• Consciences Stirred

    Genesis 42:18–28

    Scripture is clear that church discipline is not to be carried out with the aim of vengeance. Instead, restoration must be the aim, and a disciplined person is to be forgiven when he repents (2 Cor. 2:5–11). All Christians are ...Read More

  • A Good Crop

    Hebrews 6:7–8

    Some Christians think that they have committed the sin of apostasy, thus demonstrating that they were never really saved. But the very fact that they worry about it might show that the Holy Spirit is working in their hearts to ...Read More

  • Heavenly Wisdom

    James 3:17–18

    Even those with great faith sometimes feel like they are not very wise. However, we have seen that if true faith must manifest itself in good works then so too must godly wisdom be present even if this wisdom is ...Read More

  • Human Philosophies

    Colossians 2:8

    God prescribed food laws and other ritualistic observances for old covenant Israel, so we know that these practices are not inherently evil. They only become wrong when they become ends in themselves (1 Sam. 15:22–23). We might not be tempted ...Read More

  • The Call of Saul of Tarsus

    Acts 9:1–10

    There have been few conversions as dramatic as Paul’s. True conversion, however, need not be dramatic to be authentic. Think back on your conversion. Thank God for “invading” your life and calling you, and consider how or if you have ...Read More

  • Learning the Will of the Lord

    Ephesians 5:17

    Knowing the will of the Lord — a church united in truth and love — is easy. Fulfilling our part in accomplishing this end, however, is more difficult. On account of our fallenness, we do not readily seek harmony but ...Read More

  • Civil Government

    Romans 13:1–3

    In the face of evil government, Christians can hide from view and keep out of the way as much as possible. Though many formerly enslaved nations have been set free in recent years, there are still Christians who live in ...Read More

  • Grace and Forgiveness

    Genesis 1:27

    When Paul exhorts women to train women, and by implication, men to train men (Tit. 2:1–8), he is not speaking of doctrinal matters as if they are unconnected from everyday life. God wants godly men to teach and model all ...Read More

  • Elihu’s Arrogance

    Job 36

    We often act as if we know so much more than those who came before us simply because we have computers, advanced medicine, and the other benefits of the technological revolution. The truth of the matter, however, is that although ...Read More

  • God’s Work Ethic

    Ephesians 4:28

    God’s people are called to be generous, not foolish. We want to provide real help to widows, orphans, and others who are in true need, first in our churches and then in the world. As we seek to help others, ...Read More

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