WWUTT: Sin Means to Miss the Mark?

The word “sin”, as it appears in the Bible, comes from the Greek word Hamartia or the Hebrew word Hata, which both mean “to miss the mark” or “flawed”.   The word was used in archery and spear throwing.  When a person missed the center of the target, they erred, or “hamartia-ed”. So, as this applies to sin, we should ask, “What is the mark that we are missing?” And the answer is: The holy righteous perfection of God. When it comes to missing that mark, we’re not just veering off a little and ba … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: Did My Lust Cause Our Miscarriage?

Welcome back to the Ask Pastor John podcast with longtime author and pastor, John Piper. Pastor John, here’s the next question on the list, and it’s a heavy one, an email from an anonymous man: “Pastor John, did God cause, or would God cause, my wife to miscarry our child because I have a struggle with lust and pornography? I have a lot of guilt right now, and I don’t know how to think about God’s discipline and punishment for my sin. I’m very confused, please help.” Wow. I see four issues at le … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: A Way Out

“I just remember loading my syringe stronger and stronger each time, just wanting a way out of this, and the only way for me was to kill myself.” For Anthony, the abandonment of his earthly father led him to seek comfort in the atmosphere of gay bars and the rollercoaster high of designer drugs. After hearing the gospel, the darkness that shrouded Anthony’s life was overtaken by the true hope and new life found in Jesus.“I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. And, my mom and dad divorced whe … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 181: Judas the Betrayer

[display_podcast]It’s getting real. Real fast.As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, something in the last few days of Jesus’ final week triggered Judas to do the unthinkable.You talk about someone selling their soul to the devil, literally or figuratively? Well, Judas did both. Judas sold his soul to the devil, literally and figuratively.“Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve.” (Luke 22:3) Why here? Why now? Why this?In order to answer these and addi … [Read more...]

WWUTT: He Became Sin Who Knew No Sin?

Dr. John MacArthur recently taught: “The greatest Gospel verse in the Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:21, For our sake, He made Him to be sin who knew no sin so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. Let me unpack those 15 Greek words…He – God – made Jesus sin. What do you mean He made Jesus sin?Only in one sense – God treated Jesus as if He had committed every sin ever committed by every person who would ever believe though, in fact, He committed none of them. Hanging on the cro … [Read more...]

WWUTT: The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?

When God created Adam and Eve, He put them in the Garden of Eden and told them they could eat from any tree they wanted, except from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The day they ate of it, they would die. “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17) And you know how the story went…Eve was tempted by the serpent, ate the fruit, gave … [Read more...]