• The Third Petition

    Luke 22:39–46

    Dr. John MacArthur comments on today’s passage that in Gethesemane, Jesus “was consciously, deliberately, and voluntarily subjugating all His human desires to the Father’s perfect will” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1327). This is one of the things that we ...Read More

  • Believing God

    John 14:13–14

    There is no such thing as unanswered prayer for the Christian. God’s answer may be “no,” and we may not like that, but that does not mean the Lord has not answered our prayer. What we do know is ...Read More

  • Honoring God’s Holy Name

    Isaiah 8:13

    Fundamentally, revering God as holy means trusting His promises and obeying His commandments. In other words, we must recognize first that He is holy and that we are unholy, and we must rest only in His Son, Christ Jesus, in ...Read More

  • Paul’s Chief End

    Philippians 1:18b–20

    One evidence that we are truly in Christ is that we make His glory, and therefore the glory of the triune God, our chief end in life. As we pursue His glory and seek to lovingly obey Him in all ...Read More

  • Learning the Will of the Lord

    Ephesians 5:17

    Knowing the will of the Lord — a church united in truth and love — is easy. Fulfilling our part in accomplishing this end, however, is more difficult. On account of our fallenness, we do not readily seek harmony but are more ...Read More

  • Discerning the Lord’s Will

    Ephesians 5:10

    Studying the Word of God does not consist merely in coming to an intellectual knowledge of its contents. It also requires us to put what we are reading into practice. As we practice the truth, we become more aware of ...Read More

  • Blessings for Jacob and Esau

    Genesis 27:1-45

    It is comforting to know that despite our best efforts, we cannot undo the Lord’s intent to bless His children. Still, we cannot take this as a license to sin, for our evil ways will inevitably cause us much ...Read More

  • God’s Concern for the Nations

    Genesis 10

    Though we in no uncertain terms disagree with his Arminianism, John Wesley’s sentiment on the need for world evangelization is one that all Christians should share: “I look upon all the world as my parish; thus far I mean ...Read More

  • The Razor’s Edge

    Romans 12:2

    John Murray, a great Reformed ethicist and theologian (d. 1975), said that the difference between right and wrong can sometimes be a razor’s edge. Since this distinction can be so fine, it is very important that we study Scripture ...Read More

  • Jesus Laments Over Jerusalem

    Matthew 23:37–39

    We are not perfectly holy and have no inherent right to execute wrath. How then can we take pleasure in the death of the sinner if God finds no pleasure in the death of the wicked? Our hearts should be ...Read More

  • Knowing God’s Will

    1 Thessalonians 4:1–12

    What is God’s will for my life? The simple answer is that His will for my life is that I be holy. This is easy to affirm with our lips, but it is very difficult to have it take ...Read More

  • Jacob Outwits Laban

    Genesis 30:37–43

    It is a great comfort to know that when the Lord purposes to bless us, there is nothing that can stop Him. We who confess Him never take this for granted, but live holy lives in gratitude for choosing us ...Read More

  • The Confidence We Have

    1 John 5:14–15

    God’s will is always accomplished, and we must remember that our prayers are meaningfully used by God to bring about His purposes. God has decided to use us to accomplish His ordained ends, and this privilege should move us ...Read More

  • Passing Away

    1 John 2:17

    The decay we see around us every day bears witness that this world will not last forever. Indeed, the new age that began with the coming of Christ will one day be consummated in a new heavens and a new ...Read More

  • Vessels of Destruction

    Romans 9:14–24

    Many misunderstand Reformed theology to say that God forces some to go to hell against their will. Though God does indeed pass over some people, He never acts apart from their desires. In our natural state since the fall, all ...Read More