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  • Sin, Repentance, and Walking in the Light by Trillia Newbell

    Our smallest offense deserves the full wrath of God. That’s hard to hear if we forget that God has not only covered our sin in Christ but also allows us to approach Him continually to receive that grace anew. We …Read More

  • What God Has Joined Together by John Sartelle

    Eve stood before Adam, and he stood before her. God had made them for each other. As they observed one another, there was wonder. She saw that he was the same yet different. He saw that she was the same …Read More

  • What the Future Holds by Denny Burk

    President Obama was correct when he said the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision landed like a thunderbolt. The decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized gay marriage nationwide, is indeed a watershed in our national life. Although a majority of …Read More

  • Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit by Dennis Johnson

    Jesus’ announcement that blaspheming the Holy Spirit is a sin that will never be forgiven is “hard” for two reasons. First, it seems to contradict Scriptures that tell us Christ’s blood can effect forgiveness for every sin (1 John 1:7, …Read More

  • Coping with a Rapidly Changing Culture by Iain Campbell

    In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus compares His people to a city on a mountain (Matt. 5:14). It is a striking image, the point of which is that such a city, on such a prominent elevation, cannot be hidden. …Read More

  • Cursing of the Fig Tree by Daniel Doriani

    On Palm Sunday, Jesus entered Jerusalem to shouts of acclamation and then tossed the money-changers from the temple. God had appointed it as “a house of prayer,” but its priests had made it “a den of robbers.” Jesus spent the …Read More

  • Cut Off Your Hand, Tear Out Your Eye by Ray Ortlund

    Hard words are not harmful words—when they come from Jesus. This is important to keep in mind when we read:

    If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better …Read More

  • Eating Flesh, Drinking Blood by Brian Vickers

    Difficult words, no doubt. No less for John’s readers than for Jesus’ hearers. For many that day, it was too much, so they walked away. Just the day before, Jesus fed five thousand people from five loaves of bread and …Read More

  • The Hard Book by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    I do not, in the least, disagree with the editors’ decision this month to address a series of hard sayings of Jesus. In fact, I think it a good decision. Years ago, when I was actively involved in planning Renewing …Read More

  • Hating Family by Thomas Brewer

    The word hate is a strong one. When I was little, my parents had a rule: don’t say, “hate”—at least in most cases. Hate was too full of anger and malice to be used appropriately by a child. The word was …Read More

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