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The Pivotal Place of Hearing

| Nov 18, 2013

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So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.—Romans 10:17 Hearing God’s word is a life or death matter. Yahweh our God says, “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD” (Deuteronomy 8:3). We perish if God does not speak to us. […]

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Coming to the Christ of the Canon

| Nov 4, 2013

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Jesus said to them, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.”—John 5:39–40 (cf. verse 19) The point of revealing something is to show off the object which is […]

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A Simple Prayer for Bible Reading

| Jun 27, 2012

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We need God to do a miraculous work when we read the Bible. So we must pray. In chapter nine of When I Don’t Desire God, John Piper introduces a memorable and helpful acronym for what to pray: I. O. U. S. Incline my heart to you, not to prideful gain or any false motive. (Psalm 119:36) […]

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Seven Reasons to Hold Fast to the Word

| Jun 8, 2012

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Every year Pastor John Piper encourages the people of Bethlehem Baptist Church to read, love, and memorize the Bible. A couple years ago he gave seven motivations for why we should “hold fast to the word of life” (Philippians 2:14–16). Seven Reasons Hold fast to it for the sake of faith. “Faith comes from hearing, […]

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Word, Truth, and Who Jesus Is

| Apr 18, 2012

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Loving the word of God means that we’ve taken a particular position on truth. First, we believe it exists. And second, it comes from somewhere (better, Someone) outside of ourselves. And this leads to a profound recognition of Jesus’ identity. John Piper explains it this way: The way the Bible uses the word truth, and […]

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Loving God in Treasuring His Word

| Apr 16, 2012

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Deuteronomy 6:6–7 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Last week we focused on […]

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The Indestructibly Tough Testimony of Jesus

| Jan 7, 2012

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There is an “indestructible toughness” to the Bible. It is a blaring contrast to “the incredibly short shelf-life of the ever-changing remedies and treatments and schemes of hope in our day.” So John Piper begins in a sermon on Isaiah 40:8. He goes on the to name four eternal realities of the Bible: God, sin, […]

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Wonder Changes People

| Dec 2, 2011

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John Piper: http://youtu.be/p0Rq1qe_zEo

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What Do You Pray When You Read the Bible?

| Feb 23, 2011

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In chapter nine of When I Don’t Desire God, John Piper introduces a memorable and helpful acronym for what to pray before reading Scripture — I. O. U. S. Incline my heart to you, not to prideful gain or any false motive. (Psalm 119:36) Open my eyes to behold wonderful things in your Word. (Psalm 119:18) […]

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