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John Piper
Senior Teacher, Desiring God. Chancellor, Bethlehem College and Seminary. Advocate for serious joy in God through Jesus Christ at any cost.
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John Piper 32m
Jesus: “Any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:33 The question is: Have we found in Christ a Treasure so great that we may lose all earthly treasure and still rejoice that we are supremely wealthy?
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John Piper 8h
Jesus: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26 Willingness to lose one’s own life, or precious relatives, will be seen as hate.
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John Piper 19h
“Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?” Proverbs 5:20 He asks this question so that the folly would echo in the emptiness of the answer.
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John Piper Aug 5
“Those who serve well as deacons gain great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 3:13 This principle is not peculiar to the diaconate. Christ-dependent faithfulness in our commitments is the path to Christ-exalting confidence.
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John Piper Aug 5
“A man gave a banquet and invited many... But they made excuses. One said, ‘I bought a field...’ Another, ‘I bought five yoke of oxen...’ Another, ‘I married a wife.’” Luke 14:16-20 Christ is spurned not as unreal, but unpreferred. Not as less true, but less desired.
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John Piper Aug 4
“The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.” Proverbs 4:18 When has the sun, low in the morning sky, ever failed to reach the perfect apex of noon time glory? Never.
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John Piper Aug 4
“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23 “Whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, or worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8
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John Piper Aug 4
When Christ died he secured not only the possibility of our obedience, but also the Spirit's effectiveness in bringing it about. "This is the New Covenant in my blood!" And the New Covenant promises this: "I will cause you to walk in my ways." Come, Look.
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John Piper Aug 4
"When you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just." Luke 14:13f That is, seek to become so heavenly minded that you are of some earthly use.
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John Piper Aug 3
"Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it’—when you have it with you.” Proverbs 3:28 The disinclination to give. The deception that you don’t have access. The hope he will not return. None of this shows God is your treasure.
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John Piper Aug 3
"Do not envy a man of violence." Proverbs 3:31
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John Piper Aug 3
After 17 years what more needs to be said about taking the swagger out of evangelical truth-wielding? Here is my update on the ethos I long for at Desiring God, and all the other institutions I love.
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John Piper Aug 3
"I pray that you may have strength . . . to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.” Ephesians 3:18-19 We don’t usually pray for strength when the aim is knowing. But such is the need for knowing love beyond knowing.
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John Piper Aug 2
Bones and blessing. "Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, turn away from evil. It will be refreshment to your bones.” Proverbs 3:7-8 Blessed is the man . . . in whose spirit there is no deceit. For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away.” Psalm 32:2–3
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John Piper Aug 2
"Someone said, ‘Lord, will those who are saved be few?’ He said, ‘Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.’” Luke 13:23-24 So he answers a question about the number by saying: be sure you’re in the number.
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John Piper Aug 2
"Old men who had seen the first Temple, wept with a loud voice when they saw the foundation of this house being laid, though many shouted aloud for joy." Ezra 3:12 Let both be patient. The backward-looking tears may yet turn to joy. And the future-hoping joy may be sobered.
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John Piper Aug 1
"It is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.” Psalm 73:28 Again: “It is good to be near God.“
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John Piper Aug 1
Romans 8:32 is probably my favorite verse in all the Bible. Why? Because it displays God's not sparing his Son as the unshakable ground of every good I long for, including resurrection from the dead with endless joy.
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John Piper Aug 1
Sin has power by making --threats of pain in the path of obedience, and --promises of pleasure in the path of disobedience. Faith in the superior promises of God severs sin's power both ways. Hence there is an inheritance for those "sanctified by faith" (Acts 26:18)
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John Piper Jul 31
"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26 At the end, there is no “may“ about it. Flesh fails. But not God. Strength for the heart now, satisfaction for the soul forever. 
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