• A Lesson From a Fig Tree

    Matthew 21:18–22

    Matthew Henry writes, “The fruit of fig trees may justly be expected from those who have the leaves. Christ looks for the power of religion from those who make profession of it.” The cursing of the fig tree is a ...Read More

  • A Letter to the Thessalonians

    1 Thessalonians 1-3

    Paul loved the Thessalonians so much he shares not only the Gospel of God but his very life as well (2:8). How much of yourself have you given away to your local church out of love for the people? It ...Read More

  • A Life of Gratitude

    Colossians 1:11-12

    It is obviously difficult to follow Paul’s admonition to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thess. 5:18), which is why we need strengthening from on high to persevere with joy as we thank the Lord (Col. 1:11–12). This power comes ...Read More

  • A Life Worthy of the Gospel

    Philippians 1:27

    We can by no means overestimate our need of the Christian community for our own faithfulness to our Savior in this world. All of the greatest leaders in church history had the support of fellow believers, and they were thereby ...Read More

  • Alike, but Very Different

    Psalm 18

    As John Calvin has said, God condescends to our limitations, revealing Himself in our words with images that give us real knowledge about His nature. Today consider three metaphors often used for our Father in Scripture — rock, light, and ...Read More

  • Alike, But Very Different

    Psalm 18

    One of the most valuable spiritual exercises that we can engage in is to meditate on a few of the analogical descriptions of the Lord in Scripture. Taking terms such as rock or shepherd, we can consider how God is ...Read More

  • A Litany of Wickedness

    Romans 1:29–31

    Human beings continually think of themselves in a more favorable light than they should. Today’s passage, however, should disabuse us of that proclivity. Even the most “minor” sin is evidence that at a fundamental level, we do not want the ...Read More

  • A Living Hope

    1 Peter 1:3–5

    John Calvin tells us that 1 Peter begins with a description of our indestructible hope so that we may “enjoy the invaluable treasure of a future life; and also that we may not be broken down by present troubles, but ...Read More

  • A Living Sacrifice

    Romans 12:1–2

    Most of us are accustomed to the reading of sacred Scripture, but how many of us take the time to meditate on it, to take a passage and spend some time mulling it over, considering what it teaches and how ...Read More

  • All God Commanded

    Genesis 6:19–22

    John Calvin writes, “the obedience of Noah is celebrated on this account, that it was entire, not partial; so that he omitted none of those things which God had commanded.” This faithfulness was not rendered in order to earn a ...Read More

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