• James, A Servant of God

    James 1:1

    Proper biblical interpretation requires that we understand the original circumstances surrounding a book’s composition. The meaning for the original audience sets the trajectory for how correct application is to be made today. The original audience, living in exile, needed to ...Read More

  • The Offense of the Cross

    Galatians 5:10–11

    Martin Luther says that “when the cross is abolished, and the rage of tyrants and heretics ceases on the one side, and all things are in peace, this is a sure token that the pure doctrine of God’s Word is ...Read More

  • Forbidden Marriages

    Genesis 6:1–2

    We cannot assume all of the Sethites who intermarried had true faith, but if they did, the disastrous results of their marriage to unbelievers confirm the stories and commands that warn us against this elsewhere in Scripture (for example, 1 ...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

  • A Risky Proposal

    Ruth 3

    Ruth 3 demonstrates that God’s holy people not only pray, they are also willing to be the answer of their prayers. Boaz did not just pray for Ruth to be covered, he moved to shelter her in the Lord’s name ...Read More

  • Trouble in Egypt

    Jeremiah 44

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage: “God can find his people, with the visits of his grace, wherever they are; and, when his ministers are bound, yet the word of the Lord is not bound. The spirit of prophecy was ...Read More

  • The Return of Christ

    Acts 1:6–11

    The sure hope of the Lord’s return has provided strength to many a suffering Christian. Knowing that Jesus will come again to consummate God’s kingdom helps us see the trials of life in their proper perspective and endure them for ...Read More

  • A Call for Recompense

    Lamentations 1:15–22

    John Calvin comments that the way to peace with God is “sincerely to confess that we are justly visited by his judgment, and also to lie down as it were confounded, and at the same time to venture to look ...Read More

  • Learning God’s Lessons

    Ezekiel 6

    The returned exiles, by and large, got rid of all overt idolatry in Canaan when they came back from Babylon. However, the later prophets and the New Testament show us that they did not go far enough, and groups such ...Read More

  • Baptism of the Holy Spirit

    Acts 19:1-7

    All Christians are theologians because all believers develop ideas about God that shape who they are and what they do. The only question is whether we are going to be good theologians or bad theologians. Good theologians determine their theology ...Read More

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