• Circumcision of the Heart

    Romans 2:28–29

    Circumcision per se is not bad. For Paul it was indifferent to one’s place in the kingdom—that is, until the Judaizers insisted that circumcision is required for salvation. To so insist was to go too far and to confuse the ...Read More

  • The Pastor’s Progress

    1 Timothy 4:14-15

    John Calvin writes, “To neglect a gift is carelessly to keep it unemployed through slothfulness, so that, having contracted rust, it is worn away without yielding any profit.” Some of us know what our gifts are but are not using ...Read More

  • Walking on Water

    Matthew 14:22–36

    As many commentators have said regarding this passage, Peter’s faith is much like ours, small and incomplete, a mixture of trust and doubt. Nevertheless, God does not wait for us to have perfect faith before He saves us. The mere ...Read More

  • Sovereign Gifting

    Ephesians 4:7

    Christ bestows gifts upon His people as He sees fit, guaranteeing that all of us have an important part to play in the advance of His kingdom (1 Cor. 12:1–11). As Christians, then, we must truly appreciate the variety of ...Read More

  • Seek the Lord’s Will First

    Isaiah 30:1–7

    When you have a problem, do you seek God in prayer and read His Word first, or do you run to a friend or magazine (even Christian ones)? While there is nothing wrong with going to friends for advice, the ...Read More

  • Cheerful Giving

    2 Corinthians 9:6–15

    Prosperity preachers pervert the Word of God when they call on believers to demand that the Lord bless them a hundredfold when they give. Still, we should expect that God will abundantly bless us when we give with a cheerful ...Read More

  • Paul’s View of the Apostles

    Galatians 2:6

    Critical to today’s passage is the understanding that the Jerusalem apostles added nothing to Paul’s gospel. Paul was called later, but that did not make his preaching deficient. At any rate, in the final analysis there are no contradictions between ...Read More

  • Defining Our Relationship

    Reflect on the mysterious union of Christ and the church as illustrated by the marriage relationship.Read More

  • A Living Hope

    1 Peter 1:3–5

    John Calvin tells us that 1 Peter begins with a description of our indestructible hope so that we may “enjoy the invaluable treasure of a future life; and also that we may not be broken down by present troubles, but ...Read More

  • Goodness and Faith

    Psalm 37:3

    We will continue to sin until we are in the direct presence of God, so there will always be occasions when we disbelieve the Lord and transgress His law. Our need for perfection has been met in Christ, and He ...Read More

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