• Answers for the Thessalonians

    1 Thessalonians 4-5

    As an exercise, read 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11 three times. Read it first as if the destruction of Jerusalem, near at hand, is in view. Read it second as if it refers to every crisis in history, when God deals with ...Read More

  • This Time Next Year

    Genesis 17:20–21

    We are reminded that salvation is wholly from God when we see the many miraculous births in Scripture. Of course, the preeminent example of this is Jesus’ nativity, as He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and ...Read More

  • No Other Gods

    Deuteronomy 5:7

    It is not enough merely to refrain from doing what God forbids, although that is a necessary part of true obedience. We must also cultivate a positive appreciation for the opposite of what is forbidden. Not following after other gods ...Read More

  • Newness of Life (Part 1)

    Romans 6:5-7

    It is good for believers to take the measure of their progress in the Christian life. What were some of the sins that most troubled you before your conversion? Have you advanced in your ability to resist them? Remember that ...Read More

  • Two More Sons of Israel

    Genesis 48:1–7

    John Calvin says that Joseph’s rush to see his father one last time shows he regards it “a greater privilege to be a son of Jacob, than to preside over a hundred kingdoms.” Joseph saw his father’s great faith on ...Read More

  • The Music of the Covenant

    Psalm 101

    Reformed Christians are sometimes referred to as the “frozen chosen” on account of their demeanor in worship. Of course, everyone expresses joy differently, but our joy as Reformed Christians should be readily apparent in our worship no matter if its ...Read More

  • Jacob’s Wisdom

    Genesis 31:20

    Since God’s people have not totally shaken off idolatry, we again repeat Scripture’s call to keep ourselves from idols (1 John 5:21). We must also recall Jacob’s wisdom in dealing with Laban. As Christians, we must pray for the non-believers ...Read More

  • The Desire for Riches

    1 Timothy 6:9

    Each day we should ask ourselves whether we are content with the gifts God has given us or whether we are coveting (not simply wanting) something else. That something could be money, a relationship, a job, recognition, or any number ...Read More

  • Providence and Evil

    James 1:13

    We see God’s ordination of wickedness for a good end most clearly in the crucifixion. God used the evil plans of Christ’s enemies to fulfill His good plan for His people (Acts 2:23). An evil act is still an evil ...Read More

  • Life in Exile

    Jeremiah 29

    First Peter 2:11 speaks of Christians as exiles in this world, for though we are citizens of the heavenly kingdom, we are right now living in a foreign land. Thus, Jeremiah’s words in today’s passage are instructive for how we ...Read More

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