Clothed in Righteousness

Josh Etter

R. C. Sproul has written a beautiful hymn that you might consider using in your personal, family, or congregational worship:

Fallen race in Eden fair, exposed and full of shame. Fled we naked from Thy sight, far from Thy holy name.

Sent from the garden to the east, outside of Eden's gate, Banished there from Thy pure light were Adam and his mate.

Scarlet souls are now like snow by…

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Joshua Project

Josh Etter

In this morning's message at the Ligonier Confernece, Pastor John recommended checking out Joshua Project as one tool to help engage our hearts and minds in the cause of world missions.

If you aren't familar with Joshua Project, it is a leading research initiative that highlights the most unreached ethnic people groups of the world. By identifying these people groups and the progress of evangelism, the Church is guided in fulfilling…

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How to Get God's Attention

Josh Etter

Isaiah 66:2 —

But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.

I.O.U.S is one prayer that helps us to humble ourselves before reading God's Word. You might consider printing it out and sticking it in your Bible.

Piper explains:

Ask God to Incline our hearts to him, not to money or fame or power…

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A Wide Opportunity in South Africa

South Africa is the richest, most industrialized nation in Africa. English is a major language and literacy is high. The “third world” tag sticks however, as urban shantytowns exist down the road from westernized blocks. Security is vital to deter crime. And daily, over a thousand AIDS victims die.

Christianity in South Africa is widespread, but deficient in theological depth. “A mile wide and an inch deep” is a common…

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No Ordinary Sufferings

Elyse Fitzpatrick

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.

-The Apostle Paul in Colossians 1:24

The Painful Shift

Our family recently moved from the city to the country and downsized significantly. In this process I’ve realized how entrenched in city life and in my life

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The Early Beginnings of Desiring God

Josh Etter

Desiring God has Jonathan Edwards's and C.S. Lewis's fingerprints throughout its pages.

But John Piper's thinking on Christian hedonism is echoed in a sermon preached over sixty years ago titled "Saved, Safe, and Satisfied." It was preached by a clear—but often overlooked—influence on Piper: his father Bill Piper.

Here's an excerpt:

Yes, [Christ] satisfies. Satisfies because God with him gives us all things. He satisfies because though him every
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The Issue Is God, Not Odds

John Piper

Beware of dreaming too small and asking God for too little. You do not know when he may touch your simple task and turn it into gold.

Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote one of his most famous and moving poems when he was eighty years old. He wrote it on the inside of a used envelope during a twenty-nine minute ferry ride while crossing from Lymington to the Isle of Wight…

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Piper on the Role of Poetry in the Christian Life

Jonathan Parnell

Desiring God's staff meets together every Friday morning for an hour of biblical teaching and prayer. Pastor John led this morning's gathering by unfolding the role of poetry in the Christian life.

He explains:

Poetry is not the answer, but it is a greater part of the answer than 95% of what we do with our time.

Woe to me if I think souls are saved by me or them…

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Christianity: More Like a Day Off?

R W Glenn

Last fall, I took my first sabbatical in 15 years of ministry. Initially, I had no idea what to do. So I called a pastor friend and asked how I could be productive during the time off.

Ironic. A productive sabbatical! Obviously, if I was trying to make rest productive, I had a very practical problem with the whole idea of sabbatical.

I had spent my entire pastorate working six-day,…

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