• Faith and Works

    James 2:18–21

    John Calvin notes that while true faith always produces good works, good works are not always the result of true faith. Indeed “the unbelieving sometimes excel in specious virtues … hence works apparently excellent may exist apart from faith.” We can ...Read More

  • Saving Faith

    James 2:14–17

    The works that James discusses in 2:14–26 are the works done in obedience to God. While such works can take a variety of forms depending on the circumstances in which we find ourselves, today’s passage focuses on ...Read More

  • Wisdom By Faith

    James 1:5–8

    In his comments on these verses, John Calvin writes, “our prayers are not heard by the Lord, except when we have a confidence that we shall obtain.” Are you confident in God’s ability to give you those things that ...Read More

  • Forever the Same

    Hebrews 13:8–9

    Do you really believe that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever? Do you believe that He will provide for you as He has in the past? Do you believe His love for you will continue forever? In prayer ...Read More

  • Faith and Fruit

    Galatians 5:19–23

    No single Christian has every gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:1–11). However, this is not true of the fruit. All of us must be growing in our expression of each. Take some time to look at ...Read More

  • Looking to Jesus

    Hebrews 12:2

    Our faith looks to Jesus both as an example of perseverance and as our reward. When we take our eyes off of Him, our circumstances are sure to weigh us down. Take some time today to look not at your ...Read More

  • Receiving the Promise

    hebrews 11:39–40

    If the old covenant saints were not to be perfected apart from us, then we are united with them with Christ as our head. Sadly, new covenant believers do not always realize the unity they have with old covenant believers ...Read More

  • An Unworthy World

    Hebrews 11:37b–38

    Many Christians live in relative comfort with no real threat to their lives. Others live under the very real threat of martyrdom. Think of a country where Christians are in real danger of losing their lives. Over the weekend, pray ...Read More

  • Old Covenant Martyrs

    Hebrews 11:36–37a

    Though the degree of suffering may vary from time to time and from place to place, it is clear that the people of God will experience suffering until Christ returns. Look at the suffering you may be experiencing in your ...Read More

  • Faithful Suffering

    Hebrews 11:35

    We should never be surprised when persecution, no matter its intensity, comes to us. John Calvin says that it actually can serve to confirm that we have true faith. Yet at the same time, it can be scary to consider ...Read More

  • Countless Examples

    Hebrews 11:32–34

    Are you disheartened because your faith seems so weak and imperfect at times? If so, then take heart because no man of God besides Jesus Christ has ever had perfect faith. Go to the Lord in prayer confessing your need ...Read More

  • Rahab and the Spies

    Hebrews 11:31

    Do you trust in Christ and yet harbor fears that He may not really be able to forgive you? Do you think that your past is so horrible that God could never accept you into His kingdom? If so, remember ...Read More

  • The Walls of Jericho

    Hebrews 11:30

    John Calvin also writes that it is faith like that of the second generation Israelite that puts the enemies of God to flight and brings down the work of the Devil. Take some time to look at your situation and ...Read More

  • The Red Sea

    Hebrews 11:29

    Romans 1 condemns unbelievers for taking advantage of God’s common grace without trusting in Him. Reflect on the blessings, opportunities, and directions that God has provided for you and thank Him for them. If you are not living in ...Read More

  • The Passover

    Hebrews 11:27–28

    The wrath of men is only temporary, but the wrath of God is eternal. Therefore, we should not be afraid to face the wrath of men. At times, however, we are more afraid of men than we are of God ...Read More