The Second Coming Is Like Lightning and Vultures
Jesus is going to return to earth. I pray very soon. He said that before he comes—periodically throughout history—some people would think he has already come.
If they say to you, "Look, he is in the wilderness," do not go…
Never Let the Gospel Get Smaller
Here is a simple exhortation that I have been trying to implement in our family:
Seek to see and feel the gospel as bigger as years go by rather than smaller.
Our temptation is to think that the gospel is…Continue Reading
An Encouragement and Precaution for Parents
Jesus tells of two sons:
What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, “Son, go and work in the vineyard today.” And he answered, “I will not,” but afterward he changed…
Bernard Madoff: How Are the Mighty Fallen!
A few months ago he was worth over $800 million. Now, at age 70, he sits in this prison cell, 7.5 by 8 feet, with a sink, a toilet, and a bunk. Bernard Madoff went there last Thursday after being…Continue Reading
"All Truth Is God's Truth," Admits the Devil
Sometimes the slogan “All truth is God’s truth” is used to justify dealing in any sphere of knowledge as an act of worship or stewardship. The impression is given that just knowing God’s truth and recognizing it as such is…Continue Reading
In Christ, There Is No Bad Luck
Today is Friday the 13th! Bad luck day.
In case this or any other superstition frightens you or, worse, controls you, take the sword of the Spirit and kill it.
Here’s a few sword thrusts that I use.
A Vexing Jewel: The Price and Pleasure of Knowledge
If you want to know God better, it will be costly, and it will be worth it.
For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow. (Ecclesiastes 1:18)
That is true. It’s true because the…Continue Reading
A Marriage Advice Moment with John Piper
A staff member at Bethlehem asked Pastor John what one or two main things he wants to say to an engaged couple in premarital counseling. His answer is relevant for marriages new and old:
Be joyfully, brokenheartedly, shaped by the…
If You Want to Become a Christian
As I sang "My Hope Is in the Lord" in my devotions, it became a sweet whispering of my faith in Jesus. The thought entered my mind: This would be a beautiful expression of faith for someone who wondered, How…Continue Reading