• Jesus Leaves the Temple

    Matthew 24:1–2

    It is a terrible thing to think that the Lord can become so fed up with those who claim to be His servants that He departs from their presence. God sometimes seems absent to us because we have grieved Him ...Read More

  • Asking Wrongly

    James 4:1–3

    When we do not ask the Lord to meet our needs, or if we ask Him to do so with the wrong motives, we will miss out on the wisdom and all the other blessings that God freely offers to ...Read More

  • A Counting of Blessings

    Joshua 12:1–24

    “Count your blessings, name them one by one.” So the old hymn exhorts us—with valid Biblical warrant. We are to be thankful people, expressing gratitude to our God for His blessings, however small they may be. Not mechanically, but devotionally, ...Read More

  • Sacrifice from the Heart

    Psalm 50

    Read Matthew 12:1–13. What was the major concern of the Pharisees? What was Jesus’ concern? What does Jesus mean by “I desire mercy and not sacrifice” (see Hosea 6:6)? Examine your life and your practice of worship (corporate and private) ...Read More

  • Learning to Love

    Prayerfully study 1 Corinthians 13. How does your love measure up to these standards?Read More

  • Greater than the Temple

    Matthew 12:1–8

    John Chrysostom wrote: “Did Christ then attempt to repeal a law so beneficial as the sabbath law? Far from it. Rather, he greatly magnified the sabbath. For with Christ came the time for everyone to be trained by a higher ...Read More

  • The Christ of the Prophets

    Luke 24:13-34

    Although Jesus fulfills many individual prophecies of the old covenant, we also follow Him because He fulfills the broad hopes revealed in the Old Testament prophetic literature. He is the One who, by His death, resurrection, and return, brings about ...Read More

  • The Word of God and Affliction

    Psalm 119:65–72

    The author of Hebrews tells us that God’s discipline may seem painful at the moment, but the lasting harvest of righteousness that it creates is well worth all the trouble we must endure (Heb. 12:3–11). Not all of the pain ...Read More

  • The Pastor’s Progress

    1 Timothy 4:14-15

    John Calvin writes, “To neglect a gift is carelessly to keep it unemployed through slothfulness, so that, having contracted rust, it is worn away without yielding any profit.” Some of us know what our gifts are but are not using ...Read More

  • Grace and Knowledge

    2 Peter 3:17–18

    While it is certainly true that all of those without true faith will not finally fall away, this does not mean that we who confess Christ have the right not to take the warnings of Scripture seriously. Even true believers ...Read More

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