• God’s Love and God’s Hatred

    Romans 9:6–13

    When we see that love and hate boil down to favor and disfavor, we can see that they are objective and that they involve conscious decisions. How does understanding this change how you look at people? Resolve to favor those ...Read More

  • The Sum of God’s Commandments

    Romans 13:8-9

    As disciples of Christ, we must define love by what the Lord has revealed and not by what happens to feel right to us at the moment. Our hearts can deceive us, but God’s Word teaches us only the truth. ...Read More

  • Deliver Us from Evil

    Matthew 6:13

    Satan is called the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10) because he likes to make us feel as if God has not forgiven us. But guilt is an objective reality, and if we have turned to Jesus, we have been ...Read More

  • The Shield of Faith

    Ephesians 6:16

    An essential part of turning to Christ in order to resist temptation and other assaults successfully is understanding and appreciating truly His loveliness. When we have a true grasp of His greatness, we will be more encouraged to look to ...Read More

  • Moses Was Hidden

    Hebrews 11:23

    Do you fear the king’s edict? Are you more concerned for your own safety than with the kingdom of God? True persevering faith fears God and not the decrees of wicked rulers. Pray for believers around the world who are ...Read More

  • The Lamentations of Jeremiah

    Lamentations 1:1–14

    Loving our enemies is the most difficult call that the Lord has laid upon us. It is hard for us to seek justice in a manner that is not vindictive or that truly wishes for an offender to benefit as ...Read More

  • The First Announcement of the Gospel

    Genesis 3:14-15

    In Christ, our final defeat of Satan is assured, for Christ has already dealt the crushing blow. Satan’s condition is terminal, and there is no chance that he will see victory. Yet just as the devil bruised Jesus on the ...Read More

  • Abram Went

    Genesis 12:4–9

    John Calvin comments: “By the example of Abram, entire self-renunciation is enjoined, that we may live and die to God alone.” Leaving the only source of his security behind was indeed difficult for Abram. That which we must renounce may ...Read More

  • Answers for the Thessalonians

    1 Thessalonians 4-5

    As an exercise, read 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11 three times. Read it first as if the destruction of Jerusalem, near at hand, is in view. Read it second as if it refers to every crisis in history, when God deals with ...Read More

  • The Apostolic Church

    Ephesians 2:18–22

    It may be important to know the historical succession of church leaders, but it is more important to preach the gospel faithfully. A church can be built on the Apostles only if it loves what the Apostles loved and affirms ...Read More

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