• Basic Literary Forms I

    Joshua 10:13a

    Modern science and mathematics enable us to speak with great precision at times. Truth, however, does not always demand the kind of precision that we find in modern science. Remember that the approximations, estimates, and other uses of language we ...Read More

  • Paul’s Love for His Audience

    Philippians 2:17–18

    Our love for those who minister to us should be part of what motivates our obedience to the Lord. As we grow in holiness, we help to show our pastors, Sunday school teachers, and other church leaders that their labor ...Read More

  • Judgment and Salvation

    Isaiah 59:14–21

    We who have been purchased by Christ might sometimes feel like we should just go along with the unrighteousness around us. Yet though the cost of following the Lord is great, and may even be greater in the days ahead, ...Read More

  • God’s Incommunicable Attributes

    Acts 17:28

    God’s attribute of infinity greatly comforts us. Because He has no boundaries, there is no place where He is not. We can never get so far away from Him that He cannot help us, and He is always close at ...Read More

  • Restoration in the North

    Matthew 4:12–17

    The restoration of Israel will be much greater than we could have anticipated. God’s people will include not only those physical sons of Abraham who have faith in Jesus the Messiah but also Gentiles who trust in Him. Both groups ...Read More

  • But Once a Year

    Hebrews 9:6–7

    No one intends to rush into sin at first. John Calvin reminds us that “men never deliberately rush headlong into ruin, but being entangled in the deceptions of Satan, they lose the power of judging rightly.” Pray that you would ...Read More

  • The Fitting Job For You

    Genesis 2:15

    Even if we find ourselves in jobs that would not be our first choice, we can find joy in our work as we seek to serve God in them. In all that we do, we are not serving merely ourselves ...Read More

  • Persecutors of the Prophets

    Matthew 23:29–36

    Matthew Henry says it is easy for us to assume that we would be unlike the scribes and Pharisees and follow Jesus willingly. Yet even centuries later, he writes, “Christ in his Spirit, in his word, in his ministers, is ...Read More

  • Sin’s Reality and the Ideal

    Philemon 8

    As today’s study shows, understanding the cultural background of a passage in Scripture is important to figuring out why an author says what he says. In turn, as we hope to show in future studies, knowing this historical context also ...Read More

  • Rahab and the Spies

    Hebrews 11:31

    Do you trust in Christ and yet harbor fears that He may not really be able to forgive you? Do you think that your past is so horrible that God could never accept you into His kingdom? If so, remember ...Read More

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