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By Desiring God
Daily audio clips of John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.
How Do I Follow God’s Will ...
God may not reveal every detail we want to know about our future, but he does promise to walk with us and direct our steps.
Our culture may celebrate sin and stifle truth, but that doesn’t mean we should lose hope. God can still grant an awakening.
If we believe in the sovereignty of God, then how do we explain friends or prominent leaders who turn their backs on Jesus?
Our song choices influence our churches nearly as much as our sermons. If we don’t choose our music with care, we aren’t shepherding well.
False teachers threaten churches all over the world. Every Christian, and especially pastors, should know how to respond to their danger.
A wife’s submission to her husband is qualified submission. She follows Jesus first, and then does whatever she can to honor her husband’s leadership.
The Bible describes degrees of happiness for the saints in heaven. Does that mean there are degrees of despair in hell?
If John Piper wants Christians to find their ultimate happiness and joy in God, why hasn’t he ever told a joke from the pulpit?
We make plans and prepare for what’s ahead, but only God orders our steps. Pastor John shares his path toward a lifetime of fruitful ministry.
The Bible commands us to be baptized, but what does the water actually do? Does it save us, like 1 Peter 3:21 appears to say?
John Piper recently finished a book on the providence of God — the purposeful sovereignty of a heavenly Father who loves and cares for his children.
Rerun from May 25, 2018. Is the term “reckless” too reckless? Pastor John offers pastors, worship leaders, and congregations ways to think about the popular lyrics.
Rerun from March 14, 2018. When God feels distant, he may be calling us away from a flimsy faith to a tough, unshakable allegiance to Jesus.
Rerun from March 12, 2018. God’s priorities for efficiency in this life are not ours. His aim is not to provide the most direct route, but to sanctify the traveler.
Rerun from February 19, 2018. All sin involves the will. But continuing to sin deliberately — with eagerness and persistence — will destroy the soul.
Rerun from January 31, 2018. God calls us to not only resist lustful thoughts, but to fill our minds with the beauties of Christ so that our desires gradually conform to his.
Rerun from September 20, 2017. This slogan became the heartbeat of John Piper’s life and the hallmark of Desiring God’s ministry. So where did it come from?
Rerun from August 7, 2017. Members of our churches learn truth not only from the sermons they hear, but also from the songs they sing. Lyrics on Sunday morning matter.
Rerun from January 27, 2017. Although we don’t know how much our loved ones in heaven can watch us, we do know that they would encourage us to fix our eyes on Jesus.
Rerun from September 5, 2016. The command to “pray without ceasing” should motivate rather than intimidate us. Armed with joy and thankfulness, we can overflow in prayer.
Rerun from August 15, 2016. The greatest stumbling block for children in worship is parents who don’t cherish their own worship. We can’t impart what we don’t possess.
Rerun from July 21, 2016. Blasphemy against the Spirit is a willful, determined opposition to the present power of the Holy Spirit. Christians cannot commit that kind of sin.
Rerun from June 22, 2016. Until we supremely value Christ, our attitude toward clothing will be controlled by forces that don’t honor God.
Rerun from April 18, 2016. How can we approach our responsibilities so that we make the most of life for Christ? Pastor John provides ten principles for personal productivity.
Rerun from March 31, 2016. Unmarried couples who sleep together lose something precious. But if Christ is their treasure, his grace still reigns over their shame.
Rerun from February 29, 2016. Pastor John extends biblical counsel to those who struggle with sexual sin and worry that they may be beyond repentance.
Rerun from February 8, 2016. Fasting is a way of saying with our stomach and our whole body how much we need and want and trust Jesus.
Rerun from January 11, 2016. Husbands take their cues from Christ, who gave himself up for the church. How can Christian men serve their wives and kids while leading them?
Rerun from December 14, 2015. We may not be able to explain how Satan became evil, but we do know that God did not compromise his goodness or glory in allowing Satan’s fall.
Rerun from December 7, 2015. Should I stay and send, or should I go to the mission field? Pastor John gives seven factors to keep in mind when weighing a calling to missions.
Rerun from September 28, 2015. Many Christians say, “God will never give us more than we can handle.” But the truth of that statement depends on two key words.
Rerun from August 11, 2015. The five points tease out the differences between Calvinists and Arminians, but how can parents teach them to their kids simply and clearly?
Rerun from July 10, 2015. Checking our phones first thing in the morning won’t prepare us for the day ahead. Our routine should set our eyes on, and strengthen us in, God alone.
Rerun from March 3, 2015. Left to ourselves, we cannot discern or remove the flaws in our thoughts. But God’s word and the Holy Spirit can renew our minds.
Rerun from July 22, 2014. We love to talk about it, but can we define it? God means for us not only to see his glory profusely, but to speak about it precisely.
Rerun from October 23, 2013. Alcohol consumption is permissible and can be a blessing, but it is also fraught with dangers.
Rerun from October 10, 2013. Christians do not celebrate what dishonors Christ. Pastor John gives five reasons why he would not attend a so-called same-sex wedding.
Rerun from May 31, 2013. A born-again person cannot be unborn again. If God has called you by name, he is faithful to keep you until the end.
God has called us sons and daughters, but his people sometimes talk as if we were still slaves. What does it mean to talk like children of God?
When we are saved, we’re united to Christ by the Spirit. Our old self — our unbelieving, rebellious, sin-loving self — dies, and we live by the Spirit.
Jesus said, “Sell your possessions, and give to the needy.” Are we disobeying Jesus if we don’t literally give away all that we have?
How can we forgive others who have hurt us deeply? Pastor John gives three practical suggestions for pursuing forgiveness.
The fall has made childbirth painful and dangerous. But in Christ, the deepest dangers of the curse have been removed.
God keeps his children through midlife crises by empowering them to keep fighting to be kept.
What role does God play in the redemption and damnation of sinners? Is he just as sovereign over both?
A godly father will want to show God the Father to his children. He will want to model for them the heart of Jesus.
If God created the world to display the fullness of his attributes, would he have been less glorious without creation?
We go from a rebel against the King to a child of the King. God’s attitude toward us completely changes. But does he still get angry at us when we sin?
Both Calvinists and Arminians see grace as powerful and necessary, but not in the same way. Pastor John gets at the heart of the theological divide.
If you are a Christian, then you have the Holy Spirit. But is this the same as being baptized in the Holy Spirit? Pastor John explains the difference.