• David’s Restraint

    1 Samuel 25

    When times are difficult, the temptation can be strong to rely on our own wisdom. That may lead us to take actions contrary to God’s revealed will. The faithful Christian will not “cut corners” but will do things God’s way ...Read More

  • The Return of Christ

    Acts 1:6–11

    The sure hope of the Lord’s return has provided strength to many a suffering Christian. Knowing that Jesus will come again to consummate God’s kingdom helps us see the trials of life in their proper perspective and endure them for ...Read More

  • The Crafty Serpent

    Genesis 3:1–5

    God has bound us to His law in order that we might experience true freedom (James 1:25). Despite what we are told every day, the commandments of the Lord are not given to make us miserable but to show us ...Read More

  • The Last Days

    Matthew 13:24–30

    Presently, there is much fervor over the “last days,” and many people declare that we are living in the last days for the first time in world history. However, while the return of Christ is most certainly closer to us ...Read More

  • Jacob’s Gift

    Genesis 32:13–21

    Jacob’s attempt to buy off his brother shows how little he trusted God to keep him safe as he returned to the Promised Land. He goes too far in trying to make amends with Esau, unconsciously showing a willingness to ...Read More

  • Christ Defeats the Powers

    Colossians 2:15

    John Calvin says that the demons “are disarmed, so that they cannot bring forward anything against us, the attestation of our guilt being itself destroyed.” Demonic powers cannot rightly accuse those who are in Christ of guilt, nor can they ...Read More

  • The Supreme Paradox

    Psalm 8

    John Calvin aptly noted that we cannot really understand the nature of God without understanding the nature of His image-bearers and vice versa. The more accurate a view we have of ourselves and the way in which sin affects us, ...Read More

  • A Holy and Redeemed People

    Isaiah 62:12

    God intervened two thousand years ago to cleanse His people and make them holy, first in His declaration and then in their Spirit-enabled practice. Of course, we still struggle with sin as we wait for this work to be finished. ...Read More

  • Listening like Sheep

    Psalm 95

    Augustine of Hippo comments, “Let no man say in his heart, His promise is true; His threat is false: as His promise is true, so is His threat sure.” When we read Scripture, we must take the Lord’s warnings seriously. ...Read More

  • Draw Near in Confidence

    Hebrews 4:16

    God’s holiness should indeed cause those who do not know Christ to run far away from Him. Those who know Christ, however, must remember Calvin’s assertion that “when Christ receives us under His protection and patronage, He covers with His ...Read More

Topics