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English, Religion, 1 season, 2098 episodes, 19 hours, 13 minutes
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Daily audio clips of John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.
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How Can I Glorify God as I Pray for Myself?

God does everything he does for his glory, including answering our prayers. So, how can we align all our requests with this big, overarching purpose?
4/11/202411 minutes, 30 seconds
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Am I Abusing Caffeine?

How can we tell if we’re abusing caffeine (or any food or drink)? Pastor John offers three questions to guide a Christian’s consumption.
4/8/202412 minutes, 51 seconds
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‘Death Is Yours’ — What Does Paul Mean?

If death belongs to the children of God, as the apostle Paul says, then death not only loses its sting, but it turns around and becomes our servant.
4/4/202412 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Man Who Died in the Pulpit

On September 22, 1967, V. Raymond Edman collapsed while delivering a chapel message at Wheaton. Pastor John reflects on his college chancellor’s final words.
4/1/202413 minutes, 56 seconds
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How Do I Forget My Sinful Past?

Some Christians carry an ongoing sense of guilt for sins confessed long ago. What can we do with these stubborn guilt feelings?
3/28/202413 minutes, 36 seconds
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God Delivers from the Suffering He Ordains

If God is sovereign over our suffering, then we can trust him to strengthen us in suffering, sanctify us through suffering, and ultimately save us from suffering.
3/25/202411 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Gift of God’s God-Centeredness

From eternity, God has been self-sufficiently happy in himself. And because he has no needs of his own, he is gloriously free to meet ours.
3/21/202411 minutes, 28 seconds
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Should Confidence in Sovereignty Make Me Prayerless?

If our souls are deeply satisfied in God, what room is there for petitionary prayer? Pastor John reframes the question by clarifying the nature of prayer.
3/18/202410 minutes, 54 seconds
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Your Most-Asked-About Bible Verse

If God is sovereign over salvation, do the non-elect even have a chance to repent? Pastor John addresses Romans 9:22, your most-asked-about Bible verse.
3/14/202414 minutes, 39 seconds
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How Much Error Can I Believe and Still Be Saved?

Some biblical truths are essential to believe for salvation — but not all. So, how much error can someone hold and still be saved?
3/11/202412 minutes, 8 seconds
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Is My Child Transgender Because of Me?

How can parents resist the despair that comes from feeling like failures? Pastor John offers ten words of hope for parents of prodigals.
3/7/202413 minutes, 49 seconds
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The ‘Ask Pastor John’ Book Is Here

After ten years and two thousand episodes, Tony Reinke has distilled the best of ‘Ask Pastor John’ in a remarkable new book.
3/5/202415 minutes, 56 seconds
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Is Obedience Without Affection Still Love?

If we obey God outwardly but feel no affection for him inwardly, is our obedience still love? Pastor John takes us to the heart beneath God-pleasing obedience.
3/4/202411 minutes, 54 seconds
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How Preachers Grow Graceless

How do preachers guard themselves from hypocrisy? Pastor John traces double-faced preaching to its deepest root: the love of human praise.
2/29/202414 minutes, 32 seconds
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Your Suffering Is Not Meaningless

How did Paul endure such unimaginable sufferings without turning from Christ? Pastor John traces three threads of the apostle’s perseverance.
2/26/202414 minutes, 35 seconds
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Why Did God Stigmatize the Disabled?

In Leviticus 21, God forbids men with physical defects from participating as full priests. How do we reconcile this prohibition with Jesus’s approach to the disabled?
2/22/202412 minutes
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Enjoying God in His Gifts

How do we enjoy pizza, friendship, or any other good gift without committing idolatry? Not only by enjoying God more than his gifts, but also by enjoying him in them.
2/19/202415 minutes, 4 seconds
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What’s the Essence of Love?

How do Paul’s travel plans relate to the Trinitarian depths of God’s love? Pastor John shows how ultimate reality undergirds the love between the saints.
2/15/202413 minutes, 59 seconds
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Political Flag-Waving Isn’t Enough

Christians have not only the right but the calling to speak truth to power. But such speech differs greatly from mere political flag-waving.
2/12/202412 minutes, 12 seconds
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Does Hidden Sin Bring Physical Suffering?

The wrath of God is gone for those who are in Christ. But does God still sometimes bring physical suffering in response to unconfessed sin?
2/8/202414 minutes, 16 seconds
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How Should I Choose a College Major?

What factors should Christian students consider when choosing a college or major? Pastor John gives five guidelines for those who don’t want to waste their lives.
2/5/202413 minutes, 55 seconds
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Do I Have a Hard Heart?

How can we know if our heart is hard toward God? Pastor John diagnoses hardness of heart, and gives a remedy for remaining soft to God’s Spirit.
2/1/202411 minutes, 37 seconds
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Was Jesus Confused by the Cross?

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Do these haunting words from Jesus suggest he was confused by the horrors of the cross?
1/29/202411 minutes, 12 seconds
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What Would World War III Mean for Missions?

We live in a time of mounting global tensions, of wars and rumors of wars. What hope do we have for the future of missions should conflict continue to build?
1/25/202414 minutes, 17 seconds
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Strategies for Building a Reverent Church

In a day starving for transcendence, how might church leaders arrange every element of the Sunday gathering to promote joyful Godward reverence?
1/22/202417 minutes, 16 seconds
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Leading a Church out of Casual Culture

How might churches move away from casual culture toward heartfelt, happy reverence on Sunday morning? Pastor John shares five steps for preachers.
1/18/202414 minutes, 20 seconds
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On Coffee-Sipping in the Sanctuary

Is it wrong to drink coffee during corporate worship? Pastor John moves beyond mugs to the heart of the issue.
1/15/202413 minutes, 40 seconds
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Should Christians Make Bucket Lists?

From college grads to retirees, many people love to keep bucket lists. Should Christians? Pastor John puts rest and recreation within a biblical mindset.
1/11/202411 minutes, 55 seconds
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How Do I Find the Main Point of a Psalm?

How can we discern the main point of not only a single verse, but an entire paragraph, section, or even chapter of the Bible?
1/8/202411 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Good News of God’s Faithfulness to God

God’s faithfulness to God may not sound like good news. But the foundation of our hope rests on God’s zeal to display the worth of his name.
1/4/202413 minutes, 59 seconds
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Read the Bible with Us in 2024

On the first day of a new year, Pastor John commends a yearlong Bible-reading plan and invites listeners to join him from Genesis to Revelation.
1/1/202413 minutes, 12 seconds
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Appeal from John Piper

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12/29/20235 minutes, 17 seconds
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My Bible Reading Feels Flat — What Can I Do?

Sometimes, perhaps even often, we read Scripture with our eyes, grasp its truth in our minds, yet feel little pleasure in our hearts. What can we do in such moments?
12/28/202318 minutes, 17 seconds
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Four Reasons Christmas Is Special

Christmas is a day for marveling. Pastor John shares four earth-shaking, soul-satisfying reasons to glory in the coming of the Son of God.
12/25/202311 minutes, 50 seconds
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Looking Back at 2023, Looking Ahead to 2024

As a new year nears, Pastor John marvels at God’s grace from 2023 and shares exciting plans for the months ahead.
12/21/202313 minutes, 9 seconds
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Make the Bible Part of Your Everyday in 2024

What makes regular Bible intake not only helpful for the Christian life, but crucial? Pastor John gives ten reasons to make the Bible part of your everyday.
12/18/202315 minutes, 42 seconds
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Feast on the Bible’s Grammar

The word “therefore” appears almost five hundred times in the New Testament. And every one of them is a doorway to life and love.
12/14/202317 minutes, 16 seconds
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How John Piper Marks Up His Books

Pastor John never reads a book — even novels — without a pencil in hand. What does he do with it, and why won’t he use a pen?
12/11/202318 minutes, 33 seconds
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Make Your Life Count: Twelve Rules for Teens

How can teens make their lives count? From dating wisely to failing well, Pastor John offers twelve rules for teenage followers of Christ.
12/7/202319 minutes, 55 seconds
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Go to the Ant

We know God inspired the Bible, but we sometimes forget that he also spoke creation into existence. How might we begin to learn from both of God’s books?
12/4/202312 minutes, 57 seconds
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How to Study the Bible on a Topic

How can normal Christians learn to study the Bible on a topic? Pastor John models his own approach as he prepares answers for ‘Ask Pastor John.’
11/30/202310 minutes, 40 seconds
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Learning for Those Who Don’t Love Learning

The apostle Peter calls Christians to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. But how might we grow in knowledge if we don’t enjoy the process of learning?
11/27/202314 minutes, 28 seconds
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How Thanksgiving Shapes Your Life Story

At the heart of our unbelief lies not only our refusal to glorify God, but our refusal to thank him. Apart from grace, we take the gifts and ignore the Giver.
11/23/202314 minutes, 59 seconds
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How Does Learning Deepen Joy?

What role should emotions play in Christian education? If we take our cue from Scripture, appropriate feelings will be central, not peripheral, to all our learning.
11/20/202315 minutes, 38 seconds
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Learning in a World Blind to God

God communicates through not just his word, but also his world. Christian learning presses deeply into the Bible, but the stars have something to say as well.
11/16/202314 minutes, 44 seconds
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How to Lead Teens Deeper into Their Bibles

How can youth leaders lead teens deeper into their Bibles? By teaching with an eye on language, a heart for reality, and a knack for question-asking.
11/13/202316 minutes, 9 seconds
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How Can I Return to Normal Life After Tragedy?

Seasons of affliction, however painful or even deadening they may feel, do not last forever. God will restore the souls he has saved.
11/9/202314 minutes, 33 seconds
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Hoping in God When Our Heroes Die

Godly pastors and leaders are a tremendous gift to Christ’s church. So, how do we keep hoping in God when our spiritual heroes die?
11/6/202313 minutes, 23 seconds
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How Can I Kill My Selfishness?

If you want to kill your selfishness, focus on more than your selfishness. Fill your soul to overflowing with Christ.
11/2/202313 minutes, 53 seconds
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What Do We Celebrate on Reformation Day?

Over five hundred years after Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses, what do we celebrate on Reformation Day? Pastor John traces five of the Reformation’s greatest recoveries.
10/30/202311 minutes, 19 seconds
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Is My Painting Hobby a Wartime Waste?

When do our hobbies glorify God, and when do they become a wartime waste? Pastor John offers three guiding questions to ask of any hobby.
10/26/202314 minutes, 2 seconds
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Should We Consult with Dead Ancestors?

What do the Scriptures say about communicating with dead ancestors? Pastor John explains four truths about God and the sufficiency of his revelation.
10/23/202311 minutes, 47 seconds
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Can Pro-Life Advocates Lie to Save Lives?

With so much at stake in the fight against abortion, can pro-life advocates use doctrinal falsehoods to persuade parents to keep their babies?
10/19/202311 minutes, 29 seconds
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John Piper on ChatGPT

Intelligence without affection is barren, mechanical — even artificial. Pastor John reflects on his ministry in the light of developing AI technologies.
10/16/202314 minutes, 2 seconds
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Is It Sinful to Be Unhappy?

Given Paul’s command to “rejoice always,” do we sin when we lack joy? Pastor John offers a simple answer with three crucial qualifications.
10/12/202311 minutes, 16 seconds
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Is Joy a Choice or a Feeling?

Genuine joy in God is far deeper than a choice we make. Even so, our actions can help or hinder the spontaneous experience of joy.
10/9/202312 minutes, 24 seconds
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What Old Testament Promises Are for Me?

Can new-covenant Christians claim old-covenant promises? As long as we keep some key distinctions in mind, we not only can, but should.
10/5/202311 minutes, 47 seconds
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Evidence for the Cross and Resurrection

God has not left us without evidence for the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. But evidence alone will never open the eyes of the blind.
10/2/202313 minutes, 19 seconds
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Does God Love Us Simply for His Glory?

God-centered theology can raise all kinds of questions about God’s love for us. Pastor John asks and answers nine of them.
9/28/202312 minutes, 22 seconds
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If Sin’s Penalty Is Eternal, Why Isn’t Jesus Still Suffering?

If the penalty for sin is eternal punishment, how could Jesus’s finite sufferings pay the price of our redemption?
9/25/202311 minutes, 24 seconds
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Six Reasons Jesus Left Earth After Easter

Why did Jesus leave earth after his resurrection? Pastor John gives six reasons for Jesus’s ascension to the Father’s right hand.
9/21/202310 minutes, 9 seconds
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Even If Our Faith Is False, Aren’t Christians Happier People?

If Christ has not been raised, Paul says, then Christians are “of all people most to be pitied.” But why should we be pitied when we live with such joy?
9/18/202311 minutes, 47 seconds
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What Does Piper Mean by ‘Satisfied’?

“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” What does Pastor John mean when he talks about “satisfaction in God”?
9/14/202314 minutes
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Christ, Our Sabbath Rest at Work

Christ is our rest on Monday as well as Sunday. But how do we experience the peaceful rest of Jesus in the midst of our labors?
9/11/202312 minutes, 59 seconds
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How Can I Become a Humbler Calvinist?

The doctrines of grace are designed to destroy human boasting. So, what can we do if we find our theology becoming a platform for pride?
9/7/202311 minutes, 19 seconds
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Will We Work in Eternity?

At least six biblical pointers give us reason to expect some kind of work in the age to come. But whatever eternity holds, it will be a future beyond disappointment.
9/4/202313 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ten Authors for Your Soul

Rich doctrine makes the heart sing. So, where might Christians start if they want to read time-tested, soul-deepening books?
8/31/202311 minutes, 47 seconds
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Why John Piper Reads Books

With so many demands on our time, why should we carve out precious minutes for books? Pastor John gives seven reasons he loves to read.
8/28/20239 minutes, 50 seconds
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I Don’t Feel God’s Love — What Can I Do?

When life is hard and heaven seems silent, how can God’s people still feel his love? Pastor John offers six reminders for those in spiritual darkness.
8/24/202310 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ten Reasons You Need Unconditional Election

How important is unconditional election for the Christian life? Pastor John offers ten reasons why Christians need this crucial doctrine.
8/21/202311 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ten Criticisms of John Piper’s Preaching

Anyone who preaches for long will find his preaching criticized — sometimes unfairly, but often wisely. Pastor John shares ten criticisms that have shaped him.
8/17/202313 minutes, 18 seconds
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Do Christians Really Suffer in America?

If Jesus and his apostles promised that faithful Christians would suffer, how can comfortable disciples make sense of their experience?
8/14/202312 minutes, 7 seconds
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How Can I Explain Christian Joy to Unbelievers?

The Bible rings with the language of pleasure and joy in God. But how can we explain that pleasure and joy in ways non-Christian loved ones may understand?
8/10/202312 minutes, 26 seconds
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Why Does God Choose the Foolish?

World evangelization would spread more quickly, it may seem, if God had chosen the wise and powerful. So, why did he choose the foolish and weak instead?
8/7/202311 minutes, 34 seconds
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Resisting the Inner Skeptic in Our Bible Reading

When doubts disrupt our Bible reading, how can we resist the inner skeptic? Pastor John offers six ways to fight for faith in daily devotions.
8/3/202311 minutes, 35 seconds
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Can I Still Have Joy in Seasons of Doubt?

Seasons of doubt may afflict our minds and shake our hearts, but they need not take our joy. Beneath the waves of doubt, joy’s deep waters can still remain calm.
7/31/202311 minutes
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How Does God’s Joy Become My Joy?

The New Testament seems to connect the person of the Holy Spirit with the joy we experience as believers. But how do the two relate to each other?
7/27/202312 minutes, 31 seconds
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Fifty Years of Theological Battles

If you want to prepare for the unknown controversies of tomorrow, know your Bible deeply, thoroughly, confidently, joyfully.
7/24/202313 minutes, 7 seconds
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What Does It Mean to Be Spiritual?

Some Christians identify spirituality with gifts like speaking in tongues and healing. Does that view match the Bible’s own description of truly spiritual people?
7/20/202314 minutes, 34 seconds
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How Are We Being Saved Right Now?

If we are in Christ, then God has saved us from our sins in the past, and he will save us from his wrath in the future. But in what sense is he saving us right now?
7/17/202313 minutes, 47 seconds
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How Can I Encourage Without Flattering?

How can we celebrate the good we see without succumbing to flattery? Pastor John traces a key distinction between godly and ungodly praise.
7/13/202311 minutes, 12 seconds
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What Do We Give to God?

God is self-existent and self-sufficient, far beyond any need or lack. So, what can we give to God when we gather for corporate worship?
7/10/202313 minutes, 19 seconds
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What Does It Mean to Serve God?

The command to “serve the Lord” appears all through Scripture — but Scripture also assures us that God has no needs. So, how do we serve an all-sufficient God?
7/6/202315 minutes, 27 seconds
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Learning to Forgive Family

For some, forgiving family from the heart may be one of the hardest steps of obedience. Pastor John offers five ways forward when forgiveness feels impossible.
7/3/202315 minutes, 9 seconds
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On Sibling Rivalries

Sibling rivalries have fractured families since Cain and Abel. So, how does God work redemptively between siblings, and how might parents do their part to promote peace?
6/29/202313 minutes, 58 seconds
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Manhood and Womanhood in Parachurch Ministry

Increasingly, parachurch ministries are allowing women to occupy positions of spiritual authority once reserved for men. Do they have biblical warrant to do so?
6/26/202313 minutes, 35 seconds
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What Will We Remember in the New Creation?

In Isaiah, God promises that “the former things shall not be remembered” in the new creation. Will we really have no memory of this age in the age to come?
6/22/202314 minutes, 9 seconds
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Better Than Scrolling Your Phone in the Morning

Why do so many of us reach instinctively for our phones in the morning? Pastor John identifies six temptations and points to a better way to begin our day.
6/19/202315 minutes, 16 seconds
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Dangers in Exposing Cultural Sins

How can a preacher faithfully call out a culture’s sins while still sounding the dominant note of amazement at the glories of God in Christ?
6/15/202312 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Sick Love of Controversy

How can we recognize what Paul calls “an unhealthy craving for controversy” in ourselves and others? Pastor John identifies six traits of a controversy-loving spirit.
6/12/202315 minutes, 20 seconds
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How Much Should Pastors Make?

“The laborer deserves his wages” — including those who labor in preaching and teaching. But how might a church decide what a pastor’s wages should be?
6/8/202312 minutes, 38 seconds
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Can Single Men Pastor?

In Paul’s elder qualifications, he seems to assume that pastors will be married. So how should churches assess the qualification of a single man who wants to pastor?
6/5/202311 minutes, 43 seconds
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Why Do We Pray for Our President?

Why does Paul call Christians to pray for kings and other political rulers — and what specifically might we ask God to do in them and through them?
6/1/202310 minutes, 59 seconds
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Hope for the Fragile and Fragmented

In a world filled with wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes and famines, a right understanding of the end times can bring stability to anxious minds.
5/29/202313 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Joy of Jesus’s Return

When Jesus returns, he will magnify the radiance of his glory by multiplying our own joy in that glory. We will happily marvel, and he will forever shine.
5/26/202313 minutes, 2 seconds
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Why God Wills Suffering for the Children He Loves

If we’re going to rejoice in even the worst circumstances, then we need clear and strong reasons for why God wills suffering for the children he loves.
5/24/202315 minutes, 11 seconds
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Upcoming Changes to APJ

Tony Reinke shares two upcoming changes to Ask Pastor John in light of a brand-new John Piper sermon podcast called ‘Light + Truth.’
5/23/20233 minutes, 33 seconds
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Go to Work, Go to Church — Christ Is Coming Back!

Throughout the New Testament, Jesus and the apostles draw some profound connections between the glorious second coming and our ordinary everyday lives.
5/22/202314 minutes, 10 seconds
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Death Can Only Make Me Better: Remembering Tim Keller (1950–2023)

On May 19, 2023, Tim Keller entered the reward of his Master. In this special episode of Ask Pastor John, Tony Reinke shares a sermon clip from Dr. Keller on the joy of God in the face of cancer.
5/19/202316 minutes, 47 seconds
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Popular Blunders About Christ’s Return

Discussions of the second coming often spiral into speculation — or misconception. Pastor John explains five mistaken beliefs about Christ’s return.
5/19/202313 minutes, 24 seconds
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Five Ways to Find Wisdom

In the midst of a busy life, how can we find the time to read great Christian books? We might begin by setting aside just fifteen minutes a day.
5/17/202310 minutes, 45 seconds
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Nicotine, Amphetamines, and Holy Concentration

God does not give us a list of foods and drinks we can and cannot consume. Instead, he gives us his words and his Spirit to shape how we see all of life.
5/15/202315 minutes, 21 seconds
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A Beautiful Savior for the Unattractive

If we are going to find lasting satisfaction in the beauty of Christ, despite the pain of rejection, four massive changes need to happen in our hearts.
5/12/202313 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Hardest Act in Parenting Teens

Headship calls a man to put away his anger and initiate reconciliation — no matter how much of the fault lies with his wife or with his children.
5/10/202310 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Path from Orthodoxy to Demon Theology

The movement from orthodoxy to demon theology happens sometimes slowly and sometimes suddenly — but always because love for Christ has grown cold.
5/8/202311 minutes, 48 seconds
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‘Nothing Is to Be Rejected’ — Including Pot?

“Nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,” Paul says. So can Christians enjoy pot if they thank God for it?
5/5/202312 minutes, 30 seconds
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What Makes You Happiest?

What is the deepest source of your joy — what God gives to you, or who God is for you?
5/3/20235 minutes, 6 seconds
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Can I Be Saved If I Never Evangelize?

Will a professing Christian go to hell if he never shares the gospel? Pastor John gets to the heart and offers practical suggestions for growing in evangelism.
5/1/202314 minutes, 14 seconds
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Should Men Still Pray with Lifted Hands?

Paul desired that “in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands.” Should men in the church today still lift their hands when they pray?
4/28/202311 minutes, 1 second
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Our Joyful Duty

At the core of Christian Hedonism is the glorious reality that the duty God requires of us is the path to our greatest joy.
4/26/202310 minutes, 43 seconds
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Caring for Families with Cross-Dressing Children

Should parents allow children to cross-dress? Pastor John explains why this cuts across the grain of God-created reality and how to offer counsel to Christian parents.
4/24/202311 minutes, 4 seconds
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Should the World Like Us or Hate Us?

Jesus promised that his followers would be “hated by all,” but Paul said pastors must be “well thought of by outsiders.” So should the world like us or hate us?
4/21/202313 minutes, 53 seconds
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Why Did Jesus Use Spit and Mud to Heal?

Jesus could have healed the man born blind with a simple command; instead, he used spit and mud. Why?
4/19/20230
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Does My Sexual Past Disqualify Me from Pastoring?

If a man has a history of fornication, is he disqualified from the office of pastor — or can he still be considered “the husband of one wife”?
4/17/20230
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Overcoming Fear

If God has really given us “a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control,” then why do we still struggle with fear and anxiety?
4/14/20230
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The Gospel’s War Against Our Fears and Insecurities

In the face of every fear and insecurity, the gospel says, “In Christ, God is for you — always and forever, with all of his heart and soul. So what can man do to you?”
4/12/20230
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Should We Despise the Vile — or Love Them?

In Psalm 15, David tells us to despise the vile; in Matthew 5, Jesus tells us to love them. How can we do both?
4/10/20230
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If God Desires All to Be Saved, Why Aren’t They?

God “desires all people to be saved,” Paul tells us — but clearly not all people are saved. Does this mean God cannot do what he wants to do?
4/7/20230
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Christ’s Plan for the Globe — and You

Christ’s global purpose to ransom people from every tribe and tongue can be summed up in his words, “I have other sheep. I must bring them also.”
4/5/20230
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Is Work a Blessing or a Curse?

God gave work as a blessing in the beginning, but we live now on the other side of the fall. So is our work today a blessing or a curse?
4/3/20230
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Best Commentaries on the Whole Bible

Alongside his personal study of Scripture, what whole-Bible commentaries has Pastor John found most helpful over the years?
3/31/20230
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How Do I Find My Identity?

If you want to settle the question of personal identity, don’t ask “Who am I?” Ask, “Whose am I?”
3/29/20230
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Can Satan Put Thoughts into Our Heads?

We know the devil can tempt us and attack us and try to deceive us, but can he put thoughts into our heads?
3/27/20230
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Does God Read Every Thought?

At every moment, God knows the thoughts and intentions of every human heart. Pastor John explores six vast implications of this foundational truth.
3/24/20230
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John Piper’s Conversion Story

The book of Romans interprets life — and it also transforms life. Pastor John shares how Romans has shaped him, from conversion to the pastorate.
3/22/20230
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How to Glorify God in Business Success

How can a Christian business leader speak about his success in a way that makes God, not him, look great?
3/20/20230
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Is Venting the Same as Complaining?

Is there really a difference between complaining about our problems and venting about them — or are we just kidding ourselves?
3/17/20230
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Christian Hedonism in Two Minutes

What is the simplest, shortest definition of Christian Hedonism? Pastor John explains in two minutes why pursuing joy in God is essential to the Christian life.
3/15/20230
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How Does Childbirth Save Women?

Women, Paul says, “will be saved through childbearing.” How does childbirth save women — and what about women who never have children of their own?
3/13/20230
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I’m Stuck in Sexual Sin — Should I Excommunicate Myself?

Those who play the victim to their sexual lusts act like slaves, like dogs eating their vomit, like washed pigs rolling in mud. But in Christ, they don’t have to stay that way.
3/10/20230
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1 Percent of a Book Can Change Your Life

Even if you remember only one sentence of a book, that one sentence can create an immeasurable moment, a flash of insight that shapes you forever.
3/8/20230
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Is ‘De-Gendering’ a Sin?

What might Scripture say to a woman who desperately wants to become a man? Pastor John offers six reasons why attempting to “de-gender” is a tragic act of sin.
3/6/20230
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Are Christians Obligated to Vote?

Are Christians who have the opportunity to vote obligated to do so — or can we abstain from the whole process for righteous reasons?
3/3/20230
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Why Christians Don’t Need Holy Shrines

Seven times in the book of Hebrews, the author captures the heart of Christianity in a simple, wonderful command: draw near.
3/1/20230
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Do Angels Carry Our Prayers to God?

No angel, no saint, and not even Mary herself can improve the access to God we already have through Christ and his finished work.
2/27/20230
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Was Paul Really the World’s Worst Sinner?

In 1 Timothy 1:15, the apostle Paul claims to have been “the foremost” of sinners. Is Paul speaking in hyperbole here, or was he really the world’s worst sinner?
2/24/20230
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Overcoming Fear and Passivity in Evangelism

How can we become bolder in evangelism? Pastor John shares a story of his stumbling attempts to love a neighbor, and God’s patient persistence through it all.
2/22/20230
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Was God at Work in My Pre-Conversion Life?

When we look with eyes of faith on our pre-conversion life, we find abundant reason to thank God for his mercy, and abundant reason to give others hope.
2/20/20230
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How Could God Be Jealous?

The jealousy of God shows his zeal for his own worth — and it also shows his zeal for our deepest joy.
2/17/20230
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The God-Centeredness of God Unlocks the Gospel

The biblical mindset puts God and his glory, not man and his desires, at the center of the universe. And grasping this blazing center unlocks the greatness of the gospel.
2/15/20230
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I Shipwrecked My Faith — Am I Doomed?

Is there any hope for the recovery of a shipwrecked faith? Pastor John offers four reasons shipwreck need not be final.
2/13/202315 minutes, 59 seconds
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Sinners or Saints — How Should We Speak of Christians?

Should we speak of Christians as saints or sinners? Pastor John explores why Paul addresses Christians as saints dozens of times — and as sinners almost never.
2/10/20230
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Why We Share the Gospel

What drove the apostle Paul to win people to Christ? He longed to taste the joy of the gospel not only in his own heart, but in the hearts of countless others.
2/8/20230
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Preaching the Gospel of the Happy God

Sound preaching comes from those who live in the presence of God-centered glory and long to echo his infinite worth.
2/6/20230
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Can I Really Trust My Interpretation of the Bible?

“The law is good, if one uses it lawfully,” Paul says. But how can we tell if we are using the law in the way that God intends?
2/3/20230
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How to Keep Your Eyes on Christ

How can we guard against drifting in the Christian life? By looking and looking and looking at Jesus.
2/1/20230
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How Can I Have a Good Conscience?

You do not need to walk in sinless perfection in order to have a good conscience. You just need to walk in the light.
1/30/20230
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Did Paul Oppose Fiction?

The apostle Paul strongly warned Timothy and Titus against the “myths” of his day. What might he have to say about the fictional stories in our own day?
1/27/20230
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Turn Down the Noise and Listen to Jesus

If we’re going to listen to Jesus and not drift away from him, we likely will need to turn down the noises that capture so much of our attention.
1/25/20230
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Where Do You Draw Lines for Ministry Partnerships?

Where should pastors and other Christians draw lines for ministry partnerships? Pastor John shares the degree of unity he has pursued in six ministry settings.
1/23/20230
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Were Abortions Induced on Old Testament Adulteresses?

Does Numbers 5:22 suggest that women guilty of adultery were punished with miscarriage? And if so, how does this passage speak to the pro-life position?
1/20/20230
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Fight for Delight by Planning Your Devotions

If we don’t have a plan for when, where, and how we will read the Bible, our devotions will probably fall before the demands of the day.
1/18/20230
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Eight Counsels for Those Thinking of Quitting

Every pastor receives criticism. But at what point might criticism become so serious or sustained that a pastor should consider stepping down?
1/16/20230
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When Does Despondency Become Sin?

Everyone passes through seasons of despondency — seasons when the soul is troubled and hope feels thin. But when does despondency become sin?
1/13/20230
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How Do I Push Truth from My Head to My Heart?

How can we push the truth of the Bible from our heads to our hearts, so that our times of daily Bible reading become times of daily worship?
1/11/20230
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Getting the Tone Right on Sunday Morning

Given the pain of this world, the joy of salvation, and the glory of God, what kind of tone should a pastor seek to set on Sunday morning?
1/9/20230
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Is Intermittent Fasting Sacrilegious?

Some people find intermittent fasting helpful for losing weight. But is fasting for merely physical purposes a sacrilegious use of a spiritual gift?
1/6/20230
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The Bible’s Main Road Out of Discouragement

The psalmists show that darkness and discouragement are part of the normal Christian life. And they also show a crucial strategy for finding the light again.
1/4/20230
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John Piper’s Favorite Things

Pastor John, like the rest of us, has his likes and dislikes. From movies and soft drinks to breakfasts and songs, here are twelve of his favorite things.
1/2/20230
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Can I Be a Nurse for a ‘Gender-Reassignment’ Surgery?

If a hospital asks a Christian nurse to participate in a “gender-reassignment” surgery, should she agree — or should she take her nursing skills elsewhere?
12/30/20220
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Beat a Path to the Word in 2023

Strong Christians read the Bible, memorize the Bible, meditate on the Bible, and live on the Bible. They make intentional plans for the word to be their daily bread.
12/28/202214 minutes, 16 seconds
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How Do I Put Away My Desire for Praise?

A desire to do good can easily become a desire to look good. So how do we put away our hunger to be praised by other people?
12/26/202216 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Christmas We Needed

The best gift anyone can receive at Christmas is deliverance from our two greatest enemies: sin and Satan.
12/23/202211 minutes, 59 seconds
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What Makes for a Good Musical Worship Experience?

A good musical worship experience involves head and heart, truth and affections. It will lead people to know their God and to embrace him with joy.
12/21/202215 minutes, 44 seconds
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‘Though He Slay Me’ — Why the Silence on This Verse?

“Though he slay me, I will hope in him.” Why has Pastor John barely mentioned these remarkable words of Job throughout his decades of preaching and teaching?
12/19/202218 minutes, 6 seconds
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Does God Still Save the Lost Through Visions?

Does God save the lost through visions today — or does someone need to hear the gospel to be saved?
12/16/202214 minutes, 49 seconds
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John Piper’s 2022 Year-in-Review

Pastor John discusses personal and ministry highlights from 2022, including podcasts, books, global outreach, and a new goal for ‘Look at the Book.’
12/14/202219 minutes, 11 seconds
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Good and Bad People-Pleasing

How can we find freedom from living for the opinions of people? Pray for and pursue a big vision of God. Find a firm identity in Christ. Look to your eternal reward.
12/12/202212 minutes, 49 seconds
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How Can I Cast My Cares on God?

Casting your cares onto God begins with believing that he really is the infinitely powerful, all-wise, always-good God he reveals himself to be.
12/9/202214 minutes, 32 seconds
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Satan Cannot Scare You into Hell

Satan may oppress you, attack you, and rage against you. But if you are in Christ, he holds no power to finally destroy you.
12/7/20229 minutes, 23 seconds
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Build Structures to Serve Your Calling

How can leaders prevent the pressures of running an organization from squeezing out opportunities for face-to-face work and ministry?
12/5/202212 minutes, 55 seconds
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How Can Satan Harm Christians?

Scripture is clear that Satan is not ultimately sovereign — God is. But under that sovereignty, in what ways can Satan still harm God’s people?
12/2/202212 minutes, 54 seconds
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Amusing Ourselves from Death

Outside of Christ, the fear of death is a slave master that holds everyone in bondage — even those who seem unaware of their chains.
11/30/202210 minutes, 7 seconds
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Give Young Christians a Chance to Lead

Our churches grow in wisdom and maturity when the young honor the old, the old listen to the young, and all clothe themselves with humility.
11/28/202213 minutes, 53 seconds
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Should We Seek to Suffer?

Suffering may be the price of Christian love, but it is not the aim of Christian love. Our aim is to do as much good as we can on the lowly path of service.
11/25/202210 minutes, 32 seconds
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Pray Your Way into Thanksgiving

How can we aim to be done with anxiety and enjoy peace in any circumstance? By bringing every circumstance to God in prayer.
11/23/202211 minutes, 31 seconds
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How Does Baptism Save Us?

If God saves his people through faith alone apart from works, why does Peter say that baptism now saves us?
11/21/202212 minutes, 40 seconds
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Do Unbelievers Get a Second Chance After Death?

In 1 Peter 3:19, we read that Christ “went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey.” What might Peter mean?
11/18/202212 minutes, 2 seconds
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How Do I Pray from the Misery of My Sin?

There is no distress that puts you beyond the good news that God brings — not even the distress caused by your own sin.
11/16/202213 minutes, 25 seconds
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Let the Nations Be Glad! — Thirty Years Later

Thirty years after ‘Let the Nations Be Glad!’ was published, Pastor John reflects on the book’s beginnings and its lasting legacy.
11/14/20228 minutes, 34 seconds
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What If I Don’t Have a Spiritual Gift?

Paul and Peter charge Christians to use our spiritual gifts for the good of the church. But what if we don’t seem to have any spiritual gifts?
11/11/202212 minutes, 31 seconds
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What Makes My Gift a Spiritual Gift?

If God has given helpful skills to both believers and unbelievers, what makes the difference between a merely natural ability and a spiritual gift?
11/9/202210 minutes, 50 seconds
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What Makes My Life Christian?

How can Christians live so that, at bottom, we can say with Paul, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me”?
11/7/202215 minutes, 29 seconds
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Should I Charge Other Christians for My Expertise?

Christ bids his people both to wisely get and freely give, and he supplies us with the grace we need to discern when to do what with our talents.
11/4/202212 minutes, 7 seconds
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Christ’s Death Was No Accident

The death of Christ was no accident. He came to be crucified, that he might hang the sins and sufferings of those he loves with him there.
11/2/202210 minutes, 45 seconds
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How Does Love Cover a Multitude of Sins?

Christian love labors to overlook the sins of others, just as Christ went to the cross to forgive us, not to shame us.
10/31/202213 minutes, 11 seconds
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Christian Unity in Three Steps

Real differences exist between real Christians. But where we lack unity of conviction, we can share unity of humble, sacrificial disposition.
10/28/202215 minutes, 2 seconds
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Step One in Preparing to Suffer

We ready ourselves to suffer well when we look our life dead in the eye and say with Paul, “I count it all as loss compared to Christ.”
10/26/202211 minutes, 27 seconds
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Is Suffering a Paradox for Christian Hedonists?

When Christ died, so did our sin-loving selves. Now, God sends suffering to weed out the sin that lingers and stunts our joy in Christ.
10/24/202212 minutes, 42 seconds
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How Much Speculation Should We Bring into Sermons?

Preachers are emissaries of God’s revealed truth. So how should we talk about parts of the text we don’t understand?
10/21/202210 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Relational Pain of Ministry

Christian ministry is relationally painful. Friends in the ministry can leave and never return, as even the apostle Paul experienced near the end of his life.
10/19/202210 minutes, 53 seconds
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How Do People Shipwreck Their Faith?

Jesus, Paul, Peter, and the author of Hebrews all describe people who begin well in the Christian life before eventually making shipwreck of their faith.
10/17/20229 minutes, 53 seconds
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How Can I Learn to Receive Criticism?

No one likes to receive criticism, even when it’s well-intended. How can we learn to control our emotional responses and remain grounded in the love of Christ?
10/14/202214 minutes, 29 seconds
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Becoming Unshakable in a World of Pain

We all face crises, and without grace, we find our world collapsing in the midst of them. But there is strong and stable hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
10/12/202213 minutes, 28 seconds
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Is Any Part of Life Morally Neutral?

Scripture calls us to do everything for the glory of God. Does that mean no action we take is morally neutral?
10/10/202211 minutes, 38 seconds
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Will My Spouse Be My Best Friend in Heaven?

What will the relationship between husband and wife be like in the age to come? Pastor John explains how the best parts of marriage point ahead to eternal joy.
10/7/202213 minutes, 19 seconds
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How Do I Persist in Prayer?

How can Christians always pray and not lose heart? In part, by remembering the generous heart of God and his delight to hear his people.
10/5/202212 minutes, 40 seconds
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How Do I Pray for My Husband’s Salvation?

How can a wife go on praying for her unbelieving husband after years, or even decades, of no evident change?
10/3/202213 minutes, 41 seconds
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How Do I See the Glory of Christ?

How can we see the glory of Christ? Renounce the praise of man. Devote yourself to Scripture. Turn to Christ through his word. Keep praying for sight.
9/30/202212 minutes, 43 seconds
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What’s the Real Problem with Fearing Man?

Why is the fear of man such a big problem? Because those who fear men cast their vote against the trustworthiness of God.
9/28/202210 minutes, 7 seconds
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How to Live Fearlessly

How can Christians live fearlessly? Replace the fear of man with the fear of God. Fear man — live fearfully. Fear God — live fearlessly.
9/26/202212 minutes, 42 seconds
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I Want to Be Baptized — My Husband Opposes It

Godly submission does not require that a woman do everything her husband says. Before she is a wife who submits to her husband, she is a Christian who submits to Christ.
9/23/202211 minutes, 59 seconds
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Am I Called to Ministry? Five Tests

How do we know if we are able to bear the heavy calling of being the aroma of life to some and the aroma of death to others?
9/21/20229 minutes, 49 seconds
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What Should We Think of Flashy Pastors?

Pastors who flaunt their riches will not draw anyone to the hope of the gospel. They will draw men and women to the hope of luxury.
9/19/202212 minutes, 40 seconds
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Who’s More Sinful: Men or Women?

Men and women may face temptations peculiar to their sex, but we both share a deep, common depravity and a profound need for mercy.
9/16/202213 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Godly Woman’s Charm

Hope in God clothes a woman with a beauty that will never fade, never perish, and never cease to be precious in God’s sight.
9/14/20228 minutes, 8 seconds
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How Much Jewelry Is Too Much Jewelry?

How might we as parents teach our daughters, even at young ages, how to express their femininity without flaunting their body?
9/12/202213 minutes, 19 seconds
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Does God Call Us to Submit to Everyone?

God calls church members to submit to their pastors, wives to their husbands, employees to their bosses. But is there also a sense in which God calls us to submit to everyone?
9/9/202212 minutes, 29 seconds
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Who Are My Enemies?

“Love your enemies,” Jesus says. But who are our enemies? The answer is broader than we might imagine.
9/7/20228 minutes, 12 seconds
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My Husband Left Me — How Do I Respond?

In the wake of great betrayal, how do we respond with love and forgiveness without minimizing the evil of the sin?
9/5/202213 minutes, 44 seconds
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How Do I Address My Spouse’s Ongoing Sin?

Peter tells wives to win their husbands “without a word.” Does that mean a wife should never confront her husband over a pattern of habitual sin?
9/2/202213 minutes, 17 seconds
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Overcoming Anger in the Home

How can a father governed by anger begin to recover kindness and tenderheartedness? By freshly embracing God the Father’s forgiveness through Christ.
8/31/20228 minutes, 45 seconds
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Can I Be Angry with God and Be Holy?

Is heartfelt anger toward God ever righteous, or even morally neutral — or is such anger always sinful?
8/29/202214 minutes, 32 seconds
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Is Double Predestination Biblical?

Does the Bible teach that God has predestined some to disobedience and destruction, just as he has predestined some to salvation?
8/26/202216 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Two Greatest Questions in the Universe

What are the two greatest questions in the universe? Pastor John explains by looking at 1 Peter 2:11–12.
8/24/202212 minutes, 22 seconds
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How Do Passions Wage War Against the Soul?

When do innocent desires of the flesh become threats to the soul? When they cross over from serving God’s will to serving our rebellious self.
8/22/202211 minutes, 10 seconds
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What’s the Difference Between Faith and Hope?

The biblical authors often intertwine faith and hope, yet they also distinguish them. So what is the difference between these two gifts of the Spirit?
8/19/202214 minutes, 15 seconds
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Why Do So Many Reject Jesus?

When the light of Christ shines upon the darkness of our sin, we either run to Christ as the only covering for our shame, or we run further into darkness.
8/17/202211 minutes, 16 seconds
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Who Will Judge the World?

Scripture speaks of the Father judging the world, the Son judging the world, and sometimes even the word of Christ judging the world. So, in the end, who will judge?
8/15/202215 minutes, 43 seconds
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How Are We Born Again?

The new birth is a sovereign work of the Spirit, but it is a work bound to the word. The Spirit of God works through the word of God to glorify the Son of God.
8/12/202212 minutes, 53 seconds
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How Money Fears Kill Our Worship

When we trust God with our money, we not only enjoy freedom from worry, but we magnify the shepherd, Father, and King who provides for us.
8/10/202211 minutes, 58 seconds
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What Makes Christian Love Different?

What makes Christian love different from non-Christian love? It is rooted in the cross of Christ, sustained by the Holy Spirit, and aimed at the glory of God.
8/8/202212 minutes, 48 seconds
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What Does It Mean to Be ‘Overly Righteous’?

Ecclesiastes tells us not to be “overly righteous,” but Jesus calls us to a righteousness that exceeds even that of the Pharisees. How can we put these two texts together?
8/5/202213 minutes, 47 seconds
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Gospel Drift — and How to Avoid It

You don’t have to commit great sins in order to fall away from Jesus. You just have to neglect your great salvation.
8/3/202212 minutes, 16 seconds
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Why Did Jesus Need to Suffer and Die Publicly?

Did Jesus have to die a public, agonizing death, or could he have saved us by living sinlessly and dying in obscurity?
8/1/202213 minutes, 35 seconds
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Does God Ever Tempt Us to Sin?

God clearly tests his people, but does he ever tempt them to sin? Pastor John explores the distinction between tests and temptations in James 1.
7/29/202214 minutes, 6 seconds
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Trembling Before God on Sunday

Hundreds of times, God tells us to “fear not.” So why does he also call us to work out our salvation “with fear and trembling”?
7/27/202211 minutes, 19 seconds
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Is My Humorous Personality a Liability?

Sober-mindedness keeps us from the silliness that is allergic to serious moments, but it also keeps us from the somberness that doesn’t know how to be joyful.
7/25/202211 minutes, 29 seconds
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Are Eternal Rewards and Inheritance the Same?

Peter assures us of an inheritance kept safe in heaven; Jesus calls us to lay up treasures in heaven. Are eternal inheritance and rewards the same?
7/22/202212 minutes, 19 seconds
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Fighting for Faith in the Entertainment Age

In an age inundated with entertainment, how do Christians stay awake to the glory of Christ and help others do the same?
7/20/202212 minutes, 53 seconds
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Should Non-Christians Pray for Faith?

Saving faith is the gift of God, who opens blind eyes and raises dead hearts. So what can unbelievers do when they find themselves unable to believe on their own?
7/18/202211 minutes, 52 seconds
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How Do I Prioritize My Busy Life?

Sometimes, busyness and stress are reasons to realign our priorities. Other times, they are invitations to pray that God would empower us to do the seemingly impossible.
7/15/202213 minutes, 52 seconds
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Learning to Follow God’s Will

God doesn’t give us a blueprint for our futures, but he does give us biblical trajectories by which we can discern his will and follow it with confidence.
7/13/202213 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Key to Knowing God’s Will

How do “spiritual wisdom and understanding” fill us with the knowledge of God’s will for our daily lives? Pastor John explains from Colossians 1:9.
7/11/202214 minutes, 13 seconds
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Does God Send ‘Strong Delusions’ into the World?

In our sin, we refuse to hear the truth, receive the truth, believe the truth — until God intervenes to give us a deep and abiding love for the truth.
7/8/202214 minutes, 11 seconds
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God’s School of Prayer

When God puts us in the flames of suffering, he often intends to rescue us from self-sufficient comfort and awaken in us desperate, earnest prayer.
7/6/20229 minutes, 32 seconds
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Politics, Patriotism, and the Pulpit

We need pastors who will regularly remind us that our greatest allegiance is not to any political party, ethnicity, or nation, but to King Jesus.
7/4/202213 minutes, 56 seconds
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Who Is the Man of Lawlessness?

Paul teaches that Jesus will not return until “the man of lawlessness is revealed.” Who is this man of lawlessness?
7/1/202212 minutes, 43 seconds
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Roe v. Wade Has Ended — Our Pro-Life Work Has Not

The Christian pro-life cause goes far deeper than legislation. We aim not only to change laws and behavior, but to change hearts and eternities.
6/30/202223 minutes, 50 seconds
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Sustain Your Prayer Life with Sleep

Satan will try to put us to sleep in prayer. And he does so, most commonly, by tricking us into staying up too late the night before.
6/29/202215 minutes, 32 seconds
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Is God Present or Absent in Hell?

Is God present in hell, as John seems to say in Revelation 14:10 — or is he absent, as Paul seems to say in 2 Thessalonians 1:9?
6/27/202212 minutes, 53 seconds
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What’s the Center of Our Holiness?

Scripture describes the process of sanctification in many different ways. How can we weave the various strands together into one coherent picture?
6/24/202214 minutes, 43 seconds
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God’s Love and My Sickness

Because Jesus loved Lazarus, the Gospel of John tells us, he did not come to him right away, but lingered and let him die. How is that love?
6/22/202217 minutes, 58 seconds
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Crucial Texts for Our Hardest Battles

When temptation strikes, we need more than a vague sense of God’s goodness — we need specific promises. Pastor John shares his favorite passages for fighting sin.
6/20/202216 minutes, 46 seconds
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Is God More Honored or Dishonored in the World?

If God aims to be glorified in this world, why is human history and the daily news filled with so much that dishonors him?
6/17/202212 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Pervasive Problem of Loving Money

The love of money often lives where others least suspect, like in the hearts of Pharisees, miracle workers, and those who seem most moral.
6/15/202217 minutes, 52 seconds
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How Do I ‘Wrestle’ in Prayer?

Paul speaks of wrestling in prayer, and many of us use his phrase. But what might our prayer lives actually feel like if we wrestled like the apostle?
6/13/202214 minutes, 21 seconds
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Counsel for Wives with Harsh Husbands

“Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them,” Paul writes. But what can a wife do if she finds herself with a harsh man?
6/10/202213 minutes, 59 seconds
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Eight Essentials for Christian Living

How does God bring us from the grace of new birth to the glory of heaven? Pastor John explains eight essentials for Christian living from 2 Thessalonians 1:11–12.
6/8/202218 minutes, 13 seconds
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Did Jesus Tell Us to Give to Every Panhandler?

Jesus tells us to give to those who ask, but Paul warns the church against giving to the lazy. How might we apply these teachings when we meet a panhandler?
6/6/202213 minutes, 12 seconds
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Did Jesus Disregard the Sacrificial System?

If there is no forgiveness without shed blood, how could Jesus forgive sins apart from the sacrificial system and prior to his own death?
6/3/202212 minutes, 7 seconds
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Prayer in the Age of Global Hate

In an age of hate, Christians testify to God’s grace by praying for all kinds of people: high and low, white and black, Democrat and Republican, friend and enemy.
6/1/202217 minutes, 15 seconds
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How Will I Find My Ministry Calling?

When God grants us a ministry, does his leading come to us through internal impulses, external affirmation, or some combination of the two?
5/30/202211 minutes, 58 seconds
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Should We Pray for Unbelievers or for Evangelists?

Does Scripture ever command us to pray for unbelievers, or does it only command us to pray for the evangelists who speak to them?
5/27/202212 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Easiest Step of Love

Prayer is the easiest step of love, and it is also the most powerful. God can do far more for others in response to our prayers than we could ever do on our own.
5/25/202211 minutes, 57 seconds
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Have I Sinned If I Fall Short of Excellence at Work?

God is honored when we do our jobs with technical excellence, and he is also honored when we give ourselves to the kinds of excellence that cannot be measured.
5/23/202213 minutes, 45 seconds
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How Do I Not Provoke My Children?

How can we require obedience of our children without provoking and discouraging them? Pastor John offers eight pitfalls for fathers.
5/20/202213 minutes, 24 seconds
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Do Answered Prayers Depend on My Holiness?

Throughout Scripture, God warns that he will not hear the prayers of the disobedient. So do answered prayers depend on our holiness?
5/18/202211 minutes, 38 seconds
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For Christians Whose Testimony Seems Boring

We will never plumb the depths of sin and grace merely from past experience. Only God’s word can tell us how lost and dead we were, and how found and alive we are.
5/16/202211 minutes, 46 seconds
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Would You Have Supported Prohibition in 1913?

In the early twentieth century, many Christian leaders lent their approval to the cause of Prohibition. Would Pastor John have done the same if he lived back then?
5/13/202213 minutes, 12 seconds
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How Greatly Am I Loved?

In Christ, God has chosen us from eternity, and called us in time, so that we would boast no longer in ourselves, but only in him and his great love.
5/11/202217 minutes, 53 seconds
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How Do I Make Christian Hedonism My Own?

Some teachers influence us so deeply that we find ourselves imitating them without trying. So how can we move past imitation to make biblical truth our own?
5/9/202214 minutes, 56 seconds
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Why Dead Men Must Die

Paul says we all were dead apart from Christ, but he also says we died when we were united to Christ. In what sense, then, do dead men die?
5/6/202213 minutes, 36 seconds
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God Saves to Make Much of Himself — Doesn’t That Lessen His Love?

Nothing but God can forever satisfy hearts that are made for God. And so, in great mercy, God loves us in a way that makes much of himself.
5/4/202213 minutes, 13 seconds
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Should Gospel Disagreements End a Friendship?

Christians can disagree over many doctrines and stay friends. But what should we do when a friend rejects a doctrine central to the gospel?
5/2/202211 minutes, 40 seconds
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My Spouse Died Prematurely — Was It My Fault?

How might Christians process feelings of guilt over the death of a loved one? Pastor John offers counsel to a new widow struggling not to blame herself.
4/29/202214 minutes, 37 seconds
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How God Makes Much of You

In Christ, God makes more of us than we could ever imagine. And he will go on doing so forever.
4/27/202216 minutes, 30 seconds
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Does Faith Cause Regeneration?

Does faith bring about the new birth, or does the new birth bring about faith? Pastor John offers three reasons why getting the order right matters.
4/25/202214 minutes, 8 seconds
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Does God Delight in Justification or Holiness?

Does God delight in his people based on Christ’s work alone, or does his delight also depend on our own holiness?
4/22/202213 minutes, 25 seconds
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Why God Makes Much of You

When God makes much of us, he does it for his sake, not ours. And that makes his love far greater than we could have imagined.
4/20/202211 minutes, 32 seconds
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Shame: Its Uses and Abuses

Some shame condemns and destroys, and some shame heals and restores. So how can we tell the difference between misplaced and well-placed shame?
4/18/202212 minutes, 45 seconds
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What Are Church Traditions?

In his letters, Paul speaks not only of teachings he delivered to the churches, but also of traditions he passed on. What kind of traditions does he have in mind?
4/15/202213 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Heart of Fake Happiness

Many nominal Christians go to church, believe God loves them, and yet are on their way to hell. So what marks the born again from those who only think they are?
4/13/202214 minutes, 16 seconds
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Should Pro-Lifers Embrace Embryo Adoption?

In America, there are hundreds of thousands of frozen embryos, left over from in vitro fertilization. How might Christians weigh the decision to adopt one of them?
4/11/202212 minutes, 12 seconds
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Does Romans 7 Describe a Christian?

What kind of person does Romans 7:14–25 describe? Pastor John offers nine reasons to read Paul’s description as part of the Christian experience.
4/8/202216 minutes, 4 seconds
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What’s Lost When We Only Pray Alone?

The church of Acts often gathered together to praise God and intercede for his people. So what might we lose if we pray only by ourselves?
4/6/202214 minutes, 33 seconds
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Should We Dramatize Jesus’s Life for Television?

God gave us a book about Jesus, not a video. So how might Christians think about dramatic portrayals of Jesus’s life in television or movies?
4/4/202214 minutes, 34 seconds
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Do Christians Still Have Evil Desires?

If God’s wrath comes against evil desires, and not only evil behaviors, why will his wrath not come against Christians, who still battle evil desires?
4/1/202214 minutes, 49 seconds
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How Fleeting Pleasures Sidetrack Our Love

A lack of love for other people doesn’t show that we’re trying too hard to please ourselves — it shows that we’re far too easily pleased.
3/30/202210 minutes, 24 seconds
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I’m Too Distracted with Life to Meditate on Christ

How can we turn our attention away from regrets, dreams, and other consuming thoughts so that we can set our minds on things that are above?
3/28/202212 minutes, 44 seconds
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On Permanent Birth Control

If two spouses agree that they do not want to have more children, would it be sinful to pursue permanent forms of birth control?
3/25/202213 minutes, 3 seconds
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How Does God Lead Us in Daily Decisions?

How do I follow God’s lead in my daily decisions? I know he’s my shepherd, and that he’s leading me, but how do I know if I am following him?
3/23/202210 minutes, 48 seconds
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In Our Racial Differences, How Is Christ ‘All’ and ‘in All’?

To be a Christian is not only to trust Christ and treasure Christ, but to be indwelt by Christ. And that new identity transforms all our relationships.
3/21/202211 minutes, 54 seconds
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What Should We Make of Healing Ministries?

God still answers prayers for physical healing today. But how should Christians evaluate the claims of so-called healing ministries?
3/18/202213 minutes, 44 seconds
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When Will Christ Heal My Body?

We know that Jesus has purchased both our forgiveness and our physical healing at the cross. But what kind of healing can we expect in this life?
3/16/202211 minutes, 27 seconds
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All My Sins Were Canceled — So Why Continue to Confess?

If all our sins are forgiven — past, present, and future — does ongoing confession show that we doubt Christ’s finished work?
3/14/202213 minutes, 35 seconds
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My Flesh Was Crucified — So Why Do I Still Sin?

If our sinful flesh was crucified with Christ when we first believed, why do we keep sinning like we do?
3/11/202214 minutes, 41 seconds
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How Do I Know If My Good Deeds Are Worthless?

How do we make sure the good we do is not done in vain? Listen to Pastor John’s answer more than thirty years ago, just weeks after becoming a pastor.
3/9/202211 minutes, 25 seconds
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If God Is Sovereign, Why Is His World Full of Suffering?

When we look around at our world of horrific suffering, how can we keep believing in an all-good, all-wise, totally sovereign God?
3/7/202215 minutes, 26 seconds
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Is There a Place for Asceticism in the Christian Life?

Some self-denial exalts self and feeds sin, and some self-denial exalts Christ and kills sin. So how can we practice the right kind?
3/4/202212 minutes, 18 seconds
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How Do I Handle My Disordered Desires?

Every Christian battles excessive and distorted desires. And in Christ, God gives every Christian daily forgiveness, hope, and strength to keep fighting.
3/2/202212 minutes, 10 seconds
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How Did the Cross Disarm the Devil?

At the cross, Paul says, God “disarmed the rulers and authorities.” So what weapons are no longer in Satan’s hands?
2/28/202212 minutes, 57 seconds
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How Can I Avoid Worldly Thinking in My Studies?

How can Christians pursue education without being taken captive by worldly thinking? Pastor John reflects on Paul’s warning against “philosophy” in Colossians 2:8.
2/25/202213 minutes, 24 seconds
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God’s Providence in the Ministry of Crossway Books

In 1938, a small publishing ministry began distributing gospel tracts. Today, that ministry has spread millions of tracts, books, and Bibles all over the world.
2/23/202222 minutes, 53 seconds
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How Did God Reconcile ‘All Things’ to Himself?

Paul says that God has reconciled to himself “all things” in heaven and on earth. Does that mean even unbelievers and demons will be saved in the end?
2/21/202213 minutes, 58 seconds
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Are Divisions in the Church Necessary?

How should Christians respond to divisions in the church? Don’t make light of them, for they are tragic. And don’t make death of them, for they are predicted.
2/18/202215 minutes, 35 seconds
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Singing Sends Lovers of Christ to the Nations

Under God, musical worship can mobilize the church to finish the Great Commission. The gladness of Godward singing sends lovers of Christ to the nations.
2/16/202210 minutes, 42 seconds
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Can We Speak with Angels?

Scripture includes stories of angels talking with humans through dreams and visions. So should Christians expect, and even pursue, conversations with angels today?
2/14/202211 minutes, 45 seconds
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What Does It Mean to Cry, ‘Abba, Father’?

When God puts the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, giving us a spiritual sight of his fatherly care in Christ, we can’t help but cry, “Abba! Father!”
2/11/202217 minutes, 51 seconds
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Escaping the Love of Comfort and Safety

The freest people in this world are those most in love with the next. If our hope is safe in heaven, we can afford to take risks on earth.
2/9/202212 minutes, 5 seconds
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Has the Gospel Already Reached the Entire World?

Colossians 1:23 says the gospel “has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven.” Does that mean the gospel has already reached the entire world?
2/7/202212 minutes, 24 seconds
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Is My Salvation an Event or a Process?

If our final salvation rests on the condition that we persevere in faith, how can we know that we really will make it to heaven?
2/4/202212 minutes, 47 seconds
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Embracing Unpopular Truth in an Age of Political Correctness

Unless we become mature in our thinking, we will regularly be blown about by the winds of subtle, clever, politically correct language.
2/2/202218 minutes, 19 seconds
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Why Did God Make Eve from Part of Adam?

In creation, God made Adam and all the animals from the ground. So why, when God made Eve, did he take a rib from Adam’s side?
1/31/202212 minutes, 11 seconds
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If Every Gift Comes from God, Why Thank Anyone Else?

All good gifts are from God, through God, and to God. But in his providence, those gifts often come to us through others, who rightly deserve our thanks.
1/28/202212 minutes
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The God Who Dwarfs Big Tech

Pastor John commends Tony Reinke’s new book — a panoramic, penetrating theology of technology, tethered to God’s infallible Scriptures.
1/26/20227 minutes, 16 seconds
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Is Technology Holy or Worldly?

How can Christians live faithfully in the day of Big Tech? In ‘God, Technology, and the Christian Life,’ Tony Reinke explores God’s relationship to the innovations of our age.
1/25/202215 minutes, 25 seconds
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Did Bathsheba Sin with David?

Does the story of David and Bathsheba suggest that Bathsheba was a willing partner in his adultery, or that David took her against her will?
1/24/202213 minutes, 4 seconds
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I Enjoy Being Alone — Is That Unloving?

God made some Christians to enjoy spending a lot of time alone. But what makes the difference between a Christian loner and a self-centered loner?
1/21/202212 minutes, 13 seconds
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When Life Shrinks to the Size of Our Problems

The God of the universe cares about every problem you have, no matter how small. And he wants to draw you up into purposes far greater than your problems.
1/19/202215 minutes, 55 seconds
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How the Lottery Preys on the Poor

Pull-tabs and scratch games incentivize risky, destructive behaviors, especially among those who can least afford to play.
1/17/202213 minutes, 4 seconds
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I Have Multiple Disabilities — How Do I Not Waste My Life?

What might it look like for a Christian with significant disabilities to live a productive, spiritually fruitful, God-glorifying life?
1/14/202214 minutes, 4 seconds
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Should I Become a Preacher?

Should I become a preacher? Pastor John’s own road to the pastorate shows that God often makes preachers in unexpected ways.
1/12/202213 minutes, 12 seconds
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Should I Leave an Inheritance for My Children?

If Scripture doesn’t obligate parents to leave a financial inheritance to their children, how might Christians decide what to do with their money?
1/10/202212 minutes, 50 seconds
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Why Does God Hide Himself from Christians?

God will never leave or forsake his children. But for our lasting good, he may sometimes hide his face and allow us to walk through seasons of darkness.
1/7/202212 minutes, 19 seconds
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Let God’s Word Dwell in You Richly This Year

When we memorize and meditate on God’s word, we create a deep, transforming connection between the Bible, our minds, and our hearts.
1/5/202211 minutes, 3 seconds
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What Is an Idol?

The Bible describes idols as actual objects people worship, but today many use the language of “idolatry” more broadly. So what is an idol?
1/3/202214 minutes, 23 seconds
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Is Sanctification the Pursuit of Perfection?

In our pursuit to be holy as God is holy, how do we move past our failures to obey without feeling condemned in the process?
12/31/202113 minutes, 19 seconds
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What Desiring God Wants to Be Known For

The ministry of Desiring God is fueled by the prayers and financial gifts of God’s people. If you have been blessed by our resources in 2021, would you consider becoming a monthly partner? https://give.desiringgod.org/#monthly
12/29/20214 minutes, 40 seconds
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End-of-Life Medical Intervention — or Not?

God may use medicine to lengthen our lives, but he will always use habits of grace, like prayer and Bible reading, to sustain our faith in suffering.
12/27/202110 minutes, 48 seconds
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Why Is Christmas Precious to You?

We miss the miracle of what Christmas is if we forget why Christmas happened: God the Son became man — to die in our place.
12/24/202113 minutes, 34 seconds
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History Ended at Christmas

Christmas is not just another bend in the river of redemptive history. Christmas marks the end of the river and the arrival of the ocean.
12/22/202112 minutes, 34 seconds
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Do the Non-Elect Have a Chance to Repent?

The Bible teaches both the absolute sovereignty of God and the genuine accountability of man. And nowhere are they considered contradictory.
12/20/202114 minutes, 38 seconds
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Is It Normal to Have a Divided Heart?

No Christian consistently longs for God, which is one reason God gives us prayers like Psalm 86:11: “Unite my heart to fear your name.”
12/17/202118 minutes, 13 seconds
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The God Who Brings Us into Everlasting Pleasure

Those who live for joy in God now will possess joy in God forever. And until then, God pledges his protection over body and soul, through life and death.
12/15/202112 minutes, 17 seconds
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Can We Really Give God More or Less Glory?

Christians sometimes talk about giving God “some” glory, “more” glory, or “most” glory, but are those really biblical categories?
12/13/202114 minutes, 2 seconds
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How ‘Progressive’ Can a Christian Get?

None of us has an infallible understanding of the Bible, but at what point does open contradiction of Scripture call into question someone’s profession of faith?
12/10/202118 minutes, 41 seconds
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God’s Plan When Our Plans Fail

God, in his grace, does not keep us from trouble and pain. But he does order and measure our trouble and pain — and then uphold us through it all.
12/8/20219 minutes, 52 seconds
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How Can I Resist a Critical Spirit?

A love for excellence can easily grow into a hypercritical spirit. How can we resist the tendency to focus mostly on the failures of others?
12/6/202114 minutes, 24 seconds
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John Piper’s Ministry in One Bible Text

John Piper’s ministry has been marked by rigorous attention to God’s word paired with deep delight in God’s word — a double emphasis captured in Psalm 119:97.
12/3/202120 minutes, 27 seconds
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The God Who Turns Hearts to God

The story of Elijah on Mount Carmel shows that God rules over fire and rain, bulls and rocks — and even over every human heart.
12/1/202110 minutes, 22 seconds
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Does Righteous Anger Kill Our Joy?

If we allow anger to come quickly and stay long, it will eventually consume love, consume gratitude, consume mercy, and consume true perceptions of reality.
11/29/202114 minutes, 9 seconds
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How Do I Write a Personal Mission Statement?

God has reasons for everything he does — and an ultimate purpose driving it all. Personal mission statements help us align all of life with that great purpose.
11/26/202120 minutes, 39 seconds
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The Glorious Duty of Thanksgiving

Gratitude is a duty — we ought to thank God for the grace he has given. But genuine Christian gratitude is far more than mere duty.
11/24/20217 minutes, 7 seconds
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How Can I Serve My Disabled Friends?

Jesus healed people with deep, lifelong disabilities. So should we pray that he would heal loved ones with disabilities like Down syndrome or cerebral palsy?
11/22/202112 minutes, 47 seconds
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Is Violent Crime Under God’s Providence?

When we don’t understand God and his ways, we can still rest here: God is always totally sovereign, and God is always infinitely good.
11/19/202111 minutes, 16 seconds
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Only Jesus Knows the Full Force of Temptation

Jesus never lied, stole, coveted, grumbled, lusted, or sinned in any other way. And that means Jesus alone knows the full force of temptation.
11/17/202113 minutes, 51 seconds
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Parenting Young Children Through Life’s Pains

When suffering overshadows the life of a family, how can parents help their children embrace God’s all-good, all-wise, all-governing providence?
11/15/202111 minutes, 41 seconds
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Is Complementarity Merely Functional?

Are God’s callings for men and women merely functional and practical, or do they flow from something deeper in his design?
11/12/202113 minutes, 6 seconds
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One Day Tolerance Will End

We live in the day of salvation, the day of patience, the day of tolerance. But when Jesus returns, that day will end forever.
11/10/202110 minutes, 27 seconds
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On Cigarettes, Vaping, and Nicotine

Despite the warnings, cigarette smoking and other forms of nicotine use persist. How concerned should parents be about whether their teens smoke, chew, or vape?
11/8/202111 minutes
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Does God Command Our Praise for His Sake or Ours?

Pleasure in God is not complete unless it overflows in praise to God. And praise to God is not sincere unless it overflows from pleasure in God.
11/5/202111 minutes, 31 seconds
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How to Find More Joy in God

Joy in God was never meant to be a solitary pursuit. Joy sends us out to serve — and serving fills us up with joy.
11/3/20219 minutes, 11 seconds
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Why Did God Make Me Unattractive?

Few of us feel as attractive as we would like, and some of us feel downright ugly. Why does God allow such unattractiveness in a world that prizes physical beauty?
11/1/202113 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Church’s Calling in an Age of Recreational Pot

Fifteen states have now legalized the recreational use of marijuana. What message might God be sending to the church in an age of legal pot?
10/29/202112 minutes, 1 second
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Finding a Life of Gospel Boldness

The boldest people in the world are those who can look into the face of God, in all of his holiness and power, and know that he is for them in Christ.
10/27/202114 minutes, 1 second
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How Do You Find Meaning in the Bible’s Narratives?

Whether Old Testament or New Testament, stories fill the pages of Scripture. How can we begin to discover God’s meaning in the Bible’s narratives?
10/25/202117 minutes, 14 seconds
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Is Stress Making Me More Holy or More Sinful?

Life’s pressures have a way of exposing hidden sins and introducing new temptations. So how do we know if pressure is making us more holy or more sinful?
10/22/202110 minutes, 48 seconds
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Would I Trust Jesus More If I Had Seen Him?

Many wish they could have seen Jesus in person as he walked on the earth. But to have the four Gospels is even better than being there.
10/20/202114 minutes, 33 seconds
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Reckoning with the Message of Job

Until we begin to grasp the infinite worth of God, and the horrific evil of sin, much of the Bible will make no sense — including a book like Job.
10/18/202112 minutes, 29 seconds
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How Do We ‘Dwell in the Shelter of the Most High’?

Psalm 91 offers spectacular promises for the one who “dwells in the shelter of the Most High.” What does dwelling in the shelter of God mean for us today?
10/15/202110 minutes, 42 seconds
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Five Ways Pastors Fail

Countless pastors carry out their ministries faithfully — and some abuse their position and cause many to stumble. What does God have to say to hypocritical pastors?
10/13/202116 minutes, 27 seconds
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Are Non-Christian Marriages Valid in God’s Eyes?

God made marriage to picture the relationship of Christ and his church. Does it follow that a marriage between an unbelieving man and woman is illegitimate?
10/11/202111 minutes, 45 seconds
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Has God Abandoned Me?

God has promised never to leave us or forsake his people. So how do we respond when it feels like he has?
10/8/202113 minutes, 19 seconds
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Parenting Through a Family Crisis

If we’re going to parent well through family troubles, we need to know, first, that our own sin is our worst problem, and second, that Jesus’s blood covers it all.
10/6/202113 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ingredients for a Theology of Feasting

The Bible talks a lot about feasting — far more than about fasting, in fact. So what is feasting, and how might we enjoy it in our Christian lives?
10/4/202111 minutes, 48 seconds
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How Do We Prepare for the Second Coming?

We know from the New Testament that Jesus will return in power and glory. What can we do to prepare ourselves for that long-expected day?
10/1/202110 minutes, 51 seconds
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You Don’t Need More Self-Love

Jesus’s command to love our neighbors as we love ourselves isn’t a call to raise our self-esteem. It’s a charge to seek others’ good in the same way we seek our own.
9/29/202113 minutes, 44 seconds
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Should Couples Use Role-Play in the Bedroom?

When the glory of God grows dim in our eyes, bodily appetites become gods. When we lose sight of a big purpose for our lives, sexual urges become too big.
9/27/202111 minutes, 3 seconds
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My Boyfriend Is Spiritually Lethargic — Should I Still Marry Him?

At what point should a Christian woman keep encouraging her spiritually lethargic boyfriend — and at what point should she call it off?
9/24/202115 minutes, 6 seconds
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Does God Love Me?

When do we experience the love of God most deeply? Not when we get whatever we want, but when he does whatever it takes to satisfy us in himself.
9/22/202111 minutes, 31 seconds
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How Do I Stop Rooting My Joy in My Circumstances?

We seem hardwired to be happiest when life goes well, and saddest when life goes poorly. How can we root our joy in Jesus instead of circumstances?
9/20/202111 minutes, 18 seconds
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Should Rich Christians Downgrade Their Lifestyle?

Jesus and the apostles regularly warn against the dangers of wealth. So, should rich Christians take steps to downgrade their lifestyle?
9/17/202113 minutes, 53 seconds
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Prayers That Work

Jesus promises spectacular responses to our prayers, but only if our desires are shaped by his word abiding within us.
9/15/202111 minutes, 38 seconds
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How Do We Discern False Teachers?

The Bible repeatedly warns us against false teachers. But how can we actually identify them, especially if their ministry is mainly online?
9/13/202110 minutes, 27 seconds
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John Piper’s 9/11 Radio Interview

On the morning after September 11, 2001, a radio station interviewed Pastor John about the day’s stunning and tragic attack. Listen to the 47-minute recording.
9/11/202147 minutes, 49 seconds
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What Does It Mean to Be Blessed?

The New Testament never pairs the blessing of God with material prosperity in this age. So, what does it really mean to be blessed?
9/10/202111 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Power of Your Personal Testimony

Don’t be intimidated when people far smarter than you level arguments against Jesus. Your personal testimony has power to trump the most sophisticated arguments.
9/8/202114 minutes, 19 seconds
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How Will Love Grow Cold in the End Times?

At the end of this age, “the love of many will grow cold.” What will such coldness look like — and how can we guard ourselves against it?
9/6/202111 minutes, 49 seconds
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Did Christ Already Return?

Does Revelation suggest that Jesus already returned when Jerusalem was destroyed in AD 70 — and therefore that we should not wait for another coming?
9/3/202110 minutes, 52 seconds
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We Become Like the Videos We Behold

For better or worse, we become what we behold. How should this truth affect our media consumption in the digital age?
9/1/20219 minutes, 2 seconds
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What’s the Difference Between Sloth and Rest?

Both the sluggard and the diligent might take a nap on their day off. So, what distinguishes the laziness of the sluggard from the rest of the diligent?
8/30/202112 minutes, 33 seconds
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God Never Runs Out

Everything in this world eventually runs out: money runs out, health runs out, pleasure runs out, time runs out. But God never runs out.
8/27/202111 minutes, 51 seconds
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How Can I Make Daily Bible Reading Authentic?

How can we prevent Bible reading from becoming a lifeless routine? Pastor John offers three principles for authentic daily devotions.
8/25/202115 minutes, 31 seconds
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How Can I Honor My Parents If I Don’t Respect Them?

God calls his people to show honor to everyone — but not for the same reasons, and not in the same ways.
8/23/202112 minutes, 8 seconds
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Does Christ Rule the Nations Now?

If Christ has all authority in heaven and on earth, does he rule over the nations now? Or is he waiting to exercise his rule until his second coming?
8/20/202111 minutes, 43 seconds
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You Don’t Know God If You Don’t Love Christ

If you want to know whether others love God, ask if they love the Jesus of Scripture. Love for Jesus is the litmus test of love for God.
8/18/202113 minutes, 52 seconds
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Is Death Past, Present, or Future?

According to Paul, Christians have died, will die, and die every day. What do these different deaths mean, and how else does Scripture speak of our dying?
8/16/202111 minutes, 21 seconds
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Six Dangers of Podcasts

Podcasts, including Christian podcasts, have great potential for both good and evil. Pastor John explains six dangers to beware of as you listen.
8/13/202112 minutes, 54 seconds
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Living the Mystery of Joy in Suffering

Christians are sorrowful, yet always rejoicing: sorrowful because of the ugliness and horrors of sin, and rejoicing because of the infinite worth of Jesus.
8/11/202114 minutes, 38 seconds
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If All My Sins Are Forgiven, Why Pursue Holiness?

If Christ already paid for all our sins — past, present, and future — then why do we need to work so hard to put sin to death and grow in holiness?
8/9/202111 minutes, 49 seconds
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Is Sex During Menstruation Sinful?

The Old Testament prohibited a husband and wife from having sex during menstruation. Is that command still in force today?
8/6/202116 minutes, 30 seconds
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Controversy Is Essential — and Deadly

Controversy is essential — and deadly. Slowly, we can begin to care more about defending the truth than enjoying the truth.
8/4/20219 minutes, 18 seconds
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How Do We Pray in the Spirit?

What do Paul and Jude mean when they command Christians to pray “in the Spirit” — and what would it mean to pray “out of the Spirit”?
8/2/202110 minutes, 54 seconds
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If We Read Our Bibles, Why Do We Need Sermons?

The Bible is perfect; preachers are not. So, why listen to the sermons of fallible men when we can read God’s infallible word for ourselves?
7/30/202112 minutes, 44 seconds
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How to Argue Like a Calvinist

John Newton cherished the doctrines of grace. And he knew that the best way to commend them was with a spirit of graciousness.
7/28/202112 minutes, 21 seconds
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Doing Math to the Glory of God

Why learn math — especially if studying math feels agonizing? Pastor John addresses an 8-year-old boy struggling to persevere in school.
7/26/202112 minutes, 39 seconds
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Can I Marry a Woman Half My Age?

The Bible doesn’t say how old Christians should be when they marry — or how close in age. So, can a Christian marry someone significantly younger?
7/23/202111 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Strong Murder the Weak Every Day in America

Killing an unborn child is illegal if the mother wants the baby — but legal if she doesn’t. The rights of the weak rest in the hands of the strong.
7/21/20219 minutes, 59 seconds
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How Much Media Is Too Much Media?

In a media-saturated age, obedience to Jesus requires intentional detachment from the patterns of the world — especially its patterns of entertainment.
7/19/202111 minutes, 53 seconds
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Will I Suffer More If I Follow Jesus?

Those who follow Jesus may suffer more in this life than those who don’t. But from the standpoint of eternity, they will suffer infinitely less.
7/16/202113 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Supremacy of God in Preaching: Conclusion

People are starving for the grandeur of God. Christian preachers, more than all others, should know this truth — and shape every sermon accordingly.
7/15/20218 minutes, 36 seconds
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Faith Won’t Survive Without Friends

We all need people who will remind us that Christ is far better than sin, and that unrepentant sin destroys. Without friends, our faith won’t survive.
7/14/20219 minutes, 59 seconds
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Does the Bible Say I Am Unique?

God made everybody, knitting each of us intricately in our mother’s womb. Does that mean we are each unique, unlike any other person God created?
7/12/202112 minutes, 35 seconds
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Will God Really Praise Us?

If God deserves all glory and praise, what does Scripture mean when it mentions God’s glorifying and praising us?
7/9/202113 minutes, 50 seconds
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Why Comfortable Christians Go Prayerless

Until we come awake to the great spiritual war that surrounds us, we will never truly know the privilege and power of prayer.
7/7/202112 minutes, 42 seconds
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Do Angels Walk Among Us Today?

Hebrews tells us that, by showing hospitality to strangers, “some have entertained angels unawares.” Does this suggest that angels walk among us in human form?
7/5/202110 minutes, 45 seconds
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On Codependent Dating Relationships

God made us to need other people — but not to be codependent on them. So, how can we tell the difference between healthy need and disordered neediness?
7/2/202111 minutes, 41 seconds
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Why Would God Create a Baby to Live for Two Minutes?

With eternity in view, any span of life is a vapor. However long we live, our time here is preparation for the endless days of heaven.
6/30/20218 minutes, 52 seconds
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Should We Watch for Signs from God?

Some Christians seem to be always on the lookout for signs from God in creation or circumstances. Does the Bible encourage us in that search?
6/28/202112 minutes, 22 seconds
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Should Christians Visit Cemeteries?

Should Christians make a habit of visiting loved ones’ graves? And if we do visit, how can we honor Christ in the cemetery?
6/25/202112 minutes, 26 seconds
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One Surprising Reason for Pain

Many wonder how a good God could govern a world filled with pain. But sometimes, pain becomes the very means God uses to awaken us to his goodness.
6/23/202111 minutes, 14 seconds
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Who Is the Disciple Jesus Loved?

The Gospel of John speaks of a “disciple whom Jesus loved” five times. Who was this beloved disciple, and why does he single himself out like this?
6/21/20219 minutes, 44 seconds
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Plans for 2021 and Beyond

After a year unlike any other, Pastor John looks ahead to new books and renewed ambitions to spread Christian Hedonism farther across the globe.
6/18/202113 minutes, 7 seconds
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How Not to Correct a Fellow Christian

How can Christians challenge and correct one another in a way that honors Christ and acknowledges our common neediness before him?
6/16/20219 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Disabled Wife and the Proverbs 31 Woman

God expects faithfulness of all his people. But faithfulness for one Christian may look far different than faithfulness for another Christian.
6/14/202110 minutes, 33 seconds
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Are Our Enemies Spiritual, Human, or Both?

Paul tells us that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood. But Paul himself had many human enemies. So, are our enemies spiritual, human, or both?
6/11/202113 minutes, 21 seconds
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To Be Loved Infinitely

The essence of God’s love is not that he makes much of us, but that he frees us, at great cost to himself, to enjoy making much of him forever.
6/9/202112 minutes, 14 seconds
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How Do I Serve Dying Unbelievers?

Many medical professionals regularly find themselves around people only hours or minutes from hell. How would love call us to act in those moments?
6/7/202111 minutes, 50 seconds
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Should Christian Jurors Show Mercy to the Guilty?

Christians display the character of God through both mercy and justice. But how do we know when to show mercy and when to give justice?
6/4/202111 minutes, 49 seconds
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Why Do You Want to Be Loved by God?

Almost everyone wants to be loved by God. But our reasons for wanting God’s love may reveal whether we truly know him or not.
6/2/202110 minutes, 15 seconds
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Is It Sinful to Pray for a Larger Income?

When God restored Job’s fortunes, he also doubled his wealth. Should Christians pray for God to do the same for us today?
5/31/202111 minutes, 51 seconds
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A Better Promise for Serial Daters

Serial dating, if left unconquered, often turns into serial marriage. So, what hope does Jesus offer to those addicted to the pleasures of a new relationship?
5/28/202112 minutes, 23 seconds
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Flee to Christ in Fear

God commands us both to fear him and to flee to him for refuge. How can we possibly do one without contradicting the other?
5/26/20218 minutes, 11 seconds
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Where Is Providence in the Vanity of Ecclesiastes?

The book of Ecclesiastes tells us that “all is vanity.” But if God providentially guides all things, then doesn’t he give meaning to everything in this world?
5/24/202111 minutes, 57 seconds
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What Is a Baptist?

As with other Protestants, many Baptists trace their lineage to the Reformation. But what makes Baptists unique among the heirs of the Reformation?
5/21/202113 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Key to Killing Lust

Strategies are important in our battle against lust. But nothing arrests our souls with the urgency of purity like the supremacy of Jesus Christ.
5/19/202116 minutes, 11 seconds
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What Does the Bible Say About Purgatory?

What is purgatory, and why have thoughtful Christians like C.S. Lewis believed in it? Does this belief in afterlife cleansing find support in Scripture?
5/17/202114 minutes, 22 seconds
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How Do I Love Neighbors Who Ignore Me?

Jesus commands us to love our neighbors. But how can we love them if they don’t want our help, or if they even actively ignore us?
5/14/202111 minutes, 44 seconds
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Reckoning with Personal Failure

Christians are new creations in Christ — yet we still feel the familiar pull of the old self. How do we reckon with the persistence of indwelling sin?
5/12/202112 minutes
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Why Have Africans Suffered So Much?

Some parts of the world seem to endure far more sorrow than other parts. Does God favor some places and peoples more than others?
5/10/202114 minutes, 24 seconds
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Is My Repentance Real If I Keep Committing the Same Sin?

Some of us find ourselves confessing the same sins over and over. How do we know our repentance is real if we repeatedly lose the same battles?
5/7/202114 minutes, 25 seconds
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How Churches Sabotage the Love of God

If we try to make much of the love of God by downplaying the wrath of God, we destroy the love of God.
5/5/202110 minutes, 34 seconds
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How Can I Protect My Child from State Indoctrination?

The primary responsibility for a child’s education belongs to parents, not to the state. So, what can parents do when the state tries to take control?
5/3/202114 minutes, 53 seconds
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Why Did the First Humans Live for So Long?

The book of Genesis records life spans in the hundreds of years. Why did the first humans live for so long — and why are our life spans today so short?
4/30/202111 minutes, 32 seconds
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How Have You Processed the Sin of Ravi Zacharias?

How might Christians process the failures of once-beloved figures like Ravi Zacharias? Pastor John draws out lessons from the ministries of fallen leaders.
4/29/202115 minutes, 28 seconds
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What’s Stopping You from Coming to Christ?

Some wait to come to Christ because they feel powerless to live the Christian life. But that power becomes ours only by coming to Christ.
4/28/202113 minutes, 4 seconds
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What Are Angels Doing Today?

Angels appear all over Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. But why did God create angels in the first place — and what are they doing today?
4/26/202113 minutes, 8 seconds
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How Should We Respond to Christian Conspiracy Theories?

Conspiracy theories — Christian or otherwise — are nothing new. But how can we talk to friends who find themselves gripped by them?
4/23/202111 minutes, 24 seconds
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What ‘No Condemnation’ Does to a Heart

“No condemnation” means that you are finally free: free to love, free to serve, free to forgive, and even free to die for the good of others.
4/21/20219 minutes, 35 seconds
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Did Abraham Laugh at God’s Promise?

Paul looks back to Abraham and celebrates his unwavering faith. But is Abraham’s laughter at God’s promise in Genesis 17 really a faithful response?
4/19/202112 minutes, 22 seconds
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What Makes Women the ‘Weaker Vessel’?

The differences between male and female are not obstacles to overcome or facts to ignore. They are distinct glories that God calls “very good.”
4/16/202113 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Problem with Asking, ‘What’s Wrong with It?’

If we want to follow Jesus, we will need to give up more than just sins. We will also need to give up everything that dulls our hearts for him.
4/14/202111 minutes, 50 seconds
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Hope for Children from Dysfunctional Families

How can children who come from dysfunctional or abusive families begin to embrace the perfect fatherhood of God?
4/12/202112 minutes, 2 seconds
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How Does Chronic Pain Glorify God?

Why might God allow his children to endure years, or even decades, of unremitting suffering? How does such chronic pain bring him glory?
4/9/202111 minutes, 34 seconds
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Escape the World’s Infatuation with Sex

The deepest cure for lust never comes from strategies or accountability. The deepest cure comes from seeing the soul-staggering grandeur of God.
4/7/202110 minutes, 19 seconds
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How Will Heaven Change Our Joy?

Joy isn’t just a nice byproduct of the Christian life, but an essential part of it. From propitiation to glorification, joy animates our life in Christ.
4/5/202112 minutes, 22 seconds
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How Does Easter Change Us?

Christ’s resurrection secures our future hope that we too will rise one day. In the meantime, it also grants us spiritual power for everyday life.
4/2/202113 minutes, 33 seconds
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What You Need More Than Self-Confidence

Everything good in the Christian life grows in the soil of rich, deep, and happy humility.
3/31/202113 minutes, 39 seconds
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What Didn’t Christ Accomplish?

The cross of Christ accomplished everything we need to glorify God by being eternally happy in him. But is there anything the cross didn’t accomplish?
3/29/202113 minutes, 17 seconds
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How Can I Serve the Dying?

When you have the privilege of caring for dying people, how can you minister to their souls in addition to meeting their physical needs?
3/26/202113 minutes, 24 seconds
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What Is the Gospel For?

Forgiveness, justification, adoption, and eternal life are all a means to something even greater: enjoying God himself.
3/24/202110 minutes, 7 seconds
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How Can I Fight Sin Without Losing Sight of Christ?

Christians rest on Jesus not only for justification, but also for sanctification. Both are blood bought. Both are certain.
3/22/202113 minutes, 53 seconds
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I Feel Called to Missions — Should I Date Someone Who Doesn’t?

If I feel called to missions, should I be open to dating a Christian who doesn’t share the same calling?
3/19/202112 minutes, 14 seconds
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Finding Hope in God’s Unfolding Plan

God determines the direction of history down to the smallest detail. But what is his ultimate goal in all his providence?
3/17/202112 minutes, 46 seconds
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Who Is God?

God is the most important and most valuable reality in the entire universe. Who has he revealed himself to be?
3/15/202117 minutes, 40 seconds
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How Can We Know God?

Before we can ask who God is, we need to know where to find the answer. Where can we go to learn the truth about who God reveals himself to be?
3/12/202112 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Courage We Need for Mission

God’s providence isn’t an obstacle to evangelism and missions. It is, instead, our only hope to see the good news of the gospel reach all nations.
3/10/202112 minutes, 14 seconds
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Do We Dishonor God by Neglecting His Gifts?

We dishonor God when we love the gifts more than the Giver. But we also dishonor him when we forget all the gifts he has given.
3/8/202113 minutes, 5 seconds
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John Piper’s Big Book on the Providence of God

John Piper’s newest book, ‘Providence,’ celebrates the all-embracing, all-pervasive, invincible providence of God.
3/6/20211 hour, 26 minutes, 25 seconds
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Why Did Jesus Choose Judas?

If Jesus knew that Judas would betray him in the end, why did Jesus choose Judas as a disciple to begin with?
3/5/202110 minutes, 37 seconds
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Finding the Confidence to Pray

The doctrine of God’s all-governing providence is not a problem for our prayers. It is our only hope for our prayers coming to pass.
3/3/202113 minutes, 26 seconds
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I’m Likely Going to Prison — Now What?

Where is God when I face life-changing consequences for my sin? Can he really work for my good, even in a punishment as severe as prison?
3/1/202111 minutes, 3 seconds
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Should I Ever Pursue My Dreams?

Can we pursue our own dreams while also obeying God? Or do we need to give up our dreams in order to follow what Jesus is really calling us to?
2/26/202110 minutes, 49 seconds
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Protected from False Teaching

Joyful faith in the all-governing providence of God immunizes us against false teaching that exalts man and detracts from the glory due to God alone.