Conflicts: Our Laboratories of Love
May 29, 2015
Seven sinners live together in our home. We are middle-age, teenage, and pre-teen sinners who each have the sin-nature’s assumption that we are playing the lead role in the drama of existence...
The Prize Is Worth the Price
Nov 21, 2015
The pursuit of an Olympic gold medal is all-consuming. Athletes must structure their entire life around the training required for that elite level of competition because this pursuit can only be achieved with a ruthlessly narrow focus and rigorous discipline. The same is true for Christians.
He Finished Well: A Tribute to Mike Stohlmeyer
Feb 15, 2012
On February 11, 2012, at age 61, Mike Stohlmeyer, a good friend of and mission partner with us at Desiring God, entered the joy of his master, Jesus Christ. After a 39-year battle with Crohn’s Disease, Mike’s body…
Watch Your Mouth
Jul 5, 2013
It is humbling to remember that as Christians we are still vulnerable to Satan’s deception. One moment we can speak glorious truth and the next moment destructive, satanic words. We must be on our guard, something Peter learned the hard…
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.
Sexy, Successful, and Smart
Aug 31, 2012
He had… no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men. (Isaiah 53:2) Are you feeling hopeful today? Take a look under the hood. How much of your hope is linked to some promise of…
Where Do Others Fit in Your Schedule?
Sep 22, 2014
“All of life is a medium for relationship,” says Matt Reagan. In some cultures in the world, this statement would seem so patently obvious that folks would look at you funny if you said it.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
‘In Faithfulness You Have Afflicted Me’
Jun 29, 2022
In his faithfulness, God promises not only that he will deliver us from affliction, but that we will do something good through the affliction.
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…
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…
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