One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Romans 14:2-3 John Piper on Romans 14, “Each One Should Be Fully … More Paul: Get the really big things front and center
In reading Deuteronomy 27-28 today, I was struck with the stark contrasts between the blessings upon God’s people for complete obedience and the curses for disobedience. And as the LORD took delight in doing you good and multiplying you, so the LORD will take delight in bringing ruin upon you and destroying you. And … More God’s emotions are complex
We come to Romans 13 in our read-through-the-Bible plan for today. Here is John Piper on Romans 13: And so the great question that Paul is dealing with now in Romans 12–16 is what does life look like for people who know that by faith alone all their sins are forgiven, and all their condemnation … More Christ will be my focus, love will be my fruit.
And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” —Matthew 27:39-40 ESV Did Jesus really say he would destroy the temple and build it again in three … More Did Jesus really say he would destroy the temple and build it again in three days?
You have declared today that the Lord is your God, and that you will walk in his ways, and keep his statutes and his commandments and his rules, and will obey his voice. And the Lord has declared today that you are a people for his treasured possession, as he has promised you, and that … More Partial to Israel or to the Palestinians?
Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit,serve the Lord. —Romans 12:11 John Piper preached a sermon in 2005 entitled, “Boiling for Christ”- When Jonathan Edwards was still a young man he wrote seventy resolutions. I think the sixth resolution captures the meaning of Paul’s words, “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent … More Edwards “Resolved: To live with all my might while I live.”
Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. —Romans 12:11 ESV John Piper, in a sermon “Boiling for Christ” Each of these two statements clarifies and protects the other from misunderstanding. “Do not be slothful in zeal”—do not be lazy in zeal—could be taken to mean: be pragmatic. Work, work, … More Piper: Do lots. Feel lots.