How We See Christmas Symbols
Dec 1, 1981
We want our Christmas decorating and festivities to be as explicitly Christ-centered and Christ-exalting as possible.
Bible Story Audio: Recommendations?
Jan 1, 1995
Dear Noël, In Treasuring God in Our Traditions, you write that your children listened to stories on tape while they were too young to read. Could you recommend some good, sound children’s Bible story recordings? Thank you. Dear friend, …
The Family: Together in God’s Presence
Jan 1, 1995
Practice, perseverance, and practical steps throughout the week can transform the presence of children in the worship service into the presence of joy.
Home-Grown World Christians
Apr 1, 2002
Part of fulfilling the Great Commission is preparing the next generation to reach the nations. Noel Piper offers suggestions for how to raise your kids to love the world for Christ.
Treasuring God in Our Traditions
Sep 16, 2003
This book presents the importance of passing along Christ-centered traditions and a Bible-saturated legacy in Christ to future generations.
Never in January
Oct 1, 2003
A year ago I set out to read the whole Bible. That's nothing new; I've begun to read the whole Bible every other year for about 28 years-emphasis on "begun." But with all the best intentions, I was never able…
Sarah Edwards: Jonathan's Home and Haven
Oct 11, 2003
In this message Noel Piper tells the story of Jonathan Edwards’ better half: his home-builder, his encourager, his spiritual companion, Sarah Edwards.
When There's Crisis at Christmas
Dec 3, 2003
Noel Piper encourages a friend to hold onto Jesus at Christmas time even if nothing about the holiday season feels joyful.
John and Noel Riding in Tandem
Jan 1, 2004
Here are some random lessons learned last week riding along the Cannon Valley Trail behind my husband on a bicycle built for two If I throw my weight around, we wobble and swerve. My initial “seasickness” eases when I quit…
Most of All, Jesus Loves You!
Sep 27, 2004
This bedtime story will leave the sweetest of thoughts in a child's head as the little one drifts off to sleep knowing: “Jesus loves me!”
Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God
Jun 7, 2005
These are the stories of five ordinary women who trusted in their extraordinary God as he led them to do great things for his kingdom.
What I Learned by Being My Mother's Daughter
Nov 21, 2006
George Travie Henry and Pamela Brown Carpenter Daddy was one of nine, mother an only child. They met in Norfolk, Mother's city, when Daddy was in the Navy. They were married in 1946 and in 1950 moved to Georgia, Daddy's…
The Sweet Providence of God in the Life of Our Four Sons
Nov 27, 2006
Noel Piper wonders what her sons' favorite childhood books have to do with their personalities.
If the Lord Wills...
Feb 23, 2007
I returned recently from 10 days in Cameroon, West Africa. A team of 14 was sent by Bethlehem Baptist, with the help of Joni and Friends, to distribute 100 wheelchairs through one disabilities ministry in Yaounde and one in Bamenda…
Forgiveness, Forbearance, and Fertilizer
Feb 23, 2007
What my husband said last Sunday at the end of a sermon on forgiveness and forebearance in marriage Picture your marriage as a grassy field. You enter it at the beginning full of hope and joy. You look out into…
Not a Curse, but a Blessing
Mar 21, 2007
If you were born with a disability or know someone who was, imagine being born in a village where that is considered to be a shameful curse from the spirits—something to hide or get rid of. In January, I was…
Eight Biblical Devotions to Prepare for Easter
Mar 29, 2007
Eight biblical devotions to read in preparation for Easter.
Holy Week at the Pipers’
Mar 30, 2007
A Month of Preparation for Easter Ordinarily at the Piper house, we begin looking toward Easter near the beginning of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. That was February 21 this year. During the season, we have special devotional readings…
He died? Oh no!
Apr 5, 2007
In 1929, young Elsie Viren was the efficient, capable new secretary to the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. By the time we Pipers arrived 51 years later in 1980, her days were filled with teaching Sunday school, visiting the church’s…
Apr 30, 2007
If you can’t walk, even with crutches, and you don’t have a wheelchair, will you stay home? Or will you find some way—any way—to get to the market and to church? How will you move without a chair? In…
Ruth Bell Graham
Jun 15, 2007
On my “mentors” shelf sit books by Edith Schaeffer, Ann Ortlund, Gail MacDonald, Elisabeth Elliot, and Ruth Graham. I never met Ruth Bell Graham in person. But I spent time with her through her writing. She expressed a winsome, seemingly…
On Father's Day 2007
Jun 17, 2007
I haven’t been able to phone my dad on Father’s Day for more than 15 years. But I remember him today. And as years pass, the things that were hard seem smaller and the strong roots of my father’s life…
Recipe for Thanks-giving
Nov 12, 2007
What turns the 4th Thursday of November into Thanksgiving? Turkey? I know one family who doesn’t like turkey. Their traditional Thanksgiving meal is Vietnamese carryout. But whatever our food traditions, is that all there is? Not if we plan real…
I Almost Died
Dec 8, 2007
So far, the landmark Something-Zero birthdays—20, 30, 40—have been no big deal for me. But this year, I beg the kindness of my older and wiser friends, because I’d been moping a few months about the birthday due before the…
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