• Heeding Godly Authorities

    Proverbs 1:8-9

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage, “Those are truly valuable, and shall be valued, who value themselves more by their virtue and piety than by their worldly wealth and dignity.” A life of wisdom gained by heeding the godly instruction ...Read More

  • Without Blood

    Hebrews 9:21–22

    It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that there is something that we can do to earn the forgiveness of God. We would therefore do well to remember the words of John Owen: “How great is the ...Read More

  • Our Purpose

    Genesis 1:1-2:3

    If our original purpose is to shine forth God’s image to creation, then the importance of our obedience to His will takes on new significance. When our goodness and mercy align with His standards, we reveal His pure character to ...Read More

  • Not Envious or Boastful

    1 Corinthians 13:4

    Have you learned how to be content in whatever state you find yourself, or do you envy others because they have things you do not have? Do you boast in what you possess, or are you thankful you belong to ...Read More

  • Faith and Works

    James 2:14-26

    Again let us be clear, our good works do not get us into heaven. However, they do reveal the faith that lays hold of the benefits of Christ and takes possession of eternal salvation. We must always be careful to ...Read More

  • Two Different Responses

    Genesis 34:30–31

    We are greatly encouraged that the Lord is true to His word even when His people sin. If His blessings were based ultimately on our faithfulness, we would be totally lost. Still, while God was faithful despite Jacob’s unfaithfulness, the ...Read More

  • Lustful Intent

    Matthew 5:27–30

    Positively, question and answer 109 of the Heidelberg Catechism note, the seventh commandment encourages the maintenance and promotion of chastity in marriage and singleness. We should be doing all that we can to prevent a climate in the church and ...Read More

  • In the Midst of Suffering

    James 5:1–12

    Look back over the book of James. Notice how he weaves together the themes of suffering and the tongue. Observe how he brings them together. Consider carefully what this means and what changes you should make in your life. Recommit ...Read More

  • A Better Hope

    Hebrews 7:18–19

    The “better hope” of the new covenant demonstrates that there was hope under the old covenant. However, the old covenant hope is only shadowy, while the new covenant hope is substantial. Thank God that He has always given hope to ...Read More

  • The Lord Said to Abram

    Genesis 12:1–3

    Calvin wisely observes that Genesis 12:3 ought also “to excite us to assist the faithful, that if we discharge any duty towards them, God will repay it; nor ought it less to alarm us, that he denounces war against us, ...Read More

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