• Don’t Worry, Be Joyful

    Philippians 4:4–7

    Even if God never gives us another blessing, what Jesus did on our behalf gives us more than a sufficient reason to rejoice. We can properly grieve when friends and families die, relationships end, jobs are lost, and suffering occurs. ...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

  • Spiritual Transformations

    1 Samuel 16:14-23

    What a strange assignment God gave David, to minister to the man he had been anointed to replace. Surely there were awkward moments. And yet, we never find David complaining about God’s purposes or timetable. In like manner, we should ...Read More

  • A Guilty Conscience

    Jeremiah 3:1-5

    Our guilt feelings will fully line up with the objective reality of our guilt only insofar as our consciences are properly shaped by the Word of God. Scripture informs our consciences, helping them to more quickly and more correctly discern ...Read More

  • God’s Hidden Will

    Job 9:1–10

    Many people practice divination in hope of seeing the future (ordained in God’s hidden decrees). Reformed believers may not be inclined to this sin, but we can be too occupied with His hidden will and lapse into hyper-Calvinism. For example, ...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

  • A Spiritual House

    1 Peter 2:4–5

    While it is true that each individual believer becomes a temple of God, we do not do well if we neglect passages like this that emphasize the corporate nature of the people of God. Currently, we are being built into ...Read More

  • Jonah, Son of Amittai

    Jonah 1

    The story makes clear that the sailors onboard Jonah’s vessel are more concerned to obey God than Jonah was. A non-believer’s good deeds can never save his soul, but we should be ashamed anytime non-Christians are more concerned with living ...Read More

  • Every Good Gift

    James 1:16–18

    Though it is hard for us to understand, the Bible is clear that even in evil God is working out good things for His people. In the midst of the most terrible circumstances, God prepares good gifts for us, some ...Read More

  • Warring Against the World

    John 7:7

    First Peter 3:15 gives us the prescription for dealing with the world. We are not to be recluses but are to be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within us. That presupposes that we are in ...Read More

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