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December 8, 2011

Life is an incremental series of becoming what you are in Jesus Christ.
-John Piper

October 29, 2011

Nothing shows the irrational, almost infinite power of money like the selling of the Son of God for thirty pieces of silver.

It is astonishing how many people deal with their sin casually.
-John Piper

If you don’t believe in heaven, it makes sense that retirement should be as heaven-like as possible.

November 7, 2010

August 22, 2010

My prayer for you is that you develop a wartime mentality and lifestyle; that you never forget that life is short, that billions of people hang in the balance of heaven and hell every day, that the love of money is spiritual suicide, that the goals of upward mobility (nicer clothes, cars, houses, vacations, food, hobbies) are a poor and dangerous substitute for the goals of living for Christ with all your might, and maximizing your joy in ministry to people’s needs.

July 13, 2010

‎”But whatever you do, find the God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated passion of your life, and find a way to say it and live for it and die for it. And…. you will not waste your life.” – John Piper

July 6, 2010

“The astonishing thing is that people can become religious without being converted. That is, they join churches and start reading the Bible and doing religious things with no change in the foundation of their happiness: It is still themselves. They are the ground of their joy”

“Feeling loved by God means feeling glad not only that He crushed His Son so that I can be forgiven, but that Hes crushing everything that takes away from my praising of the glory of His grace.”

“God ALMIGHTY has spoken and written a book. IT CAN’T BE BORING!!!! we are the problem! The world is boring!” – jonny P

“I have heard it said, ‘God didn’t die for frogs. So He was responding to OUR value as humans!’ This turns grace on its head. We are WORSE off than frogs. They have not sinned. They have not rebelled and treated God with the contempt of being inconsequential in their lives. God did not have to die for frogs. The aren’t… BAD enough. We ARE. Our debt is so great, only a divine sacrifice could pay for it.”

September 19, 2009

God is the only Person for whom self-exaltation is an act of love. “He exalts himself to show mercy to you” (Isaiah 30:18).

September 17, 2009

“Feeling loved by God means feeling glad not only that He crushed His Son so that I can be forgiven, but that He’s crushing everything that takes away from my praising of the glory of His grace.”

June 4, 2009

The hardened disobedience of men’s hearts leads not to the frustration of God’s plans, but to their fruition.

War

March 8, 2009

Ed Welch, in preparation for his book called A Banquet in the Grave (Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing, 2001), said: . . . there is a mean streak to authentic self-control. . . Self-control is not for the timid. When we want to grow in it, not only do we nurture an exuberance for Jesus Christ, we also demand of ourselves a hatred for sin. . . . The only possible attitude toward out-of-control desire is a declaration of all-out war. . . . There is something about war that sharpens the senses . . . You hear a twig snap or the rustling of leaves and you are in attack mode. Someone coughs and you are ready to pull the trigger. Even after days of little of no sleep, war keeps us vigilant.

There is a mean, violent streak in the true Christian life! But violence against whom, or what? Not other people. It’s a violence against all the impulses in us that would be violent to other people. It’s a violence against all the impulses in our own selves that would make peace with our own sin and settle in with a peacetime mentality. It’s a violence against all lust in ourselves, and enslaving desires for food or caffeine or sugar or chocolate or alcohol or pornography or money or the praise of men and the approval of others or power or fame. It’s violence against the impulses in our own soul toward racism and sluggish indifference to injustice and poverty and abortion.

Christianity is not a settle-in-and-live-at-peace-with-this-world-the-way-it-is kind of religion. If by the Spirit you kill the deeds of your own body, you will live. Christianity is war. On our own sinful impulses.

Lincoln’s Logic on Slavery Applied to Abortion

January 23, 2009

On January 12, 2009 Samantha Heiges, age 23, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for drowning her newborn in Burnsville, Minnesota. If she had arranged for a doctor to kill the child a few weeks earlier she would be a free woman.

What are the differences between this child before and after birth that would justify it’s protection just after birth but not just before? There are none. This is why Abraham Lincoln’s reasoning about slavery is relevant in ways he could not foresee. He wrote:

You say A. is white, and B. is black. It is color, then; the lighter, having the right to enslave the darker? Take care. By this rule, you are to be slave to the first man you meet, with a fairer skin than your own.

You do not mean color exactly? You mean the whites are intellectually the superiors of the blacks, and, therefore have the right to enslave them? Take care again. By this rule, you are to be slave to the first man you meet, with an intellect superior to your own.

But, say you, it is a question of interest; and, if you can make it your interest; you have the right to enslave another. Very well. And if he can make it his interest, he has the right to enslave you. (“Fragments: On Slavery“)

There are no morally relevant differences between white and black or between child-in-the-womb and child-outside-the-womb that would give a right to either to enslave or kill the other.

-John Piper/Justin Taylor

November 22, 2008

Our confidence in evangelism comes from God’s freedom to have mercy on whomever he wills (Rom 9:18).

September 27, 2008

Hell is unspeakably real, conscious, horrible and eternal– the experience in which God vindicates the worth of his glory in holy wrath on those who would not delight in what is infinitely glorious.

—John Piper

August 23, 2008

Our problem is not styles of music. Our problem is styles of life.

Take heed, lest ye fall

August 1, 2008

Seeing Bathsheba bathing led to David’s adultery with her (2 Samuel 11:2-3).

David was a man after God’s own heart. David was born again. David wrote divinely inspired scripture. David was blessed with wisdom and power. David enjoyed an everlasting covenant relationship with God.

So what chance do you think you have to escape the effect of looking at naked women?

Those who are already gone—who’ve given up and forsaken their relationship with God—may say: Well, if you’ve seen it, you’ve done it. So might as well do it.

Those who are not yet gone may say, I will make a covenant with my eyes not to look upon a woman (Job 31:1).

May the Lord grant you grace to show that you are not already gone.

Revival

May 15, 2008

Revival is the sovereign work of God to awaken his people with fresh intensity to the truth and glory of God, the ugliness of sin, the horror of hell, the preciousness of Christ’s atoning work, the wonder of salvation by grace through faith, the urgency of holiness and witness, and the sweetness of worship with God’s people.

Do you ever feel reluctant to pray “whatever it takes” prayers for fear that God might actually answer them?  The fear is misplaced. The real danger lies in settling for less.

March 15, 2008

Wimpy worldviews produce wimpy Christians. Wimpy Christians will not stand in the days to come.

Christian Hedonsim

March 2, 2008

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. Or: The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying him forever. Does Christian Hedonism make a god out of pleasure? No. It says that we all make a god out of what we take most pleasure in. My life is devoted to helping people make God their God, by wakening in them the greatest pleasures in him.

Luke 18.25

February 20, 2008

Luke 18.25
by Karsten Piper 

He spread his blanket on the sand,
kneeled and arranged his bowls and tools:
hook, mallet, clamp, chisel, rasp, razor.

His smile glinted in the rongeur’s claws,
and upside down in the curette’s spoon.
Light shone out of the needle’s eye.

“Hoosh,” he said and began plucking hairs,
paring calluses, shearing wool, shaving
to the follicles, cutting to the quick.

He sorted these, trimming skin with skin,
hair with hair, into rows of clay bowls,
and set a large basin to catch each sour drip

as he sliced the hide and used both fists
to yank back the whole stubbled, gray pelt,
as wet and red on its underside as afterbirth.

He piled this heavily away, draping it
in clean linen, and turned to the meat and bone
heaving under sheer, tight membrane.

Sawteeth chewed into femur, rib and shoulder.
Pliers twisted and wrenched away tendons
until everything softened, canted, and collapsed—

yet not one sliver dies. Each ribbon and shard
bawls for the horror and hurt of their missing,
wishing for the old braying wholeness.

Pain bloodies evening and morning,
stabbing day after day from even the first cuts,
like the slow light of far stars.

Eyeballs and heart float alone in the last bowl,
dark and defenseless, quavering when he leans down
and they recognize in his eyes how little is left.

“Easy now, Camel,” he says and lifts me
in his fingertips, one quivering strand at a time,
through the eye of the needle.

February 17, 2008

Hell is not simply the natural consequence of rejecting God. Some people say this in order to reject the thought that God sends people there. They say that people send themselves there. That is true. People make choices that lead to hell. But it is not the whole truth. Jesus says these choices are really deserving of hell. “Whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to [that is, guilty of, or deserving of] the hell of fire” (Matt. 5:22). That is why he calls hell “punishment” (Matt. 25:46). It is not a mere self-imposed natural consequence (like cigarette smoking leading to lung cancer); it is the penalty of God’s wrath (like a judge sentencing a criminal to hard labor).

There are three kinds of people when it comes to missions: Those that go, those that send, and the disobedient.

Heard God Speak?

February 9, 2008

John Piper heard God speak.

I know that may take you back a little, but I know it is true… because I heard it too.

He wrote an article about it – a must read. Instead of posting the entire thing here (and because it would be the entire article, not just a quote), I will just post a link to it: The Morning I Heard the Voice of God

Check it out!

What is sin?

January 11, 2008

What is sin?
The Glory of God not honored.
The Holiness of God not reverenced.
The Greatness of God not admired.
The power of God not praised.
The Truth of God not sought.
The Wisdom of God not Esteemed.
The Beauty of God not treasured.
The Goodness of God not savored.
The faithfulness of God not trusted.
The Commandments of God not obeyed.
The Justice of God not respected.
The Wrath of God not feared.
The Grace of God not cherished.
The presence of God not prized
The person of God not loved.
That is sin.

December 13, 2007

People that make a difference in the world are not people that have mastered a lot of things; they are people that have been mastered by a very few things that are very very great.

November 25, 2007

“Missions is the overflow of our delight in God because missions is the overflow of God’s delight in being God.” –John Piper

“God is pursuing with omnipotent passion a worldwide purpose of gathering joyful worshippers for Himself from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. He has an inexhaustible enthusiasm for the supremacy of His name among the nations. Therefore, let us bring our affections into line with His, and, for the sake of His name, let us renounce the quest for worldly comforts and join His global purpose.” — John Piper

Let the Nations be Glad!

November 17, 2007

Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.
Worship, therefore, is the fuel and goal of missions. It’s the goal of missions because in missions we simply aim to bring the nations into the white-hot enjoyment of God’s glory. The goal of missions is the gladness of the peoples in the greatness of God. “The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!” (Ps. 97:1). “Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy!” (Ps. 67:3–4).
But worship is also the fuel of missions. Passion for God in worship precedes the offer of God in preaching. You can’t commend what you don’t cherish. Missionaries will never call out, “Let the nations be glad” who cannot say from the heart, “I rejoice in the LORD. . . .
I will be glad and exult in you, I will sing praise to your name, O Most High” (Ps. 104:34; 9:2). Missions begins and ends in worship.

It’s all about Him

God does everything that He does for His own glory. His glory brings Him joy. Thus, God does everything for His own joy.

glorified

God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in Him.

If you believe that, it changes everything!

delight

November 14, 2007

“Missions is the overflow of our delight in God because missions is the overflow of God’s delight in being God.” –John Piper

Missions

“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever…”
-John Piper

Prayer

John Piper, while preaching on Colossians 4:2-6, said, “Pray the locks off of peoples hearts. Pray open the doors of willingness to come, and pray open the doors of faith. If Paul could imagine himself speaking the gospel in a way that was not clear and bold and powerful, how much more can I imagine that for myself. Think of it: the greatest preacher and missionary who ever lived (besides the Lord Jesus) said that the effectiveness of his preaching depended on the prayers of the church. If that is true for Paul, it is true a hundred times over for me.”