• Not Like Esau

    Hebrews 12:16

    Sanctification is a process. We do not become holy all at once, but we manifest righteousness slowly and imperfectly. When the Spirit is at work in us, we begin to become more and more sorrowful over our sin and more ...Read More

  • Does God Necessarily Exist?

    John 1:1–5

    The god of the philosophers is not the God of the Bible. We worship and serve no abstract First Cause but a loving Father. Yet, we also know that our loving God is the self-sufficient origin of all things. Praise ...Read More

  • Human Initiative

    Genesis 24:42–49

    Of course God’s secret decrees include every choice we will ever make. However, we are not to worry about what He has not revealed to us. Instead, we are called to obey His Word and spread His truth, knowing that ...Read More

  • Turning Adversity to Good

    Luke 11:5–13

    When the catechism says that God gives His Spirit only to those who ask, it is not speaking of God’s blessing of the Holy Spirit in our regeneration, which is His work alone. Rather, the confession is speaking of subsequent ...Read More

  • Savior

    Romans 5:9

    Salvation is indeed salvation from sin, but we only need to be saved from sin because God is holy. Without a righteous Creator, there is no law to violate, and we would not need to be rescued from His wrath. ...Read More

  • The Ecumenical Council

    Acts 15:1–35

    The church is not immune to the temptation to elevate “custom” to the level of law. Fueling that temptation is the desire to see those who are different become like us. Examine the standard with which you judge people. Does ...Read More

  • Our Purpose

    Genesis 1:1-2:3

    If our original purpose is to shine forth God’s image to creation, then the importance of our obedience to His will takes on new significance. When our goodness and mercy align with His standards, we reveal His pure character to ...Read More

  • Crumbs from the Table

    Matthew 15:21–28

    John Calvin comments, “At no time, certainly, did God shut up his grace among the Jews in such a manner as not to bestow a small taste of them on the Gentiles.” Throughout redemptive history there have been Gentiles who ...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

  • Appearances Can Be Deceiving

    Colossians 2:23

    God’s law is good, but in itself cannot put the flesh to death because the problem is not simply that we do not obey the Lord but that we do not want to obey Him apart from the grace He ...Read More