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Daily audio clips of John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

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    How Can I Resist a Critical Spirit?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 14:24


    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?


    John Piper's Ministry in One Bible Text

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 20:27


    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.


    The God Who Turns Hearts to God

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 10:22


    The story of Elijah on Mount Carmel shows that God rules over fire and rain, bulls and rocks — and even over every human heart.


    Does Righteous Anger Kill Our Joy?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 14:09


    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.


    How Do I Write a Personal Mission Statement?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 20:39


    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.


    The Glorious Duty of Thanksgiving

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 7:07


    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.


    How Can I Serve My Disabled Friends?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 12:47


    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?


    Is Violent Crime Under God's Providence?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 11:16


    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.


    Only Jesus Knows the Full Force of Temptation

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 13:51


    Jesus never lied, stole, coveted, grumbled, lusted, or sinned in any other way. And that means Jesus alone knows the full force of temptation.


    Parenting Young Children Through Life's Pains

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 11:41


    When suffering overshadows the life of a family, how can parents help their children embrace God's all-good, all-wise, all-governing providence?


    Is Complementarity Merely Functional?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 13:06


    Are God's callings for men and women merely functional and practical, or do they flow from something deeper in his design?


    One Day Tolerance Will End

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 10:27


    We live in the day of salvation, the day of patience, the day of tolerance. But when Jesus returns, that day will end forever.


    On Cigarettes, Vaping, and Nicotine

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 11:00


    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?


    Does God Command Our Praise for His Sake or Ours?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 11:31


    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.


    How to Find More Joy in God

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 9:11


    Joy in God was never meant to be a solitary pursuit. Joy sends us out to serve — and serving fills us up with joy.


    Why Did God Make Me Unattractive?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 13:54


    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?


    The Church's Calling in an Age of Recreational Pot

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 12:01


    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?


    Finding a Life of Gospel Boldness

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 14:01


    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.


    How Do You Find Meaning in the Bible's Narratives?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 17:14


    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?


    Is Stress Making Me More Holy or More Sinful?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 10:48


    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?


    Would I Trust Jesus More If I Had Seen Him?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 14:33


    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.


    Reckoning with the Message of Job

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 12:29


    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.


    How Do We ‘Dwell in the Shelter of the Most High'?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 10:42


    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?


    Five Ways Pastors Fail

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 16:27


    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?


    Are Non-Christian Marriages Valid in God's Eyes?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 11:45


    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?


    Has God Abandoned Me?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 13:19


    God has promised never to leave us or forsake his people. So how do we respond when it feels like he has?


    Parenting Through a Family Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 13:18


    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.


    Ingredients for a Theology of Feasting

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 11:48


    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?


    How Do We Prepare for the Second Coming?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 10:51


    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?


    You Don't Need More Self-Love

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 13:44


    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.


    Should Couples Use Role-Play in the Bedroom?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 11:03


    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.


    My Boyfriend Is Spiritually Lethargic — Should I Still Marry Him?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 15:06


    At what point should a Christian woman keep encouraging her spiritually lethargic boyfriend — and at what point should she call it off?


    Does God Love Me?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 11:31


    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.


    How Do I Stop Rooting My Joy in My Circumstances?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 11:18


    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?


    Should Rich Christians Downgrade Their Lifestyle?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 13:53


    Jesus and the apostles regularly warn against the dangers of wealth. So, should rich Christians take steps to downgrade their lifestyle?


    Prayers That Work

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 11:38


    Jesus promises spectacular responses to our prayers, but only if our desires are shaped by his word abiding within us.


    How Do We Discern False Teachers?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 10:27


    The Bible repeatedly warns us against false teachers. But how can we actually identify them, especially if their ministry is mainly online?


    John Piper's 9/11 Radio Interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2021 47:49


    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.


    What Does It Mean to Be Blessed?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 11:40


    The New Testament never pairs the blessing of God with material prosperity in this age. So, what does it really mean to be blessed?


    The Power of Your Personal Testimony

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 14:19


    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.


    How Will Love Grow Cold in the End Times?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 11:49


    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?


    Did Christ Already Return?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 10:52


    Does Revelation suggest that Jesus already returned when Jerusalem was destroyed in AD 70 — and therefore that we should not wait for another coming?


    We Become Like the Videos We Behold

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 9:02


    For better or worse, we become what we behold. How should this truth affect our media consumption in the digital age?


    What's the Difference Between Sloth and Rest?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 12:33


    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?


    God Never Runs Out

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 11:51


    Everything in this world eventually runs out: money runs out, health runs out, pleasure runs out, time runs out. But God never runs out.


    How Can I Make Daily Bible Reading Authentic?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 15:31


    How can we prevent Bible reading from becoming a lifeless routine? Pastor John offers three principles for authentic daily devotions.


    How Can I Honor My Parents If I Don't Respect Them?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 12:08


    God calls his people to show honor to everyone — but not for the same reasons, and not in the same ways.


    Does Christ Rule the Nations Now?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 11:43


    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?


    You Don't Know God If You Don't Love Christ

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 13:52


    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.


    Is Death Past, Present, or Future?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 11:21


    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?


    Six Dangers of Podcasts

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 12:54


    Podcasts, including Christian podcasts, have great potential for both good and evil. Pastor John explains six dangers to beware of as you listen.


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