Thanksgiving to the Glory of God

Jonathan Parnell

Since 1863, on the fourth Thursday of November, families and friends in the United States have gathered to commemorate an old tradition linked back to the early European settlers.

You know the story: The pilgrims and Native Americans came together for a happy feast to celebrate the harvest and forge new friendships. A few hundred years later, this event became a legislated holiday and got Norman Rockwelled into the fabric…

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When the Whispers of Discontent Have No Chance

John Knight

As the father of a child with severe disabilities, one of the things I am asked frequently is "what can I do for you?" I can understand that. We are oriented toward action. And if we can’t be doing something for another person, then it can feel like we aren’t really expressing our care.

But sometimes the "doing" is actually trusting and resting in something other than ourselves.

Like the…

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Making the Most of Turkey Time: Thanksgiving on Mission

David Mathis

What if God had more for our kin this Thanksgiving than the Macy’s parade, tryptophan-induced naps, and NFL football? What if we saw our gatherings with extended family not as a chance to check out, but as an opportunity for Christian mission?

It should be good news to us that we don’t have to be Jedi-master evangelists to be agents of gospel advance among those whom we know best. In…

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"If You Are Thirsty, Come and Drink"

Jonathan Parnell

C. S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia, on Jill's thirst and search for water:

The birds had ceased singing and there was perfect silence except for one small, persistent sound, which seemed to come from a good distance away. She listened carefully, and felt almost sure it was the sound of running water.

Jill got up and looked round her very carefully. There was no sign of the lion;…

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Rob Not Your Heart of the Deep Sea Joys

John Piper

In the history of the Christian Church there have been few people more eloquent than Charles Spurgeon. That makes his words about silence all the more striking.

Priceless as the gift of utterance may be, the practice of silence in some aspects far excels it. Do not think me a Quaker. Well, be it so. Herein I follow George Fox most lovingly; for I am persuaded that most of us…

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The Supremacy of God in Preaching, Prayer, and Missions

Jonathan Parnell

The supremacy of God, in the words of Louis Berkhof, means "[God] rules as King in the most absolute sense of the word, and all things are dependent on him and subservient to him." God reigns. That's the point. God reigns in all things.

Back in 1997 John Piper gave a series of three messages on this theme — expounding God's supremacy in preaching, prayer, and missions.

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Four Reasons to Passionately Pursue God

Jonathan Parnell

Pastor John in 1984:

Why do I insist that you must go hard after God, or, which is the same thing, why must we go hard after Christ? Here are four reasons:

1. In Order to Know Him

First, we must go hard after Christ in order to know him. Philippians 3:7–8: "Whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything…

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America — Not as Mature as We Should Be

Jonathan Parnell

John Piper:

The church is the assembly of those in whom the gospel has taken root. Therefore, it is the group where the reconciling power of the gospel will be seen — or not.

On this issue, given our history, we are not as mature in America as we should be. God’s word in Hebrews 5:12-14 rings true in this regard:

Though by this time you ought to be teachers,…

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The Story Behind Our Persian Translations

Tyler Kenney

It is illegal to own a satellite dish in Iran, because, according to the government, the Western channels available exist only to undermine Islam and the Iranian people (see the BBC report). But despite the law many Iranians still covertly install the devices and watch. It was through satellite programming in Iran, in fact, that our friend Hovik met his wife.

Hovik, whose real name we must withhold for…

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