ten-part course at Bethlehem Baptist Church on "The Providence of God."

The ten messages were recorded on cassettes that we have recently discovered and converted to MP3s. Apart from some delays in pressing the "Record" button back in '95, the entire audio has been pieced together and is now available for free download.

Stream or download... Continue Reading