• The Good Fruit of Righteous Speech

    Proverbs 12:13–14

    If we will have to give an account for every careless word that we speak (Matt. 12:36), how much more will we have to answer for slanderous and evil speech? Knowing that our speech reveals our hearts should encourage us ...Read More

  • God’s Gift of Perseverance

    Ephesians 1:13–14

    We have a role to play in perseverance, but God’s role remains supreme. He is the guarantor of our faithfulness, for He remains within us to move us effectually to persevere. We work out our salvation, but we cannot give ...Read More

  • No Such Thing

    1 Corinthians 3:1–4

    It is hardly possible to be in Christ without having a desire to serve Him. When Christ sets a person free, he is free indeed, and he has an inner drive to resist the bondage of sin that once held ...Read More

  • A Sin Unforgiveable

    Matthew 12:22–32

    Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is committed when people knowingly deny the claims of Christ and attribute to Satan the work of our Savior. This is a sin that true Christians cannot commit, for all who are justified are also ...Read More

  • Those Who Go out from Us

    1 John 2:19

    As creatures, our view of others is limited. We can only evaluate outward appearances. Thus, when someone seems to fall away, all we can surmise is that the faith we thought we saw was likely an illusion. Yet even here ...Read More

  • Listening like Sheep

    Psalm 95

    Augustine of Hippo comments, “Let no man say in his heart, His promise is true; His threat is false: as His promise is true, so is His threat sure.” When we read Scripture, we must take the Lord’s warnings seriously. ...Read More

  • God’s Eternal Reign

    Psalm 93

    Obeying the law of God is certainly not the means by which we are found righteous in His sight. However, we do grow in holiness as we seek to fulfill His commandments. Moreover, the holiness of the church in its ...Read More

  • Embracing Our Finitude

    Ecclesiastes 8:16–17

    Scripture does not say it is impossible for us to know anything. Instead, the emphasis is on pursuing knowledge within the boundaries of God’s revelation. Special revelation—sacred Scripture—must guide even our study of “non- religious” matters such as science, philosophy, ...Read More

  • The Great Works of God

    Psalm 111

    Calvin also comments that nothing is more profitable for believers “than to spend their lives in the celebration of the praises of God.” Meditating on the works of the Lord reminds us of His greatness and that wise men and ...Read More

  • Praise from Others

    Proverbs 27:2

    Humility and meekness are marks of the true believer in Christ. We dare not confuse these virtues with weakness, for humble believers are strong in Christ. These virtues, instead, reflect an honest appraisal of one’s talents and weaknesses. They lead ...Read More