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Jun 8
Sam Crabtree
62,896 adults were interviewed by Barna over a span of ten years, ending last August. The survey was searching for the “most Bible-minded” cities in America. “Bible-minded” is based upon respondents who report reading the Bible within the past seven...
Jun 5
Sam Crabtree
At a recent Desiring God board meeting we reviewed the following: last year we asked God for 29.5 million visits to the website. He gave 35.7 million. At that time we debated at some length whether we should ask for a 20% increase, and he gave us a...
Jun 4
Sam Crabtree
According to John Piper’s address at a recent donor reception for Bethlehem College & Seminary, education is the instilling of habits of mind and heart that incline and enable students for the rest of their lives to ... Observe the word and the...
Jun 2
Sam Crabtree
I was recently gifted a recently released edition of A Godward Heart: Treasuring the God Who Loves You, in which the author, John Piper, says in the preface “My life has been changed as much by paragraphs as by books,” adding, “God can make a single...
Jun 1
Sam Crabtree
I just finished reading the (third) revised and expanded edition of The Supremacy of God in Preaching, by John Piper, first published in 1990. Here are nine excerpts: God is still the most important, most valuable, most satisfying, most all-...
May 29
Sam Crabtree
Greater love has no one than this: that someone lays down his life for his friends. —John 15:13   During his devotional at the recent Desiring God board meeting, John Piper elaborated: If you’re the friend of Jesus, you have been loved with the...
May 27
Sam Crabtree
Desiring God board member Peter Hedstrom at the recent board meeting prayed, “Lord, go to the library of my heart, and clear off the shelves where I have volumes of bitterness (etc.) so that I do not go back to them. Purge the library of my soul.”
May 26
Sam Crabtree
That’s what Desiring God board member Peter Hedstrom prayed during one of the several prayer sessions at the recent board meeting. What he meant was that there are many secondary issues in life on which we may be flexible and allow a lot of latitude...
May 22
Sam Crabtree
The Desiring God board met for a day and a half recently, and during a board development portion of that meeting, the board members were asked individually to respond to the following questions. What are you currently doing for devotions? What,...
May 18
Sam Crabtree
God often uses obvious blessing and sometimes apparent catastrophic events to bring about sudden developments. He is the God of stability and the God of catastrophe, using them both for his good purposes. May 18 is the fifth anniversary of the birth...
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