The Issue Is God, Not Odds
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…Continue Reading
Piper on the Role of Poetry in the Christian Life
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.
Poetry is not the answer, but…
Help Japan—At Least Five Options
Japan: After Empathy and Aid, People Want Answers
First things first.
When Christians see suffering they feel empathy. We too have bodies (Hebrews 13:3). Therefore, love commands, “Weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15).
Then comes aid. We want to help relieve human suffering—all of it, especially…Continue Reading
Lord, Where Are You Going?
What are you more concerned about today: where Jesus is leading you, or whether you really trust him?
I can tell you what Jesus is most concerned about: your trust.
When Jesus informed the disciples that he was going away…Continue Reading
Imparting A Passion: A Challenge to Youth Workers
In 2002 John Piper delivered a powerful challenge to men and women who are responsible for leading youth and college ministries:
I want to begin by asking you a question that comes from the book of Acts. When your present…
A Prayer for Japan
The scenes of the tsunami in Japan are apocalyptic:
The power of moving water is greater than most of us can imagine. Nothing stands before it. We are driven to our knees:
Father in heaven, you are the absolute Sovereign over…
Japan, Sovereignty, and Mercy
Japan’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake—the biggest one to ever strike Japan—echoes the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.
In response, John Piper wrote an article titled “Tsunami, Sovereignty, and Mercy.” The essence of his main points are the same, slightly modified for…Continue Reading
Shine Your Light or Hide Your Hand
Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 ESV)
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand…