• Church and State

    Acts 25:1–12

    The history of church-state relations is messy, and often the church has ended up compromised, blessing sinful aims of certain states. It is far better for the church and the state to respect the division God has ordained. When the ...Read More

  • A Division of Labor

    1 Peter 3:13–14a

    God is a God of order, not a God of confusion (1 Cor. 14:33). Thus, it makes sense that He would establish an orderly division of labor in His creation. This division of labor goes beyond church and state, of ...Read More

  • The Word of God in the Words of Men

    2 Peter 1:21

    John Calvin is known for his statement that God speaks to us in “baby talk,” explaining things to us on our level so that we will know and love Him. God has not told us everything, but what He has ...Read More

  • The Faith of Abraham

    Hebrews 11:8-22

    Many people in this world will regard us as fools for leaving everything behind for God. So often, the sacrifices that we make do not lead to any evident reward in this life, so it is easy for earthly minded ...Read More

  • Teaching with Authority

    Mark 1:21-22

    Jesus is often regarded as a good teacher, but as many Christian apologists have noted, we insult Christ if we view Him as merely a good teacher. Our Lord was not simply a wise moral philosopher; rather, He spoke with ...Read More

  • The Fulfillment of Prophecy

    Mark 1:2-3

    Many believers neglect to study the Old Testament because they find it confusing or because they assume that it is less important to the Christian faith than the New Testament. As Mark’s gospel shows us, however, this is not the ...Read More

  • Avoiding Bitterness of Mind and Speech

    Ecclesiastes 10:20

    Wise people put up safeguards in their thoughts and actions to help keep them from being ensnared by a root of bitterness. Lest our minds lead us astray, it is wise to think on what is true, good, and beautiful ...Read More

  • Small but Wise

    Proverbs 30:24–25

    The cooperation we see among the members of an ant colony evidences the kind of wisdom that allows people to thrive when they work together—even when individual weaknesses might hold them back. Thus, it is not surprising that God in ...Read More

  • The Word of God and Affliction

    Psalm 119:65–72

    The author of Hebrews tells us that God’s discipline may seem painful at the moment, but the lasting harvest of righteousness that it creates is well worth all the trouble we must endure (Heb. 12:3–11). Not all of the pain ...Read More

  • Unlawful Oaths and Vows

    Exodus 20:7

    Friends and even family may exert great pressure on us to join with them in their sin. They may appeal to our loyalties and try to guilt us into covering up a misdeed that should be reported or beg us ...Read More

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