• Problems in Post-Exilic Judah

    Malachi 2

    Scripture tells us that marrying someone who does not share the beliefs of the covenant community leads to trouble. For example, Solomon’s marriages to pagan women led him astray and gave paganism a foothold in Israel (1 Kings 11:1–8). If ...Read More

  • The Forgiveness of Sins

    Micah 7:18–19

    Those whom God forgives are forgiven indeed. He does not actually forget what we have done, but He no longer holds our wickedness against us when we trust in Christ. Through the blood of Christ, He sees us as righteous ...Read More

  • The When of Spirit Baptism

    1 Corinthians 12:13

    The greatest danger of positing a second blessing of the Holy Spirit is its creation of a Christian caste system. It divides the church into Spirit-haves and Spirit-have-nots, separating what God has united. This leads to feelings of superiority and ...Read More

  • The Clarity of God’s Word

    Deuteronomy 6:6–7

    Some parents do not spend that much time talking about the Scriptures at home because they believe it is too hard to understand. But the Bible is clear enough that anyone who is willing to sit down and read can ...Read More

  • The Virginity Question

    1 Timothy 2:9

    Without exception, God promises to forgive us of our sins if we truly repent and come to Him through Christ for pardon (1 John 1:9). If you have transgressed His Word regarding sexual activity, know that the Lord is willing ...Read More

  • Presuming upon God’s Kindness

    Romans 2:3–5

    Martin Luther comments on today’s passage that “so great is the blindness of the sinner that he abuses to his own harm the things that have been given to him for his own benefit.” Though Paul has the Jews in ...Read More

  • The New Covenant

    Hebrews 8:8–9

    We live our entire lives in absolute dependence upon God. From our first breath to our last, it is God who sustains us. This is most evident in our redemption that comes only after the old covenant points out our ...Read More

  • Christ in Our Hearts

    Ephesians 3:16-17a

    Christ does not wait for us to be perfect before He takes up residence within us, and for that we can rejoice. Yet it is possible to grieve His Spirit by our sin (Eph. 4:30), and so we must ever ...Read More

  • The Flood Continued

    Genesis 7:17–24

    Are you going through some period of difficulty right now? Perhaps someone close to you has recently died. Maybe you are ill or are doubting the Lord’s promises. Perchance a friend or family member is suffering. If you feel you ...Read More

  • The Antidote to Worry

    Matthew 6:25–34

    Some of us are more prone to anxiety than others. Yet as we read in today’s passage, persistent worry is not our calling as Christians. We need not be anxious about tomorrow if we are serving Jesus, for while we ...Read More

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