Getting the Glory of Christ Before Our Eyes

Jonathan Parnell
Getting the Glory of Christ Before Our Eyes

Jack Miller:

What I finally came to as I walked and prayed for you is the old, old story of getting the gospel clear in your own hearts and minds, making it clear to others, and doing it with only one motive — the glory of Christ. Getting the glory of Christ before your eyes and keeping it there is the greatest work of the Spirit that I can imagine. And there is no greater peace, especially in the times of treadmill-like activity, than doing it all for the glory... Continue Reading

The Preeminence of Jesus Is for Everyday Life

Jonathan Parnell

I recently spent a whole day tucked away at a local library. It was a golden spot. Quiet. Secluded. I sat beneath a shower of grace: an open Bible, a hungry soul, a copy of Owen’s The Glory of Christ. I spent several good hours there reading and praying and preparing for a sermon about Jesus and his glory. It was easy to walk close with Jesus alone in the library.

I left that spot and within an hour found myself quickly ushered back into the mess of everyday... Continue Reading

Jesus "Saw a Man" — Do We?

John Knight
Jesus "Saw a Man" — Do We?

The man born blind had gifts.

This is an underlying lesson in John 9 that we tend to forget in the midst of Jesus amazingly giving him physical and spiritual sight.

The disciples saw him and asked about what caused his condition. It seems that all they could see what his blindness. Since he was a beggar, we can assume his own community thought the same.

But once he was actually treated as a man we see his gifts emerge.

For example, he could see through bad arguments, refusing to be drawn... Continue Reading

The Call to Ministry and the Leadership Moment

Dave Harvey
The Call to Ministry and the Leadership Moment

If I’m going to watch a movie, it’s got to have a hero in it. And not a superhero with a cape. I like the guy who is just going along minding his business when circumstances thrust him into some defining role. Jack Bauer, Jason Bourne, . . . whatever. Just make them a regular guy, understate their training and then throw some kind of life-defining moment at them. Give me two hours and a tub of popcorn with that and I’m good to go.

In my cinematic view of life... Continue Reading

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