Troubled But Not Troubled

Jon Bloom

Jesus’ words “let not your hearts be troubled” (John 14:1a) are comforting. But this it is not merely counsel. It is a command. What Jesus is saying is that in the face of trouble—terrible trouble—we must not allow our hearts to be troubled.

How is that even possible?

Jesus’ answer: “Believe in God; believe also in me” (John 14:1b).

When Jesus spoke these words, he had just informed the disciples…

Continue Reading

Israel, Arabs, and the Family of God

John Piper

Last Sunday I met an Arab Christian who was visiting our church. In a respectful way, he poured out his heart concerning the plight of his people in the Middle East and his sadness at how few American Christian pastors ever say anything positive or hopeful about Arab Christians.

His perception is that Christians in America give carte blanche support for Israel. No injustice against Palestinians or Arab Christians elsewhere…

Continue Reading

Honoring Another Christian Death in Pakistan

John Piper

This is my small tribute to another Christian killed for Christ’s sake. I read his story with great admiration. I pray that his death will not be in vain in my life and in Pakistan’s struggle for freedom.

Shahbaz Bhatti was the Minister for Minority Affairs in Pakistan, and a Christian. He was killed in Islamabad on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. He had opposed the Pakistani blasphemy laws that appoint…

Continue Reading

Your Acting Is His Acting

Jonathan Parnell

In yesterday's post Pastor John cited Philippians 2:12-13 concerning our sin-killing role in sanctification —

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

But why should we attack sin with fear and trembling?

Pastor John answers:

. . . The ground for my trembing here is not threat, but gift.…

Continue Reading

I Act the Miracle

John Piper

When it comes to killing my sin I don’t wait for the miracle, I Act the Miracle.

Acting a miracle is different from working a miracle. If Jesus tells a paralyzed man to get up, and he gets up, Jesus works a miracle. But if I am the paralyzed man and Jesus tells me to get up, and I obey and get up, I act the miracle. If I…

Continue Reading

All Creation Betrothed to God

John Piper

George Herbert died on this day in 1633. I return to his poetry for my own soul more, probably, than any poet outside the Bible.

In a poem called “Ungratefulness,” he shows how the Trinity and the Incarnation draw all the work of creation finally into God’s enjoyment.

Just as God exulted over his creation in the beginning with, “It is very good,” so in the end he…

Continue Reading

The Grace of Confession (Part 1)

Paul Tripp

I often wonder how many people are stuck in their relationships in a cycle of repeating the same things over and over again. They repeat the same misunderstandings. They rehearse and re-rehearse the same arguments. They repeat the same wrongs. Again and again things are not resolved. Night after night they end the day with nothing reconciled; they awake with memories of another bad moment with a friend, spouse, neighbor,…

Continue Reading

Fighter Verses on Your iPhone or Android

Beth Stranz

With the launch of the new Fighter Verses, an iPhone® / iPad® app was developed. In line with John Piper's exhortation about smartphones, this is one app to wield in fighting fire with fire.

An Android® app is also available.

Learn more about Bible memory at, where you can see weekly verses and subscribe to the devotional blog. You can also find Bible memory helps, review tools,…

Continue Reading

No, No, Augustine!

John Piper

In Augustine’s Enchiridion, chapter 46, which I am listening to in spare moments, he says this:

Here lies the necessity that each man should be born again, that he might be freed from the sin in which he was born. For the sins committed afterwards can be cured by penitence, as we see is the case after baptism.

This is, if I understand him, misleading at best.

Not that…

Continue Reading