• James, A Servant of God

    James 1:1

    Proper biblical interpretation requires that we understand the original circumstances surrounding a book’s composition. The meaning for the original audience sets the trajectory for how correct application is to be made today. The original audience, living in exile, needed to ...Read More

  • Herod’s Discernment

    Mark 6:19b–20

    Because sinners remain the image of God, they can still be reached with the truth of God. Only if the Spirit changes the hearts of those who read and hear God’s Word will they be converted. However, we can be ...Read More

  • Earthly Wisdom

    James 3:14–16

    Few of us will ever rise to rule a nation or to command a large corporation. However, while selfish ambition can lead to such things, it can also motivate us to seek power in less influential realms. What motivates you ...Read More

  • The Spirit of Life

    Isaiah 32:9–20

    The Holy Spirit certainly worked in the old covenant people, regenerating the faithful remnant to trust in the Lord. Yet the old covenant people knew that a greater measure of the Spirit was yet to come. Under the new covenant, ...Read More

  • Forbidden Marriages

    Genesis 6:1–2

    We cannot assume all of the Sethites who intermarried had true faith, but if they did, the disastrous results of their marriage to unbelievers confirm the stories and commands that warn us against this elsewhere in Scripture (for example, 1 ...Read More

  • The Flesh

    Galatians 5:16–26

    In order for us to progress in our walk, the old nature of the flesh must be weakened and our new nature must be strengthened. One of the most powerful ways we can do this is through godly fellowship with ...Read More

  • You and Your Offspring

    Genesis 17:1–14

    The church is not infallible, but the church is wise. We should, therefore, take its tradition and guidance seriously. In the matter of baptism, church tradition is overwhelmingly on the side of baptizing adult Christians and their infant children. This ...Read More

  • The Everlasting King

    Psalm 145

    Because God’s kingdom is everlasting, we can be confident that He will overcome all of His and our enemies. No foe can outlast Him, and nothing will ever cause His throne to fall. We should therefore be unafraid that our ...Read More

  • The Lord Saves His Servants

    Jeremiah 39

    John Calvin comments that the Holy Spirit intends to show us by rewarding Ebedmelech that we should “give [the brethren] help as far as we can, and not to shun…any dangers, which we may thereby incur….The reward given to the ...Read More

  • In the Bosom of the Shepherd

    Isaiah 40:11

    Israel’s God is the transcendent Lord over all, but He is not a deity who is far off and inaccessible. Instead, He delights to carry us in His arms and finds great joy in caring for our needs. Like a ...Read More

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