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 Jan 19, 2019

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John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

Episode Date
What Does Jesus Mean by ‘I Never Knew You’?
When Jesus says, “I never knew you,” he means, “I don’t recognize you as my disciple, as my follower. You are a spiritual stranger to me.”
Feb 22, 2019
My Husband Is Passive — What Can I Do?
God may use you to change your spouse. But if you press in to him, no matter how disappointed you are in marriage, he will certainly change you.
Feb 20, 2019
How Do I Break My Entertainment Addiction?
As God’s child, you are not enslaved to entertainment or anything else. Christ has purchased a way out for you.
Feb 18, 2019
How Much Entertainment Is Too Much?
Watching a movie, playing a board game, reading a novel — is God disappointed if we use free time for these instead of reading Scripture and praying?
Feb 15, 2019
I’m an Anxious Person — How Do I ‘Rest in Christ’?
In Jesus, God has given us what we need to rest — even while we work. To every anxious soul, Jesus says, “Come to me, and I will give you rest.”
Feb 13, 2019
How Can I See the Beauty of God?
Seeing and loving art and seeing and loving divine glory are not the same. They require different ways of seeing. So how can we see the beauty of God?
Feb 04, 2019
Is Street Evangelism Better Than Building Relationships?
God has not given us a formula for when to share the gospel quickly and when to share over time in the context of a relationship. Both are needed.
Feb 01, 2019
Why Global Missions Requires Healthy Churches
The Great Commission isn’t disconnected from the church — it’s given to the church. God designed the local church and missions to be wed together.
Jan 30, 2019
Should Hell Motivate Our Missionaries?
We cannot afford to ignore hell. Christians must care about suffering, but especially eternal suffering. And it must mobilize us to go and to send.
Jan 28, 2019
I Feel Trapped in My Job — What Should I Do?
We were made to work, and we are happy only if we do work. But what should we do if our job makes us feel trapped, not fulfilled?
Jan 25, 2019
How Your Career Could Crush You
If we are not finding purpose in our work from God, then we will likely turn our job into a means of self-fulfillment and self-advancement.
Jan 23, 2019
Is Investing in Stocks Any Better Than Gambling?
Wherever we put our money, we are accepting risk. So is there any difference between educated sports gambling and investing in stocks?
Jan 21, 2019
Did Jesus Endorse Polygamy in the Parable of the Ten Virgins?
“The bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast.” Did Jesus endorse polygamy here?
Jan 18, 2019
Why Is God Withholding Marriage from Me?
How can single people who desire marriage keep those desires in proper perspective? Pastor John offers six ways to cultivate godly desire.
Jan 16, 2019
Are Calvinists Inconsistent with Romans 9?
God sends the wicked to hell because they deserve it. God welcomes the humble to heaven because Christ secured it. This isn’t inconsistent. This is the gospel.
Jan 14, 2019
How Can We Prioritize Our Marriage over Work and Kids?
Marriages die from neglect but grow with God-centered time and attention. Pastor John gives six ways to feed your marriage the time it needs.
Jan 11, 2019
When Does Bible Neglect Become Sinful?
When does diminishing time in God’s word become sinful? Pastor John identifies five symptoms of Bible neglect.
Jan 09, 2019
I’m Tired and Busy — How Do I Make Time for the Bible?
We wake up every day needing to meet God in his word. Don’t leave the word to fill the cracks. Force other things into the cracks.
Jan 07, 2019
I Have an Hour a Day to Read — How Much Should Be Bible?
If I have only an hour a day to read, how should I divide my time between the Bible and great Christian books?
Jan 04, 2019
Three Reasons to Read the Bible Every Day in 2019
As we begin another year of Bible reading, Pastor John takes us back to the basics: feed your motivation, grow in skill, and pray for illumination.
Jan 02, 2019
How Do I Make the Most of Daily Bible Reading?
As you plan your Bible reading for 2019, know yourself, know your tendencies, but know most of all that you desperately need God’s word.
Dec 31, 2018
Can a Christian Survive in Silicon Valley?
Can the Christlike virtues of patience, forgiveness, and gentleness survive in a cutthroat technology sector like Silicon Valley?
Dec 28, 2018
How Do I Welcome Christ at Christmas?
The famous hymn calls every heart to “prepare him room.” But what does it mean to receive Christ this Christmas?
Dec 25, 2018
What Makes Christmas So Controversial?
The wrath of God is our biggest problem. If it didn’t exist, we wouldn’t need the gospel, and we wouldn’t need Christmas.
Dec 23, 2018
What Is the Rapture?
Will Christians be raptured before the tribulation? Or will we rise to meet the Lord only at his final coming?
Dec 21, 2018
Will We Meet Jesus as Soon as We Die?
We often say that our dead loved ones are with Jesus now. But Paul seems to say that Christians will meet Jesus at the second coming. Which is right?
Dec 19, 2018
How Will Christ ‘Reconcile’ Unbelievers to Himself?
Colossians 1:20 says that Christ will reconcile “all things” to himself. Does that include demons and unbelievers?
Dec 17, 2018
Why Do We Give Christmas Gifts?
Gift giving, done rightly, doesn’t distract from the meaning of Christmas. Pastor John puts Christmas gifts in biblical context.
Dec 14, 2018
What Should I Tell My Kids About Santa?
If we think Christ cannot compete with Santa in the hearts of our children, we don’t know the real Christ.
Dec 12, 2018
How Do We Know Jesus Is the Messiah?
When we say “Jesus Christ,” we should be thinking “Jesus the Messiah”: the promised Priest, King, and Prophet, the one God anointed to redeem us.
Dec 10, 2018
I Will Die Young — How Do I Fight for Hope?
When the prognosis is an early death, how can we live in a courageous manner that honors God and refuses to be jaded toward him?
Dec 07, 2018
My Friend Claims She’s Gay — What Do I Say?
What do you say when a professing Christian is ready to embrace the gay lifestyle? Pastor John offers a place to start.
Dec 05, 2018
How Do Introverts Guard Against Selfishness?
Instead of seeing introversion as a fatalistic limitation, ask, “How can I make my peculiar personality bent a means of grace to others?”
Dec 03, 2018
Why Is the Ministry Called ‘Desiring God’?
Why did Pastor John name his book and ministry “Desiring God” instead of “Enjoying God,” “Delighting in God,” or “Rejoicing in God”?
Nov 30, 2018
What Will Become of Christian Hedonism After You’re Gone?
What will happen to Christian Hedonism in generations to come? Pastor John shares eight dangers for young Christian Hedonists.
Nov 28, 2018
What Does Christian Hedonism Add to Reformed Theology?
Christian Hedonism does not revise Reformed theology. Rather, it clarifies one of the central assumptions of Reformed theology.
Nov 26, 2018
Should I Ever Go Through the Motions in Worship?
Is there an alternative between empty, duty-driven worship and spontaneous, joyful worship? Pastor John gives six marks of a middle way.
Nov 23, 2018
Do I Need to ‘Hear from God’ Before I Make a Decision?
We all want to know we are making the right decisions. To decide wisely, do we need to hear from God beyond what he has already written?
Nov 21, 2018
How Do I Respond to Blasphemous Thoughts?
All of us experience harassing thoughts. Where do these thoughts come from? And how do we respond?
Nov 19, 2018
Seven Ways This Podcast Will Kill Your Joy
This podcast could bring life and joy, or it could be a deadly weapon in the enemy’s hands. Pastor John explains how not to use Ask Pastor John.
Nov 16, 2018
What Comes First: My Obedience to Jesus or My Joy in Jesus?
Does our obedience or our joy come first? Pastor John explains that joy-driven obedience is the only obedience worth pursuing.
Nov 14, 2018
How Do I Pray for Healing and Honor God’s ‘No’?
Our greatest hope in prayer is not getting what we asked for, but rather in the goodness of our Father, who always gives what is best for his children.
Nov 12, 2018
Does My Sexual Past Make Me Unsavable?
Our past sexual sin is not beyond the reach of God’s forgiveness — unless we don’t give it up. It’s not too late to turn and receive God’s mercy.
Nov 09, 2018
Does Jesus Commend Dishonesty in Luke 16?
What was Jesus commending in the parable of the dishonest manager, and what are the implications for Christians today?
Nov 07, 2018
How Can God Be Sovereign and Good and Allow Suffering?
God designs all our weaknesses — even those that leave us unable to do anything. And one of his purposes in our weaknesses is to sanctify the strong.
Nov 05, 2018
Do Gender Roles Apply Beyond Marriage?
God designed us as male and female for his glory. And he intends for us to reflect him in every relationship, not just marriage.
Nov 02, 2018
What Is Union with Christ?
What does it mean to be united to Christ? John Piper shows how we can begin to mine the riches of this doctrine from Scripture.
Oct 31, 2018
Is It Sinful to Gamble on Fantasy Sports?
Gambling your money — whether at a slot machine or with your fantasy team — is not just unwise. It is sin. Pastor John gives seven reasons why.
Oct 29, 2018
How to Read the Bible for Teenagers
When the teenage years come, we get to teach our kids how to move from reading the Bible to studying it. Here are seven places to start.
Oct 26, 2018
How Do I Question Someone’s Salvation at the End of His Life?
How do we approach the deathbeds of professing Christians whose faith we are not sure is real? Pastor John offers four ways to love them.
Oct 24, 2018