When Does God Become 100% For Us?

Josh Etter

John Piper writes:

What the Bible teaches is that God becomes 100% irrevocably for us at the moment of justification, that is, the moment when we see Christ as a beautiful Savior and receive him as our substitute punishment and our substitute perfection. All of God’s wrath, all of the condemnation we deserve, was poured out on Jesus. All of God’s demands for perfect righteousness were fulfilled by Christ. The moment we see (by grace!) this Treasure and receive him in this... Continue Reading

What Jesus Left Behind

Jon Bloom
What Jesus Left Behind

You can often tell what mattered most to a person by what they leave behind when they depart this world.

What Jesus left behind is more astonishing when you think of what he didn’t leave:

  • No wife or child
  • No house
  • No clothes
  • No money
  • No business
  • No writings (directly authored while he was on earth)
  • No hymns
  • No portrait
  • No buildings
  • No cross remnant
  • No confirmed gravesite

So scant a corporeal trace did Jesus leave that some have claimed he was a myth. The only things he left behind were people who... Continue Reading

Start Reading Through the Bible This Summer

Jonathan Parnell
Start Reading Through the Bible This Summer

Reading through the entire Bible doesn't have to be a decision isolated to the first week of January. It may be something you want to start this summer.

Jason DeRouchie has recently completed a Bible reading plan that looks fantastic. It has a unique arrangement and it can be started at any time of the year.

Get a free download of The KINGDOM Bible Reading Plan (PDF).

DeRouchie lists its five distinctives:

  1. Proportionate weight is given to the Old and New Testaments... Continue Reading

Not Smoking Could Even Give Us an Edge on Schlatter!

John Piper
Not Smoking Could Even Give Us an Edge on Schlatter!

Don Carson and I turn 65 this year. Pondering this, I wrote about it with a list of some amazing accomplishments by people older than 65.

Robert Yarbrough, one of the editors of the just-published Don Carson Festschrift, took note of my celebration of senior accomplishments, and wrote to Don and me to remind us of a very productive octogenarian, Adolf Schlatter, a German biblical scholar who died on this day in 1938.

If you’re in your sixties or seventies... Continue Reading

Harmon Killebrew Dies at 74

Jonathan Parnell

Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew died yesterday at the age of 74. Killebrew, who played from 1954–1975, was elected an All-Star 11 times and named the American League MVP for the 1969 season.

In this video, John Piper speaks about the humbling reality of death in light of Killebrew’s battle with esophageal cancer —

Watch, listen, or download the entire sermon, "You Will Never See Death."

Always Abounding in the Work of the Lord

Josh Etter

Charles Spurgeon on spending yourself for Christ:

People said to me years ago, ‘You will break your constitution down with preaching ten times a week,’ and the like. Well, if I have done so I am glad of it. I would do the same again. If I had fifty constitutions I would rejoice to break them down in the service of the Lord Jesus Christ. You young men that are strong, overcome the wicked one and fight for the Lord while you can. You will never regret having done all that lies in you for our blessed Lord... Continue Reading

Where Would You Turn? A Gospel Scenario (Part 2)

Tony Payne
Where Would You Turn? A Gospel Scenario (Part 2)

In my previous post, I painted a scenario: if you had the opportunity to open up one simple Bible passage, and briefly explain to someone what it meant to be a Christian, where would you turn?

I would turn to 1 Thessalonians 1, verses 8-10:

For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. For they themselves report concerning us the kind of... Continue Reading

Piper’s First Published Poem for Money ($5)

John Piper
Piper’s First Published Poem for Money ($5)

Since I preached on this text last Sunday (John 8:57), I decided to dig into my files to find the first poem I ever published for money. Five dollars. It was in the September, 1969 issue of Christian Life (p. 68).

Five dollars may have been just about right for the poem, but the truth is worth billions.

In that land
Were some birds
And some grass
And very much dust
And a number of common folk
With a lot of simplicity
And wisdom;
So it was not unnatural
That they... Continue Reading