• Goodness and Faith

    Psalm 37:3

    What motivates you to do good works? Are you serving your neighbor solely out of a desire to please the Lord, or are you doing so just because it makes you feel good? Perhaps you just enjoy the recognition that ...Read More

  • Augustine’s View of Man

    Psalm 139

    Those who are not Christians still seek understanding based on Christian assumptions. For example, scientists can draw universally applicable conclusions from experiments only by assuming a regularity to how the world operates. Such regularity is possible only if a covenant-keeping ...Read More

  • The Fiery Tongue

    James 3:5b–6

    In today’s passage, James reminds us that it only takes a small flame to cause a great fire. Oftentimes the most offensive and hurtful things that we say appear to be insignificant at the time. However, snide and subtle comments ...Read More

  • Boaz, a Servant of God

    Ruth 2

    When Ruth reports Boaz’s generosity to her mother-in-law, Naomi begins to move out of her bitterness and back toward faith (Ruth 2:20–21). We should never underestimate the effect our generosity can have on other people. In fact, when we give ...Read More

  • God Appears to Jacob

    Genesis 46:1–4

    Matthew Henry wrote: “Whatever low or dark valley we are called into at any time, we may be confident, if God goes down with us into it, that he will surely bring us up again. If he goes with us ...Read More

  • The Role of Prayer in God’s Providence

    James 5:16b-18

    In his Institutes, John Calvin notes that prayer is more for our benefit than it is for God’s (3.20.3). While we can hold to the truth that there are some things that God will not do unless we ask Him ...Read More

  • The Church in Rome Arises

    Philippians 1:14

    Seeing the truth of God’s Word confirmed can make us more bold in the proclamation of His gospel. As our doubts are assuaged, we see that we have given our lives to One who is absolutely trustworthy, and we are ...Read More

  • The Jews’ Failure to Keep the Law

    Romans 2:21b–23

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, “We are here warned, first, not to flatter ourselves and to despise others, when we have performed only some portions of the law—and, secondly, not to glory in having outward idolatry removed, while we ...Read More

  • The Blessing of Forgiveness

    Psalm 32

    God’s free pardon in our justification is a great blessing indeed, but it is only one part of what happens. We are also declared righteous in Christ and admitted to the full rights and privileges afforded to Him for His ...Read More

  • A Renewed Creation

    Revelation 21

    The ultimate Christian hope is not a disembodied spiritual existence but a resurrected body in which we perfectly bring glory to God and reflect His awesome holiness. We will be finally and fully complete at our resurrection as our entire ...Read More