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…

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The Influence of Excitement

Tyler Kenney

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…

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Jesus Christ Will Reign Forever and Ever

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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An Indicator to Whether You Are Wise or Foolish

Jonathan Parnell

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)…

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Hard Work and the Grace of God

Jonathan Parnell

The Apostle Paul knows who he is and he knows what is behind who he is (1 Corinthians 15:10). He says, "By the grace of God, I am what I am."

Paul simply knows he is a sinner who Jesus Christ came into the world to save (1 Timothy 1:15). And he knows about the powerful grace of God in the source and work of his life, represented in verse…

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How Should We View the Virgin Mary?

Jonathan Parnell

With Luke 1:26-38 open and the whole testimony of Scripture in mind, Kenny Stokes asked three questions about Mary in a recent sermon:

  1. Should we view Mary as blessed?
  2. Should we worship Mary?
  3. How should we view Mary in relation to our salvation?

He concluded with three simple suggestions on how we should view her:

  1. She is wonderfully and uniquely blessed
  2. She should be honored
  3. She should be imitated

He…

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Music the Most Perfect Communication?

Tyler Kenney

Jonathan Edwards, from Miscellanies #188:

The best, most beautiful, and most perfect way that we have of expressing a sweet concord of mind to each other, is by music. When I would form in my mind an idea of a society in the highest degree happy, I think of them as expressing their love, their joy, and the inward concord and harmony and spiritual beauty of their souls by…

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