• 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

  • God Rescues Ishmael

    Genesis 21:15–21

    John Chrysostom comments: “The grace of God is the greatest security and the most impregnable fortification” (Homilies on Genesis 46.7–8). Though all outward circumstances might testify otherwise, the Lord’s people know that He is their rock and will sustain them ...Read More

  • Loving God by Loving Christ

    Matthew 10:37–39

    Adherents of other religions may do many good deeds in the name of God. They may even think that they are praying to Him when they beseech the Creator. But in doing all these things, they are really committing idolatry. ...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 Burial of Christ

    John 19:38–42

    Because the Bible is the Word of God, nothing in it was included by accident. We may not always know why certain facts are recorded and not others, but we do know there is a reason for every word in ...Read More

  • God Speaks to Jacob

    Genesis 31:3

    Sometimes we sense divine Providence indicating a move for us to make. A new job offer might present itself. Maybe a relationship is pointing toward marriage. Investment prospects may be “golden opportunities” for growing our resources. God will often direct ...Read More

  • The Priority of Love

    1 Corinthians 13:1–3

    Though we believe speaking in tongues and the gift of prophecy ceased with the end of the apostolic age, the many spiritual gifts and offices God still gives His people today can still be used in an unloving manner. One ...Read More

  • Raised by the LORD

    Hosea 6:1–3

    Some commentators believe there is an allusion to Hosea 6:2 in passages such as Mark 8:31 and Acts 10:40, but it seems unlikely that the prophet had a specific time frame for the resurrection in mind when he wrote. Still, ...Read More

  • The Importance of Sacraments

    Galatians 3:15-29

    Perhaps one of the reasons why we have not paid sufficient attention to the sacraments is that we associate them with the Roman church and arid ritualism. As we continue our study, keep always in mind that these sacraments were ...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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