The Key to Our Victory over Sin
Nov 13, 2019
Only the grace of supernatural delight can empower us to resist the allure of sin’s constant temptations.
Humility Was His Secret Strength
Charles Simeon (1759–1836)
Nov 13, 2019
Charles Simeon endured opposition, and stayed patient in suffering, by focusing on two objects: the depth of his sin, and the height of God’s grace.
Grace Is Power, Not Just Pardon
2 Timothy 2:1–7, Part 2
Nov 12, 2019
If you think you have received grace but have no new power to seek God and kill sin, you may not have received God’s grace.
I Feel No Sexual Attraction — Should I Still Pursue Marriage?
Nov 11, 2019
If someone’s sexual desires are low to the point of indifference, should he or she still be open to marriage down the road?
Seven Reasons We Must Pursue Supreme Satisfaction in God
Nov 10, 2019
Enjoying God, being satisfied in him, is essential in glorifying him as he deserves. God is not as glorified by mere duty as he is by delight.
Is Spiritual Insight a Product of Thinking or Praying?
2 Timothy 2:1–7, Part 1
Nov 9, 2019
Those who expect to have spiritual insight without thinking hard do not know how God gives understanding.
Why Does the Bible Stress the Power of Jesus’s Name?
Nov 8, 2019
The Bible stresses repeatedly the power and greatness of Jesus’s name. But why does it emphasize his name, and not just his person?
Love Is the Overflow of Joy in God
Why I Love the Apostle Paul
Nov 8, 2019
The deepest love is never merely an act of the will. It is the overflowing impulse of a heart that is happy in God.
‘I Don’t Believe in Christ — Why Is Faith So Hard?’
Nov 6, 2019
If Jesus promises that his yoke is easy and his burden light, then why do some people struggle so much to put their faith in him?
God Glorified, Man Satisfied
Foundations of Christian Hedonism, Part 11
Nov 5, 2019
If you desire God to get glory from your life, take your joy in him very seriously.
When Has My Career Become My Idol?
Nov 4, 2019
If God created us for good works and wants us to labor diligently, then how do we determine when our career has become an idol?
A Peculiar Act of Worship
Preaching as Expository Exultation
Nov 3, 2019
The preacher’s task is not merely to teach or inform, but to rejoice with his people over the wonders of Scripture.
Love for People as the Overflow of Joy
Foundations of Christian Hedonism, Part 10
Nov 2, 2019
Pursuing greater, deeper joy in God increases, not diminishes or hinders, our love for other people.
Advice for Christians Who Work Sundays
Nov 1, 2019
If your job requires you to work on Sundays, how do you honor the Lord’s Day? Pastor John offers three pieces of counsel.
He Dared to Defy the Pope
Martin Luther (1483–1546)
Oct 31, 2019
The Reformation began when Martin Luther, a scrupulous but tortured monk, rediscovered the surpassing grace of God in the infallible word of God.
What Did the Reformation Give Us?
Oct 30, 2019
Every Protestant owes a debt of gratitude to the Reformers, especially for one of their most precious gifts to us: expository exultation.
Joy in Suffering Shows the Worth of God
Foundations of Christian Hedonism, Part 9
Oct 29, 2019
Suffering with joy in this world is one of the greatest advertisements for the reality of the next.
Should We Stop Reading Dead White Guys?
Oct 28, 2019
Christians should judge a book not by the color of its author or the number of its century, but by the God-exalting or God-ignoring content of its pages.
Self-Denial and the Pursuit of Joy
Foundations of Christian Hedonism, Part 8
Oct 26, 2019
Our duty as Christians is to show the joy-hungry world that their desires are not strong enough for happiness.
Should Anyone Say, ‘I Am of Calvin’?
Oct 25, 2019
As we sit under preaching in our churches, what matters most is not how eloquent the teacher is, but how much truth shines forth in his content.
What Makes a Sermon Good?
Oct 23, 2019
Sermons are more than a transfer of facts and stories. They are a part of worship that God uses to work miracles in both the preacher and the people.
‘The Expulsive Power of a New Affection’
The Life-Changing Insight of Thomas Chalmers
Oct 23, 2019
The root power of sin is severed by the power of a superior pleasure. The bondage to sin is broken by a stronger attraction — a more compelling joy.
The Severing of Boasting and Self-Pity
Foundations of Christian Hedonism, Part 7
Oct 22, 2019
Joy in Christ is not passive or timid. It severs, with holy aggression, all boasting and self-pity still within us.
Should Stay-at-Home Moms Take a Day Off?
Oct 21, 2019
With all the demands on our time, how can young families pace themselves to run the marathon of life without burning out halfway through?