• Principle or Custom?

    1 Corinthians 11:1–16

    Sometimes, after we have studied the background of a text thoroughly, we are still not sure whether it is giving us a principle or a custom. But it is better to treat a custom as a principle than a principle ...Read More

  • The Bitter Made Sweet

    Exodus 15:22–27

    Are you quick to complain? When you are suffering some kind of difficulty, do you pray for relief or do you accuse God of injustice? Do you look for what God might be teaching you in every situation, or do ...Read More

  • The Penalty for Blasphemy

    Leviticus 24:10–16

    The issue of the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is a difficult one, but commentators agree that we have not committed this sin if we feel remorse and want God to forgive us. Only those whose hearts have been completely ...Read More

  • Hamor’s Dubious Offer

    Genesis 34:8–12

    There are all sorts of good things promised to us by the Lord, and there are just as many wrong ways to go about obtaining them. We must wait patiently for God to bring these good things to us. This ...Read More

  • Hope and Encouragement

    Romans 15:1–6

    Psalms are a great source of encouragement, because (a) they meet us where we are, in the midst of difficulty and conflict, (b) they remind us of what God has done, and (c) they bring us face to face with ...Read More

  • The Fall of Adam

    Genesis 3:14–19

    Our culture tempts us to see work itself as a curse and to live for the day when we need not labor any more. But the Bible says we are made to work for God’s glory, and although there may ...Read More

  • The Peril of Self-Deception

    Galatians 6:7–8

    Augustine comments, “To sow in the spirit is to serve righteousness from faith and with love and not to heed the desires of sin” (ACCNT vol. 8, p. 93). The desires of sin would have us withhold all of ...Read More

  • Israel at Mount Sinai

    Exodus 19:1–13

    In Ephesians 2, Paul tell us that it is by grace that we have been saved through faith and that a gift of God. He also tells us that we are God’s workmanship, created in Him to do good works. ...Read More

  • The Trauma of Holiness

    Isaiah 6:5–7

    How do you view your own good deeds? Have you convinced yourself that you are as holy as the Lord has commanded you to be? Maybe you take sin lightly, imagining that God is inherently obligated to forgive unrepentant transgressors? ...Read More

  • Building the Kingdom of God

    Do you love believers and unbelievers alike? Are you willing to risk the hostility of both to build God’s kingdom?Read More

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