Bring the Bible Home to Your Heart

David Mathis

We all want to be “doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22).

Who wants to feel the failure or share in the shame of being pegged like one “who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror . . . and goes away and at once forgets what he was like” (James 1:23–24)? It would seem like Bible application is an essential spiritual discipline to consciously…

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The Secret in Every Circumstance

David Mathis

Don’t be fooled by the popular locker room read on Philippians 4:13.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” — score a touchdown, hit a homerun, climb a mountain, run a marathon, win the game with a finger to the sky for the Lord. Maybe some well-meaning jock signed his name with “Phil. 4:13” in your high-school yearbook, as a little nod to Jesus, who gifted him…

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No Book Like the Bible

Marshall Segal

We believe the most effective way to make everyone everywhere truly, deeply, lastingly happy is to teach them to meet God in his word.

This September, John Piper will be launching an initiative inspired by the legacy he wants to leave. Look at the Book is a new online method of teaching the Bible. It’s an ongoing series of 5–10 minute videos in which the camera is on the…

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This May Push You over the Edge

Jon Bloom

Most of us read, see, or hear thousands of messages during the course of our lives. But only a few strike us with such force that we remember them distinctly. These messages uniquely shape us. They haunt us. We can’t shake them. We go back to them over and over.

I heard of those messages in March 2001, when John Piper spoke at John MacArthur’s Shepherds’ Conference. I’ve listened to…

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Would You Tackle the Gunman?

Jonathan Parnell

On Thursday, June 5, shortly after 3:30 in the afternoon, inside a building on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, a student named Jon Meis pepper-sprayed a stranger and tackled him to the floor.

An unknown gunman had opened fire in the building, and in a moment of complete chaos, as the gunman reloaded a shotgun that had already killed one person and wounded two others, Jon Meis stepped up…

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Putting on the Brave Face

Joe Rigney

Coaching tee ball is hard. And not just because it’s like herding a pack of wet cats. Or because five-year-olds generally prefer digging in the dirt to fielding grounders. Or because twenty minutes in, the main thing on half of the kids’ minds is the juice box after the game.

For me, coaching tee ball is hard because of the painful sweetness of the memories that are conjured on the…

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Nepal’s Most Unlikely Church Planter

Tony Reinke

Down the valley from Kathmandu, the ancient capital of Nepal, rests an even older city. In Bhaktapur, the timeworn traditions of Hinduism sink as deep into the dry soil as the white-capped Himalayan Mountains rise in the background.

Bhaktapur looks like it was built one brick at a time. Narrow, brick-paved city streets are lined on both sides by three-story brick buildings built into each other over time to become…

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The World’s Greatest Game

Daniel Souza

I have to confess, I was giddy when I got out of bed yesterday morning.

It was borderline embarrassing. As I made my first cup of coffee, and the house was quiet, I stood there laughing at myself and simultaneously thinking, “Why am I so excited about such a trivial thing?!”

You see, the World Cup has begun — and I am Brazilian. That might not mean much to you,…

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The Treasure Makes All the Difference

Jon Bloom

One of Jesus’s most powerful parables is also one of his shortest:

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field (Matthew 13:44).

Fifteen minutes before this man’s discovery in the field, the thought of selling all that he owned to buy it wouldn’t…

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A Father Worthy of Imitation

David Schrock

Read the Bible. Pray. Repeat.

Go to church. Talk about God along the way. Repeat.

Sow the seed. Pray for fruit. Trust the Lord. Wait. Repeat.

Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

For fathers who take serious the call of shepherding their family, the repetition involved can, if one is not careful, lose joy and strength over time. No matter how much grace we see in the gospel, every father is subject to…

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