• Knowing Your Sin

    Psalm 51

    Read Luke 18:9–14. How is the confession of the tax collector like David’s? Have you ever confessed to God not only your sins but that you are a sinner by nature? Do you confess your sins daily? Ask God to ...Read More

  • Increasing Wealth

    Proverbs 13:11

    As today’s passage indicates, the Bible does not frown upon the gathering of wealth, but only improper means of gaining it. In fact, Proverbs 13:11 indicates that the honest gaining of wealth is something to which we should aspire. What ...Read More

  • Jesus on Trial

    Matthew 26:57–63a

    Zephaniah 3:5 assures us that the Lord is perfectly righteous and therefore incapable of any injustice. We must therefore, unlike the Sanhedrin in Jesus’ day, learn to hate injustice and to do whatever we can to make sure that justice ...Read More

  • The Pearl of Great Price

    Matthew 13:44–46

    John Calvin says we need the teaching of today’s passage because ”we are so captivated by the allurements of the world, that eternal life fades from our view; and in consequence of our carnality, the spiritual graces of God are ...Read More

  • A Sign of Assurance

    Romans 6:5–11

    Because we are united to Christ, the wrath that we deserve was meted out by the Father on His Son at Calvary. Our sin was judged, and the condemnation we earned for having transgressed God’s law was borne by our ...Read More

  • The Authority of the Church

    1 Corinthians 5

    Today’s passage is a proof text for question and answer 85 of the Heidelberg Catechism, which deals with how church discipline opens and shuts the door to the kingdom of heaven. Excommunication shuts the door by declaring that the excommunicated ...Read More

  • Training in Faith

    1 Timothy 4:6-7a

    What do you talk about when you are with other believers? Catching them up on the current events of your life is important, but you can be sure that you are being a good servant of Jesus when you discuss ...Read More

  • The Final Exodus

    Ezekiel 20:33–44

    God in Christ met not only Jews in the wilderness but also Gentiles (Mark 5:1–20), and as the Last Adam, He identified with Gentiles as well, bearing the Father’s wrath for Gentiles who believe. Whether we are Jews or Gentiles ...Read More

  • The Revelation of Mystery

    Ephesians 3:3

    Cults commonly claim to have special teachings that are available only to a few who are wise enough to understand them or have enough money to buy this knowledge. This is far different from biblical Christianity, which assumes that God ...Read More

  • Sitting on a Suitcase

    Philippians 1:18b–26

    When a believer dies, it is natural for the friends and family of the deceased to feel a profound sense of loss. But the deceased, if a Christian, feels no pain since he is ushered immediately into the presence of ...Read More