• Queen Esther

    Esther 1–2

    The ambivalence with which Mordecai and Esther are portrayed and the flaws they evidence will be discussed further in the coming days. However, the Lord used them, warts and all, to rescue his people in their time of dire need. ...Read More

  • Witnessing His Glory

    The angels sang “Glory to God” at Christ’s birth. The heavenly elders give glory to God around His throne. Why don’t you follow their example and give God glory today in every circumstance of your life?Read More

  • The Scroll and the Watchman

    Ezekiel 3

    John Calvin comments: “What Ezekiel heard belongs to all teachers of the Church, namely, that they are Divinely appointed and placed as on watch-towers, that they may keep watch for the common safety of all. It was the duty of ...Read More

  • Providence and Evil

    James 1:13

    We see God’s ordination of wickedness for a good end most clearly in the crucifixion. God used the evil plans of Christ’s enemies to fulfill His good plan for His people (Acts 2:23). An evil act is still an evil ...Read More

  • Anchoring Your Soul

    Is your soul anchored to the biblical hope of the future, the new heaven and earth, where there will be no more sin and suffering?Read More

  • Lessons in Humility

    James 1:19–27

    The ability to listen to many sides of an issue before adding one’s own opinion manifests self-control and a teachable spirit. Those who are quick to speak are selfishly concerned with their point of view—they like to be heard. The ...Read More

  • The Eyes of the Lord

    1 Peter 3:10–12

    When we relate the command to bless our enemies to the rest of Scripture we may fall into one of two extremes. We can either put ourselves into unnecessary dangers by refusing always to defend ourselves, or we can use ...Read More

  • Our Kinsman Redeemer

    Leviticus 25:23–28

    Jesus has paid the moral debt we owed to the Father for breaking the law of God. He was not obligated to pay this debt, and the Father was not obligated to accept this payment. But in their great love ...Read More

  • David Hood

    1 Samuel 22

    Christian theologians have always recognized that sins of omission, the failure to do what we know is right, incur the judgment of God (James 4:17). Our negligence and failure to think things through can cause many problems for other people ...Read More

  • The Touch of Worship

    Acts 6:1–7

    Paul exhorts us to “greet one another with a holy kiss” (Rom. 16:16). The way in which we can appropriately convey the love of God physically differs from culture to culture. But whether it is a handshake, hug, or kiss, ...Read More

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