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” (Hebrews 13:5–6) You are set free from fear and greed by this confidence: the Commander-in-Chief will not abandon me to perish on the field of battle. Stare down covetousness and craving, and slay them with the Sword of the Spirit and with the superior pleasures of Christ: “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8). Almost all the forces in your life put you under pressure to maximize your comfort with the ease and softness of our age. By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.

For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Maybe someday, if there are enough of you, they will invent a new name.

And “teenager” will be a footnote in the history books.

He is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, and most recently Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship. Aboard the hospital ship , the doctors could scarcely believe it.

John Piper is founder and teacher of desiring and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. “Maybe he was too damned young and too damned tough to die,” one said.

Between children and adults, there was no such category of human being. You would be trained for gainful employment, or domestic enterprise, by age seventeen, and would marry before you were twenty, and be a responsible husband and father — or wife and mother — by your early twenties. And I am not saying we can go back to that era, or should want to. Being aware from history that other possibilities exist can set you free for radical “wartime living” in the name of Jesus. But just like this young woman, you know deep down that living to be liked is slavery. One of the great marks of the soldier in wartime is that personal comforts give way to the strategic mission. It reads, Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

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