Story Team Weekly: Floored

“God, why did you let me go through this?” Malayia cried out through tears, lying facedown on the floor of her dorm room. “Why have you forgotten about me?” The weight Malayia had carried all semester was too heavy for her to bear. She’d reached her breaking point.Malayia grew up in Beaumont, Texas and dreamed of attending the University of Texas at Austin (UT). After graduating third in her high school class, she became the first person in her family to attend college. She came to UT planni … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 141: Praying Like a Drunken Woman

“Hannah kept wailing even when Eli the priest mistook her for a drunk and questioned her sincerity. She simply set the record straight by telling him, ‘I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief'” (1Samuel 1: 15-16).   [display_podcast]She didn’t care how she looked as she prayed.   God knew her heart…We know Hannah  for her sorrow… She longed for a son, but couldn’t have children. We know her for her faithfulness. She never gave up hope that God would hear her prayer. We … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: John Piper’s Prayer for President Trump

Last night John Piper published the article “How to Live Under an Unqualified President.” Today the Desiring God staff gathered in the commons area in our Minneapolis offices to watch the swearing in of President Trump, and pray together for him and our nation. What follows is a field recording of John Piper’s unscripted prayer, delivered with no intention of being made public. The below is a transcript of what he prayed spontaneously, reflecting on his article.Father in heaven, we ask now th … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: An Identity in Christ Alone

“I looked for my identity in so many different places.”Joseph remembers being called gay for the first time when he was 13—at a church camp. “It was a devastating experience,” he remembers. Then, as before, he channeled his pain into playing the violin, a God-given talent he’d long nurtured, but “I never found my identity in Christ,” he says now. “I looked for my identity in so many different places.”Though raised in a Christian home, Joseph always had a strained relationship with believe … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 140: Is Faith Our Reality?

[display_podcast]Many years ago I worked as a Medical Staff Coordinator in the Administrative Department of our local hospital.  I had worked my way up from the Cardiovascular Department to the one job that no one else could do, or so I thought.  I felt pretty secure in my job, and as a single mom knew that it could only get better from there……Until the day I was fired.I was called into the CEO’s office and let go due to layoffs in the hospital in general.  The Administrative secretar … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: The Dance

In a small town on the Texas-Mexico border, Matthew Brue stood in the driveway of Shining Light Rehabilitation Ranch and watched his father drive away. Alone at 17, miles away from his family for the first time, officially signed over as “property of the state,” Matthew turned around and sobbed. The 23-acre rehabilitation ranch, which unfurled in front of him, housed a community of hardened criminals with whom he would spend the next year as he grappled with his drug addiction.Matthew grew up … [Read more...]