• A Futile Striving

    Lamentations 2:1-5

    Because our Lord is slow to anger, we should not live in fear that He is always about to “get us” because of our sins. At the same time, we should understand that if we harden our hearts persistently, we ...Read More

  • Problems in Post-Exilic Judah

    Malachi 2

    Scripture tells us that marrying someone who does not share the beliefs of the covenant community leads to trouble. For example, Solomon’s marriages to pagan women led him astray and gave paganism a foothold in Israel (1 Kings 11:1–8). If ...Read More

  • Making History Count

    Do the two exercises suggested in today’s reading, then answer the question: “If Rembrandt could paint only one portrait of you, what would he have you doing in the portrait?”Read More

  • Making Known God’s Manifold Wisdom

    Ephesians 3:10

    A church unified in the truth and in love is one of the most powerful displays of God’s glory to all of creation. We should therefore strive to bear with one another’s failings and endeavor to study the Word together ...Read More

  • Jonah’s Anger

    Jonah 4

    Our attitudes toward non-believers can prevent us from spreading the good news. Our Father has His elect among every race and class (Rev. 5:9–10), and there is no sinner He cannot redeem, no matter his evil. How do you regard ...Read More

  • Adonai

    Psalm 8

    Humanity’s most basic sin is the desire to throw off the Lord’s external authority and become a law unto ourselves. Even we who have been transformed by His grace must likewise war against this desire, which often manifests itself in ...Read More

  • Many Generous Women

    Luke 8:1–3

    Mary, Joanna, and Susanna obeyed the biblical principle that says the saints are to provide for those whose daily work is the Gospel ministry (1 Tim. 5:17). Like the rest of us, pastors need an adequate salary to meet the ...Read More

  • Marcion’s Challenge

    1 Corinthians 10:1–6

    Most professing Christians today would not think of altering the biblical text, but there is a widespread, often unspoken belief that the God of the Old Testament became nicer in the New Testament. But the God revealed in both testaments ...Read More

  • Make Straight Paths

    Hebrews 12:12–13

    As you press forward toward Christ, do you find yourself growing weary? Do you find that your knees are growing feeble and that you are swerving back and forth on the path toward the finish line? If so, spend some ...Read More

  • Providence and Gratitude

    1 Thessalonians 5:18

    The Heidelberg Catechism says that knowledge of God’s sovereign providence enables us to be thankful when things go well for us (Q&A 28). That is certainly true. However, we can also be thankful when things go ill, not because of ...Read More