Ask Pastor John with John Piper on MOR Music Podcasts
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    May 18, 2022 Do Answered Prayers Depend on My Holiness?

    Throughout Scripture, God warns that he will not hear the prayers of the disobedient. So do answered prayers depend on our holiness?


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    May 16, 2022 For Christians Whose Testimony Seems Boring

    We will never plumb the depths of sin and grace merely from past experience. Only God’s word can tell us how lost and dead we were, and how found and alive we are.


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    May 13, 2022 Would You Have Supported Prohibition in 1913?

    In the early twentieth century, many Christian leaders lent their approval to the cause of Prohibition. Would Pastor John have done the same if he lived back then?


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    May 11, 2022 How Greatly Am I Loved?

    In Christ, God has chosen us from eternity, and called us in time, so that we would boast no longer in ourselves, but only in him and his great love.


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    May 9, 2022 How Do I Make Christian Hedonism My Own?

    Some teachers influence us so deeply that we find ourselves imitating them without trying. So how can we move past imitation to make biblical truth our own?


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    May 6, 2022 Why Dead Men Must Die

    Paul says we all were dead apart from Christ, but he also says we died when we were united to Christ. In what sense, then, do dead men die?


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    May 4, 2022 God Saves to Make Much of Himself — Doesn’t That Lessen His Love?

    Nothing but God can forever satisfy hearts that are made for God. And so, in great mercy, God loves us in a way that makes much of himself.


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    May 2, 2022 Should Gospel Disagreements End a Friendship?

    Christians can disagree over many doctrines and stay friends. But what should we do when a friend rejects a doctrine central to the gospel?


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    April 29, 2022 My Spouse Died Prematurely — Was It My Fault?

    How might Christians process feelings of guilt over the death of a loved one? Pastor John offers counsel to a new widow struggling not to blame herself.


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    April 27, 2022 How God Makes Much of You

    In Christ, God makes more of us than we could ever imagine. And he will go on doing so forever.


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    April 25, 2022 Does Faith Cause Regeneration?

    Does faith bring about the new birth, or does the new birth bring about faith? Pastor John offers three reasons why getting the order right matters.


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    April 22, 2022 Does God Delight in Justification or Holiness?

    Does God delight in his people based on Christ’s work alone, or does his delight also depend on our own holiness?


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    April 20, 2022 Why God Makes Much of You

    When God makes much of us, he does it for his sake, not ours. And that makes his love far greater than we could have imagined.


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    April 18, 2022 Shame: Its Uses and Abuses

    Some shame condemns and destroys, and some shame heals and restores. So how can we tell the difference between misplaced and well-placed shame?


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    April 15, 2022 What Are Church Traditions?

    In his letters, Paul speaks not only of teachings he delivered to the churches, but also of traditions he passed on. What kind of traditions does he have in mind?


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    April 13, 2022 The Heart of Fake Happiness

    Many nominal Christians go to church, believe God loves them, and yet are on their way to hell. So what marks the born again from those who only think they are?


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    April 11, 2022 Should Pro-Lifers Embrace Embryo Adoption?

    In America, there are hundreds of thousands of frozen embryos, left over from in vitro fertilization. How might Christians weigh the decision to adopt one of them?


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    April 8, 2022 Does Romans 7 Describe a Christian?

    What kind of person does Romans 7:14–25 describe? Pastor John offers nine reasons to read Paul’s description as part of the Christian experience.


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    April 6, 2022 What’s Lost When We Only Pray Alone?

    The church of Acts often gathered together to praise God and intercede for his people. So what might we lose if we pray only by ourselves?


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    April 4, 2022 Should We Dramatize Jesus’s Life for Television?

    God gave us a book about Jesus, not a video. So how might Christians think about dramatic portrayals of Jesus’s life in television or movies?


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    April 1, 2022 Do Christians Still Have Evil Desires?

    If God’s wrath comes against evil desires, and not only evil behaviors, why will his wrath not come against Christians, who still battle evil desires?


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    March 30, 2022 How Fleeting Pleasures Sidetrack Our Love

    A lack of love for other people doesn’t show that we’re trying too hard to please ourselves — it shows that we’re far too easily pleased.


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    March 28, 2022 I’m Too Distracted with Life to Meditate on Christ

    How can we turn our attention away from regrets, dreams, and other consuming thoughts so that we can set our minds on things that are above?


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    March 25, 2022 On Permanent Birth Control

    If two spouses agree that they do not want to have more children, would it be sinful to pursue permanent forms of birth control?


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    March 23, 2022 How Does God Lead Us in Daily Decisions?

    How do I follow God’s lead in my daily decisions? I know he’s my shepherd, and that he’s leading me, but how do I know if I am following him?


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    March 21, 2022 In Our Racial Differences, How Is Christ ‘All’ and ‘in All’?

    To be a Christian is not only to trust Christ and treasure Christ, but to be indwelt by Christ. And that new identity transforms all our relationships.


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    March 18, 2022 What Should We Make of Healing Ministries?

    God still answers prayers for physical healing today. But how should Christians evaluate the claims of so-called healing ministries?


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    March 16, 2022 When Will Christ Heal My Body?

    We know that Jesus has purchased both our forgiveness and our physical healing at the cross. But what kind of healing can we expect in this life?


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    March 14, 2022 All My Sins Were Canceled — So Why Continue to Confess?

    If all our sins are forgiven — past, present, and future — does ongoing confession show that we doubt Christ’s finished work?


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    March 11, 2022 My Flesh Was Crucified — So Why Do I Still Sin?

    If our sinful flesh was crucified with Christ when we first believed, why do we keep sinning like we do?


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    March 9, 2022 How Do I Know If My Good Deeds Are Worthless?

    How do we make sure the good we do is not done in vain? Listen to Pastor John’s answer more than thirty years ago, just weeks after becoming a pastor.


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    March 7, 2022 If God Is Sovereign, Why Is His World Full of Suffering?

    When we look around at our world of horrific suffering, how can we keep believing in an all-good, all-wise, totally sovereign God?


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    March 4, 2022 Is There a Place for Asceticism in the Christian Life?

    Some self-denial exalts self and feeds sin, and some self-denial exalts Christ and kills sin. So how can we practice the right kind?


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    March 2, 2022 How Do I Handle My Disordered Desires?

    Every Christian battles excessive and distorted desires. And in Christ, God gives every Christian daily forgiveness, hope, and strength to keep fighting.


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    February 28, 2022 How Did the Cross Disarm the Devil?

    At the cross, Paul says, God “disarmed the rulers and authorities.” So what weapons are no longer in Satan’s hands?


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    February 25, 2022 How Can I Avoid Worldly Thinking in My Studies?

    How can Christians pursue education without being taken captive by worldly thinking? Pastor John reflects on Paul’s warning against “philosophy” in Colossians 2:8.


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    February 23, 2022 God’s Providence in the Ministry of Crossway Books

    In 1938, a small publishing ministry began distributing gospel tracts. Today, that ministry has spread millions of tracts, books, and Bibles all over the world.


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    February 21, 2022 How Did God Reconcile ‘All Things’ to Himself?

    Paul says that God has reconciled to himself “all things” in heaven and on earth. Does that mean even unbelievers and demons will be saved in the end?


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    February 18, 2022 Are Divisions in the Church Necessary?

    How should Christians respond to divisions in the church? Don’t make light of them, for they are tragic. And don’t make death of them, for they are predicted.


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    February 16, 2022 Singing Sends Lovers of Christ to the Nations

    Under God, musical worship can mobilize the church to finish the Great Commission. The gladness of Godward singing sends lovers of Christ to the nations.


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    February 14, 2022 Can We Speak with Angels?

    Scripture includes stories of angels talking with humans through dreams and visions. So should Christians expect, and even pursue, conversations with angels today?


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    February 11, 2022 What Does It Mean to Cry, ‘Abba, Father’?

    When God puts the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, giving us a spiritual sight of his fatherly care in Christ, we can’t help but cry, “Abba! Father!”


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    February 9, 2022 Escaping the Love of Comfort and Safety

    The freest people in this world are those most in love with the next. If our hope is safe in heaven, we can afford to take risks on earth.


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    February 7, 2022 Has the Gospel Already Reached the Entire World?

    Colossians 1:23 says the gospel “has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven.” Does that mean the gospel has already reached the entire world?


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    February 4, 2022 Is My Salvation an Event or a Process?

    If our final salvation rests on the condition that we persevere in faith, how can we know that we really will make it to heaven?


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    February 2, 2022 Embracing Unpopular Truth in an Age of Political Correctness

    Unless we become mature in our thinking, we will regularly be blown about by the winds of subtle, clever, politically correct language.


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    January 31, 2022 Why Did God Make Eve from Part of Adam?

    In creation, God made Adam and all the animals from the ground. So why, when God made Eve, did he take a rib from Adam’s side?


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    January 28, 2022 If Every Gift Comes from God, Why Thank Anyone Else?

    All good gifts are from God, through God, and to God. But in his providence, those gifts often come to us through others, who rightly deserve our thanks.


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    January 26, 2022 The God Who Dwarfs Big Tech

    Pastor John commends Tony Reinke’s new book — a panoramic, penetrating theology of technology, tethered to God’s infallible Scriptures.


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    January 25, 2022 Is Technology Holy or Worldly?

    How can Christians live faithfully in the day of Big Tech? In ‘God, Technology, and the Christian Life,’ Tony Reinke explores God’s relationship to the innovations of our age.


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    January 24, 2022 Did Bathsheba Sin with David?

    Does the story of David and Bathsheba suggest that Bathsheba was a willing partner in his adultery, or that David took her against her will?


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    January 21, 2022 I Enjoy Being Alone — Is That Unloving?

    God made some Christians to enjoy spending a lot of time alone. But what makes the difference between a Christian loner and a self-centered loner?


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    January 19, 2022 When Life Shrinks to the Size of Our Problems

    The God of the universe cares about every problem you have, no matter how small. And he wants to draw you up into purposes far greater than your problems.


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    January 17, 2022 How the Lottery Preys on the Poor

    Pull-tabs and scratch games incentivize risky, destructive behaviors, especially among those who can least afford to play.


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    January 14, 2022 I Have Multiple Disabilities — How Do I Not Waste My Life?

    What might it look like for a Christian with significant disabilities to live a productive, spiritually fruitful, God-glorifying life?


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    January 12, 2022 Should I Become a Preacher?

    Should I become a preacher? Pastor John’s own road to the pastorate shows that God often makes preachers in unexpected ways.


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    January 10, 2022 Should I Leave an Inheritance for My Children?

    If Scripture doesn’t obligate parents to leave a financial inheritance to their children, how might Christians decide what to do with their money?


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    January 7, 2022 Why Does God Hide Himself from Christians?

    God will never leave or forsake his children. But for our lasting good, he may sometimes hide his face and allow us to walk through seasons of darkness.


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    January 5, 2022 Let God’s Word Dwell in You Richly This Year

    When we memorize and meditate on God’s word, we create a deep, transforming connection between the Bible, our minds, and our hearts.


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    January 3, 2022 What Is an Idol?

    The Bible describes idols as actual objects people worship, but today many use the language of “idolatry” more broadly. So what is an idol?


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    December 31, 2021 Is Sanctification the Pursuit of Perfection?

    In our pursuit to be holy as God is holy, how do we move past our failures to obey without feeling condemned in the process?


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    December 29, 2021 What Desiring God Wants to Be Known For

    The ministry of Desiring God is fueled by the prayers and financial gifts of God’s people. If you have been blessed by our resources in 2021, would you consider becoming a monthly partner? https://give.desiringgod.org/#monthly


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    December 27, 2021 End-of-Life Medical Intervention — or Not?

    God may use medicine to lengthen our lives, but he will always use habits of grace, like prayer and Bible reading, to sustain our faith in suffering.


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    December 24, 2021 Why Is Christmas Precious to You?

    We miss the miracle of what Christmas is if we forget why Christmas happened: God the Son became man — to die in our place.


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    December 22, 2021 History Ended at Christmas

    Christmas is not just another bend in the river of redemptive history. Christmas marks the end of the river and the arrival of the ocean.


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    December 20, 2021 Do the Non-Elect Have a Chance to Repent?

    The Bible teaches both the absolute sovereignty of God and the genuine accountability of man. And nowhere are they considered contradictory.


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    December 17, 2021 Is It Normal to Have a Divided Heart?

    No Christian consistently longs for God, which is one reason God gives us prayers like Psalm 86:11: “Unite my heart to fear your name.”


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    December 15, 2021 The God Who Brings Us into Everlasting Pleasure

    Those who live for joy in God now will possess joy in God forever. And until then, God pledges his protection over body and soul, through life and death.


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    December 13, 2021 Can We Really Give God More or Less Glory?

    Christians sometimes talk about giving God “some” glory, “more” glory, or “most” glory, but are those really biblical categories?


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    December 10, 2021 How ‘Progressive’ Can a Christian Get?

    None of us has an infallible understanding of the Bible, but at what point does open contradiction of Scripture call into question someone’s profession of faith?


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    December 8, 2021 God’s Plan When Our Plans Fail

    God, in his grace, does not keep us from trouble and pain. But he does order and measure our trouble and pain — and then uphold us through it all.


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    December 6, 2021 How Can I Resist a Critical Spirit?

    A love for excellence can easily grow into a hypercritical spirit. How can we resist the tendency to focus mostly on the failures of others?


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    December 3, 2021 John Piper’s Ministry in One Bible Text

    John Piper’s ministry has been marked by rigorous attention to God’s word paired with deep delight in God’s word — a double emphasis captured in Psalm 119:97.


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    December 1, 2021 The God Who Turns Hearts to God

    The story of Elijah on Mount Carmel shows that God rules over fire and rain, bulls and rocks — and even over every human heart.


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    November 29, 2021 Does Righteous Anger Kill Our Joy?

    If we allow anger to come quickly and stay long, it will eventually consume love, consume gratitude, consume mercy, and consume true perceptions of reality.


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    November 26, 2021 How Do I Write a Personal Mission Statement?

    God has reasons for everything he does — and an ultimate purpose driving it all. Personal mission statements help us align all of life with that great purpose.


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    November 24, 2021 The Glorious Duty of Thanksgiving

    Gratitude is a duty — we ought to thank God for the grace he has given. But genuine Christian gratitude is far more than mere duty.


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    November 22, 2021 How Can I Serve My Disabled Friends?

    Jesus healed people with deep, lifelong disabilities. So should we pray that he would heal loved ones with disabilities like Down syndrome or cerebral palsy?


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    November 19, 2021 Is Violent Crime Under God’s Providence?

    When we don’t understand God and his ways, we can still rest here: God is always totally sovereign, and God is always infinitely good.


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    November 17, 2021 Only Jesus Knows the Full Force of Temptation

    Jesus never lied, stole, coveted, grumbled, lusted, or sinned in any other way. And that means Jesus alone knows the full force of temptation.


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    November 15, 2021 Parenting Young Children Through Life’s Pains

    When suffering overshadows the life of a family, how can parents help their children embrace God’s all-good, all-wise, all-governing providence?


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    November 12, 2021 Is Complementarity Merely Functional?

    Are God’s callings for men and women merely functional and practical, or do they flow from something deeper in his design?


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    November 10, 2021 One Day Tolerance Will End

    We live in the day of salvation, the day of patience, the day of tolerance. But when Jesus returns, that day will end forever.


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    November 8, 2021 On Cigarettes, Vaping, and Nicotine

    Despite the warnings, cigarette smoking and other forms of nicotine use persist. How concerned should parents be about whether their teens smoke, chew, or vape?


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    November 3, 2021 How to Find More Joy in God

    Joy in God was never meant to be a solitary pursuit. Joy sends us out to serve — and serving fills us up with joy.


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    November 1, 2021 Why Did God Make Me Unattractive?

    Few of us feel as attractive as we would like, and some of us feel downright ugly. Why does God allow such unattractiveness in a world that prizes physical beauty?


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    October 29, 2021 The Church’s Calling in an Age of Recreational Pot

    Fifteen states have now legalized the recreational use of marijuana. What message might God be sending to the church in an age of legal pot?


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    October 27, 2021 Finding a Life of Gospel Boldness

    The boldest people in the world are those who can look into the face of God, in all of his holiness and power, and know that he is for them in Christ.


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    October 25, 2021 How Do You Find Meaning in the Bible’s Narratives?

    Whether Old Testament or New Testament, stories fill the pages of Scripture. How can we begin to discover God’s meaning in the Bible’s narratives?


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    October 22, 2021 Is Stress Making Me More Holy or More Sinful?

    Life’s pressures have a way of exposing hidden sins and introducing new temptations. So how we do know if pressure is making us more holy or more sinful?


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    October 20, 2021 Would I Trust Jesus More If I Had Seen Him?

    Many wish they could have seen Jesus in person as he walked on the earth. But to have the four Gospels is even better than being there.


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    October 18, 2021 Reckoning with the Message of Job

    Until we begin to grasp the infinite worth of God, and the horrific evil of sin, much of the Bible will make no sense — including a book like Job.


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    October 15, 2021 How Do We ‘Dwell in the Shelter of the Most High’?

    Psalm 91 offers spectacular promises for the one who “dwells in the shelter of the Most High.” What does dwelling in the shelter of God mean for us today?


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    October 13, 2021 Five Ways Pastors Fail

    Countless pastors carry out their ministries faithfully — and some abuse their position and cause many to stumble. What does God have to say to hypocritical pastors?


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    October 11, 2021 Are Non-Christian Marriages Valid in God’s Eyes?

    God made marriage to picture the relationship of Christ and his church. Does it follow that a marriage between an unbelieving man and woman is illegitimate?


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    October 8, 2021 Has God Abandoned Me?

    God has promised never to leave us or forsake his people. So how do we respond when it feels like he has?


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    October 6, 2021 Parenting Through a Family Crisis

    If we’re going to parent well through family troubles, we need to know, first, that our own sin is our worst problem, and second, that Jesus’s blood covers it all.


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    October 4, 2021 Ingredients for a Theology of Feasting

    The Bible talks a lot about feasting — far more than about fasting, in fact. So what is feasting, and how might we enjoy it in our Christian lives?


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    October 1, 2021 How Do We Prepare for the Second Coming?

    We know from the New Testament that Jesus will return in power and glory. What can we do to prepare ourselves for that long-expected day?


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    September 29, 2021 You Don’t Need More Self-Love

    Jesus’s command to love our neighbors as we love ourselves isn’t a call to raise our self-esteem. It’s a charge to seek others’ good in the same way we seek our own.


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    September 27, 2021 Should Couples Use Role-Play in the Bedroom?

    When the glory of God grows dim in our eyes, bodily appetites become gods. When we lose sight of a big purpose for our lives, sexual urges become too big.


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    September 24, 2021 My Boyfriend Is Spiritually Lethargic — Should I Still Marry Him?

    At what point should a Christian woman keep encouraging her spiritually lethargic boyfriend — and at what point should she call it off?


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    September 22, 2021 Does God Love Me?

    When do we experience the love of God most deeply? Not when we get whatever we want, but when he does whatever it takes to satisfy us in himself.


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    September 20, 2021 How Do I Stop Rooting My Joy in My Circumstances?

    We seem hardwired to be happiest when life goes well, and saddest when life goes poorly. How can we root our joy in Jesus instead of circumstances?


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    September 17, 2021 Should Rich Christians Downgrade Their Lifestyle?

    Jesus and the apostles regularly warn against the dangers of wealth. So, should rich Christians take steps to downgrade their lifestyle?


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    September 15, 2021 Prayers That Work

    Jesus promises spectacular responses to our prayers, but only if our desires are shaped by his word abiding within us.


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    September 13, 2021 How Do We Discern False Teachers?

    The Bible repeatedly warns us against false teachers. But how can we actually identify them, especially if their ministry is mainly online?


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    September 11, 2021 John Piper’s 9/11 Radio Interview

    On the morning after September 11, 2001, a radio station interviewed Pastor John about the day’s stunning and tragic attack. Listen to the 47-minute recording.


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    September 10, 2021 What Does It Mean to Be Blessed?

    The New Testament never pairs the blessing of God with material prosperity in this age. So, what does it really mean to be blessed?


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    September 8, 2021 The Power of Your Personal Testimony

    Don’t be intimidated when people far smarter than you level arguments against Jesus. Your personal testimony has power to trump the most sophisticated arguments.


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    September 6, 2021 How Will Love Grow Cold in the End Times?

    At the end of this age, “the love of many will grow cold.” What will such coldness look like — and how can we guard ourselves against it?


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    September 3, 2021 Did Christ Already Return?

    Does Revelation suggest that Jesus already returned when Jerusalem was destroyed in AD 70 — and therefore that we should not wait for another coming?


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    September 1, 2021 We Become Like the Videos We Behold

    For better or worse, we become what we behold. How should this truth affect our media consumption in the digital age?


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    August 30, 2021 What’s the Difference Between Sloth and Rest?

    Both the sluggard and the diligent might take a nap on their day off. So, what distinguishes the laziness of the sluggard from the rest of the diligent?


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    August 27, 2021 God Never Runs Out

    Everything in this world eventually runs out: money runs out, health runs out, pleasure runs out, time runs out. But God never runs out.


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    August 25, 2021 How Can I Make Daily Bible Reading Authentic?

    How can we prevent Bible reading from becoming a lifeless routine? Pastor John offers three principles for authentic daily devotions.


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    August 23, 2021 How Can I Honor My Parents If I Don’t Respect Them?

    God calls his people to show honor to everyone — but not for the same reasons, and not in the same ways.


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    August 20, 2021 Does Christ Rule the Nations Now?

    If Christ has all authority in heaven and on earth, does he rule over the nations now? Or is he waiting to exercise his rule until his second coming?


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    August 18, 2021 You Don’t Know God If You Don’t Love Christ

    If you want to know whether others love God, ask if they love the Jesus of Scripture. Love for Jesus is the litmus test of love for God.


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    August 16, 2021 Is Death Past, Present, or Future?

    According to Paul, Christians have died, will die, and die every day. What do these different deaths mean, and how else does Scripture speak of our dying?


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    August 13, 2021 Six Dangers of Podcasts

    Podcasts, including Christian podcasts, have great potential for both good and evil. Pastor John explains six dangers to beware of as you listen.


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    August 11, 2021 Living the Mystery of Joy in Suffering

    Christians are sorrowful, yet always rejoicing: sorrowful because of the ugliness and horrors of sin, and rejoicing because of the infinite worth of Jesus.


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    August 9, 2021 If All My Sins Are Forgiven, Why Pursue Holiness?

    If Christ already paid for all our sins — past, present, and future — then why do we need to work so hard to put sin to death and grow in holiness?


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    August 6, 2021 Is Sex During Menstruation Sinful?

    The Old Testament prohibited a husband and wife from having sex during menstruation. Is that command still in force today?


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    August 4, 2021 Controversy Is Essential — and Deadly

    Controversy is essential — and deadly. Slowly, we can begin to care more about defending the truth than enjoying the truth.


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    August 2, 2021 How Do We Pray in the Spirit?

    What do Paul and Jude mean when they command Christians to pray “in the Spirit” — and what would it mean to pray “out of the Spirit”?


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    July 30, 2021 If We Read Our Bibles, Why Do We Need Sermons?

    The Bible is perfect; preachers are not. So, why listen to the sermons of fallible men when we can read God’s infallible word for ourselves?


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    July 28, 2021 How to Argue Like a Calvinist

    John Newton cherished the doctrines of grace. And he knew that the best way to commend them was with a spirit of graciousness.


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    July 26, 2021 Doing Math to the Glory of God

    Why learn math — especially if studying math feels agonizing? Pastor John addresses an 8-year-old boy struggling to persevere in school.


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    July 23, 2021 Can I Marry a Woman Half My Age?

    The Bible doesn’t say how old Christians should be when they marry — or how close in age. So, can a Christian marry someone significantly younger?


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    July 21, 2021 The Strong Murder the Weak Every Day in America

    Killing an unborn child is illegal if the mother wants the baby — but legal if she doesn’t. The rights of the weak rest in the hands of the strong.


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    July 19, 2021 How Much Media Is Too Much Media?

    In a media-saturated age, obedience to Jesus requires intentional detachment from the patterns of the world — especially its patterns of entertainment.


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    July 16, 2021 Will I Suffer More If I Follow Jesus?

    Those who follow Jesus may suffer more in this life than those who don’t. But from the standpoint of eternity, they will suffer infinitely less.


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    July 15, 2021 The Supremacy of God in Preaching: Conclusion

    People are starving for the grandeur of God. Christian preachers, more than all others, should know this truth — and shape every sermon accordingly.


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    July 14, 2021 Faith Won’t Survive Without Friends

    We all need people who will remind us that Christ is far better than sin, and that unrepentant sin destroys. Without friends, our faith won’t survive.


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    July 12, 2021 Does the Bible Say I Am Unique?

    God made everybody, knitting each of us intricately in our mother’s womb. Does that mean we are each unique, unlike any other person God created?


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    July 9, 2021 Will God Really Praise Us?

    If God deserves all glory and praise, what does Scripture mean when it mentions God’s glorifying and praising us?


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    July 7, 2021 Why Comfortable Christians Go Prayerless

    Until we come awake to the great spiritual war that surrounds us, we will never truly know the privilege and power of prayer.


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    July 5, 2021 Do Angels Walk Among Us Today?

    Hebrews tells us that, by showing hospitality to strangers, “some have entertained angels unawares.” Does this suggest that angels walk among us in human form?


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    July 2, 2021 On Codependent Dating Relationships

    God made us to need other people — but not to be codependent on them. So, how can we tell the difference between healthy need and disordered neediness?


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    June 30, 2021 Why Would God Create a Baby to Live for Two Minutes?

    With eternity in view, any span of life is a vapor. However long we live, our time here is preparation for the endless days of heaven.


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    June 28, 2021 Should We Watch for Signs from God?

    Some Christians seem to be always on the lookout for signs from God in creation or circumstances. Does the Bible encourage us in that search?


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    June 25, 2021 Should Christians Visit Cemeteries?

    Should Christians make a habit of visiting loved ones’ graves? And if we do visit, how can we honor Christ in the cemetery?


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    June 23, 2021 One Surprising Reason for Pain

    Many wonder how a good God could govern a world filled with pain. But sometimes, pain becomes the very means God uses to awaken us to his goodness.


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    June 21, 2021 Who Is the Disciple Jesus Loved?

    The Gospel of John speaks of a “disciple whom Jesus loved” five times. Who was this beloved disciple, and why does he single himself out like this?


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    June 18, 2021 Plans for 2021 and Beyond

    After a year unlike any other, Pastor John looks ahead to new books and renewed ambitions to spread Christian Hedonism farther across the globe.


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    June 16, 2021 How Not to Correct a Fellow Christian

    How can Christians challenge and correct one another in a way that honors Christ and acknowledges our common neediness before him?


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    June 14, 2021 The Disabled Wife and the Proverbs 31 Woman

    God expects faithfulness of all his people. But faithfulness for one Christian may look far different than faithfulness for another Christian.


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    June 11, 2021 Are Our Enemies Spiritual, Human, or Both?

    Paul tells us that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood. But Paul himself had many human enemies. So, are our enemies spiritual, human, or both?


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    June 9, 2021 To Be Loved Infinitely

    The essence of God’s love is not that he makes much of us, but that he frees us, at great cost to himself, to enjoy making much of him forever.


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    June 7, 2021 How Do I Serve Dying Unbelievers?

    Many medical professionals regularly find themselves around people only hours or minutes from hell. How would love call us to act in those moments?


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    June 4, 2021 Should Christian Jurors Show Mercy to the Guilty?

    Christians display the character of God through both mercy and justice. But how do we know when to show mercy and when to give justice?


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    June 2, 2021 Why Do You Want to Be Loved by God?

    Almost everyone wants to be loved by God. But our reasons for wanting God’s love may reveal whether we truly know him or not.


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    May 31, 2021 Is It Sinful to Pray for a Larger Income?

    When God restored Job’s fortunes, he also doubled his wealth. Should Christians pray for God to do the same for us today?


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    May 28, 2021 A Better Promise for Serial Daters

    Serial dating, if left unconquered, often turns into serial marriage. So, what hope does Jesus offer to those addicted to the pleasures of a new relationship?


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    May 26, 2021 Flee to Christ in Fear

    God commands us both to fear him and to flee to him for refuge. How can we possibly do one without contradicting the other?


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    May 24, 2021 Where Is Providence in the Vanity of Ecclesiastes?

    The book of Ecclesiastes tells us that “all is vanity.” But if God providentially guides all things, then doesn’t he give meaning to everything in this world?


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    May 21, 2021 What Is a Baptist?

    As with other Protestants, many Baptists trace their lineage to the Reformation. But what makes Baptists unique among the heirs of the Reformation?


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    May 19, 2021 The Key to Killing Lust

    Strategies are important in our battle against lust. But nothing arrests our souls with the urgency of purity like the supremacy of Jesus Christ.


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    May 17, 2021 What Does the Bible Say About Purgatory?

    What is purgatory, and why have thoughtful Christians like C.S. Lewis believed in it? Does this belief in afterlife cleansing find support in Scripture?


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    May 14, 2021 How Do I Love Neighbors Who Ignore Me?

    Jesus commands us to love our neighbors. But how can we love them if they don’t want our help, or if they even actively ignore us?


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    May 12, 2021 Reckoning with Personal Failure

    Christians are new creations in Christ — yet we still feel the familiar pull of the old self. How do we reckon with the persistence of indwelling sin?


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    May 10, 2021 Why Have Africans Suffered So Much?

    Some parts of the world seem to endure far more sorrow than other parts. Does God favor some places and peoples more than others?


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    May 7, 2021 Is My Repentance Real If I Keep Committing the Same Sin?

    Some of us find ourselves confessing the same sins over and over. How do we know our repentance is real if we repeatedly lose the same battles?


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    May 5, 2021 How Churches Sabotage the Love of God

    If we try to make much of the love of God by downplaying the wrath of God, we destroy the love of God.


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    May 3, 2021 How Can I Protect My Child from State Indoctrination?

    The primary responsibility for a child’s education belongs to parents, not to the state. So, what can parents do when the state tries to take control?


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    April 30, 2021 Why Did the First Humans Live for So Long?

    The book of Genesis records life spans in the hundreds of years. Why did the first humans live for so long — and why are our life spans today so short?


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    April 29, 2021 How Have You Processed the Sin of Ravi Zacharias?

    How might Christians process the failures of once-beloved figures like Ravi Zacharias? Pastor John draws out lessons from the ministries of fallen leaders.


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    April 28, 2021 What’s Stopping You from Coming to Christ?

    Some wait to come to Christ because they feel powerless to live the Christian life. But that power becomes ours only by coming to Christ.


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    April 26, 2021 What Are Angels Doing Today?

    Angels appear all over Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. But why did God create angels in the first place — and what are they doing today?


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    April 23, 2021 How Should We Respond to Christian Conspiracy Theories?

    Conspiracy theories — Christian or otherwise — are nothing new. But how can we talk to friends who find themselves gripped by them?


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    April 21, 2021 What ‘No Condemnation’ Does to a Heart

    “No condemnation” means that you are finally free: free to love, free to serve, free to forgive, and even free to die for the good of others.


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    April 19, 2021 Did Abraham Laugh at God’s Promise?

    Paul looks back to Abraham and celebrates his unwavering faith. But is Abraham’s laughter at God’s promise in Genesis 17 really a faithful response?


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    April 16, 2021 What Makes Women the ‘Weaker Vessel’?

    The differences between male and female are not obstacles to overcome or facts to ignore. They are distinct glories that God calls “very good.”


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    April 14, 2021 The Problem with Asking, ‘What’s Wrong with It?’

    If we want to follow Jesus, we will need to give up more than just sins. We will also need to give up everything that dulls our hearts for him.


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    April 12, 2021 Hope for Children from Dysfunctional Families

    How can children who come from dysfunctional or abusive families begin to embrace the perfect fatherhood of God?


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    April 9, 2021 How Does Chronic Pain Glorify God?

    Why might God allow his children to endure years, or even decades, of unremitting suffering? How does such chronic pain bring him glory?


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    April 7, 2021 Escape the World’s Infatuation with Sex

    The deepest cure for lust never comes from strategies or accountability. The deepest cure comes from seeing the soul-staggering grandeur of God.


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    April 5, 2021 How Will Heaven Change Our Joy?

    Joy isn’t just a nice byproduct of the Christian life, but an essential part of it. From propitiation to glorification, joy animates our life in Christ.


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    April 2, 2021 How Does Easter Change Us?

    Christ’s resurrection secures our future hope that we too will rise one day. In the meantime, it also grants us spiritual power for everyday life.


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    March 31, 2021 What You Need More Than Self-Confidence

    Everything good in the Christian life grows in the soil of rich, deep, and happy humility.


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    March 29, 2021 What Didn’t Christ Accomplish?

    The cross of Christ accomplished everything we need to glorify God by being eternally happy in him. But is there anything the cross didn’t accomplish?


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    March 26, 2021 How Can I Serve the Dying?

    When you have the privilege of caring for dying people, how can you minister to their souls in addition to meeting their physical needs?


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    March 24, 2021 What Is the Gospel For?

    Forgiveness, justification, adoption, and eternal life are all a means to something even greater: enjoying God himself.


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    March 22, 2021 How Can I Fight Sin Without Losing Sight of Christ?

    Christians rest on Jesus not only for justification, but also for sanctification. Both are blood bought. Both are certain.


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    March 19, 2021 I Feel Called to Missions — Should I Date Someone Who Doesn’t?

    If I feel called to missions, should I be open to dating a Christian who doesn’t share the same calling?


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    March 17, 2021 Finding Hope in God’s Unfolding Plan

    God determines the direction of history down to the smallest detail. But what is his ultimate goal in all his providence?


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    March 15, 2021 Who Is God?

    God is the most important and most valuable reality in the entire universe. Who has he revealed himself to be?


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    March 12, 2021 How Can We Know God?

    Before we can ask who God is, we need to know where to find the answer. Where can we go to learn the truth about who God reveals himself to be?


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    March 10, 2021 The Courage We Need for Mission

    God’s providence isn’t an obstacle to evangelism and missions. It is, instead, our only hope to see the good news of the gospel reach all nations.


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    March 8, 2021 Do We Dishonor God by Neglecting His Gifts?

    We dishonor God when we love the gifts more than the Giver. But we also dishonor him when we forget all the gifts he has given.


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    March 6, 2021 John Piper’s Big Book on the Providence of God

    John Piper’s newest book, ‘Providence,’ celebrates the all-embracing, all-pervasive, invincible providence of God.


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    March 5, 2021 Why Did Jesus Choose Judas?

    If Jesus knew that Judas would betray him in the end, why did Jesus choose Judas as a disciple to begin with?


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    March 3, 2021 Finding the Confidence to Pray

    The doctrine of God’s all-governing providence is not a problem for our prayers. It is our only hope for our prayers coming to pass.


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    March 1, 2021 I’m Likely Going to Prison — Now What?

    Where is God when I face life-changing consequences for my sin? Can he really work for my good, even in a punishment as severe as prison?


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    February 26, 2021 Should I Ever Pursue My Dreams?

    Can we pursue our own dreams while also obeying God? Or do we need to give up our dreams in order to follow what Jesus is really calling us to?


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    February 24, 2021 Protected from False Teaching

    Joyful faith in the all-governing providence of God immunizes us against false teaching that exalts man and detracts from the glory due to God alone.


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    February 22, 2021 Who Wrote the Bible?

    The question “Who wrote the Bible?” has a double answer: God and man. Humans held the quill, but God ultimately inspired their words.


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    February 19, 2021 What Is the Meaning of Life?

    When life just doesn’t seem to make sense, or even when it seems void of any meaning at all, what can help us to know our purpose again?


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    February 17, 2021 Sustained Through the Hardest Suffering

    God’s providence not only governs all things, but it gives us hope in our suffering. We can trust that our all-good God will turn every sorrow to joy.


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    February 15, 2021 Why Is Baptism Important?

    Jesus commands the church not only to make disciples, but also to baptize them. But why is baptism so important?


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    February 12, 2021 My Teen Is Sexually Active — What Can I Do?

    What can Christian parents do if they discover that one of their children is living in serious sexual sin? Pastor John offers counsel on where to begin.


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    February 10, 2021 The Root of Beautiful Patience

    God’s all-pervasive providence is the key that unlocks enduring patience. He is always working more good than we can ever see.


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    February 8, 2021 Do My Sins Hinder My Prayers?

    Peter tells us that a husband’s prayers are hindered if he dishonors his wife. Is this just a marriage principle, or does sin always obstruct our prayers?


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    February 5, 2021 Is My Happiness Moral or Not?

    Does the presence or absence of happiness say anything about us morally, or is happiness simply a nonmoral state of affairs?


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    February 3, 2021 Escaping the Fog of Triviality

    In a culture filled with silliness and superficiality, seeing and savoring the providence of God protects our hearts from trifling with divine things.


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    February 1, 2021 Has Porn Already Broken My Future Marriage?

    Pornography distorts our souls. But with the transformation of the Holy Spirit and a hard, honest fight, there is still hope for godly intimacy in marriage.


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    January 29, 2021 Before You Tweet Criticism: Six Considerations

    Social media feeds are often infernos of insults and anger. How can Christians engage online in ways that make much of Christ?


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    January 27, 2021 Everything Made Meaningful

    Even the tiniest details of history move forward under the providential care of our sovereign, all-good God. Nothing is random. Nothing is meaningless.


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    January 22, 2021 Am I Too Hard on Myself?

    God has given us a high and holy calling in Christ. But can a Christian ever be too hard on himself as he strives to live up to that calling?


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    January 20, 2021 Trembling at Sin, Marveling at Grace

    Seeing and savoring God’s providence in our redemption fills us with wonder and trembling joy. We owe everything to his grace.


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    January 18, 2021 Martin Luther King and His Partner in the Cause

    Christian citizenship expands far beyond the country on our passport. We share a citizenship with those from every nation who call upon the name of Jesus.


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    January 15, 2021 Is an Audio Bible Sufficient for Devotions?

    Is listening to the Bible just as good as reading it? Or do we risk missing something if our Bible intake comes mainly through listening?


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    January 13, 2021 Confronting Lukewarm Worship

    When we see and savor the providence of God, lukewarm worship gives way to wonder, awe, and holy reverence before our majestic God.


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    January 11, 2021 How Do I Bear with Immature Christians?

    Faithful pastors long to see their churches grow up in faith, hope, and love. So, how does a pastor bear with those who seem to be going backward?


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    January 8, 2021 How Often Should I Question My Salvation?

    The Bible instructs believers to examine themselves, but does it tell us to what extent or how often we should question our salvation?


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    January 6, 2021 What Difference Does Providence Make?

    What difference does seeing and savoring the providence of God make? Pastor John explains why providence overflows with practical implications.


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    January 4, 2021 Can I Take a Vaccine Made from Aborted Babies?

    Several vaccines in current use are developed from the cells of aborted babies. Can Christians use these vaccines in good conscience?


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    January 1, 2021 How Do I Become Passionate About Bible Reading?

    Regular, disciplined Bible intake is not optional for God’s people. It is God’s plan for preserving us and bringing us safely to glory.


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    December 30, 2020 Eight Years of APJ, and What’s Ahead

    At the end of another year, Pastor John reflects on 2020, the world of Ephesians, and the need for a new tidal wave of God-centered teaching.


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    December 28, 2020 Should We Talk More About ‘Following Jesus’?

    In the Gospels, Jesus repeatedly tells people to follow him. But why doesn’t that call ring out in the rest of the New Testament?


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    December 25, 2020 Is Christmas Too Pagan for Christians?

    Christmas offers an opportunity to look upon the incarnation with fresh amazement. But does the timing of our celebration just reflect pagan tradition?


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    December 23, 2020 Why Did Christ Need a Body?

    In the person of Jesus Christ, we encounter incarnate Deity. But why did he have to take on flesh that first Christmas?


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    December 21, 2020 Do We Have the Exact Words of Christ, or a Paraphrase?

    Do the Gospels give us the exact words that Jesus spoke, or do they give us a paraphrase that captures his meaning?


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    December 18, 2020 Does Joy Come After Suffering, Or in It?

    Faith does not shield us from waves of sorrow. But it does plant our feet on a rock of immovable joy. And when the waves leave, the rock remains.


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    December 16, 2020 The Sweetness of Christ in 2020

    As 2020 draws to a close, Pastor John describes the one reality that shaped everything else for him: the experience of sweeter fellowship with God.


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    December 14, 2020 What Happens to Non-Christians Who Take the Lord’s Supper?

    What happens when unbelievers eat the Lord’s Supper — either because they think they are believers or because the church has welcomed them to participate?


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    December 11, 2020 Christian Marries Non-Christian — How Does a Church Respond?

    How should pastors respond to a Christian who marries a non-Christian? And what might repentance look like in such a situation?


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    December 9, 2020 Fight Sin Like a Victor, Not a Victim

    When Christ gives you new life by the Spirit, you are no longer a victim under sin’s power, but a victor who has the strength to triumph.


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    December 7, 2020 How Do I Battle Imposter Syndrome?

    Imposter syndrome can make us feel like frauds in the workplace — like we are never good enough and always about to be exposed. How can we respond?


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    December 4, 2020 Did Jesus Say We Are gods?

    In John 10, Jesus quotes from Psalm 82, saying, “You are gods.” Does this mean human beings are gods, or is something else going on?


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    December 2, 2020 What’s Keeping Me from Seeing Jesus?

    By nature, we all want to be made much of. Until that craving for praise is laid to rest, we’ll never know the joy of making much of Jesus.


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    November 30, 2020 Can I ‘Name It and Claim It’?

    God can do far, far more than we can think to ask. But that doesn’t mean whatever we wish lines up with his sovereign plans to bring us good.


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    November 24, 2020 Critical Race Theory, Part 2: The Root Problem (Special Episode)

    How should Christians respond to critical race theory? In a special episode, Pastor John explains the theory’s goals, assumptions, and root problem.


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    November 23, 2020 Critical Race Theory, Part 1: The Relationships (Special Episode)

    Critical race theory is a divisive topic among many Christians today. In a special episode, Pastor John explains why we should be careful in how we talk to each other about it.


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    November 20, 2020 Ten Effects of Seeing and Savoring the Providence of God

    When we see and savor the all-embracing, all-pervasive providence of God, we cannot help but show the worth of his providence in all of life.


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    November 18, 2020 Have You Seen the Providence of God?

    Immersing ourselves in the ocean of God’s providence helps us to know him, fear him, trust him, and love him as we ought.


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    November 16, 2020 God’s Providence in 2020

    In January 2021, John Piper releases his newest book: a 750-page study of the all-embracing, all-pervasive providence of God.


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    November 13, 2020 Does God Regret Making Me?

    We know that God is committed to saving his people. But does he ever become so frustrated with us that he regrets having made us in the first place?


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    November 11, 2020 What Makes Us Want to Move and Travel?

    Our cravings can take us to new spouses, new jobs, or even new cities or countries. But there is only one place we’ll find the satisfaction we seek.


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    November 9, 2020 My Wife Is More Spiritual — How Do I Lead Her?

    As a husband, I know that God calls me to lead my family. But what if my wife is more capable and more spiritually mature than I am?


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    November 6, 2020 Am I Completely Surrendered to Christ?

    Jesus calls us to renounce all we have to follow him. But how can we gauge if we are fully and completely committed to him?


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    November 4, 2020 How Can I Grow in Obeying God?

    Unless God enables our obedience, we work and serve in vain. All true obedience flows from the strength he supplies.


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    November 2, 2020 I Sought a Prostitute — Am I Doomed?

    Proverbs says that no one who visits the “forbidden woman” will return to the paths of life. So, is a man who seeks a prostitute doomed?


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    October 30, 2020 When Does God Harden a Sinner’s Heart?

    Does God harden sinners’ hearts only in response to their persistent sin, or is their sin a result of his prior hardening?


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    October 28, 2020 God’s Good Design in Our Suffering

    In this life, we will have trouble. But every trial paves the way to an inheritance with Christ that will satisfy us forever.


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    October 26, 2020 Do My Past Sins Work Toward My Future Good?

    We know that God works all things together for the good of his people. But does “all things” include even our sins?


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    October 23, 2020 How Do We Raise Kids Who Are Not Naive or Cynical?

    As Christians, we aspire to live out the paradox of brokenhearted boldness. But how do we teach and model this attitude for our kids?


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    October 21, 2020 How Did God Call Me to Himself?

    From our perspective, coming to Jesus Christ feels like placing our faith in him. But God himself enabled and awakened that faith in us.


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    October 19, 2020 I’m Obsessed with My Appearance — How Can I Stop?

    We know outward beauty is insignificant compared to inward beauty. But what should we do if we still feel insecure about our looks?


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    October 16, 2020 Are Our Standards for Sexual Purity Too High for Pastors?

    Is faultless chastity an appropriate standard for pastors, or are our expectations simply too high?


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    October 14, 2020 My Suffering Feels Meaningless — What Can I Do?

    Sometimes pain seems meaningless, but in Christ, every millisecond of your suffering is producing for you an eternal weight of glory.


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    October 12, 2020 How Can I Love God More Than My Boyfriend?

    As a couple’s affection for one another deepens, how can they make sure they are loving God more than each other?


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    October 9, 2020 Is My Suffering a Correction for Sin?

    When trials come, how can I know whether God is calling me to patiently endure, or whether he wants me to repent of a specific sin?


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    October 7, 2020 How Do We Get Tricked into Sinning?

    When we obey sin, we obey a liar, a deceiver, a murderer. Sin is a slave master who tricks his subjects into eternal death.


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    October 5, 2020 Why Did Demons Ask Jesus for Pigs?

    When Jesus comes, he brings deliverance, freedom, grace, and power. But some people prefer what life is like without him.


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    October 2, 2020 Why Do I Need to Read the Bible When We Have Bible Teachers Online?

    Today more than ever, Christians have access to a wealth of faithful Bible teaching online. So, why do we need to read the Bible for ourselves?


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    September 30, 2020 Dismiss the Devil with a Song

    Singing together is not merely the prelude to the sermon. When God’s people sing from the heart, more happens than we imagine.


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    September 28, 2020 Is Enjoying God the Same as Glorifying God?

    “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” Does that mean enjoying God and glorifying God are the same thing?


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    September 25, 2020 Why Is the Bible So Violent?

    The Bible depicts more violence than our modern sensibilities often want to admit. How do we handle these parts of Scripture when we come across them?


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    September 23, 2020 How Do I Overcome My Fear of the Future?

    In this life, we will have trouble. In this world, we will have reasons to fear. But in Christ, our God is with us through it all.


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    September 21, 2020 Why Does It Matter That Christ Was ‘Begotten, Not Made’?

    The Nicene Creed speaks of Jesus as “begotten, not made.” What does that mean, and why does it matter?


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    September 18, 2020 Money Motivates Me to Work Hard — Is That Okay?

    How can we tell if our desire for money is a good, God-given desire, instead of a love for Mammon? Pastor John offers seven ways to discern the difference.


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    September 16, 2020 How Do I Tell If I Am Lukewarm?

    How can we tell if we are spiritually lukewarm, like the Christians in Laodicea? We can look at our private prayer life.


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    September 11, 2020 ‘Always Learning but Never Arriving’ — Is That Me?

    Paul warns us about some who are “always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.” What kind of person does he have in mind?


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    September 9, 2020 What Is God Accomplishing in My Suffering?

    Suffering often feels meaningless in the moment. So how can Christians learn not only to endure trials, but to rejoice in the midst of them?


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    September 7, 2020 What Do My Entertainment Habits Reveal About My Soul?

    If we cope with stress by watching movies, posting on social media, or consuming other forms of entertainment, what does that say about our souls?


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    September 4, 2020 Does Every Sin Cost Me an Eternal Reward?

    God promises eternal rewards for his people’s present obedience. But does every sin cost us one of those rewards?


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    September 2, 2020 I Feel Unappreciated — How Should I Respond?

    Ingratitude can make us feel unwanted and unnoticed. But our Father in heaven sees in secret, and he will more than make up for every thankless deed.


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    August 31, 2020 Is My Career in Marketing Vain?

    Some marketing succeeds by cultivating consumerism in the human heart. Can a Christian glorify God in that kind of job?


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    August 28, 2020 How Do I Recover from an Unbearable Tragedy?

    Some tragedies make life feel barely worth living anymore. So is there any hope that we could one day be happy and at peace again?


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    August 26, 2020 What Does My Stealing Say About My Soul?

    Whether we steal time, money, glances, or anything else, our impulse to take what is not rightfully ours reveals a lot about our view of God.


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    August 24, 2020 Will the New Creation Look Like This One?

    The new creation will probably seem familiar to us. But there will also be new dimensions of life and joy we can’t even begin to fathom.


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    August 21, 2020 Is Angry Prayer Okay?

    We have nothing to hide from God since he already knows our hearts. But that doesn’t mean we can do or say whatever we want in prayer.


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    August 19, 2020 How Did John Piper Become a Calvinist?

    When John Piper entered seminary in 1968, he believed in the self-determining will of man. But then he encountered Philippians 2 and Romans 9.


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    August 17, 2020 When Should I Follow My Heart?

    If a Christian desires God above all, then shouldn’t he follow his heart? Or are our hearts so deceitful that we can never trust them at all?


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    August 14, 2020 Ten Reasons to Read the Bible Every Day

    If we are going to grow up into maturity in Christ, we need to feast on Scripture — and not just here and there, but every day.


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    August 12, 2020 How Does Christ Change How I Work?

    When you come to know Jesus Christ, something about everything in your life changes — including how you approach your vocation.


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    August 10, 2020 How Do I Lead Someone to Christ?

    To lead someone to Christ is a spectacular gift from God. But what should you actually say and do in the moment?


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    August 7, 2020 Do We Need Extrabiblical Texts to Understand the Bible?

    Extrabiblical sources can help fill in some details of our Bible study, but all the gold we need to mine for life and godliness is in our English Bibles.


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    August 5, 2020 Did God Save Me to Call Attention to Himself?

    Over and over in the Bible, God says that he saves us in order to draw attention to himself. Why did God design salvation that way?


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    August 3, 2020 Are Christian Couples Required to Have Kids?

    The Bible is clear that children are a gift from God. So is there any room for a Christian couple to decide not to have any?


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    July 31, 2020 Can a Christian Hedonist Get Depressed?

    If we glorify God by enjoying him, how do we think about seasons of darkness in the Christian life, when joy seems far away?


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    July 29, 2020 How Do I Wait for God?

    God works for those who wait for him. But what does it mean to wait for God?


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    July 28, 2020 John Piper Interviews J.I. Packer

    In a 72-minute interview, John Piper and J.I. Packer discuss the Puritans, theology, the Christian life, and our heavenly hope.


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    July 27, 2020 How Do I Glorify God in My Daily Life?

    God created us to glorify him by enjoying him forever. But how do we fulfill that purpose in the little things, in the small moments, in the day to day?


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    July 24, 2020 Am I Wasting My Life in a Secular Job?

    Our vocation doesn’t automatically determine our fruitfulness for Jesus. God uses all kinds of people in all kinds of places to accomplish his purposes.


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    July 22, 2020 How Does God Become Totally for Me?

    God won’t settle for anything less than perfection from us. Either we depend on Christ’s perfection in our place, or we keep the entire law.


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    July 20, 2020 How Do I Wage War on My Self-Pity?

    At the cross, Christ canceled all our sins through his blood. Now, by the Spirit, we work to conquer every canceled sin.


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    July 19, 2020 A Seriously Happy Puritan: Praising God for J.I. Packer

    On the morning of July 17, J.I. Packer passed into glory. Pastor John shares a tribute to the man he looked up to as a father in the faith.


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    July 17, 2020 Seven Lessons for Productivity

    After fifteen hundred episodes of the Ask Pastor John podcast, Pastor John shares seven lessons that have inspired him to labor faithfully over decades.


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    July 15, 2020 What Does Freedom from the Love of Money Look Like?

    Our hearts were never meant to find their meaning in money. God made us for something far more valuable.


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    July 13, 2020 How Can I Disagree with My Husband and Still Submit?

    How can a wife disagree with her husband about a decision while still submitting to his leadership in the home?


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    July 10, 2020 How Do I Know If I’m Doing Enough for God?

    Before you get overwhelmed by all of the Bible’s commands, remember your right standing with God and focus first on the anchors of faithful obedience.


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    July 8, 2020 Why Do I Need to Be Saved?

    At the cross, God not only clears a path for sinners to himself. He also vindicates his righteousness after passing over centuries of sin.


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    July 6, 2020 Why Does ‘Atonement’ Disappear in the New Testament?

    The word “atonement” appears all over the ESV’s translation of the Old Testament, but never in the New. Didn’t Jesus make atonement for our sins?


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    July 3, 2020 How Much Patriotism Is Too Much Patriotism?

    If Christians are first and foremost citizens of heaven, then is it ever appropriate to show patriotism for a homeland?


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    July 1, 2020 How Can I Be Free from Materialism?

    For many Western Christians, materialism has transformed our wants into needs and distorted our view of biblical Christianity. How can we be free?


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    June 29, 2020 Did Moses Think Sinners Could Keep the Law?

    The Mosaic law requires obedience over and over again. Does that mean old-covenant believers earned their way to a right standing with God?


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    June 26, 2020 Do I Need to Understand the Trinity to Be Saved?

    What does someone need to know about the Trinity in order to have saving faith in Jesus?