• Playing for Keeps

    Philippians 3:12–16

    Part of the discipline needed for spiritual growth is regular participation in the local church. Worship on Sunday wherein we hear the Word preached and see it made visible in the sacraments is vital to our long-term spiritual health. But ...Read More

  • Grace Fulfills the Law

    Galatians 4:21–5:26

    Some nominal “believers” are professors of faith only. All who claim to be in Christ must also be possessors of faith. Read slowly and carefully the two lists of Galatians 5:19–23. Where do you need help? Pray through each of ...Read More

  • A Hunger for Righteousness

    Matthew 5:6

    Jesus’ life illustrates the kind of passion for righteousness that all the people of God are to emulate. He said that His food was “to do the will of [God]” (John 4:34). For Christ, His very survival depended on obeying ...Read More

  • Martin Luther, Part 1

    Romans 3:20

    Apart from Christ, the law of God crushes us. It demonstrates how unable we are to meet God’s demands. It shows us that we can never do enough to earn back the life Adam enjoyed before he fell into sin. ...Read More

  • Divine Infinity

    Psalm 147:5

    God’s being has no spatial limitations, but that does not mean there are not some things that the Lord cannot do. Our Creator, for example, is incapable of doing evil. He is morally constrained by His own character, which is ...Read More

  • 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

  • The Past and the Future

    Luke 22:14–30

    The Lord’s Supper reminds God’s people of Christ’s atonement, which gives them the right to participate in the great feast that will occur when Christ returns to consummate His kingdom. As we partake of the Lord’s Supper, let us look ...Read More

  • Satan Crushed Under Our Feet

    Romans 16:20

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage that this promise refers not only to the last day when the final victory over Satan will be consummated, but also to the present era. God often defeats our enemies on this side of ...Read More

  • Dead to Sin

    Romans 6:1-2

    At times, our growth as Christians seems painfully slow. Sin entices us; discouragement stymies us. We may be tempted to give up. But that is not an option. One who is truly born again simply cannot return to a life ...Read More

  • The Priestly Branch on the Throne

    Zechariah 6:9-15

    John Calvin writes that today’s passage must refer to “the building of the spiritual temple, when Gentiles, formerly remote from God’s people, joined them as friends, and brought their labor to the work of building the temple, not with stones ...Read More

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