John Piper explains Elihu’s view of suffering in Job 36:6–15 The helpful thing in these verses is that Elihu makes clear that there is such a thing as a righteous person who still has sin that needs to be revealed and rooted out. To call a person righteous does not mean that the person is … More Suffering Refines the Righteous
O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep, The silent stars go by. Yet in thy darkness shineth The everlasting Light. The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight. But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among … More O Little Town of Bethlehem Magnfies God’s Mercy
The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, behold, I am about to take the delight of your eyes away from you at a stroke; yet you shall not mourn or weep, nor shall your tears run down.—Ezekiel 24:15-16 ESV John Piper, an Advent Poem from 1984 Ezekiel sat stunned and … More Ezekiel’s wife
John 3:3-8 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, … More Unsettling words of Jesus
Look at Philippians 2:4- “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” John Piper comments in a sermon, “The Mind of Christ: Looking Out For the Interests of Others”: The word interests is a filler. In the original, it’s open-ended. All that is specified is “your own … More Looking to the interests of others
Exodus 34:6 The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, 7 keeping steadfast love for thousands,  forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s … More Are Exodus and Ezekiel in conflict?