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Ask Pastor John with John Piper Ask Pastor John with John Piper Daily audio clips of John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions. Influencers/Authors

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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?


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    June 24, 2020 How Do I Find Freedom from Worry?

    In the moment when troubles come or worries rise, we need the precious truth of specific promises from God’s word.


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    June 22, 2020 Would God Have Been More Loving Not to Create Anyone?

    If God knew before he created the world that millions of people would suffer eternally in hell, would he have been more loving not to create at all?


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    June 19, 2020 Which Characters in Job Can We Trust?

    Job is a famously difficult book to understand and apply. But God has not left us without interpretive guides to help us discern the book’s message.


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    June 18, 2020 Update from John Piper and How You Can Help Us

    Hear from Pastor John on his latest ministry projects, and learn how you can partner with us to spread joy in Jesus Christ for years to come.


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    June 17, 2020 What Do You See When You Look at the Sky?

    All creation rings with its Maker’s praise. If we pause to look and listen, God can show us glory in all that he has made.


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    June 15, 2020 Why Does Christ Want Some Not to Believe?

    If God desires all people to be saved, why did Jesus sometimes speak in a way that kept people from believing?


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    June 12, 2020 How Should Christians Respond to Climate Change?

    Climate-change activists warn of dire consequences if nations and individuals refuse to care for the environment. How should Christians respond?


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    June 10, 2020 Why Must Our Bodies Get Resurrected?

    Our resurrection bodies will allow us not only to experience life without disease and decay, but also to enjoy God in the bliss he intended.


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    June 8, 2020 Does the Law Aggravate Our Sin Nature?

    The Mosaic law raises countless questions for Christians. But how might we begin to understand the function of the law in redemptive history?


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    June 5, 2020 What Are the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven?

    Jesus gave his disciples the keys to the kingdom of heaven so that they could loose and bind. What does that mean for Christians today?


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    June 3, 2020 What Do You Say to Evangelicals Who Affirm So-Called ‘Same-Sex Marriage’?

    When someone close to you affirms so-called “same-sex marriage,” how do you respond in both faithfulness to Scripture and love for that person?


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    June 1, 2020 My Pastors Don’t Preach Against Sin — Is That Okay?

    Addressing sin and repentance may sound harsh to some, but genuine biblical preaching names and denounces specific sins.


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    May 29, 2020 Does John Piper Deny Personal Assurance?

    God gives believers warnings not to strip us of our assurance, but to keep us clinging to Christ and killing sin by the Spirit.


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    May 27, 2020 What Are God’s Purposes in a Recession?

    God has thousands of purposes in all that he does — including recessions. What does Scripture tell us about God’s designs in our financial uncertainty?


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    May 25, 2020 How Much Joy Did the Curse Cost Me?

    Because of the fall, we are by nature dead to joy in God. Because of the cross, we can experience more joy in God than we ever could have had in Eden.


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    May 22, 2020 Do My Sins Ruin God’s Plan for My Life?

    Some sins unalterably change the course of our lives, leaving us to live with the consequences. Do these sins sabotage God’s best plan for us?


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    May 20, 2020 The God over Viruses

    If we say God is sovereign, does that mean he’s in charge of everything — even down to the tiniest molecule?


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    May 18, 2020 Does Christ Govern Every Storm?

    Jesus stilled a storm for his disciples two thousand years ago, but does that necessarily mean he controls every single storm today?


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    May 15, 2020 Am I Living by Faith or Unbelief?

    The Bible calls us to walk by faith, but how can we actually know if we are living by faith instead of unbelief?


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    May 13, 2020 Could a Recession Serve Our Joy?

    Sometimes it takes a recession to dig up the roots of our lives and replant them in soil that causes us to bear the fruit of generosity.


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    May 11, 2020 What Is Hyper-Calvinism?

    Doctrinal systems can help us summarize the Bible’s teaching, but they are never a substitute for Scripture itself.


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    May 11, 2020 What’s the Comfort If the Coronavirus Is Judgment?

    Even in the most bitter providences, Christians have comfort to offer. The gospel is best news in the world for the hardest moments in the world.


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    May 8, 2020 What Is Grace?

    We often define “grace” as “undeserved favor.” But the grace of God has another meaning in the Bible that is filled with encouragement and comfort.


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    May 6, 2020 How Can I Receive Christ?

    The help Jesus offers isn’t a commodity you can buy with money or morality. To have the Son, you must receive him by faith.


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    May 4, 2020 Is the Calvinist-Arminian Debate Really Important?

    Are Calvinism and Arminianism just points of debate for theologians, or do they actually have real-life implications on our relationship with God?


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    May 1, 2020 How Should We Dress for Church?

    How we dress for church will depend on our vision of God, our understanding of God’s people, and our grasp of what is at stake when we gather.


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    April 29, 2020 What Are the Spiritual Dangers of Technology?

    Technology can make our lives easier and more efficient than ever. But it can also slowly numb our affections to the things that matter most.


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    April 27, 2020 Is the Christian’s Heart Deceitfully Wicked?

    Is the Christian heart still wicked and deceitful? Or does God give us a completely new heart at the new birth?


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    April 24, 2020 What Sins Disqualify a Pastor for Life?

    Should churches ever consider calling a pastor who has committed adultery in the past? And if so, how should they evaluate his repentance?


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    April 22, 2020 Sovereign Comfort for Uncertain Times

    When crisis hits, Jesus Christ remains on his throne. He reigns supreme, and he will never leave nor forsake his people.


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    April 20, 2020 Why Do We Confess If Our Sins Are Already Forgiven?

    If Christians are already fully forgiven, justified, and united with Christ, then why do we need to continually confess our sins to God?


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    April 17, 2020 Is God Humble?

    As we seek to put away pride and become more humble, is there any humility in God for us to imitate? Or is humility fitting only for creatures?


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    April 15, 2020 More Precious Than Praise and Possessions

    How we handle our possessions in this world and the praise of man not only shapes our lives now, but determines our fate for eternity.


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    April 14, 2020 Fighting Loneliness in the Coronavirus Outbreak

    God created us to live in community, not to self-isolate. But when we do experience loneliness, to what promises can we turn?


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    April 13, 2020 I’m Afraid of Surrendering to Christ — What Can I Do?

    The life Jesus promises when you follow him far surpasses anything you might have to give up. There is no greater joy than in walking with him.


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    April 10, 2020 Why Do We Celebrate Easter?

    If Jesus remained in the grave, then his followers have no hope. But Jesus didn’t stay dead. Christ is risen.