• Appearances Can Be Deceiving

    Colossians 2:23

    God’s law is good, but in itself cannot put the flesh to death because the problem is not simply that we do not obey the Lord but that we do not want to obey Him apart from the grace He ...Read More

  • The Tax Collector

    Matthew 1:1

    Even in the very first verse of his gospel, Matthew tells us that Jesus fulfills God’s promises to His people. As the “son of Abraham,” Jesus is revealed as the one through whom Abraham will bless the nations (Gen. 12:1–3). ...Read More

  • Egypt and Assyria Serve the Lord

    Isaiah 19:16-25

    Today’s passage also speaks of an altar to God in the midst of Egypt (Isa. 19:19). Matthew Henry sees this as pointing to the worship of God in spirit and truth in all places as Jesus describes in John 4:21–24: ...Read More

  • Faithful Obedience

    Psalm 119:137–144

    In many places around the world, Christians have long had to deal with being a part of the “small and despised” minority. In the West, we find that although many people still profess some form of Christianity, it is increasingly ...Read More

  • Peter, Servant of Jesus

    2 Peter 1:1–2

    It is a good thing to be wary of doctrinal error. However, sometimes we mistake a concern for doctrinal purity with a desire to promote our own opinions regarding negotiable matters. As we prepare to study 2 Peter, pray that ...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

  • A Life Worthy of the Gospel

    Philippians 1:27

    We can by no means overestimate our need of the Christian community for our own faithfulness to our Savior in this world. All of the greatest leaders in church history had the support of fellow believers, and they were thereby ...Read More

  • Beware of Apostasy

    Deuteronomy 13

    Of course, we realize that anyone who abandons Christ did not ever have saving faith to begin with (1 John 2:19). Nevertheless, this truth should not make us complacent; rather, it should encourage us to demonstrate the reality of our ...Read More

  • Idolatry and Restoration

    Psalm 78:40–66

    Though much of the focus of today’s passage is on the failure of the Israelites due to idolatry, we can find greatly encouraging the concluding note of hope in which God arises to rescue His people. Even when the covenant ...Read More

  • The Deception of Empty Words

    Ephesians 5:6

    There are men and women struggling with sexual sin in all of our congregations. They want to please God and are seeking to mortify the flesh, and we should do all that we can to help them. This means creating ...Read More

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