• Circumcision of the Heart

    Jeremiah 4:1–4

    One commentator has aptly said that the honor of the covenant becomes a nightmare for those who refuse to walk by faith in it. We who have been marked out as the Lord’s by our baptism must forsake all other ...Read More

  • Examining Calvin’s Rules of Prayer (Part 1)

    How does your personal prayer life line up with these two rules? Is your heart and mind framed as becomes those who are entering into conversation with God? Do you ask only for those things God permits?Read More

  • The Writer of Hebrews

    Hebrews 4:11–13

    The writer of Hebrews teaches us that Jesus Christ is supreme over all things. He writes, “in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control” (2:8). The writer points to Christ as the Sustainer of all ...Read More

  • The Order of Salvation

    Romans 8:29-30

    The value of ordo salutis theology is that it enables us to see clearly that it is God who saves, freeing us from the sinful tendency to take some credit for our own salvation. We do not proclaim, “I found ...Read More

  • God’s Communicable Attributes

    Ephesians 5:1-2

    The standard for true love, wisdom, kindness, justice, and so on is the character of God Himself. This means that we cannot define these moral qualities without reference to the Lord and that we cannot base our understanding of these ...Read More

  • Reuben’s Mandrakes

    Genesis 30:14–18

    Many passages of Scripture warn the people of God against sorcery, astrology, and other similar practices (Ex. 22:18; Rev. 22:15). Most of us probably do not engage in such things, but superstitions remain part of the lives of many Christians. ...Read More

  • The Rapture

    1 Thessalonians 4:13–18

    Our hope in the return of Christ is not a hope that we will escape great persecution and suffering. Rather, it is a hope that on the glorious day of Jesus’ return all of our suffering will be reversed and ...Read More

  • Commander of the Lord’s Army

    Joshua 5:13-15

    Even believers can presume that God is on their side on a particular issue without due consideration. Though he was not an evangelical, Abraham Lincoln’s famous words can serve us well here: “My concern is not whether God is on ...Read More

  • Avoiding a False Theology of Suffering

    Reflect on this truth: The suffering of Christ cannot be augmented by your merit. It is complete.Read More

  • The Gadarenes’ Rejection

    Matthew 8:28–34

    Who do you care more about, people or pigs? All of us may be so concerned with our own livelihoods that we fail to serve other people and help those in desperate circumstances. In our pursuit of a certain standard ...Read More