Driving Convictions Behind Foreign Missions
Jan 1, 1996Fourteen beliefs that keep the missions flame burning.
O That You Might Be Strong Like a Tree!
Jan 9, 1996It is impossible to meditate on God’s word as continually as we should if portions of it are not in our mind.
Foundations for Thinking About Race
Echoes of Sunday, January 14
Jan 16, 19967 reasons racial harmony is worth pursuing, and 1 resolve for doing it.
Luther's Rules for How to Become a Theologian
Jan 23, 1996Martin Luther's 3 rules for how to read the Bible.
Spreading a Passion for the Supremacy of God in All Things for the Joy of All Peoples
Jan 30, 1996In about 5 weeks, we will have our Challenge Sunday, the climax of the Master Planning process. You will be hearing shortly about an exciting debt reduction/income expansion vision. An important part of our excitement is the spreading of a…
Help Us Find the New Lead Worshipper
Feb 6, 1996Planning is hard work, but it feels like waiting. Only the wise know it’s not. The English language has a string of words for the un-planning unwise: impetuous, hasty, rash, impulsive, precipitate, reckless, etc. The patience and perseverance of this…
Advice to Pastors: How to Help Your People Be More Satisfied in God
Feb 7, 1996Thirteen thoughts on how to help bring joy in God to your congregation.
A Joyful Meeting with Joseph Tson
Feb 13, 1996John Piper recounts a conversation with Joseph Tson.
Prayer and Predestination
A Conversation Between Prayerful and Prayerless
Feb 14, 1996A conversation between "Prayerful" and "Prayerless" on why we ask God to do what he already intends to do.
"It Is Appointed for Men to Die Once and After This Comes Judgment"
Feb 20, 19969 key texts about the wrath of God.
"Go, Sell Your Oil and Pay Your Debt"
Preparing for Commitment Sunday, March 17
Mar 5, 1996What counts is not the amount you have but if it is utterly devoted to the purposes of God.
125 Years of Bygone Grace for the Sake of Faith in Future Grace
Jun 4, 1996By looking to God's faithfulness in the past we can have hope for the future.
Desiring God's "Whatever You Can Afford Policy"
Jun 5, 1996At Desiring God we value radical generosity. We love to give, believing the Apostle Paul’s words (quoting Jesus), “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). We love blessing you with God-centered, Christ-exalting resources—even if your financial…
Bethlehem, the Word of God, and Your Family
Sep 3, 1996Three recommended routines for keeping God's word central in your life.
Precious and Powerful Rebukes
Sep 10, 1996Matter is utterly dependent for its origin, existence and stability on the thought of Christ.
Four Ways God Leads His People
Oct 1, 1996Four "D's" that describe how God leads us, and three implications.
The Pledges Are In!
Oct 8, 1996I sat in my car Monday morning in the church parking lot and stared at the stones in the columns on the west side of the new sanctuary. One said "1871" and one said "1991"—the founding of our church and…
Precious Sovereignty — Priceless Assurance
Oct 15, 1996We know we will not fall away because this is a promise of the new covenant sealed by the blood of Jesus.
Denying Foreknowledge of Human Choices and Undermining the New Covenant
Nov 5, 1996There is a revival underway of old false teaching. It denies that God can foreknow human choices. The reasoning goes like this: choices are free, and free means self-created, and self-created means outside of knowability before they are created. Not…
The Cyrenian Cycle: Malchus the Slave
Dec 1, 1996Cyrene, city on the coast Of northern Africa, could boast Her poet Callimachus — and Her son, Carnéadés, the grand Philosopher who founded an Academy in Greece, a man Who plundered Stoics just to mock Their certitudes — and then…
What’s It Like to Write Advent Poems?
Dec 3, 1996People ask me about the advent poems. How long does it take? Where to do you get the ideas? Is it hard The first thing I want to say is that the advent poems are not Scripture. They are not…
The Cyrenian Cycle: Simon of Cyrene
Dec 8, 1996Rufina's oldest son despised Her faith. At sixteen all he prized Was what would make him great, he thought, Like land and power. All she taught Him seemed a loss, and all her prayers A waste. He'd stand beneath the…
Six Shadows Flee at Christmas
Dec 10, 1996The meaning of Christmas is that the substance of true religion belongs to Christ.
The Cyrenian Cycle: Lucius the Centurion
Dec 15, 1996His name was Lucius, second son By birth, and second to be done With his Cyrenian home. And he Was violent, and of the three, The neighbor children feared him most. He dreamed that on the northern coast Of Africa…
The Cyrenian Cycle: Rufina
Dec 22, 1996The synagogue of Freedmen in Jerusalem, for years had been A place of passion for the law Of Moses. There they held in awe The Temple and the holy priests, The sacrifices, and the feasts. For these were men who'd…