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

From Closet to Coastlands: Bible Reading and Prayer in 2013

Jonathan Parnell
From Closet to Coastlands: Bible Reading and Prayer in 2013

'Tis now the season to get strategic. With the New Year on the horizon, many of us are beginning to consider the logistics of our devotional lives for 2013. Bible-reading plans, book lists, prayer guides — these are tactical means of grace that we strive to set in order. It is like we look across the foggy battlefield of the coming year and pencil down our plan, our steps. Remember faith is a fight. And reading and praying are essentials, not... Continue Reading

Our Top 25 Posts of 2012

Marshall Segal
Our Top 25 Posts of 2012

Some posts meet our readers in especially powerful or timely ways. We strive to provide God-glorifying, heart-stirring, church-building content every day, but we realize that some prove more memorable than others. With that in mind, here are the 25 most accessed posts from the Desiring God blog in 2012 to remind you of some of our highlights from the last year.

Many were touched by the story of Ian and Larissa. Others happily wandered into Chesterton’s elfland or Tolkien’s shire.... Continue Reading

The Year in Sports at Desiring God

David Mathis
The Year in Sports at Desiring God

Let the record show that we did not set out in 2012 to write more often about sports at Desiring God than previous years.

But as we’ve looked back on the last year, we noticed an uptick in our engagement with “the world of sports.” This trend doesn’t represent any new commitment on our part for the years ahead. It does, however, represent our great goal to see Jesus honored “in all things.” It’s the “supremacy of God in all things” part of our mission that keeps leading... Continue Reading

What Difference Has Looking Made?

Tony Reinke
What Difference Has Looking Made?

The holiday season is notoriously busy. But there are often quiet moments at Christmas to slow our lives down for worship. The classic Nativity figurines and all the classic Nativity paintings capture this divine silence. In the presence of the infant God-man, our response is speechless adoration.

As quickly as the Christmas season arrives, however, the quiet moment passes away for another year. Trees and decorations and lights are taken down, and the silent night is... Continue Reading