• Perseverance is a Gift

    Augustine was one of the first to remind the church of the donum perserverantiae, the gift of perseverance. Perseverance as a gift means that even in our working to keep our faith, God receives all the glory. Praise Him for ...Read More

  • The Mess of Productivity

    Proverbs 14:4

    We can be tempted to give up when dissension and misunderstanding abound or we are facing many other problems. While we do not want to minimize our difficulties, we should also take care to look around us and see if ...Read More

  • Building Together

    Ephesians 2:22

    God is building us into His holy temple, but that does not mean we lack a role in the construction process. Unlike regeneration, sanctification is a cooperative work between the Holy Spirit and us (Phil. 2:12–13). Because of His work, ...Read More

  • Prophet

    Deuteronomy 18:15

    Every time we read Scripture and are convicted of sin, we are experiencing the prophetic ministry of Christ. Whenever we receive comfort from the Bible, we who trust in Jesus are benefitting from His prophetic office. As we are comforted, ...Read More

  • Looking to Jesus

    Hebrews 12:2

    Our faith looks to Jesus both as an example of perseverance and as our reward. When we take our eyes off of Him, our circumstances are sure to weigh us down. Take some time today to look not at your ...Read More

  • Principle or Custom?

    1 Corinthians 11:1–16

    Sometimes, after we have studied the background of a text thoroughly, we are still not sure whether it is giving us a principle or a custom. But it is better to treat a custom as a principle than a principle ...Read More

  • Make No Graven Image

    Exodus 20:4–6

    Consider how you have broken this command. How do you fashion images of God? Have you constructed any belief system about God that is contrary to the truth as He has revealed it in His word? Have you tried to ...Read More

  • The True Love of God

    1 John 4:10–12

    Dr. Joel Beeke writes in his Epistles of John that “the great motivation for practical, Christlike living is the doctrine of the cross; hence, every failure to love can be traced back to a failure to understand the cross. When ...Read More

  • Probing the Remote Purpose

    What past or present circumstances in your life have caused you to ask “Why?” Ask God to show you how His good intentions are reflected in these situations.Read More

  • Irenaeus of Lyons

    Ephesians 2:19–20

    Today’s passage is very important for our doctrine of Scripture. If the prophets and apostles are the foundation of the church, then their writings are the final court of appeal for belief and practice. We should also not expect new ...Read More

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