• Oaths and Vows

    James 5:12

    John Calvin writes that if James’ audience “observed faithfulness as they ought, in their words, there would have been no necessity of so many superfluous oaths.” How trustworthy is your speech? Can people believe what you say? Do you see ...Read More

  • Moral Relativism

    John 18:38a

    Being Christians in the world, we face the challenge of having our ethics shaped by the culture around us. That is why we must be careful to discern the messages we are being sent and evaluate them by the standards ...Read More

  • Fasting in Secret

    Matthew 6:17-18

    Fasting is extremely beneficial to our spiritual growth and our prayer lives. Going without food helps reminds us how much we depend on God for our sustenance and, indeed, for all things. This helps us seek Him fervently, for we ...Read More

  • The Eye of the Beholder

    Ecclesiastes 3:11a

    The four standards of beauty all reflect God’s character. The Lord is simple — He is indivisible, each of His attributes affecting the others. God is complex, having many facets to His character. His creation exhibits proportionality: the abilities of ...Read More

  • Divine Providence

    Psalm 46

    Read Matthew 6:25–32. What does this passage say about God’s providence? Think of times you attributed events under the canopy of God’s providence to chance. Why is it more comforting to think of providence instead? Notice God’s providential governing of ...Read More

  • The Light of God’s Face

    Psalm 4

    Those people upon whom God shines the light of His glory, kindness, and love cannot help but reflect this light to those around them. Over time, as we grow in the grace and truth of Christ Jesus, we will shine ...Read More

  • Naked and Unashamed

    Genesis 2:24-25

    How closely does your marriage approximate Adam and Eve’s relationship in the garden? Do you try to meet your spouse’s desire for shame-free intimacy on all levels? Or do you ignore his or her emotional and physical needs? Take time ...Read More

  • Our Amen to the Glory of God

    2 Corinthians 1:20

    The Christian faith is simple enough for anyone to grasp and yet so rich that a lifetime of study will not exhaust our need to plumb the depths of our holy religion as it is revealed in sacred Scripture. As ...Read More

  • Joseph’s Colorful Coat

    Genesis 37:1–4

    John Chrysostom comments: “Envy is a terrible passion, you see, and when it affects the soul, it does not leave it before bringing it to an extremely sorry state” (Homilies on Genesis, 61.4). In due time the jealousy Joseph’s brothers ...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

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