How to Pray for Half-an-Hour
Jan 5, 1982Three suggestions for how to persevere and profit in prayer.
“To You Who Believe He is Precious”
Jan 12, 1982To be ruled by the Spirit is to be ruled by the love that the Father has for Jesus.
Persevere in Prayer!
Jan 19, 1982It is God who works in us to will our prayers, but we always experience it as our own resolve and decision.
Two Audiences ‘Til April
Feb 2, 1982We ought to seek to win people to Christ by giving valid reasons for the Bible’s claims about him.
If You Sit on Your Horse, It’s Under You
Feb 9, 1982If you want Christ to be with you, you must depend on him.
I Plant, You Water
Feb 16, 1982No church can remain fruitless if it soaks the seed of the Word in fervent, hungry prayer week after week.
In Quest of Rest
Mar 2, 1982We are unendingly restless until we take up Christ's yoke and learn from him.
Why I Am Opposed to a State Lottery
Mar 9, 1982Lotteries feed bad desires and lead to bad stewardship.
How to Be Filled with the Spirit
Mar 23, 1982Being filled with the Spirit is parallel to getting drunk with wine.
Lord of the Dead
Apr 6, 1982How can Jesus say that God is "not the God of the dead" and Paul say that Jesus is "Lord of the dead?"
This Is Dedicated to You
Apr 13, 1982Almost any impersonal act can be brought to life and made precious and personal by an act of dedicating it to someone.
Building a Common Community Understanding of God
Apr 20, 1982One aim of preaching is to build a people who think biblically.
Softball, Sex and Augustus Strong
May 4, 1982Don't exclude God from your recreation. God wills it, and it's his will to be in on it.
Pastor John’s Schedule
May 11, 1982Pastor John makes known his schedule and availability to the people of Bethlehem.
Sore Throat, Sympathy, and Sonnet
May 18, 1982There are worse things to lose than health, and sickness may help us gain what is best.
Word of God in Geneva and Bethlehem
Jun 1, 1982A healthy church will be hungry for sound teaching. And a healthy church will feed that hunger.
On Turning the Atonement Inside Out
Jun 8, 1982We don't need to feel lovable, because we aren't. Grace for the unlovable is the gospel.
Abortion, Father’s Day and Infant Doe
Jun 15, 1982Five suggestions for what dads can do to prevent more abortions.
“Be Still and Know That I Am God”
Jul 20, 1982John Piper openly contemplates the weightiness of pastoral ministry and is sustained knowing that God is God.
A Brief Theology of Sleep
Aug 3, 1982God 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.
Lessons from a Lost Master Card
Aug 10, 1982By 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, 1982How does a church become and remain fertile ground for moblizing and supporting missionaries?
Aug 24, 1982How can I admit that I am a worm and yet “love my neighbor as myself”?
Five Reasons You Should Gather with the Church on Sunday, September 12
Sep 5, 19821. 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…
God Threw His Shoe on Edom
Or, The Dome is Dead
Sep 14, 1982What fools God makes of men who strive against their Maker!
Late Night Meditations on the Book of Life
Sep 21, 1982What does it mean to be written in the Lamb's book of life?
Taking Bethlehem to Seattle
Oct 5, 1982Spiritual leadership is knowing where God wants people to be and taking the initiative, using God’s methods and power, to get them there.
Missions, Hunger, and Summer Houses
Oct 12, 1982Ogren 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, 1982Not all of God’s grace is behind us pushing to obey. There is also grace in front of us beckoning us to follow.
The Pace of Faith
Nov 2, 1982The Lord is never hurried because he has all things under control. What a steady power should mark his people!
A Note to Parents of Young Children
Nov 9, 1982Everything we do from the time a child is born should be aimed at leading him to faith.
Update on Bethlehem As Seedbed
Nov 15, 1982John Piper introduces a new program at Bethlehem for raising up young candidates for full-time Christian ministry.
Moses, Rauschenbusch and Moral Distinctiveness
Nov 23, 1982How are we morally distinct from ordinary society with its prudence, respectability, and good breeding?
A Gift From Eli
Dec 5, 1982Her 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…
Freed By Christmas And Calvary
Dec 7, 1982Christ became a man because the death of a man who was more than man was needed.
Dec 12, 1982At 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…
Thanks—to “God” for This List
Dec 14, 1982John Piper expresses his gratitude to numerous people at Bethlehem.
Dec 19, 1982God 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…
Dec 25, 1982The 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…