It’s Good to Please People; It’s Bad to Please People.

John Piper

Life is not simple. So language is not simple. Different situations in life call for different ways of living. The language that describes those differences can be very confusing.

For example Paul says he tries to please people and he doesn’t try to please people. (Same Greek word for “please” both times.) Wise listeners are slow to judge. They assume he’s not speaking out of both sides of his mouth.

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"So, How Was Your Easter?"

Michael Johnson

You’ve likely already been asked (or asked someone else) this question today: “So, how was your Easter?” Around the water cooler or over coffee, we recount our big day: where we went to church, what was on the menu, was familial catastrophe averted, etc. And by the time Wednesday rolls around, people’s attention will have shifted to the royal nuptials. The common assumption is clear: Easter? That was so last…

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In His Resurrection He Was Justified

Josh Etter

Jonathan Edwards writes:

So Christ, our second surety (in whose justification all whose surety he is, are virtually justified), was not justified till he had done the work the Father had appointed him, and kept the Father’s commandments through all trials, and then in his resurrection he was justified. When he had been put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit, 1 Peter 3:18, then he that…

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The Meaning of the Resurrection

Josh Etter

Martyn Lloyd-Jones writes:

The Resurrection is the great announcement of the momentous fact that Christ has finished the work He came to do. He is no longer "under the law." He is back in glory. Why? Because He has done everything that the Law could demand. Now the Law has exhausted itself upon Him, and He will die "no more."

He need not have died at all. Deliberately He came…

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Free Download of Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die

Josh Etter

In this book, John Piper has gathered from the New Testament fifty reasons behind the crucifixion of the Christ:

The most important question of the twenty-first century is: Why did Jesus Christ suffer so much? But we will never see this importance if we fail to go beyond human cause. The ultimate answer to the question, Who crucified Jesus? is: God did. It is a staggering thought. Jesus was his
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My Daughter's Cancer, the Book of Job, and God's Mercy

Doug Rumbold

“Your daughter has cancer.”

Those words still sting lemon juice on a paper cut. Tonight as I put Jada (six years old) to bed I asked her if she knew anyone who loved the Lord but still experienced pain and sorrow. Her reply? “Me and Jesus, Daddy. Except Jesus’ sorrow was badder than mine because he took all my sin and died.”

It appears the recent reading of Job and…

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"My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?"

Michael Johnson

A sonnet by Don Carson on Matthew 27:45-46—

The darkness fought, compelled the sun to flee,
And like a conquering army swiftly trod
Across the land, blind fear this despot’s rod.
The noon-day dark illumined tyranny.
Still worse, abandonment by Deity
Brought black despair more deadly than the blood
That ran off with his life. “My God, my God,”
Cried Jesus, “why have you forsaken me?”
      The silence thundered.…

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