• Faith and God’s Rewards

    Hebrews 11:3-7

    Christian faith is more than just belief that God exists. It does not take any special gift of faith to believe in the existence of the Creator, for many people have lived and died believing that God exists even though ...Read More

  • Assurance and Conviction

    Hebrews 11:1-2

    As we have seen, biblical faith is not naive wish fulfillment that believes in something just because it makes us feel better. Neither does it involve believing despite the evidence. Instead, biblical faith is confident trust in an objective but ...Read More

  • The Faith of the Friends

    Mark 2:1-5

    John Calvin comments that the paralytic’s friends “would never have submitted to so much trouble, nor contended with such formidable hindrances, if they had not derived courage from entire confidence of success. The fruit of their faith appeared in their ...Read More

  • The Wilderness Preacher

    Mark 1:4-6

    Jesus’ message to the Jews, and by extension to all people, is the same as John’s: Men and women can have a place in God’s kingdom only if they repent of their sins and turn to the Lord alone for ...Read More

  • Thoughts of Home

    John 14:1–3

    God is faithful and His Word is sure, so we need not fear that anything awaits believers after our deaths except heaven. Jesus sees our final dwelling with Him as so important that He has gone on before us to ...Read More

  • Great Faith in God

    Psalm 116:10–19

    Knowing that our deaths are precious in God’s sight encourages us to trust Him in our difficulties. We die at the point that the Lord has determined to be the right and most valuable time, so no believer dies at ...Read More

  • Suffering and Death

    Hebrews 11:13–16

    We know that it is impossible for anyone who has truly put his trust in Jesus alone to fall away finally from Christ. How do we know that we have such faith, which is the only kind of faith that ...Read More

  • When Darkness Is Our Companion

    Psalm 88

    Many Christian authors have written about “the dark night of the soul” or “spiritual depression,” referring to those times when God seems far away and we feel spiritually dry and down. At such times, we are not to believe that ...Read More

  • Confidence in Suffering

    Psalm 102:1–14

    We cannot isolate ourselves fully from others. Our decisions invariably affect other people, and their decisions affect us. The church as a whole may go through trials and tribulations, and when this happens, even the most faithful servants of God ...Read More

  • Faithful Obedience

    Psalm 119:137–144

    In many places around the world, Christians have long had to deal with being a part of the “small and despised” minority. In the West, we find that although many people still profess some form of Christianity, it is increasingly ...Read More