Put Strong Pillars Under Your Case for the Unbelieving Poor

John Piper
Put Strong Pillars Under Your Case for the Unbelieving Poor

I only bring this up because I want the church to care more not less about the suffering that comes from poverty. Christians care about all suffering, especially eternal suffering. And “all suffering” includes the miseries of unbelievers who live in extreme poverty.

This is a cause that should have the best biblical pillars under it. When the wrong pillars are put there, the cause is weakened, even if many listeners don’t know they are the wrong... Continue Reading

Do You Feel Spiritually Dull?

Josh Etter
Do You Feel Spiritually Dull?

John Bunyan:

Sometimes when my heart has been hard, dead, slothful, blind, and senseless, which indeed are sad frames for a poor Christian to be in, yet at such a time, when I have been in such a case, then has the blood of Christ, the precious blood of Christ, the admirable blood of the God of Heaven, that run out of His body when it did hang on the Cross, so softened, livened, quickened, and enlightened my soul, that truly, reader, I can say, O it makes me wonder!

The... Continue Reading

A 30-Year-Old Dream I Have Outlived By One Year

John Piper
A 30-Year-Old Dream I Have Outlived By One Year

I’ve outlived my 1981 dream by one year. I was still in my first year as pastor at Bethlehem and I was fighting discouragement. My dream on that early May morning was

to come to the end of my life after 30 years of pastoral labors and be able to say (gray-headed and full of joy): “My right is with the Lord and my recompense with my God.”

Now I’ve been here 31 years and I can testify from three decades of ministry that the weapon God gave me against... Continue Reading

Spiritual Warfare and Prayer

Josh Etter
Spiritual Warfare and Prayer

Why does God keep Satan around? One reason is so that we'll experience the joy of "participating in the triumph."

Listen to Pastor John talk about the connection between spiritual warfare and prayer in this 22-minute devotional from a missions prayer meeting in 1999.

Stream or download the talk.

Most of the Unreached Peoples in the World Are Illiterate

David Sills
Most of the Unreached Peoples in the World Are Illiterate

Over 70 percent of the world’s population consists of people who are oral learners — people who cannot or do not read. Most of the world’s unreached and unengaged people groups are preliterate. They are primarily oral learners who cannot read or write the language that they speak — often because their language has not yet been reduced to writing. Their lives are lived out in an oral fashion. They learn about events in their world, form their... Continue Reading

Judas Was the Treasurer?

Jon Bloom
Judas Was the Treasurer?

Judas Iscariot “was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it” (John 12:6).

Has it ever struck you as odd that Jesus put a thief in charge of his moneybag?

Of all the disciples, Jesus chose Judas to be treasurer of his itinerant nonprofit. One is tempted to offer the Lord some consulting on good stewardship. Donors were financially supporting this ministry (Luke 8:3) and the one guy who Jesus knew was a “devil” (John 6:70) was made... Continue Reading

Pastors, Be This Kind of Rare

Jonathan Parnell
Pastors, Be This Kind of Rare

John Piper from 2001:

It seems to me that we are always falling off the horse on one side or the other in this matter of being tough and tender — wimping out on truth when we ought to be lion-hearted, or wrangling with anger when we ought to be weeping. I know it's a risk to take up this topic and John Newton in a setting like this, where some of you need a good (tender!) kick in the pants to be more courageous, and others of you confuse courage with what William Cowper called... Continue Reading

John Stott to Pastors: We Cannot Hide What We Are

Jonathan Parnell
John Stott to Pastors: We Cannot Hide What We Are

The late John Stott writes,

The sincerity of a preacher has two aspects: he means what he says when in the pulpit and he practises what he preaches when out of it. In fact, these things belong inevitably together since, as Richard Baxter put it, "he that means as he speaks will surely do as he speaks." . . .

Paul told Timothy and Titus to be models of Christian behaviour. Peter similarly instructed the elders, instead of domineering, to be "examples of the... Continue Reading

Missions and Missional: Embracing Both for the Glory of God

Ed Stetzer
Missions and Missional: Embracing Both for the Glory of God

“Missions” and “missional” are separate terms that push different, but complementary, theological issues. Here I would like to show how and why we must embrace the biblical connection between both as the people of God.

The missional conversation has been a refocusing on the fact that mission originates in God, for God is by nature a sender. The Father sent the Son, the Father and Son send the Holy Spirit, and Jesus sends the church into the world... Continue Reading

Are You Controlled By the Future?

Josh Etter
Are You Controlled By the Future?

Martyn Lloyd-Jones:

'Take no thought for the morrow,' means 'Do not be guilty of anxious thoughts about the morrow'. It does not mean that you do not take any thought at all, otherwise the farmer would not plough and harrow and sow. He is looking to the future, but he does not spend the whole of his time wondering and worrying about the end results of his work. No, he takes reasonable thought and then he leaves it.

Here again the whole question is where to draw the line.... Continue Reading