John Piper

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“Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:97, 103 This is not a literary taste. It is the enjoyment of a person through his self-revelation.
“Because the Syrians have said, ‘The Lord is a god of the hills but not of the valleys,’ therefore I will give all this multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am the Lord.” 1 Kings 20:28 What judgment must await those who say he is no God at all.
Tony and I recorded our response to the end of Roe v. Wade in a special episode of Ask Pastor John published this morning. What does it have to do with the words of Jesus: “You must be born again“? You can listen or read here:…
“Yet I will cause to remain (וְהִשְׁאַרְתִּ֥י) seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.” 1 Kings 19:18 “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” Romans 11:4
“Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. . . . All things are your servants.” Psalm 119:89–91 “They turn around and around by his guidance, to accomplish all that he commands them on the face of the habitable world.” Job 37:12
“Whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord.” Ephesians 6:8 Living by faith, no good is ever in vain.
I love to watch great traditions in the making. And sometimes be a part of one.…
“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word. . . . It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.” Psalm 119:67, 71
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 “God in Christ forgave you.” How deep are the effects of standing, terror-stricken under omnipotent wrath, and hearing, instead, the words, “I forgive you.”
Joe Rigney on why baptism marks membership in the “invisible universal church” and is a “passport” of access into various local embassies of that church.…
Of Jesus John the Baptist said, “His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” Luke 3:17 Don’t be dead, useless chaff. Be living, nourishing wheat.
What repentance looked like for John the Baptist (Luke 3:10–14): Share your clothing (v. 11). Share your food (v. 11). Don’t collect excess taxes (v. 13). Be content with your wages (v. 14). Don’t be ruined by Money. Money. Money. Money.
“Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? . . . Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham.” Luke 3:7–8 Don’t try to exploit God’s faithfulness in disobedience.
“This blessing has fallen to me, that I have kept your precepts.” Psalm 119:56 Don’t think of your obedience to God as payback for grace, but as more grace. There is no payback for grace. We go deeper and deeper into glorious debt forever.
“Men don’t know that they are godly by believing that they are godly.” —Jonathan Edwards
“Go . . . and make disciples of all nations . . . teaching them.” Matthew 28:19–20 Teaching launches the kingdom. Teaching spreads the kingdom. Teaching grows and guards the kingdom. O pastors, be ever explaining biblical reality to your people!…
“This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.” Psalm 119:50 For example, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22
“I hoped that, in some favored hour, At once he’d answer my request... Instead of this, he made me feel The hidden evils of my heart, And let the angry powers of hell Assault my soul in every part.” Jon Bloom lets John Newton bless us with such answers.…
“My eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” Luke 2:30–32 Jesus. The light of truth. The glory of God.
“Death is not now the death of me, but death will be the death of my misery, the death of my sins; it will be the death of my corruptions. But death will be my birthday in regard of happiness.” —Richard Sibbes Greg Morse: Do we believe in heaven?…
“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
I love this new team effort between Desiring God and Bethlehem College an Seminary. I think many of you will as well.…
“I will also speak of your testimonies before kings and shall not be put to shame.” Psalm 119:46 Because I speak on behalf of the King of kings.
David Mathis wants to show you that Hebrews 6:1–2 may not mean what you’ve always thought. “Let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity.” What about Christ should be left behind?…
“I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!” Psalm 119:32 “The secret of Christian energy and success is a heart enlarged in the love of God.” —William Bridges
“There’s a kind of sharpness in the imagery. Shake one another, unsettle one another, upset one another — with a holy interruption — until love spills over and good works spring to life.” Marshall Segal on how to be a good storm.…
“Solomon also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.” 1 Kings 4:32 Proverbs contain divine wisdom expressed with verbal skill for impact. Lord, let our new songs be packed with such wisdom and verbal force.
“God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore.” 1 Kings 4:29 Don’t let the thought that you will never be a Solomon keep you from asking for as much of this wisdom as God would be pleased to give for your ministry.
What does it mean to read? Joe Rigney on the basics of what reading pursues.…
“Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.” Psalm 119:24 In the short run some counsel is painful to hear. But oh, the benefits of heeding infinite wisdom! Hence, delight.
“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” Psalm 119:18 Let’s pray this before every Bible reading.
“For various and deeply good reasons, God sometimes ordains dismaying dark nights of the soul to descend on his children for redemptive purposes.” —Jon Bloom…
“By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8–9 God saved us in a way that abolishes all boasting in ourselves and magnifies grace—his grace—alone.
“In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.” Psalm 119:14–16 If his words and ways are riches, fix your eyes on them.
“She looks out from the lattice, daylight rests upon her with a bright and terrible melancholy. How many have never lived to see this dawn? Will we not weep with her — because they are no more?” —Greg Morse…
“Adonijah exalted himself, saying, ‘I will be king.’ . . . His father, King David, had never at any time displeased him by asking, ‘Why have you done thus and so?’” 1 Kings 1:5–6 There is a link between permissiveness and cockiness.
While American's fought the Civil War, the South Sea island of Tonga reverberated with the voices of 5,000 singing "Jesus Shall Reign." Scott Hubbard shows how that hymn is their story.…
“God is wise in heart and mighty in strength — who has hardened himself against him, and succeeded?” Job 9:4
“Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!” Psalm 119:5
“Eleazar rose and struck down the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clung to the sword. And the Lord brought about a great victory that day.” 2 Samuel 23:10 We fight with all our might, knowing that in the end the victory is the Lord’s.
“Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus, who was crucified. He has risen; he’s not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee.” Mark 16:6 While reporting the greatest event in history, be sure to include Peter.
“Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples!” Psalm 117:1 Not “God,” as some generic deity, but “the LORD” (יְ֭הוָה Yahweh), the covenant God of Israel, the Father of Jesus Christ, who sent him into the world to gather this praising, extolling people.
“Watch for patterns. Watch for a permissive application of ‘grace’ and an orientation toward worldliness. Watch the way a leader handles money. Watch for subtle signs of laxness regarding sexual ethics.” Jon Bloom’s insightful guide to spotting wolves.…
“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:24 The death blow against the sinful, rebellious flesh was struck when through faith we were united to Christ. Walking by the Spirit does not make this happen. It confirms it.
“Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last.” Mark 15:37 And the universe did not collapse into nothingness. “He upholds the universe by the word of his power.” Hebrews 1:3 Even in death.
“We smear the wondrous fingerprints of God all around us by thinking that because we name a thing, we know a thing.” —Greg Morse Like “lightning.” A word. And even what we know of it is like a film on the ocean of unknowing.…
“And King David was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And as he went, he said, ‘O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!’” 2 Samuel 18:33
This page at Desiring God links 1) to the audio book, “What is Saving Faith?” and 2) to a short video where I explain my burden for this book, and 3) to a free download of the book in pdf.…
“As the fires of evangelical revival spread, the fervor of small-group religion branched out too.” —Bruce Hindmarsh Scott Hubbard gives an inspiring glimpse into the history of small groups.…
“The Lord will bless those who fear the Lord, both the small and the great.” Psalm 115:13 God is not impressed by human greatness. Nor put off by human smallness. His attentiveness and delight is in the humble, reverent, hopeful fear of not trusting God.
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