• Phoebe’s Commendation

    Romans 16:1-2

    When others serve faithfully, it is appropriate to recognize them for what they have done. In the case of Phoebe, this meant that it was right for the church at Rome to receive her with open arms and to provide ...Read More

  • Pilate Capitulates to the Crowd

    Mark 15:6–15

    Lest we be too hard on the crowd who demanded the death of Jesus, we should recall the temptations we face to make the kingdom of this world more important than the kingdom of God. Every time we trust in ...Read More

  • God’s Initiative in Justification

    Titus 3:4-6

    God uses Word and sacrament, according to His good pleasure, to create and sustain faith in His elect. We will benefit from God’s promises only by faith, so merely hearing God’s Word preached and receiving baptism and the Lord’s Supper ...Read More

  • The Prophet Who Incarnates God’s Word

    John 1:1–18

    There are many people who think they can have Jesus without having Scripture in their hearts and minds. But that is not possible. We need all of Scripture in order to have Jesus, for all of Scripture reveals something of ...Read More

  • Not Having Seen Him

    1 Peter 1:8–9

    Today’s passage tells us that as we love Christ, we obtain the salvation of our souls. In view here is salvation as a process, namely, the gradual renewal that we experience as we are sanctified. As we love Christ, we ...Read More

  • God’s Servant, the Branch

    Zechariah 3:6-10

    Just as Solomon and Zerubbabel, sons of David, built God’s temple during the old covenant period, so does Jesus Christ, the final Son of David, build God’s temple today during the new covenant period. Unlike the temple of old, however, ...Read More

  • Why Sovereignty Matters

    Genesis 50:20–21

    Hear these encouraging comments from John Calvin: “Let the impious busy themselves as they please, let them rage, let them mingle heaven and earth; yet they shall gain nothing by their ardor; and not only shall their impetuosity prove ineffectual, ...Read More

  • Religious Men Who Prey on the Needy

    Mark 12:38–40

    None of us fully lives up to God’s standards, but we are not hypocrites for trying. We are hypocrites only when we pretend to be holier than we are, when we present ourselves as humble when in fact our hearts ...Read More

  • The Sadducees Ask About Marriage

    Mark 12:18–24

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, “Since God makes known His will clearly in the Scriptures, the want of acquaintance with them is the source and cause of all errors.” If we are going to know the truth, we must ...Read More

  • Jesus And His Servant Son

    Revelation 1

    Worship is the natural outflow of a true encounter with Jesus. If we are not motivated to worship our Savior, then we may not actually know Him. If we want to worship but feel something is amiss, it may be ...Read More

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