How Shall We Pray About the Upheavals in the Middle East?

John Piper

In 1 Timothy 2:1–4, Paul connects prayer for “all who are in high positions” with a peaceful life for the followers of Jesus, and with his desire for all people to be saved.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and…

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What We Learn from God Killing the Sons of Judah

John Piper

The sons of Judah, Er and Onan, were wicked men, and the Bible says, the Lord killed them.

“Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord put him to death.” (Genesis 38:7)

“What Onan did was wicked in the sight of the Lord, and he put him to death also.” (Genesis 38:10)

But what are we to understand from the statement that…

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Womanizing vs. the “N” Word

John Piper

Chronological smugness is the feeling that we have advanced to a moral condition higher than the generations before us. Shelby Steele has a good warning for us. We may not be advancing, but only reshuffling the vices about which we want to be relativistic or absolutistic.

I wondered if President Clinton would be defended with relativism if he had done what, according to gossip, Eisenhower was said to have done.

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What About Reformed Racists?

John Piper

All Christians sin. All churches are blind to some of their sins. None of us is in a position to claim our theology is true because of the quality of our lives. Truth is grounded in God’s word, not our works.

While it is true that “you shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16), it is not true that you shall know their theology by their fruits. Man’s…

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Your Most Common Prayer for Your Soul?

John Piper

Do you have a main prayer for yourself that you come back to again and again?

Mine changes only slightly from year to year. Different words come to mind with different meditations on the central truth of the Bible. But the heart of it has not changed for many years. It always circles back to “Hallowed be your name” (Matthew 6:9).

The way I prayed it this morning was:

Father,

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The Ministry of Reminding—Myself

John Piper

One of the great enemies of hope is forgetting God’s promises. Reminding is a great ministry. Peter and Paul wrote for this reason (2 Peter 1:13; Romans 15:15).

The main reminder is the Holy Spirit (John 14:26). But don’t be passive. You are responsible only for your own ministry of reminding. And the first one in need of reminding by you is you.

The mind has this great power: It…

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Despite Us, God Works

Michael Oh

Spring Break 1990 in Daytona Beach, Florida

I was a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania. 

If it had been one year earlier I would have been at Daytona Beach to join in the partying. As it was, God had intervened mercifully in my life before going to college, and I was there for a beach evangelism project. Christians sure know how to almost have fun.

A bunch of us…

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At Least Be as Smart as a Bush

John Piper

In the debates over evolution, be sure you do not become less intelligent than the beasts, the birds, the bushes, and the fish. They know something the brilliant godless do not know.

But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;
or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare

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