Prayer at Harvest Time: Now!
Jan 3, 1982
Before God enables his people to bring in a harvest, he pours out a Spirit of prayer upon them. The surest sign that God is about to send power upon us is a great movement of prayer in our midst.
How to Pray for Half-an-Hour
Jan 5, 1982
Three suggestions for how to persevere and profit in prayer.
How Much Is Jesus Worth?
Jan 10, 1982
Your power to give a compassionate witness about Jesus is in direct proportion to how precious Jesus is to you.
“To You Who Believe He is Precious”
Jan 12, 1982
To be ruled by the Spirit is to be ruled by the love that the Father has for Jesus.
Flesh Tank and Peashooter Regulations
Jan 17, 1982
Legalism is a more dangerous disease than alcoholism because it doesn't look like one.
Persevere in Prayer!
Jan 19, 1982
It is God who works in us to will our prayers, but we always experience it as our own resolve and decision.
The Ministry of Waiting
Jan 26, 1982
Our love for one another should make us eager to help one another get to God.
Two Audiences ‘Til April
Feb 2, 1982
We ought to seek to win people to Christ by giving valid reasons for the Bible’s claims about him.
Jesus Is Precious Because His Biblical Portrait Is True, Part 1
Feb 7, 1982
If the church has no compelling reasons for believing the biblical portrait of Jesus, then we are acting like well-trained animals who can be turned this way and that by arbitrary incentives.
If You Sit on Your Horse, It’s Under You
Feb 9, 1982
If you want Christ to be with you, you must depend on him.
Jesus Is Precious Because His Biblical Portrait Is True, Part 2
Feb 14, 1982
If you ever meet a man who cares nothing for the praise and approval of men (Mark 12:14), but whose one controlling desire is to glorify God whom he loves with all his heart, believe that man. He is true.
I Plant, You Water
Feb 16, 1982
No church can remain fruitless if it soaks the seed of the Word in fervent, hungry prayer week after week.
Jesus Is Precious Because He Removes Our Guilt
Feb 21, 1982
Turn away from all the intellectual, physical, and religious tactics the world uses to evade its guilt, and rest in Jesus.
Early Morning at the Manse
Feb 23, 1982
John Piper narrates his start-of-the-day fight for faith.
In Quest of Rest
Mar 2, 1982
We are unendingly restless until we take up Christ's yoke and learn from him.
Why I Am Opposed to a State Lottery
Mar 9, 1982
Lotteries feed bad desires and lead to bad stewardship.
Jesus Is Precious Because Through Him We Become Authentic
Mar 14, 1982
We don't have a deep sense of peace and fulfillment when we have successfully deluded everybody about who we really are or what we really feel or think. There is a deep (and I believe God-given) longing to be authentic, not to be hypocrites.
Jesus Is Precious as the Foundation of the Family
Mar 21, 1982
Trusting Christ as Savior, surrendering to him as Lord, and orienting all of your family relations on him, transforms the home into a little heaven on earth.
How to Be Filled with the Spirit
Mar 23, 1982
Being filled with the Spirit is parallel to getting drunk with wine.
Jesus Is Precious Because We Yearn for Beauty
Mar 28, 1982
We crave to be moved by some rare glimpse of greatness. We yearn for a vision of glory.
He Set His Face to Go to Jerusalem
Apr 4, 1982
Jesus was not accidentally entangled in a web of injustice. The saving benefits of his death for sinners were not an afterthought. Jesus saw that the time had come and set his face to fulfill his mission: to die in Jerusalem for our sake.
Lord of the Dead
Apr 6, 1982
How can Jesus say that God is "not the God of the dead" and Paul say that Jesus is "Lord of the dead?"
The Third Word from the Cross
Apr 9, 1982
When Jesus commits his mother to John's care, he is showing us how our needs will be met when we leave everything to follow him.
Believe in Your Heart That God Raised Jesus from the Dead
Apr 11, 1982
Faith never says, "The righteousness that leads to life is inaccessible." But faith recognizes its own helplessness and gladly accepts this righteousness as a gift from God.
This Is Dedicated to You
Apr 13, 1982
Almost any impersonal act can be brought to life and made precious and personal by an act of dedicating it to someone.
A Celebration of Baptism
Apr 18, 1982
What counts in the new people is not who your parents are but whom you live for; and therefore a new symbol for the new covenant people is given, baptism.
Building a Common Community Understanding of God
Apr 20, 1982
One aim of preaching is to build a people who think biblically.
Apr 25, 1982
If you want to enjoy God's peace and be the aroma of his grace in the world, your knowledge of him has to grow.
Confirm Your Election
May 2, 1982
If the knowledge of God's glorious promises does not spur us on to strive against the tide, then we will be barren and fruitless and drift to our destruction.
Softball, Sex and Augustus Strong
May 4, 1982
Don't exclude God from your recreation. God wills it, and it's his will to be in on it.
Listen to the Eyewitness of His Majesty
May 9, 1982
The difference between mythical speculations and Christian faith is history. Our doctrines are not the result of clever head-work. They are the result of historical observation.
Pastor John’s Schedule
May 11, 1982
Pastor John makes known his schedule and availability to the people of Bethlehem.
Men Moved by the Holy Spirit Spoke from God
May 16, 1982
The meaning of Scripture does not change with every new reader or every new reading. It cannot be twisted to mean whatever we like. It is what it is, unchanging and unending.
Sore Throat, Sympathy, and Sonnet
May 18, 1982
There are worse things to lose than health, and sickness may help us gain what is best.
Destruction Is not Sleeping
May 23, 1982
Even though the rebellious and the licentious today may think they are safe, they should learn that "from of old their condemnation has not been idle, and their destruction is not sleeping."
On Princeton and Worship
May 25, 1982
Take worship seriously. None of us knows when it will be our last day in the house of the Lord.
Word of God in Geneva and Bethlehem
Jun 1, 1982
A healthy church will be hungry for sound teaching. And a healthy church will feed that hunger.
Where Is the Promise of His Appearing?
Jun 6, 1982
Confident expectation of a new world of righteousness empowers us to live for peace and purity in the present.
On Turning the Atonement Inside Out
Jun 8, 1982
We don't need to feel lovable, because we aren't. Grace for the unlovable is the gospel.
What Sort of Persons Ought You To Be?
Jun 13, 1982
A life lived for the world will go naked into judgment; a life lived for Christ will be laden with eternal riches.
Abortion, Father’s Day and Infant Doe
Jun 15, 1982
Five suggestions for what dads can do to prevent more abortions.
Grow in Grace and in the Knowledge of Our Lord
Jun 20, 1982
The best fertilizer for our hope and godliness is the knowledge of our future in God's grace.
“Be Still and Know That I Am God”
Jul 20, 1982
John Piper openly contemplates the weightiness of pastoral ministry and is sustained knowing that God is God.
Will the Next Generation Know?
Jul 25, 1982
Silence about Christ is dogma. Not to teach the infinite value of Christ is to teach that he is negligible.
Who Made Man's Mouth?
Aug 1, 1982
How different, how wonderful the use of our mouths would be if we lived by faith in the God who made the mouth and not by sight—by looking at our own clumsy tongue.
A Brief Theology of Sleep
Aug 3, 1982
God is not nearly so impressed with our late nights and early mornings as he is with the peaceful trust that casts all anxieties on him and sleeps.
He Will Send His Angel Before You
Aug 8, 1982
We can know God's will and maintain trust in his help, if we are familiar with the trajectories of his Word.
Lessons from a Lost Master Card
Aug 10, 1982
By the time we know a problem exists, God has already been working on it and his solution is on the way.
Bethlehem: Seedbed for Missions
Aug 17, 1982
How does a church become and remain fertile ground for moblizing and supporting missionaries?
Fear Not, You Worm Jacob!
Aug 22, 1982
The good news of the Bible is not that we are not worms, but that God helps worms who trust him.
Aug 24, 1982
How can I admit that I am a worm and yet “love my neighbor as myself”?
Let the Young Speak
Aug 29, 1982
There is no necessary connection between age and wisdom, or youth and folly. Wisdom comes from the Lord and is offered to all ages.
God Works for Those Who Wait for Him
Sep 5, 1982
If God undertakes to work for us, he cannot fail. He will succeed in providing all we need.
Five Reasons You Should Gather with the Church on Sunday, September 12
Sep 5, 1982
1. Because we want you included in the church-wide survey of gifts. Peter said, “As each has received a gift, employ it for one another” (1 Peter 4:10). That means you have at least one special ability which God wants…
Calling all Clay Pots
A Celebration of Ministry
Sep 12, 1982
Every Christian has received a gift from God which he is responsible to use for the good of the church and for the glory of God.
God Threw His Shoe on Edom
Or, The Dome is Dead
Sep 14, 1982
What fools God makes of men who strive against their Maker!
Discipline in the Christian College: Can it be Redemptive?
Sep 16, 1982
The Question In order to understand the question, we must define at least two of the key terms more precisely. The term "discipline" may mean the rigorous training or instruction by which knowledge or character is inculcated into a disciple…
The Locust Horde and the Day of the Lord
Sep 19, 1982
God will fight against us and clog the joy of our lives until we return with our whole heart to him. For his purpose is to be God alone in the midst of his people.
Late Night Meditations on the Book of Life
Sep 21, 1982
What does it mean to be written in the Lamb's book of life?
The Lord Will Rejoice over You
Sep 25, 1982
Every staff on which we try to lean in our pride will snap and pierce us through. One refuge will be secure: God.
Taking Bethlehem to Seattle
Oct 5, 1982
Spiritual leadership is knowing where God wants people to be and taking the initiative, using God’s methods and power, to get them there.
The Poor of the Land and the Pride of Jacob
Oct 10, 1982
Conversion isn't just changing your mind but exchanging the love of comfort for the love of goodness and justice.
Missions, Hunger, and Summer Houses
Oct 12, 1982
Ogren Mission to Uganda On October 6 the Deacon Council approved a request from Glenn Ogren to take a six-week leave of absence to go to Uganda with Mission: Moving Mountains. He will be gone from about November 8 through…
The God in Front and the God Behind
Oct 19, 1982
Not all of God’s grace is behind us pushing to obey. There is also grace in front of us beckoning us to follow.
And All the Earth Shall Own Him Lord
Festival of Mission
Oct 24, 1982
In order to be acclaimed Messiah and Lord, the Son of God had to come, defeat the enemy, and lead his people out of bondage in triumph over sin and Satan and death. And that he did on Good Friday and Easter.
Seneca, C.S. Lewis, and a Sale
Oct 26, 1982
Each day is on sale for anyone who will purchase it. If we do not purchase it, we lose it—forever.
The Pace of Faith
Nov 2, 1982
The Lord is never hurried because he has all things under control. What a steady power should mark his people!
Eagle Edom Will Come Down
Nov 7, 1982
The violent nation will not boast forever. Very soon the recompense will come, and after that all the nations will render an account to God.
A Note to Parents of Young Children
Nov 9, 1982
Everything we do from the time a child is born should be aimed at leading him to faith.
Go and Make Disciples, Baptizing Them...
Nov 14, 1982
When we make disciples, we bid people to come and die to their old, destructive ways and to live for Jesus, who loved them and gave himself for them.
Update on Bethlehem As Seedbed
Nov 15, 1982
John Piper introduces a new program at Bethlehem for raising up young candidates for full-time Christian ministry.
Cry of Distress and Voice of Thanks
The Prayer of Jonah
Nov 21, 1982
The belly of a fish hardly seems like salvation. But it was.
Moses, Rauschenbusch and Moral Distinctiveness
Nov 23, 1982
How are we morally distinct from ordinary society with its prudence, respectability, and good breeding?
Take Courage: You Build More Than You See
Nov 28, 1982
Nothing you do is a trifle if you do it in the name of God. He will shake heaven and earth to fill your labor with splendor.
A Gift From Eli
Dec 5, 1982
Her mother said, "It's no concern; When you're with child you have to learn That ankles which were once quite thin Swell, near the end, like new wine skin; And sandal straps sink as in clay And leave prophetic lines…
There Shall Be a Fountain Opened
Dec 5, 1982
The fountain of forgiveness has been opened for you. And if you cleanse yourself through faith in that fountain, all the subsequent promises to God's people are yours.
Freed By Christmas And Calvary
Dec 7, 1982
Christ became a man because the death of a man who was more than man was needed.
Dec 12, 1982
At eighty-four her eyes were dim. In Israel the days were grim. The Roman overlords would spit Upon the temple steps and sit Across the court and watch the priest On duty leave his feast And put a towel on…
From Bethlehem in the Majesty of the Name of the Lord
Dec 12, 1982
God uses little towns and youngest sons and slingshots to magnify his glory in order to show that he is not the least dependent on human glory or greatness or achievement.
Thanks—to “God” for This List
Dec 14, 1982
John Piper expresses his gratitude to numerous people at Bethlehem.
Dec 19, 1982
God loves to "magnify His sovereign strength." This is the answer to the question John Piper poses in the poem "Mighty Mercy" Why did God choose such "strange and roundabout" providence "[t]o get Messiah where He must be born?" This…
You Shall Go Forth Leaping Like Calves
Dec 19, 1982
Christ came at Christmas to build a bridge across the chasm of sin to eternal life, but the name of the bridge is purity. The only way to eternal life is along the path of sanctification.
Dec 25, 1982
The sun had just begun to set And Joseph's face, filled with regret Appeared again. "We'll find a place," Said Mary, full of hope and grace. "I know we will," she touched his chin And bravely smiled, "Who needs an…
Call Me Husband, Not Baal
Dec 26, 1982
The point of Hosea is that God exalts his mercy by not giving up on his promiscuous wife.