To Prosperity Preachers: Eliminate Choking Hazards

John Piper

This is the sixth post in a series of twelve. The content comes from“Twelve Appeals to Prosperity Preachers” found in the new edition ofLetthe Nations Be Glad.

Jesus warns that the word of God, the gospel, which is meant to give us life, can be choked to death by riches. He says it is like a seed that grows up among thorns: “They are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the . . . riches . . . of life, and their fruit does not mature... Continue Reading

Join Us in South Africa!

Bill Walsh

If you haven’t yet heard, this Fall John Piper will be in South Africa along with a team from Desiring God. We will be participating in several events including a pastors’ event in Pretoria and REZOLUTION 2010 in Johannesburg.

Registration has just opened up for the latter, so be sure to sign up now. Here’s a video invitation from Pastor John.

We will also be in Cape Town for the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. Even if you are not a part of the congress, you may be... Continue Reading

To Prosperity Preachers: Foster Faith in God

John Piper

This is the fifth post in a series of twelve. The content comes from“Twelve Appeals to Prosperity Preachers” found in the new edition ofLet the Nations Be Glad.

The reason the writer to the Hebrews tells us to be content with what we have is that the opposite implies less faith in the promises of God. He says, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we can confidently... Continue Reading

What Mother's Day Is About

Tyler Kenney

Sam Crabtree recently commented on his blog,

Mothers Day is not primarily about being a mother and receiving honor, but thanking God for the mother he gave you, and giving honor. The people giving honor should include all moms. Persons receiving honor as moms should also be giving honor for their God-given moms.

Mothers are a gift from God, and every last person has one. So Mother's Day is really a holiday for everyone, a day for thanking God for his goodness in giving us... Continue Reading

Knowing Jesus Reconfigures Our Questions

Jonathan Parnell

Her primary problem was her ignorance, which is exactly what Jesus addresses in John 4:10. Instead of answering her question, he points out the need for it to be reconfigured.

“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you...” Jesus says this to point out that she doesn’t know who he is. That's the most essential problem in the life of this Samaritan women, not her five failed marriages and the fact she's living with her boyfriend. She has no clue... Continue Reading

Is God Sovereign Over Human Disability?

John Knight

Yes he is. He tells us so in Scripture:

Then the Lord said to (Moses), "Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?" (Exodus 4:11)

As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him." (John 9:1-3)

To... Continue Reading

Is God Calling You into Bible Translation?

Tyler Kenney

Did you know that there are still over 2,000 languages in the world that don't have any of the Bible translated? That means that the more than 350 million people who speak those languages have very little or no access to the word of Christ and the faith that comes by hearing it (Romans 10:17).

Bible translation is a very strategic ministry. Cameron Townsend realized this. He once said, "The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue. It never needs a... Continue Reading

The One Who Stills the Seas

David Mathis

 Why were Jesus' disciples so wigged out when he stilled the sea? Already afraid of the great storm, you'd think they might have been calmed by Jesus' calming of the waves. But it seemed to have the opposite effect. Mark 4:41: "And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, 'Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?'"

The disciples now seem to be perplexed about their master's identity. "Who then is this . . . ?" Stilling the sea is such a show-stopping... Continue Reading

To Prosperity Preachers: Grow Lavish Givers

John Piper

This is the fourth post in a series of twelve. The content comes from “Twelve Appeals to Prosperity Preachers” found in the new edition of Let the Nations Be Glad.

Getting rich is not what work is for. Paul said we should not steal. The alternative was hard work with our own hands. But the main purpose was not merely to hoard or even to have. The purpose was “to have in order to give.”

“Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with... Continue Reading