Tag Archives: John Piper

footprints and deep mental paths

When our kids were small, we spent a lot of time in the woods behind our house. We’d tramp along the pathway begun by mostly unseen deer to visit “our” waterfall. We’d place our feet into the narrow groove of … Continue reading

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the northern light’s speak

“Human beings have fallen in love with the echo of God’s excellency in creation and lost the ability to hear the incomparable, original shout of love. The message of creation is this: There is a great God of glory and … Continue reading

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You have it totally upside-down

“…so the meaning of human life, the meaning of existence, the meaning of the universe is at its core: All things are to be used to show how magnificent God is. This universe is about God. Sometimes I have heard … Continue reading

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Fear the wasted life, not the wounded one

If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full … Some of you will die in the service of Christ. That will not … Continue reading

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Don’t step into a summer trap

Days have lengthened in my hemisphere, and leaves and flowers and birds are flourishing in summer’s glistening sunlight. Friends have left town for relaxation and days have slowed for schoolkids. I sense that it’s time for me to heed a … Continue reading

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readied for Christmas

If you live in the U.S., you’re probably full of Thanksgiving turkey, and a “get ready for Christmas” post seems crazy. But. Get ready. And I don’t mean get ready to head out for pre-Christmas sales. I mean ready your … Continue reading

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Don’t waste your pain

In those early days, when our family was still reeling from our entry into the unknown world of childhood cancer (you can read more about those days here), my recurring prayer was that God would not allow us to dishonor … Continue reading

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skydivers, haircuts and truth-infusion

When our children were very young, God moved us to a new city and placed us in a church body where He provided a weekly diet of truth. From the pulpit and from the women’s Bible studies, He provided truth … Continue reading

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an upside to summer’s end

Eighty-ish days of slow summer-bliss come to an end this morning for most kids in my part of the world. Yellow school buses and silver mini-vans roll through clogged, first-day drop-off lines, rushing to arrive before the 8:00 a.m. bell. … Continue reading

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Fragility

Some days I wake feeling courageous — I’m sure of God’s love for me and thrilled that I get to live a day given for others.  But then the events of the day begin to chip away at my exuberance. … Continue reading

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All that’s left is joy

“All the animals of the forest are mine, and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.  I know every bird on the mountains, and all the animals of the field are mine.” (Psalm 50:10-11) Trooper was in the kitchen trash … Continue reading

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