• Deliverance from Death

    Romans 7:24-25

    We have a role to play in sanctification that we do not have in justification. We cooperate with the Spirit to grow in holiness and please God in our sanctification, but our works have no part in attaining the righteousness ...Read More

  • Knowing God’s Will

    Proverbs 16:4; 19:21; 20:24

    If you have significant decisions to make, but do not know God’s will, make a checklist—what biblical principles relate to your choices, what are your gifts, experiences, circumstances, needs, personal desires, and responsibilities to others. Review your list. Narrow your ...Read More

  • The Sheep and the Goats

    Matthew 25:31–46

    We actually serve the Lord when we do simple acts of service for one another. It does not take much effort to make a meal for new parents or a family who has recently lost a loved one. A call ...Read More

  • The Standard of Perfection

    Matthew 5:43–48

    John Calvin also writes regarding today’s passage: “Christ assures us, that this will be a mark of our adoption, if we are kind to the unfaithful and evil.” Just as God’s love for His enemies does not mean He loves ...Read More

  • Deadly Poison

    James 3:1–12

    On Pentecost, God gave His own tongues of fire to set the world aflame as a holy sacrifice to Him. When James criticizes our tongues as evil fires, he implies that we have made ourselves gods. Take a careful look ...Read More

  • Seeking the Lost

    Luke 15

    How much do you know about the spiritual needs of your city? Where is the closest neighborhood to yours that has been given over to drug lords and other criminals because the hope of Christ is so absent? Where are ...Read More

  • The Goodness of Creation

    1 Timothy 4:4-5

    John Calvin writes that our partaking of food is not done in holiness “unless it be accompanied by true knowledge and calling on the name of God.” We are no better than animals, he says, if we do not give ...Read More

  • Putting Sin to Death

    Colossians 3:5-6

    Understanding that we are already holy in Christ should not be confused with the perfectionism that we often see in other theological traditions. We will not be free from the struggle with sin before we are glorified, but knowing that ...Read More

  • Our Way into the Most Holy Place

    Hebrews 10:19–25

    In this life it is easy to fill our schedules with activities that can get in the way of regular participation in corporate worship. While these activities in themselves may be perfectly fine and fruitful, we should make sure never ...Read More

  • Redemptive Discipline

    Matthew 18:15–17

    In excommunication, Dr. John MacArthur writes, “the idea is not merely to punish the offender, or to shun him completely, but to remove him as a detrimental influence from the fellowship of the church, and then to regard him as ...Read More

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