• Total Commitment and Generosity

    Ecclesiastes 11:1–2

    God will have all of us or He will have none of us. There is no such thing as halfhearted commitment to the Lord. Until the Lord returns, we will fall short and sometimes try to hold some things back ...Read More

  • The Wise and Industrious Wife

    Proverbs 31:13–27

    It has been said that “behind every great man, there’s a great woman.” Indeed, the quality of a husband’s wife will inevitably have an impact on the husband’s reputation for good or for ill. Godly wives endeavor to act in ...Read More

  • When Reality Is Upside Down

    Ecclesiastes 10:5–7

    In God’s sovereign providence, our Creator has at times seen fit to allow fools to attain places of power. We know that this is ultimately for our greater good and His glory. Still, we rightly sense that something is wrong ...Read More

  • Short-Term Setbacks, Long-Term Gain

    Ecclesiastes 9:17–18

    Scripture repeatedly encourages us to take a long-term perspective. Divine wisdom will on many occasions bring success in this world; however, there is no guarantee that following the Lord will make life easy on this side of glory. Sometimes we ...Read More

  • One Day in the Courts of the Lord

    Psalm 84:8–12

    Where and who do you want to be? Is it more important to you to be in this world with a high position and much acclaim, or would you prefer to be a mere servant in the household of God? ...Read More

  • Joy in the Present

    Ecclesiastes 2:24-26

    Often we experience suffering when we have faithfully served the Lord, while other faithful servants experience prosperity. When this happens, it is easy to wallow in dissatisfaction. We are also tempted to try to find the reasons why our situation ...Read More

  • Honoring Faithfulness

    Romans 16:14-15

    Not everyone who works hard for Christ’s church receives honor and commendation from other people such as we see in Paul’s list of greetings. But even when no one else commends us for our work, the Lord sees what we ...Read More

  • Working Hard In the Lord

    Romans 16:12-13

    In today’s passage, Paul also commends Rufus’ mother, who was a “mother” to him as well. She evidently showed great care and concern for him at some point during his ministry. As believers in Christ, we should be eager to ...Read More

  • Stature in Christ

    Romans 16:8-11

    John Calvin also notes that the absence of titles in Romans 16 reveals that many Roman Christians were not a part of the upper class. God invites those whom the world would regard as the unlikeliest of people into His ...Read More

  • Paul’s Fellow Prisoners

    Romans 16:5b-7

    Sometimes we are tempted to believe that we cannot have a significant ministry or influence if we are not ordained to church leadership. Yet that is to look at the kingdom of God in a worldly manner, for while the ...Read More