“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit … More Save your life by losing it or lose it by saving it?
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O Lord, have made me glad by … More Worhip priority: Pleasing God
We start reading the book of Ruth today, one of my favorite stories. Ruth: Sweet and Bitter Providence, sermon by John Piper It’s a story that shows how “God moves in a mysterious way, his wonders to perform.” It’s a story for people who wonder where God is when there are no dreams or visions … More Ruth: it’s a story for people who can’t imagine that anything great could ever come of their ordinary lives of faith.
What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret. But if … More Without a word
And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you … More Our Sovereign Savior…spits!
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” —Psalm 91:1-2 (Read-through-the Bible passage for today) What does it mean to “dwell” with God? How is that possible? Charles … More Dweling near the Throne of grace
As we finish our reading of Judges today (Chapters 20-21), we see a phrase repeated…. “right in their own eyes” ….. I am struck with the depravity of the people, as they just did whatever they considered to be “right in their own eyes.” Moral, political, social, and spiritual chaos reigned. There was no recognized … More “If it feels good, do it?”
John Piper explains: Now here comes Paul into Greek-speaking Corinth, and he teaches them about this word “Amen,” – just as if he were to come to us today with a new Hebrew word we didn’t know. What did he teach them? Well, we can see behind 1 Corinthians 14. Paul is concerned that the … More Piper: God is calling us out of our cocoons of emotional isolation and invisible, inaudible, unshared responsiveness
Now they had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. And Jesus, aware of … More Eyes dim and perception slow
Spurgeon comments on this prayer of Moses in Psalm 90 in the Treasury of David: Moses was mighty in word as well as deed, and this Psalm we believe to be one of his weighty utterances, worthy to stand side by side with his glorious oration recorded in Deuteronomy. Moses was peculiarly a man of … More Moses: Mighty in word and deed