• The Worth of a Good Name

    Ecclesiastes 7:1

    Many people who have a good reputation do not deserve it, for they live as impenitent hypocrites. Our remaining sin means that we will never fully live up to the good opinions others may have of us, but that does ...Read More

  • Living Faith

    James 2:25–26

    A dead faith is really no faith at all because a dead faith can in no way lay hold of the perfect righteousness of Christ. We must have a living faith evidenced by works of love and mercy toward other ...Read More

  • Sarah Conceived

    Hebrews 11:11–12

    The realities of this life make it inevitable that doubts regarding the promises of God will arise. Spend time in prayer and study now so that you will be able to stand firm when these doubts come. If you are ...Read More

  • The Fall of Babylon

    Jeremiah 50:1–20

    Much of Jeremiah is concerned with God’s use of Babylon to judge His people. In that judgment, we can see evidence of an occasion when the wicked prospered. Yet we also see that the prosperity was not evidence that the ...Read More

  • Before Abraham Was

    John 8:48-59

    Many people think that they are truly free when they can do whatever they want to do—even sin. Yet Scripture repeatedly tells us that true freedom is found in desiring and being able to do what is pleasing to God. ...Read More

  • Discerning the Good

    Philippians 4:8–9

    Paul’s exhortation to think on what is good, excellent, and beautiful in the culture around us suggests that withdrawal into a Christian ghetto is not the way to witness to Jesus in this world. We are to live in a ...Read More

  • Zechariah’s First Vision

    Zechariah 1:7-17

    Zechariah’s first vision concludes with a word from the Lord that the people were not to take their continuing subjection to a foreign empire as proof that God had forgotten them. God reiterated His promises that He would bless His ...Read More

  • Legion Destroys Some Swine

    Mark 5:11-13

    Scripture exhorts us to care for animals and not to be cruel to them. Even so, the Bible never puts the worth of animals on the same level as the worth of humanity. We “are of more value than many ...Read More

  • Job’s Repentance and Restoration

    Job 42

    Sometimes restoration comes to us in this lifetime, but sometimes it awaits the age to come. In truth, all of God’s faithful servants will be finally vindicated and restored, and that is what we all long for with great hope. ...Read More

  • Blind Eyes Are Opened

    Matthew 9:27–31

    The close connection of Jesus’ miracles to His work of bearing the sins of His people (Matt. 8:17) has led many commentators to look at His miraculous healings not only as real events but also as metaphors for what happens ...Read More

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