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  • Herod’s Unlawful Oath

    Mark 6:21–29

    We should not delay keeping the oaths and vows that we have made. However, that applies only to lawful oaths and vows. Oaths and vows made to commit sin are not to be kept. Instead, we should repent for making ...Read More

  • Our Prowling Adversary

    1 Peter 5:8-9

    Since Satan’s favorite weapon against us is deceit, the only way to counter him is with the truth. That is one reason why it is so important for us to be armed with a sound knowledge of Scripture, which is ...Read More

  • The Parable of the Mustard Seed

    Mark 4:30—32

    John Calvin comments on this parable that “the Lord opens his reign with a feeble and despicable commencement, for the express purpose, that his power may be more fully illustrated by its unexpected progress.” There is no other explanation for ...Read More

  • Slow and Steady Growth

    Mark 4:26–29

    In various ways, the church is tempted to bring about the growth of the kingdom of God. Many will try to make the gospel less offensive or will try to use methods of growing the kingdom other than the ordinary ...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

  • Sovereign over Suffering

    Genesis 50:15–21

    God always has a good purpose for allowing suffering to come into our lives, but we do not always know what that purpose is. Yet, because we know the Lord is perfectly good (James 1:13–18), we trust that He will ...Read More

  • The Single-Minded Law of God

    Psalm 119:113–120

    John Calvin comments, “If godliness does not increase in us in proportion to the sense and experience we have of God’s grace, we betray base ingratitude.” The greater the ways in which the Lord rescues us from our foes, the ...Read More

  • To Whom are we Speaking?

    Revelation 6:10

    The fact that God is not merely our friend is actually a great benefit for us. Mere friends cannot rescue us from sin. Good pals cannot provide the all-sufficient help we need to make it through our trials and tribulations. ...Read More

  • Discerning Rebuke

    Proverbs 17:9-10

    Love and wisdom must govern our speech and how we hear the words of others. We are to speak the truth in love, not seeking to crush sensitive souls but to build them up in Christ. This requires discernment. Understanding ...Read More

  • Increasing Wealth

    Proverbs 13:11

    As today’s passage indicates, the Bible does not frown upon the gathering of wealth, but only improper means of gaining it. In fact, Proverbs 13:11 indicates that the honest gaining of wealth is something to which we should aspire. What ...Read More

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