• The Fatherhood of God

    John 1:12–13

    Far from the universalism at the core of Harnack’s definition of Christianity, true, biblical faith is essentially exclusivistic. There is only one God, and the only way to Him is through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Our ...Read More

  • Our Father

    Luke 11:2a

    Some people reading this study today may have difficulty calling God “Father” because their own earthly fathers were cold, abusive, or neglectful. But the One to whom we pray does not share the imperfections of our earthly fathers, no matter ...Read More

  • Teach Us to Pray

    Luke 11:1

    Jesus emphasizes that prayer should reflect a certain private intimacy between the believer and God in Matthew 6:5–6. There is something so intimate about prayer that we should long to pray in private long before we do so in public. ...Read More

  • I Am Dust and Ashes

    Genesis 18:27–33

    Deuteronomy 29:29 distinguishes between the Lord’s secret and revealed wills. His secret will contains the unalterable decrees by which He foreordains all things that come to pass. These decrees are basically unknown to us, and for the most part, we ...Read More

  • Far Be It from You

    Genesis 18:20–26

    The righteous may feel some effects of divine judgment if they associate with the wicked. But even in such suffering, Matthew Henry shows us there is a difference in how a Christian responds to hardship. He writes, “Though they [the ...Read More

  • A Friend of God

    Genesis 18:16–19

    Hear the words of Jesus in John 15:14–15: “You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have ...Read More

  • Is Anything Too Hard?

    Genesis 18:13–15

    How often are we like Sarah — unable to believe that God is able to do all those things He has promised? We do well to remember, as John Calvin says, that when we doubt like Sarah did, “we also ...Read More

  • Sarah Laughed

    Genesis 18:9–12

    Our Lord and Savior said that what is impossible with men is possible with God (Luke 18:27). When we consider the trials in our lives without trust and confidence in the Lord’s sovereignty, we will crumble under the weight. However, ...Read More

  • They Ate

    Genesis 18:6–8

    Only those in fellowship with God are invited to eat a meal with Him, and so sitting at Christ’s table in heaven when we eat the bread and wine is a profound privilege indeed. When we receive the sacrament, we ...Read More

  • The Oaks of Mamre

    Genesis 18:1–5

    Matthew Henry comments: “It becomes those whom God has blessed with plenty to be liberal and open-hearted.” The Lord does not bless people so that they will keep that blessing all for themselves. Instead, He wants us to share our ...Read More

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