Acclaim for Christ vs. Craving Praise

John Piper

I have suggested that we should dreamof ways to make much of Christ in the way we use our economic stimuluschecks that will be arriving soon. That raises the question how we dothat if our generosity should be done in secret. “Do not let your lefthand know what your right hand is doing” (Matthew 6.3). Here’s what Ithink the Bible says about that.

Jesus warns of two dangers when it comes to what unbelievers think of us...

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Remembering Elder D. J. Ward

John Piper

Elder D. J. Ward, pastor of Lexington's Main Street Baptist Church for the past 19 years, died of complications from lung cancer Friday at Hospice Care Center at St. Joseph Hospital. What the Lexington Herald-Leader did not say about this amazing African-American is that he was a powerful spokesman for the glorious God worshiped through the wall-to-wall window called Calvinism.

I thank God for the one conference we had together. He invited me to the Lexington Pastors’ Conference... Continue Reading

Economic Stimulus Payment & Christ

John Piper

For a moment, forget the political puzzle of getting money back when the country is nine trillion dollars in debt. The more immediate question is: How will you make much of Christ with your "economic stimulus payment"? The president says it will be in the mail in time for Cinco de Mayo.

Clue: Nobody in the world will see you spend your money on yourself and conclude that Christ is your treasure. They will assume you are just like them, no matter how loudly you thank God for... Continue Reading

Children Understand the Universe Before They Know There Is One

John Piper

I am on writing leave. I hope you will pray for me. The first book I'm working on is one on marriage. This includes chapters on raising children. Here is a section I was working on yesterday:

The most fundamental task of a mother and father is to show God to the children. Children know their parents before they know God. This is a huge responsibility and should cause every parent to be desperate for God-like transformation. The children will... Continue Reading

The Rebellion of Nudity and the Meaning of Clothing

John Piper

The first consequence of Adam’s and Eve’s sin mentioned in Genesis 3:7is that “the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they werenaked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselvesloincloths.”

Suddenly they are self-conscious about their bodies. Before theirrebellion against God, there was no shame. “The man and his wife wereboth naked and were not ashamed” (Genesis 2:25). Now there is shame.Why?...

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Never Be Wise In Your Own Sight

John Piper

If a twelve-year-old makes A’s in school and generally makes wise choices, how would you help her apply this verse to herself?

Never be wise in your own sight. (Romans 12:16)

You might say:

  1. It means that you gladly admit that all true wisdom is from God. It is his, and not finally ours.
  2. It means that you recognize that any sense of superiority comes from comparing yourself only with your inferiors. But the most important person to compare yourself with is God, and he is... Continue Reading

When God Will Not Use Bigness

John Piper

There are saving works that God will only do through small churches and ordinary people, not through large churches and more sophisticated people.

The Lord said to Gideon, "The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, 'My own hand has saved me.’” (Judges 7:2)

Beware of missing your appointed fruit by envying bigger trees.

Hidden Treasures Thrift Store

Noel Piper

Hidden treasures, that’s what my boys and I were looking for back in the days when we made our Christmas shopping rounds—first to Savers and Salvation Army Thrift Shops, then to the liquidation store nearby, then if we still hadn’t found all the gifts we wanted to give, we upgraded to Target.

John and Talitha PiperA hidden treasure was what Talitha wanted last week when she and I went shopping for a very special dress to wear on Saturday for her date to the Father-Daughter High Tea at Bethlehem. She... Continue Reading

The Heavens Declare God's Infinity

John Piper

Sometimes I'm asked how I explain the disproportion between the size of the universe and the smallness of man created as the crown of God’s creation. The tension is felt in Psalm 8:3-5.

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and... Continue Reading

How God Readies Us to Read in Tune

John Piper

If in your morning devotions you open God’s word to the book of Judges and find that the strings of your inner instrument are not in tune, it is not blasphemy to excuse yourself for a few moments from the King’s library and turn to a paragraph from one of his unflinchingly faithful, broken-hearted, happy servants. Should we find it surprising that the King should appoint some of his closest friends to be especially good at tuning the strings of our soul so that we may... Continue Reading