• The Influence of Music

    1 Samuel 16:14–23

    The Psalmist implores us to “make a joyful noise” unto the Lord, but the context makes it clear he is using “noise” as a synonym for music (Ps. 95:1–2). God is pleased when we praise Him with music, whether it ...Read More

  • Faith and Repentance

    Luke 18:9–14

    Repentance is serious business, but it is required only when actual sin has been committed. Knowing the difference between true sin and what others falsely assume to be sin demands the faithful study of Scripture. So, we should read God’s ...Read More

  • The Vine and the Branches

    John 15:1-11

    Jesus may use our difficulties to prune us and make us more fruitful. They also reveal those branches that were never really grafted into the vine, for under hardship, these branches will wither and die. But the faith of the ...Read More

  • Restoration Fulfilled?

    2 Chronicles 36:22-23

    Even though the citizens of Judah returned to the Promised Land beginning around 538 BC, the restoration did not take place as God had foretold — on account of impenitence. Hundreds of years after the return, He sent His ...Read More

  • The Resurrection and the Life

    John 11:1-44

    The response of the Pharisees and the chief priests to Jesus is a powerful reminder that intellectual knowledge is not enough for salvation. These leaders did not dispute the reality of Jesus’ signs. Instead, they knew the signs and what ...Read More

  • Power in Weakness

    2 Corinthians 12:1–10

    Unfortunately, the church of Jesus Christ has not always relied on the power of God to advance the Gospel. In ages past, the “power” of the sword was a favorite tool. Today, many borrow the “strength” of secular business models ...Read More

  • Encouraging Young and Old

    1 Timothy 5:1

    John Calvin says that today’s passage teaches us that pastors “must not only take into account their office, but must also see particularly what is due to the age of individuals.” Pastors especially must be sensitive to the age of ...Read More

  • Knowing Sin

    Romans 7:7

    When we see that Paul refers to the law of God as good and holy (Rom. 7:7–12), we can better understand how the psalmist can declare his love for the law (Ps. 119:97). The holiness and goodness of the law ...Read More

  • Parallelisms

    Proverbs 10:1

    If we are to be passionate in our pursuit of wisdom, then we must understand the forms that wisdom literature may take. The study of things like parallelisms will greatly benefit us when we sit down and read the poetry ...Read More

  • Tracing the Development of Sin

    How is the first temptation, “You will be like God,” evident in temptations you have faced or are facing? What should be your response?Read More

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