• Cursed and Forsaken

    Matthew 27:45–50

    The darkness over the land in the three hours before Jesus dies (Matt. 27:45) is a sign of God’s anger at those who kill His Son as well as the curse upon humanity. “The darkness [cries] out against the blackness ...Read More

  • The Gift of Officers

    Ephesians 4:11

    All Christians rest upon the teaching of the apostles and prophets in sacred Scripture, but God has ordained that evangelists, pastors, and teachers are also necessary for healthy spiritual growth. The Lord does not ordinarily bring us to maturity through ...Read More

  • The Faith of the Friends

    Mark 2:1-5

    John Calvin comments that the paralytic’s friends “would never have submitted to so much trouble, nor contended with such formidable hindrances, if they had not derived courage from entire confidence of success. The fruit of their faith appeared in their ...Read More

  • Blessings for Jacob and Esau

    Genesis 27:1-45

    It is comforting to know that despite our best efforts, we cannot undo the Lord’s intent to bless His children. Still, we cannot take this as a license to sin, for our evil ways will inevitably cause us much hardship ...Read More

  • Sheep for the Slaughter

    Psalm 44

    Read 1 Peter 2:20–21; 4:12–16; 5:10. Have you ever suffered for Christ’s sake? What promise has God given His people regarding suffering? If you must suffer, strive to suffer not for wrong doing but for righteousness’ sake. When this happens, ...Read More

  • Christ’s Divine Authority

    Matthew 9:1–8

    Some theological traditions tend to pursue physical healing as if it is the ultimate need of human beings. Yet while it is good to ask the Lord to heal us when we are ill, we fundamentally need our sins to ...Read More

  • Every Tribe and Tongue

    Revelation 5

    Jesus’ disciples were very much concerned with the restoration of the kingdom to Israel (Acts 1:6). While we do not know all the reasons why Christ did not consummate His kingdom two thousand years ago, we do see that the ...Read More

  • He Cares For You

    1 Peter 5:6–7

    Have you humbled yourself before the mighty hand of God? Are you convinced that He cares about you? Have you entrusted all of your anxieties and cares into His hand, confident that He will take care of you? Take some ...Read More

  • Commit to the Lord

    Proverbs 3:5–6; 16:3

    Confess ways that you rely on your own strength instead of God’s. Does your self-dependence extend to other areas—your family, health, salvation? It you are anxious and self-reliant, could the root of the problem be a lack of saving faith ...Read More

  • Take Your Son

    Genesis 22:2–6

    Faith comes quickly when the Lord calls us to do easy things. But it is much harder to trust Him when He asks us to do difficult tasks. God will not call us to offer up our children as burnt ...Read More

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