Portfolio Category: Desiring God

We Fall for the Feeling of Christmas: The Subtle War in Our Celebrations

A war will be waged again this Christmas, a battle far more pressing than whether to say “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas.” For believers, the real challenge is something entirely different. It’s a battle for our heart, our joy, and our worship. I’m no Scrooge. I love the holiday, even […]

Bethlehem’s Supernatural Star

“Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:2) Over and over the Bible baffles our curiosity about just how certain things happened. How did this “star” get the magi from the […]

Prophecy for Beginners: Ten Frequently Asked Questions

John Piper tells the story of when he and his wife, Noël, were expecting their fourth child, and a woman shared with John a very dire “prophecy”: Noël would die in childbirth, and the baby would be a girl. This prophecy seemed wrong. There was nothing edifying, encouraging, or consoling […]

The Home of Everything We’ve Always Longed For

An outpost of heaven on earth. That’s what Eden was when “the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east” (Genesis 2:8). But God had big plans for this little outpost. God formed the first man, Adam, and “took the man and put him in the garden of […]

God Will Conquer All Your Sins

I didn’t know holiness would be so hard-won. As with many new believers, I enjoyed sudden victory over some of the sins that had marked my unbelieving life. I flew on eagles’ wings. I leapt from one degree of glory to another. But then sanctification slowed. The eagles’ wings faltered, […]

Six Prayers for the Half-Hearted

Did you love the Lord your God with all your heart yesterday? Jesus says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). All. Those simple three letters are both haunting […]

A Grief Misunderstood

They got the foldaway crib. Although not wealthy, they spared no expense for their soon-to-arrive little boy. Anticipation increased with every passing day. Would she be a good mother? Would he be the father he never had? With fixed smiles and sweaty hands, they counted down the days until heaven’s […]