• Queen Esther

    Esther 1–2

    The ambivalence with which Mordecai and Esther are portrayed and the flaws they evidence will be discussed further in the coming days. However, the Lord used them, warts and all, to rescue his people in their time of dire need. ...Read More

  • The Timing of Providence

    Genesis 41

    In the midst of trouble and suffering, it can be difficult to believe that the Lord knows exactly what He is doing. So often it is easier to despair, believing that God has abandoned us and that He will not ...Read More

  • The Advance of the Gospel

    Philippians 1:12–13

    Our suffering for the sake of Jesus is actually an occasion for great joy, not for the pain in itself but because it is at our weakest points that God decides to show Himself the strongest. As we consider those ...Read More

  • The Peril of Self-Deception

    Galatians 6:7–8

    Augustine comments, “To sow in the spirit is to serve righteousness from faith and with love and not to heed the desires of sin” (ACCNT vol. 8, p. 93). The desires of sin would have us withhold all of ...Read More

  • Longing for God

    Psalm 42

    In what ways can New Testament believers be “separated” from God? In what ways do you enjoy God’s presence? Do you miss those times when you neglect Bible study, the sacraments, or church services? Ask God to deepen your love ...Read More

  • The Dreamer

    Genesis 37

    The jealousy of Joseph’s brothers — exacerbated by Jacob’s favoritism — led to their selling him into slavery and subsequent lies that a wild animal had killed him. Though we cannot blame their sin on Jacob, the story does illustrate ...Read More

  • Made Perfect Forever

    Hebrews 7:27–28

    The Protestant Reformers rightly called the Roman Catholic Mass an abomination because in it Christ is sacrificed again. But, as we have seen, the apostolic witness is that Christ died once-for-all. There is nothing left to be done. The full ...Read More

  • John, the Beloved

    Revelation 1:9–20

    A face-to-face vision of the Lord is not given to most of His people this side of glory. Yet all of us will one day regularly encounter Him in worship on the new earth. When we come into His presence, ...Read More

  • Trials of Various Kinds

    James 1:2-4

    Simply because faith is purified throughout life does not mean that our works contribute in any way to our justification. Rather, this teaching recognizes that we must continually strive to keep our faith in Christ alone. Many things come against ...Read More

  • Stunting Worship

    Reflect on ways you might involve your physical senses in worshiping God in your private devotions.Read More

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