• The Spirit and the Lord’s Servant

    Isaiah 61:1–3

    Isaiah 61:3 indicates that one result of the Messiah’s work is to make His people “oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord.” This is an image of permanence, of life in God’s presence forever. John Calvin comments, “There is ...Read More

  • The First Commandment

    Exodus 20:1–3

    Modern Westerners are not likely to worship crass idols made of wood or stone. Our idolatry is more subtle and therefore more dangerous. We are apt to place money, material items, relationships, and other pleasures before our pursuit of God, ...Read More

  • Living Faith

    James 2:25–26

    A dead faith is really no faith at all because a dead faith can in no way lay hold of the perfect righteousness of Christ. We must have a living faith evidenced by works of love and mercy toward other ...Read More

  • The Wedding Feast

    Matthew 22:1–10

    Jesus tells us in Luke 12:48b that “everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.” The more we have been blessed with, the ...Read More

  • The Test of Personal Hardship

    Nehemiah 5:1-13

    God does not need our money and time to advance His kingdom, but He has chosen these means to help support the kingdom’s extension to the ends of the earth. He has called us to give of ourselves as a ...Read More

  • Pragmatism

    Luke 14:25–33

    The corrupting influences of pragmatism are seen even in the church. “Seeker-sensitive” worship can increase attendance without ever seeing the congregation grow to maturity. Churches targeting specific ages or lifestyles might attract a lot of people from these groups and ...Read More

  • Rejoicing Unto the Lord

    Psalm 100

    In our day, the term servant often has negative connotations, at least in popular ways of thinking. We cannot import this negativity into what it means to be a servant of the Lord. To be the Lord’s servant is to ...Read More

  • Entangled Again

    2 Peter 2:20–22

    That we struggle with particular sins does not mean we do not have true faith. In his comments on today’s passage, John Calvin reminds us that true believers sin but live lives demonstrating they are not under its dominion. If ...Read More

  • The Trap of Vain Glory

    Proverbs 17:19; 25:6, 7, 27

    Read Philippians 2:1–11 and Galatians 5:13–26. Have you pursued earthly success in order to fulfill your ambition? If so, consider giving up those positions or pursuits in obedience to God. In what other ways do you seek to exalt yourself? ...Read More

  • Proper Meditation

    Psalm 119:97–104

    Meditating on a text in light of Christ is more than just thinking on how it speaks to who He is and what He did. In fact, meditating on it in light of Christ means to consider how it speaks ...Read More

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