• Obedience and Delight

    Psalm 1:1-2

    True love for God’s law is not legalism (adding to God’s rules or demanding that we obey the civil and ceremonial laws fulfilled in Christ). Love for the law makes us try to follow it truly without imposing unnecessary or ...Read More

  • Harmonious Living

    Romans 12:16-17

    The world does not always understand what is good, and sometimes it even calls good evil and evil good. Still, unbelievers often recognize what is right and true, and they definitely know when we do not practice what we preach. ...Read More

  • Loving Affection and Honor

    Romans 12:10-11

    Zeal for the Lord does not mean uncontrolled exuberance or a passion that is not in submission to what God has told us. We see this in Paul’s admonition that our zeal must “serve the Lord” (Rom. 12:11). We cannot ...Read More

  • Fearing the Right Person

    Matthew 10:26–39

    John Chrysostom, one of the finest preachers in the early church, once declared, “Let the hope of the good things to come raise you up. For the true story of your testimony cannot be suppressed forever” (Homilies on the Gospel ...Read More

  • Fleshly Persecution

    Galatians 4:28–31

    Professing Christians throughout our land are compromising the truth of the gospel to get along with false teachers and others who clearly reject the biblical gospel and the lifestyle it promotes. Martin Luther responds with this sober warning: “Whoso will ...Read More

  • The Call of Abram

    Genesis 12:1–9

    Jesus says to us: “Any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33). The kind of faith that God blesses is the faith that is willing to leave everything behind for ...Read More

  • The Priestly Branch on the Throne

    Zechariah 6:9-15

    John Calvin writes that today’s passage must refer to “the building of the spiritual temple, when Gentiles, formerly remote from God’s people, joined them as friends, and brought their labor to the work of building the temple, not with stones ...Read More

  • The Adulterous Woman

    John 7:53–8:11

    Jesus has chosen to love His people when they were yet sinners. In thankfulness to Him, we must likewise imitate this compassion and show grace and mercy to all who express a desire to leave sin behind and follow Christ. ...Read More

  • The Faith of Jonathan

    1 Samuel 14:1–15

    In his faith, courage, and willingness to wait on God, Jonathan compares favorably to Saul. In human terms, it is a tragedy that Saul’s sin prevents Jonathan from coming to Israel’s throne. But Jonathan accepts God’s judgment and later befriends ...Read More

  • None Like Moses

    Deuteronomy 34

    The grace of God is large enough to cover all of our failures and sins. This great truth ought not be abused by us (growing callous toward sin); rather, it is to comfort us when we have sinned, for it ...Read More

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