• God-Given Growth

    Colossians 2:19

    There is a sinful tendency in all of us to cut ourselves off from Christ, the Head of the body of Christ and only source of life-sustaining nourishment. It may not display itself overtly in false worship as it did ...Read More

  • God’s Will and His Mercy

    Romans 9:17-18

    John Calvin writes that we may not look for any cause of election other than God’s will: “We ought particularly to notice these words to whom he wills, and, whom he wills: beyond this he allows us not to proceed.” ...Read More

  • 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

  • Providence and Prayer

    James 5:16b–18

    Divine providence should not hinder prayer. Instead it should make us eager to intercede for ourselves and others, because we know God makes use of our prayers to accomplish His will. Consider this example: If my wife is ill, how ...Read More

  • His Commandments

    1 John 2:3–6

    Some in church history have advocated perfectionism based partly on verse 5 of today’s passage. 1 John 1:8 makes it clear that this cannot be the case, thus, we must scrutinize our lives to see if we are keeping His ...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

  • Giving up What Is Natural

    Romans 1:26–27

    Witnessing to our culture about God’s standards for sexuality takes a good deal of wisdom. We must tell people that the Lord has a design for the sexual relationship, which is a privilege for husbands and wives in the context ...Read More

  • No Questions Asked

    Matthew 4:18–22

    The disciples do not hesitate when Jesus calls them. Immediately, they leave all behind to follow Him. John Chrysostom comments, “Christ seeks this kind of obedience from us, such that we delay not even for a moment, though something absolutely ...Read More

  • Using Our Gifts

    Romans 12:6-8

    Some people do not use their spiritual gifts because they do not know what they are. Others do not feel the freedom to use their gifts because their local church lacks an atmosphere that encourages the laity to do ministry. ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Direction

    Proverbs 16:1, 9; 21:1

    Do you have anxiety about the future and decisions you have to make? Could your anxiety stem from trying to make things work for yourself instead of trusting God? Consider your experiences, circumstances, and talents. How might you be striving ...Read More

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