If We’re Going to Be Skeptical, Be Skeptical of Our Perceptions
Jan 28, 2012
There he sat, the scum of society on the footstep of heaven on earth, begging the condescending mercy of pious passersby going in and out of the temple. Enough mercy today and he could eat. This man was blind. He…
Blessed Is She Who Believed
Dec 23, 2011
Mary was “blessed among women” (Luke 1:42). She received the singular holy gift of being the mother of our Lord (Luke 1:43). God the Son dwelled inside of her body in human form. Then he lived in her home and…
Food for Thought
Nov 3, 2014
Here are a few November book recommendations (or maybe some Christmas gift ideas) to feed your brain. None are new, but all are important and nourishing.
Be an Advent Gift of Encouragement
Dec 1, 2014
Giving the gift of encouragement is not easy. It will likely add to our seasonal stress because it is spiritual warfare. If we’re going to encourage anyone else, we have to fight Satan and our own sin to do it.
We Destroy Arguments
Jul 15, 2011
Why is it so hard to just find some peace of mind? Well, peace is hard to come by when you live in a warzone. And like it or not you are in a war—a very serious one. This war…
There Was a Man Sent from God
Jan 11, 2016
Our faith is not a private matter. It is a public window through which God wants to reveal Jesus to others.
We Must Have Help to See Right
Nov 23, 2012
If I take my glasses off the world becomes blurry. In fact, things begin to diffuse at about six inches from my nose and grow more distorted the further away they are. I am very dependent on my corrective lenses…
God, Make Us Desperate!
Jul 29, 2010
A few days ago I listened to a sermon by a man who is preparing to lead a missionary team that will plant itself into one of the least reached nations in the world. The most optimistic estimates of the…
Just One Verse
Jun 13, 2016
The Bible is a strange world. It is much, much larger on the inside than it is on the outside. Indeed, worlds of truth can be found in just one verse.
Spiritual Leadership May Be Heartbreaking, but It Is Always Hopeful
Feb 17, 2012
Any time a selfish sinner is tasked with leading other selfish sinners in a Godward direction — whether in families, friendships, small groups, churches, or broader movements — there’s going to be trouble. Take Moses, for example. No Old Covenant…
Happy Birthday, Pastor John!
Jan 11, 2011
Today is John Piper’s 65th birthday. Join us in blessing a man for whom retirement from the kingdom work is not on the horizon! Pastor John, in honor of your birthday the DG staff has compiled 65 reasons why we…
Life’s Knots Need Jesus
Aug 26, 2015
Phrygia was an ancient kingdom in what is now central Turkey. According to legend, once upon a time Phrygia was without a king. One day, a pagan oracle declared that the next man to drive an ox-cart into Phrygia’s capital…
Simon the Pharisee: The Fuel of True Love for God
Dec 4, 2009
He had the Holy One of Israel in his house, reclining at his table. The Prophet that Moses had foretold was sharing dinner with him. The Lord of glory, the Resurrection and the Life, was speaking with him face to…
The True Wealth of the Suffering Church
Aug 29, 2016
Too many of us are sick with an ancient disease. The new ‘Insanity of God’ movie helps us begin to recover.
What’s the Point of All this Futility?
Aug 25, 2014
Are you tired of fighting futility? Evil and disorder relentlessly throw wrenches into the gears of your life. What’s the point? For God, the point is hope. Which is very strange.
When Black Friday Becomes a Mission
Nov 28, 2013
With the Christmas season and all its commercial blitz and glitz upon us (seen especially on Black Friday), let’s lay aside the grousing and see the grace. No throwing wet blankets over Christmas. May Christmas always blaze healthy and strong…
God's Soul Food
Oct 13, 2010
For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world” (John 6:33). As I explained in my previous post, hope is what energizes the soul, and promises are what we feed…
The Only Thing We Have to Fear
May 18, 2012
The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied. (Proverbs 19:23) Franklin D. Roosevelt coined one of America’s iconic maxims in his first inaugural address: “the only thing we have to fear is fear…
God Will Never, Never Break His Promise
Jun 1, 2013
Dear Friend, How might Isaac have explained to his young sons, Jacob and Esau, why God had commanded his father, Abraham, to offer him as a burnt offering (Genesis 22)? *** “Father, tell Esau to stop shooting at me!” Isaac…
The Hopelessness and Hope of the Greatest Commandments
Feb 16, 2015
There are no commandments in the Bible more devastating than the two that Jesus said are the greatest: And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and…
Serve in the Shadow God Places You
Sep 9, 2011
“Andrew. Oh! You’re Simon Peter’s brother, aren’t you?” Andrew must have gotten used to that. Even the New Testament introduces him as “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother” (John 1:40). Peter’s shadow is cast over Andrew from the beginning. Andrew is mentioned…
Do Not Disbelieve — But Believe
Mar 31, 2013
“Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” (John 20:25) The resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth…
A Year-End Prayer for Weary Waiters
Dec 30, 2011
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son” (Galatians 4:4). Jesus, you came in "the fullness of time." But how many of your children living during the ripening years wondered at your tarrying? A thousand…
Christmas: The Dawn of Death’s Destruction
Dec 14, 2012
The Apostle Paul wrote, “O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55). Anyone grieving the death of someone they love deeply will say that “sting” hardly begins to describe the pain. And Christmas often heightens this pain. Certain decorations…
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