• Grace for Ministry

    Ephesians 3:7

    Saul’s conversion and transformation into the apostle Paul may be a particularly dramatic example of God’s irresistible grace, but we should never think that we were closer to the kingdom than Saul before our own conversions. The irresistible ...Read More

  • The Abundance of Blessing in Christ

    Ephesians 1:3

    Between the birth and the return of Jesus, the age to come overlaps with the present age. To be blessed in Christ is to enjoy a foretaste of future blessings — intimacy with God, true life, and even, at times, many ...Read More

  • Honoring God

    Romans 1:18-32

    The flippant references about God and lack of respect for authority that are rampant in our culture reflect the primal sin of not giving honor to the Creator. Unfortunately, even those of us in the church are not entirely guiltless ...Read More

  • The Grounding of Hope

    Colossians 1:3-5a

    The apostles often refer to Christian hope in the New Testament, and it is easy for us to read our modern understanding of the term into Scripture, believing that Christian hope lacks certainty. But our hope as Christians does not ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Plentiful Redemption

    Psalm 130

    Fundamentally, Christ saves us from the penalty and power of sin. Yet His deliverance does not stop there. Our Savior also delights to make all things new, empowering us to mend fences with others, bring joy where there was once ...Read More

  • The Consequences of Sin

    2 Kings 17:1-23

    If we are in Christ, we need not fear that we will be exiled from the blessed presence of God forever. However, God may still discipline us for our sin, and we may feel the effects of His disciplinary rod ...Read More

  • The Threat of Exile

    Leviticus 26:14-39

    Though it may be painful at times, God’s discipline is one of the greatest blessings that we have as His children. He chastises us when we sin that we might continually turn to Him, proving the reality of our ...Read More

  • The Certainty of Judgment

    2 Peter 3:8-10

    It is important that we not manipulate people’s emotions in our churches or when we are sharing the gospel out in the world. Nevertheless, this does not mean that we should not have an urgency in our preaching. The ...Read More

  • Two Sides of Judgment

    Psalm 96:10-13

    Every believer should be looking forward with excited anticipation to the day of final judgment. On that day, we will be vindicated as the people of God and revealed as those who have been clothed in the righteousness of Christ ...Read More

  • God the Judge

    Genesis 15:12-16

    Many people presume upon God’s patience since He does not execute His wrath every time they sin. They might think that He is overlooking their transgressions rather than postponing judgment so that they might find repentance (Rom. 2:4 ...Read More

  • The Face of Blessing

    Numbers 6:22-27

    It is impossible for us to be good enough to earn God’s pleasure; that is why faithfulness to His covenant means giving up our attempts to earn His favor and relying on Christ alone for salvation (Gal. 3:15 ...Read More

  • Rock of Ages

    Psalm 71:1-3

    We are accustomed to identifying our enemies solely as those who hate us here on earth and whose opposition is easy to see and experience. Yet we should never forget that we come into this world at enmity with God ...Read More

  • A Rock Unchanging

    Deuteronomy 32:4

    At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus offers us only two options. Either we will build our lives on His teaching and survive in that last day or we will build our lives on the sinking sand ...Read More

  • Our Everlasting Light

    Isaiah 60:19-20

    One of the greatest blessings we have to look forward to in Christ is the ability to dwell in a new heaven and earth with Him as our light. On that day, we will no longer stumble but will see ...Read More

  • The Light of God’s Face

    Psalm 4

    Those people upon whom God shines the light of His glory, kindness, and love cannot help but reflect this light to those around them. Over time, as we grow in the grace and truth of Christ Jesus, we will shine ...Read More