The Secret of Invincible Joy

John Piper
The Secret of Invincible Joy

Jesus revealed a secret that protects our happiness from the threat of suffering and the threat of success. That secret is this: Great is your reward in heaven. And the sum of that reward is enjoying the fullness of the glory of Jesus Christ (John 17:24).

He protects our happiness from suffering when he says,

Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in... Continue Reading

Pray for Jewish People on this Special Day

John Piper
Pray for Jewish People on this Special Day

January 27 marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp in 1945. In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated this day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

May I suggest that we take a few minutes and pray with the apostle Paul: “My heart’s desire and prayer to God for them [my Jewish kinsmen] is that they may be saved” (Romans 10:1).

Robert Murray McCheyne, a young Scottish pastor who died in 1843,... Continue Reading

Reading the Bible Is an Episode in Salvation History

Jonathan Parnell
Reading the Bible Is an Episode in Salvation History

John Webster writes:

. . . the Christian interpreter is 'reconciled to God, drawn into the fellowship of the saints and illumined by the Holy Spirit'. . . . the Christian interpreter is one who has been extracted from the darkness of sin by the judgement and mercy of God, and set in the sphere of the church, the chosen race, the royal priesthood, the holy nation which is what it is by virtue of the divine call out of darkness into light.

Christian... Continue Reading

Spiritual Muscle Development

Paul Tripp
Spiritual Muscle Development

So, what happens inside of you when you are asked to wait? Is waiting, for you, a time of stengthening or weakening? Have you ever stopped to consider why God asks you to wait? Let me point you to one of his purposes.

Waiting Is Giving You Time

When God asks you to wait, what happens to your spiritual muscles? While you wait, do your spiritual muscles grow bigger and stronger or do they grow flaccid and atrophied? Waiting for the Lord isn’t about God forgetting you, forsaking... Continue Reading

What Billy Graham Would Do Differently

John Piper
What Billy Graham Would Do Differently

Billy Graham was just interviewed. Here is what he said to the question,

If you could, would you go back and do anything differently?

Yes, of course. I'd spend more time at home with my family, and I'd study more and preach less. I wouldn't have taken so many speaking engagements, including some of the things I did over the years that I probably didn't really need to do—weddings and funerals and building dedications, things like that. Whenever I counsel someone who... Continue Reading

Piper on Living a Life of Significance

Laura
Piper on Living a Life of Significance

Every one of you who confesses Jesus as Lord of the universe signs up for significance beyond anything you ever dreamed. And I mean businessmen and women here, homemakers, students.

To belong to Jesus is to embrace the nations with him, that he will one day rule entirely.

Your heart was made for this. Your heart was made to embrace the global dimension of missional living.

John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad DVD

It Was Cold at Calvary

John Piper
It Was Cold at Calvary

One of the things I did on my leave of absence was write poems. Most of these grew out of meditating on God’s word. They are my groping toward affections worthy of Christ. Here’s one that overflowed from John 18:18, which drops the simple fact that the night before Jesus died it was cold.

Cold Calvary

“Now the servants and officers had made
a charcoal fire, because it was cold.”
–John 18:18

Did you know that on the night he was betrayed
Jerusalem was cold?
Did you know that it was... Continue Reading

Groaning over Grieving the Holy Spirit

John Piper
Groaning over Grieving the Holy Spirit

One of the poems I wrote during my leave of absence grew out of my sorrows over grieving the Holy Spirit. It is bad enough to know that God is dishonored by my sin. But to hear Paul connect my particular sins with grieving the Holy Spirit was even more painful.

This he does in Ephesians 4:30–32. He says, “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” And then he names my sins: “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and... Continue Reading

The Fairy Tale of Universalism

David Mathis

Universalism is the view that in the end all humans—irrespective of whether they reject the gospel in this life—will be saved.

In the bookWhatever Happened to Hell?, British evangelical John Blanchard writes these memorable words about universalism:

Universalism originated in the Garden of Eden when Satan brushed aside God’s warning and assured Eve, “You will not surely die” (Genesis 3:4). . . .

All the ways to hell are one-way streets. The idea that those who go there will... Continue Reading