When a Rock Sunk Slowly

Jon Bloom

The new banner above has its inspiration from the following story about Peter’s walking on (and sinking in) the water (see Matthew 14:13–33 and John 6:1–21). We must think carefully about this because in following Jesus we are called to do essentially the same thing.


The day had been another mind-blower for the disciples.

As they rowed toward Capernaum it was hard to stop talking about what they had seen. Five thousand men, plus women and children, and Jesus had fed them all! With... Continue Reading

Piper at Passion Tonight

Marshall Segal
Piper at Passion Tonight

Atlanta, Ga. – From the opening note, Passion 2013 has been another brilliant illustration of how big our God is, and that he is capable of capturing a generation of young people who know, love, and live for Jesus.

Louie Giglio and the Passion team continue to grow and refine a movement that engages students with a big vision of God, and then aims to set their lives on a trajectory of mission, sacrifice, and service for the advance of the gospel.

It’s impossible to adequately... Continue Reading

10 Things to Pray for Your Wife

Jonathan Parnell
10 Things to Pray for Your Wife

[Download a new print-version (PDF) of "10 Things to Pray for Your Wife." You can also get lock-screen versions for your iPhone4 or iPhone5.]

Our hunger for God will not be confined to our closets. As we know him and delight in all that he is for us in Jesus, our joy in him reaches beyond personal experience on a quest to be reproduced in others. One of the simplest ways we realize this is by taking serious how we pray — by wanting and asking for others the same things we... Continue Reading

Our Top 12 Videos of 2012

Stefan Green
Our Top 12 Videos of 2012

At Desiring God, we love creating resources and telling stories that encourage, challenge, equip, and inspire the saints to live lives supremely glorifying to God. Video has become a powerful and easily shareable medium on the Web. With this is mind, Desiring God has invested in producing videos that attempt to tell stories of hope, unfold Scripture, cast vision, and spread a passion for Jesus. Here are the twelve videos from Desiring God that were viewed most in 2012.

In them, you... Continue Reading

Jerry Bridges on the Spiritual Disciplines

David Mathis

Here at the outset of 2013, in the midst of so many vain resolutions, perhaps God would be pleased to do a fresh work of grace in your life. Maybe he would give you some “resolve for good” (2 Thessalonians 1:11) that he would be pleased to empower and sustain and use as a means for continued flourishing, or some new spiritual thriving, in your life.

To that end, we enlisted none other than Jerry Bridges. Just last month he joined us at the Desiring God offices, and... Continue Reading

Pray for Passion 2013

David Mathis
Pray for Passion 2013

The Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta was rocking for last night’s major college bowl game that came down to the last snap, but anticipations are that it will be even louder the next three nights — with praise for Jesus.

Well over 50,000 college students ascend on the Dome today as Passion 2013 begins this evening and goes through Friday morning. While Clemson’s game-winning field goal, with no time left on the clock, signaled the night’s end for players and fans, it was just the... Continue Reading

Every Moment in 2013 God Will Be Doing 10,000 Things in Your Life

John Piper
Every Moment in 2013 God Will Be Doing 10,000 Things in Your Life

“God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them.” That was one of our most widely spread tweets in 2012. So we want to say it again for 2013 and make this promise even more solid.

Not only may you see a tiny fraction of what God is doing in your life; the part you do see may make no sense to you.

  • You may find yourself in prison, and God may be advancing the gospel among the guards, and making the free... Continue Reading

Birthday, Last Day, Good Day

John Piper
Birthday, Last Day, Good Day

Noël’s birthday was on December 27. My last day as Lead Pastor for Preaching is today, December 31.

I’ve been in this role at Bethlehem for thirty-two and a half years today. Remarkably, Noël turned 65 and has thus spent exactly half her life at Bethlehem (32.5 years).

This prompted a poem for her birthday. It is part of the overflow of thankfulness I am feeling these days. God has been good to me. In my wife. In my church. Very good.

Not Halves

The happy day that you were born, was... Continue Reading

This Week’s Sermon: “Sorrowful Yet Always Rejoicing”

David Mathis
This Week’s Sermon: “Sorrowful Yet Always Rejoicing”

Indomitable joy in Jesus in the very midst of suffering and sorrow— this is what the world needs from the church.

As tempting as it may be to figure things differently, whattheworld does not need from the services of the gathered church is chipper, frisky, high-spirited chatter designed to make people feel lighthearted and playful and bouncy.And the world does not need believers who are morose, gloomy, sullen, and dark, bringing with them a heavy atmosphere... Continue Reading

Make a Fresh Covenant with Me: We Will Finish in Faith

John Piper
Make a Fresh Covenant with Me: We Will Finish in Faith

Treat this year-end like the end of your life. Then be ecstatic that you get to start a new life tomorrow.

For some of us, not only is the year ending, but so is a life-ministry. When the clock tolls midnight I will hand off the senior leadership of Bethlehem to Jason Meyer (with overwhelming gratefulness for God’s goodness). I’ll be on staff until March 31, 2013, but effectively, this season of leadership is over.

So not only do I get to start a new life... Continue Reading