Pastors, Help Your People: The Ministry of a Letter in Suffering

John Knight

Pastors, Here's a Scenario

You're a pastor and ‘the call’ comes. One of your families has welcomed a child into the world – and that child is significantly disabled. They are crushed.

What do you do?

You haven’t experienced this thing in your family and maybe you don’t even know this family well (or at all).

More than 15 years ago, Pastor John wrote a note to my family. With…

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Satisfying the Life of Christ Within Us

Josh Etter

J. Campbell White writes:

Most men are not satisfied with the permanent output of their lives. Nothing can wholly satisfy the life of Christ within his followers except the adoption of Christ's purpose toward the world he came to redeem. Fame, pleasure and riches are but husks and ashes in contrast with the boundless and abiding joy of working with God for the fulfillment of his eternal plans. The men
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Thank you, Blaise Pascal

John Piper

Blaise Pascal was a French mathematical genius who was born June 19, 1623. After running from God until he was 31 years old, on November 23, 1654 at 10:30 pm, Pascal met God and was profoundly and unshakably converted to Jesus Christ. He wrote it down on a piece of parchment and sewed into his coat where it was found after his death eight years later. It said,

Year of…

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Living Before the Face of God

Josh Etter

Sin tempts us to flee from the presence of God. That's what Adam and Eve did in the garden (Genesis 3:8), and we do the same. But, of course, if God is God then we cannot escape his sight. Consider these texts:

Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? (Psalm 139:70)
The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, searching
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Fathers, Pray for Future Generations

Josh Etter

Charles Spurgeon writes:

May our own dear ones be among the better generation who shall continue in the Lord's ways, obedient to the end. And their seed shall be established before thee. God does not neglect the children of his servants. It is the rule that Abraham's Isaac should be the Lord's, that Isaac's Jacob should be beloved of the Most High, and that Jacob's Joseph should find favour in
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Fathers, Display to Your Children All of God

John Piper

I am thanking God today that my father displayed a robust biblical God to me. I see God as fearful and I see him as the happiest and kindest being in the universe — "Behold then the kindness and the severity of God" (Romans 11:22).

Fathers, with all your sins and weaknesses, show your children as much of God as you can. Both his severity and his joyful kindness. Help…

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Six Truths on Christian Involvement in Society

Jonathan Parnell

In a 2000 sermon, John Piper draws out six truths from 1 Peter 2:9-17 about how Christians should be involved in society and culture.

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1. We were once all in darkness, along with the whole world.

Notice the phrase near the end of verse 9: "Him who has called you out of darkness." We were once in darkness. The darkness of sin and unbelief and ignorance about God…

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Eternity: Infinite Damnation or Infinite Happiness

Josh Etter

Jonathan Edwards writes:

God aims at satisfying justice in the eternal damnation of sinners; which will be satisfied by their damnation, considered no otherwise than with regard to its eternal duration. But yet there never will come that particular moment, when it can be said, that now justice is satisfied. But if this does not satisfy our modern free-thinkers who do not like to talk about satisfying justice with an
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How to Obey When the Feelings Aren't There

Josh Etter

Pastor John writes:

I am often asked what a Christian should do if the cheerfulness of obedience is not there. It is a good question. My answer is not to simply get on with your duty because feelings are irrelevant! My answer has three steps.

First, confess the sin of joylessness. Acknowledge the culpable coldness of your heart. Don't say it doesn't matter how you feel.

Second, pray earnestly that…

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Learning to Breathe Narnian Air

Joe Rigney

In 1956, after completing the last book in The Chronicles of Narnia, C. S. Lewis wrote a short article in the New York Times Book Review explaining how a childless professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature came to write fairy tales.

Dismissing the idea that he had some master plan to “say something about Christianity to children” which led him to choose the fairy tale genre, researched the reading habits…

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