• False Prophets and Their Fruits

    Matthew 7:15–20

    Though we are all responsible to evaluate our teachers by the fruit of their teaching and lives, it does not necessarily follow that this evaluation is solely an individual responsibility. In fact, we need other Christians who are grounded in ...Read More

  • Through Promise

    Galatians 4:21–31

    John Calvin says Paul “is not inconsistent with the true and literal meaning; when a comparison was drawn between the Church and the family of Abraham. As the house of Abraham was then a true Church…the principal and most memorable ...Read More

  • The Pastor’s Progress

    1 Timothy 4:14-15

    John Calvin writes, “To neglect a gift is carelessly to keep it unemployed through slothfulness, so that, having contracted rust, it is worn away without yielding any profit.” Some of us know what our gifts are but are not using ...Read More

  • Jarius’ Daughter

    Luke 8:40–56

    One of the more popular hymns from the past fifty years or so is “He Touched Me,” which celebrates the power of Christ to make us whole. No matter how desperate our situation, Jesus promises to raise all those with ...Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • Children of God

    1 John 3:1–3

    Are you frustrated with your current progression in holiness? Do you think that you will never overcome your persistent sins? If you hope in Christ, you should not feel this way. For if you truly hope in Him you are ...Read More

  • The Greatness of Service

    Matthew 20:24–28

    Matthew Henry writes, “It is the duty of Christ’s disciples to serve one another, for mutual edification.” A true leader leads by example, never asking others to do something that the leader is unwilling to do himself. He does not ...Read More

  • Moral Relativism

    John 18:38a

    Being Christians in the world, we face the challenge of having our ethics shaped by the culture around us. That is why we must be careful to discern the messages we are being sent and evaluate them by the standards ...Read More

  • Homosexuality

    Romans 1:18–32

    Many people say we only love those who practice homosexuality if we approve of their lifestyle. Yet, true love delights in the truth (1 Cor. 13:6); thus, Christians cannot approve of homosexual acts. We are also not to think Jesus ...Read More

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