• 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

  • A Heart Inclined to God’s Law

    Psalm 119:33-40

    Scripture is clear that God created man “very good,” willing and able to love and serve Him (Gen. 1:31a). Scripture is also clear that since the fall, humanity does not exist in this very good state. Instead, our created goodness ...Read More

  • Isaac’s Final Breath

    Genesis 35:27–29

    Genesis 35 shows us how each generation of God’s people must trust Him to do what He says even if the full realization of His promises remains in the future. Jacob affirmed his trust in the Lord when he buried ...Read More

  • The Bread and the Cup

    Luke 22:14–20

    When we participate in the sacraments, it can be easy to forget why we have them and what we are supposed to learn from them. Lest they become merely rote observances, let us pay close attention when the sacraments are ...Read More

  • Jesus Preaches the Gospel

    Mark 1:14-15

    The gospel is not a message that “you can have your best life now”; that “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life”; or that you must “ask Jesus into your heart.” Some of these statements may ...Read More

  • Patience and Kindness

    Proverbs 21:21

    Showing patience to others takes a significant amount of wisdom. There comes a point when even God ceases to be patient with us, and there are times when we will need to stop being patient with someone for that person’s ...Read More

  • Faith Versus Works

    Galatians 3:11–12

    John Calvin comments, “The contradiction between the law and faith lies in the matter of justification,” and so the law “has a method of justifying a man which is wholly at variance with faith.” It is not that we are ...Read More

  • David’s Plea for a Clean Heart

    Psalm 51:10–19

    God cleanses our hearts of sin when He pardons us not only for our sake but also for the sake of others. When we have a fresh experience of the Lord’s pardon, we are granted a deeper awareness of His ...Read More

  • The Boasting Tongue

    James 3:3–5a

    Look back over your life and consider how your tongue has directed it. Try to think of times when your tongue has benefitted you and when it has created trouble for you. Ask yourself in what direction you are steering ...Read More

  • Jesus Our Cornerstone

    Luke 20:9-18

    Even believers are not immune to the temptation that calls us to treat the commands of God as ends in themselves. But God’s law is not in itself the end; rather, it always points us to Christ and is something ...Read More

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