John Piper in a sermon, “Jesus Still Turns Things Around” brings this encouragement from Acts 9, our reading for today: Luke drives this home by showing the persecutor becoming the persecuted. First, in verse 23 Luke tells us that the Jews in Damascus plotted to kill him. The hunter becomes the hunted. And he escapes … More Piper: God Is Turning Things Around All Over the World
John Piper, in a sermon “Overflowing Grace for All Who Believe”comments on the conversion of Saul in Acts 9 This is the kind of person that no one expects to be converted. His opposition is too deep and too articulate. So much of his life would be threatened if Christianity were true! And he has … More Unlikely Conversion
John 20:1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They … More Different from Lazarus
But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach … More A radically different perspective
Proverbs 24:11-12 Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man … More Rescuing Unborn Children: Required and Right
John Piper asks: What did Jesus mean that the passover would be fulfilled in the kingdom of God? “I shall not eat it until it (the passover) is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” [Luke 22:16] I thought the passover was fulfilled in the death of Jesus our final passover lamb. Remember the passover was … More Our Passover Lamb
John Piper, in a sermon on Luke 18 “Let the Children Come to Me” In verse 15 there were parents bringing their infants to Jesus. The disciples rebuke them. Jesus rejects this rebuke and encourages the parents to bring their children to him. Then, as if to warn the disciples, he says, “Whoever does not … More Humility and Your Ability to Minister to Children
Pastor P. G. Matthew, of Grace Valley Community Church, in a sermon “Covenant Renewal”: Nehemiah 10:28 speaks of “the rest of the people—priests, Levites, gatekeepers, singers, temple servants, and all who separated themselves from the neighboring peoples for the sake of the Law of God, together with their wives and all their sons and daughters … More Change of mind brings about change of will.
1 Timothy 6:9 says, “Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.” John Piper, in a sermon, “Battling the Unbelief of Covetousness” In the end covetousness destroys the soul in hell. The reason I am sure that this … More Covetousness can mess up your eternity
John Piper, in a sermon, “The Blinding Effects of Serving God”- Up till now in Luke 15 Jesus is showing with parables what it means that he “receives sinners and eats with them.” This was the accusation of the “Pharisees and scribes” in verse 2. Jesus said, in effect, when I receive sinners and eat … More No Help Wanted. Help Available.