The Art of Motivation

Tony Reinke

Motivating people to serve is not an easy task. Ask any Christian leader.

So what’s the key?

This was a question from Josh (a pastor), to John Piper, in today’s Ask Pastor John podcast.

Motivation is an art, and like any art it requires wisdom and skill. And like any art, it can be done poorly. An agitated verbal assault from the pulpit may be an awkward spectacle that goes…

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Lay Aside the Weight of Prideful Comparison

Jon Bloom

By the grace of God I am what I am. (1 Corinthians 15:10)

God made you to be you.

You have the body God gave you — with all its genetic capacities and limitations (Psalm 139:13). You were born at the time and place he determined (Acts 17:26).

And if you’re a Christian, he has called you out of darkness into light (Ephesians 5:8). God considers you a necessary part…

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Protect the Children from Chemical Weapons

John Knight

Dear Mr. President,

I am joining the unknown numbers around the world who are praying for wisdom for you as you confront this present evil of chemical weapons in Syria. God has promised to provide wisdom to those who trust in him (James 1:5). I do not offer this cynically. I want God to help you and hope you would welcome his help.

As the pictures of children who died…

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It’s Not You, It’s God: Nine Lessons for Breakups

Marshall Segal

Some of a single person’s darkest days fall after a breakup.

You risked your heart. You shared your life. You bought the gifts, made the memories, and dreamed your dreams together — and it fell apart. Now, you’re back at square one in the quest for marriage, and it feels lonelier than square one, and further from the altar, because of all you’ve spent and lost.

No one begins dating…

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Five Encouragements for Everyday Work

Joseph Scheumann

Most Christian ministry is not vocational.

Far and away, those not getting paid to do ministry are collectively doing much more on the frontlines for gospel advance than those getting a paycheck. According to Ephesians 4:12, the paid ministers aren’t supposed to do all the ministry themselves, but “to equip the saints for the work of ministry.”

The Church, in all her glory, is vastly more lawyers, administrative assistants, doctors,…

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The X-Factor in Bible Reading

David Mathis

The Bible is no magic book. But saying it that way might give the wrong impression.

A strange, enigmatic power stirs when we reach for the Scriptures. Something influential, though invisible, is happening as we hear God’s words read or spoken. Something supernatural, but unseen, transpires as we see the text in front of us and take it into our souls. Someone unseen moves.

He is a personal force, fully…

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Kissing the Wave

Gloria Furman

“How long, O Lord?” is a familiar cry to those who experience suffering and despair. In my own experience this question can be asked in both steadfast faith-filled hope and in faithless unbelief. I’ve asked it in both ways in the same hour or minute.

Trials teach hard lessons, as Charles Spurgeon said: “I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.”

And sometimes…

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Work Is a Glorious Thing

John Piper

Work is a glorious thing. And if you stop and think about it, the most enjoyable kinds of leisure are a kind of work. Both these facts are true because the essence of work, as God designed it before the Fall, was creativity — not aimless, random doing, but creative, productive doing.

The Primal Worker

When God did his primal work, he created the world. That is the essence of…

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How to Serve Families with Disability

John Knight

I was enjoying some friendly conversation with old friends after church when my teenaged daughter whispered in my ear, “Dad, he’s losing it.”

A quick glance at my son confirmed her assessment of her older brother with disabilities. Experience had taught us that his vocalizations would only get more intense and much louder. We needed to go.

I felt a heavy sigh welling up as yet another pleasant moment was…

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Seven Ways for Busy Moms to Get in the Word

Courtney Joseph

Fall is almost here, and for most moms this is the beginning of the busiest season of the year. Back-to-school to-do lists lead right into Thanksgiving and Christmas to-do lists, and we will not find rest again until January 2nd. And while God’s word sits on our shelves waiting for us to get a slow moment, the world bids us to keep busy. Get those kids signed up for soccer,…

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