A Good Way to Think of the Love of Christ

Tyler Kenney
A Good Way to Think of the Love of Christ

Jonathan Edwards explains how romantic love helps us understand Jesus' feelings towards the church (Miscellanies #189, spacing added):

We see how great love the human nature is capable of, not only to God but fellow creatures. How greatly are we inclined to the other sex! Nor doth an exalted and fervent love to God hinder this, but only refines and purifies it.

God has created the human nature to love fellow creatures, which he wisely has principally turned to the... Continue Reading

Are You More Blessed Than the Virgin Mary?

Jonathan Parnell
Are You More Blessed Than the Virgin Mary?

In the sermon descriptively entitled,

“That Hearing and Keeping the Word of God Renders a Person More Blessed Than Any Other Privilege That Ever God Bestowed on Any of the Children of Men,”

Jonathan Edwards writes:

The hearing and keeping the word of God brings the happiness of a spiritual union and communion with God.

‘Tis a greater blessedness to have spiritual communion with God and to have a saving intercourse with him by the instances of his Spirit and by the... Continue Reading

A Bitter Harvest?

Paul Tripp
A Bitter Harvest?

The Bible is very clear about three things:

  1. God's way is always the best way (Psalm 119:160).
  2. God's way will not always seem the best way to you (Proverb 14:12).
  3. What you plant, you will harvest (Galatians 6:7ff).

In every relationship, every day you harvest what you previously planted and plant what you will someday harvest. When division and acrimony take place in a relationship, we aren't experiencing mysterious difficulty. No, sadly, we're harvesting what we have sown.

In this fallen world,... Continue Reading

When a Rebuke Became a Reward

Jon Bloom
When a Rebuke Became a Reward

Imagine what Zechariah and Elizabeth talked about after their friends left the naming ceremony where Zechariah had miraculously regained his speech. What might he have learned in those silent months?

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“So… are you going to tell me?”

Elizabeth was ready to burst. She had waited nearly a year to hear what had happened in the temple.

Zechariah was looking adoringly at baby John lying on his lap. “Women. They always need the details about everything!” Zechariah looked up... Continue Reading

John Piper's Return Date

Tyler Kenney

Kenny Stokes made the following announcement before his sermon this weekend at Bethlehem:

As many of you know, earlier this year the elders granted Pastor John Piper a leave of absence from Bethlehem from May 1 through December 31. John will be returning to Bethlehem, as planned, the first week of January, but he and Noël will be in Georgia for New Year’s weekend (Jan 1-2) with her family. His first weekend back, God willing, in the Bethlehem pulpit will be January 8 & 9. Join us... Continue Reading

C. S. Lewis on Loving Aslan More Than Jesus

Tyler Kenney
C. S. Lewis on Loving Aslan More Than Jesus

If after watching "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" (which released in US theaters this weekend), you find yourself or your kids feeling drawn to Aslan with alarming emotion, don't assume it's just the result of some cinematic spell. Aslan had that effect even back when he was knowable only through words on a page.

A concerned mother once wrote C. S. Lewis on behalf of her son, Laurence, who, having read The Chronicles of Narnia, became concerned that he loved Aslan... Continue Reading

The Influence of Excitement

Tyler Kenney
The Influence of Excitement

There are some wonderful instances of ordinary Christians, not least the young, who are concerned to preach the whole gospel unabashedly and do good first to the household of God and then, as much as is possible, outside as well. That has got biblical mandate behind it. . . .

My warning would be to those who are coming along and talking a lot about, “I want to be faithful to the gospel, but I also want to do social justice and good works.” My warning would be: it is not just what... Continue Reading

Jesus Christ Will Reign Forever and Ever

Jonathan Parnell
Jesus Christ Will Reign Forever and Ever

Every Friday morning at Desiring God the staff gathers for an hour of devotion and prayer. This morning David Mathis led us in seeing how the Bible's God-centeredness relates to its Christ-exalting, gospel-centeredness. It was a good time of being together and hearing texts like Isaiah 48:9-11 and 2 Corinthians 4:4-6.

There we were, huddled together in the staff lounge, exulting in the crucified and risen Lord and dreaming of his name being proclaimed in all the... Continue Reading

An Indicator to Whether You Are Wise or Foolish

Jonathan Parnell
An Indicator to Whether You Are Wise or Foolish

Proverbs 9:8-9,

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Last year Josh Harris preached a helpful sermon from Proverbs 9 entitled "Lady Wisdom's Food and Drink." He included a simple illustration (on the right) that helps us think about what our response to correction indicates about ourselves.

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