• Saul “Troubles the Land”

    1 Samuel 14:24-30

    Saul was something of a Pharisee—he required more from his men than God did. We, of course, are prone to the same sort of behavior, dreaming up guidelines for ourselves and others that God never lays upon us. Beware of ...Read More

  • Saved and Sanctified by Faith

    Galatians 3:1–14

    The wonderful blessings that come with new life in the Spirit are not earned. They are God’s gifts to enable us to live the Christian life. When we act as if we have to earn them, we are actually rejecting ...Read More

  • Finding a Spouse

    Proverbs 18:22

    Whether we are married or single, let us all take the time to get involved with others in our churches. Single people and married couples equally need each other to help them grow in the faith. Perhaps if you are ...Read More

  • Unlawful Oaths and Vows

    Exodus 20:7

    Friends and even family may exert great pressure on us to join with them in their sin. They may appeal to our loyalties and try to guilt us into covering up a misdeed that should be reported or beg us ...Read More

  • Shepherd and Overseer

    1 Peter 2:25

    We should never think that our problems and concerns are too insignificant for Christ to address. There is a sense, of course, in which we should have some perspective about what we face each day. Nevertheless, Christ is concerned with ...Read More

  • When the Mighty Fall

    2 Samuel 1

    God declares in Scripture that He takes no joy in the death of the wicked (Ezek. 33:11), and neither should we. Like David in his mourning for Saul, we must see the deaths of unbelievers for what they are—tragedies caused ...Read More

  • A Cause to Glory in Christ Jesus

    Philippians 1:25–26

    In saving us from sin, death, and His holy wrath, our God has placed us in a community that, according to His sovereign determination, needs our gifts and talents. To refuse to serve the body of Christ is tantamount to ...Read More

  • A City Offered Up to God

    Deuteronomy 13:12–18

    The church is not permitted to take up the sword against idolaters today, but the destruction of pagan cities in ancient Israel shows us how seriously God takes idolatry. We should be moved when we see others committing idolatry and ...Read More

  • Missing the Mark

    James 4:17

    Human beings have a universal sense of oughtness. We know that we ought to meet certain standards. We know that we ought to be better than we are, and so we are always trying to improve ourselves morally, physically, spiritually, ...Read More

  • Jacob’s True Calling

    Genesis 35:1

    Matthew Henry also comments: “As many as God loves he will remind of neglected duties, one way or another, by conscience or by providences.” The Holy Spirit will not let us forget the vows we have made to serve Him. ...Read More

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