Satan Disarmed, Sin Forgiven, Soul Alive

John Piper

Since Satan still “prowls around like a roaring lion” (1 Peter 5:8), in what sense is he disarmed (Colossians 2:15) or nullified (Hebrews 2:14) or bound (Mark 3:27)?

One of the most beautiful passages in the Bible about the astonishing achievements of the crucifixion is Colossians 2:13–15. It contains the answer to our question, and so much more.

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of…

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Six Ways Your Phone Is Changing You

Tony Reinke

Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at Macworld Expo 2007, and I got my first one a year later. I can’t remember life without it.

For seven years an iPhone has always been within my reach, there to wake me in the morning, there to play my music library, there to keep my calendar, there to capture my life in pics and video, there for me to enjoy sling-shooting wingless birds…

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When God Seems Silent

Jon Bloom

So you desire God and ask for more of him and what do you get? Stuck in a desert feeling deserted. You feel disoriented and desperate. Don’t despair. . . . It’s how it feels, it’s not how it is. You are not alone. God is with you (Psalm 23:4).

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That Angry Gentleman at the Restaurant

Jonathan Parnell

She sat there docile, quiet, unmoved by the heat that emanated from this gentlemen’s red forehead. “What is the story here?,” I wondered. Others might have wondered the same. More patrons were watching by then. Quite the scene was forming, though it was nothing yet compared to what it would be.

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Orienting on Homosexual Orientation

Nick Roen

I remember a particular conversation I had one evening with a good friend about my struggle with same-sex attraction (SSA). He asked me, “Attractions are messy, complicated realities. How do you deal with them toward other guys?”

The real issue underneath this question is how those who experience SSA should orient on their orientation. Should a homosexual orientation be embraced, but not acted upon? Is it neutral? Or is it…

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The Surpassing (Not Bypassing) Authority of Jesus

Jenny Frank

God is on a mission to redeem the world. We know this is true because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As believers, on one hand, we relate to this mission because we are those God has brought near to himself. But on the other hand, we relate to this mission because Jesus has commissioned us to participate by spreading the gospel.

When Jesus gives us the…

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Kitchen Grace and the Great Commission

Yia Vang

There is a story about trying to bring the gospel to indigenous people in Indonesia. Every day the missionaries came into the village and tried to gather the people to preach the good news. Not many of the villagers would listen. Most paid no attention at all.

This went on for months until they noticed that every time the chief of the tribe wanted to speak to the crowd or…

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I Do Not Aspire to Be a “Regular Guy”

John Piper

When my soul is hungry for deep help from God; when I am blank before the word of God, and ache for someone to show me the greatness and glory of Christ; when I feel a longing for heaven, and desire a soul-brother who shares this passion; when I am full of fresh fruit from God’s word, and yearn for a fellow lover of Scripture, I do not look for…

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The Cool God Is a Puny God

Jon Bloom

Americans, and most Westerners, live in cultures governed by the god called “Cool.”

Cool doesn’t have a temple we can see or visit, but his images and shrines are everywhere. Cool is a god that we actually invite to take up residence in the unholy of unholies of our fallen nature’s heart-temple. Once there, it entwines itself with our narcissistic selves, becoming part of our desired identity, the self-image we…

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