• Planning to Grow

    Luke 14:25–33

    One very practical way to contribute to your spiritual growth is to set goals in your piety. Take some time to look at your life, and set goals in the areas that need priority ­— prayer, Bible study, evangelism, works ...Read More

  • Vessels of Destruction

    Romans 9:14–24

    Many misunderstand Reformed theology to say that God forces some to go to hell against their will. Though God does indeed pass over some people, He never acts apart from their desires. In our natural state since the fall, all ...Read More

  • The Atonement

    Mark 15:21–39

    One of the reasons Islam is able to gain a hearing is because of humanity’s natural tendency toward self-sufficiency. We think that we are able to pay our debt and to do what needs to be done to save ourselves. ...Read More

  • Denying God’s Transcendence

    1 Chronicles 29:11

    The immanentism we have discussed today is still with us. The New Age idea that we are all divine is a further alteration of immanentistic thought and also draws upon Eastern religions. We must be on guard against any view ...Read More

  • The Scroll and the Watchman

    Ezekiel 3

    John Calvin comments: “What Ezekiel heard belongs to all teachers of the Church, namely, that they are Divinely appointed and placed as on watch-towers, that they may keep watch for the common safety of all. It was the duty of ...Read More

  • Jockeying for Position

    Matthew 20:20–23

    One commentator notes that we are asking to suffer when we ask to be useful in the kingdom of heaven. We must therefore also ask for the ability to suffer with Jesus if we want to advance in His kingdom. ...Read More

  • Down to Egypt

    Genesis 12:10–16

    All seems to be going well for Abram when he enters Canaan, but soon a disastrous famine results. As Matthew Henry comments, this reveals “it is possible for a man to be in the way of duty, and in the ...Read More

  • A Blessing for Rebekah

    Genesis 24:60–61

    In the time between Christ’s first and second advent, our triumph over the Lord’s enemies is made manifest primarily through our spiritual warfare. Any time a sinner that we are praying for turns to Jesus, every time a fallen believer ...Read More

  • Leaving Vengeance to the Lord

    Romans 12:19-20

    What is your first inclination when people wrong you? Is it to seek vengeance on them, to do what you can to make them pay for what they have done? Or, is your response immediately to pray for them, to ...Read More

  • Truth and Love

    2 John 1–3

    Sometimes we can fall into the trap of presenting truth without love. We who are Reformed can be especially guilty of using the doctrines of grace as a club with which we attack people instead of lovingly sharing God’s sovereignty ...Read More

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