• Christ Forsaken by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2008

    Ay, ay, d’ye know what it was—dying on the cross,
    forsaken by His Father — d’ye know what it was?…
    It was damnation — and damnation taken lovingly.”
          — John “Rabbi” Duncan (1796–1870)
    “And about the ninth hour Jesus …Read More

  • The Faithful Minister by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2008

    Matthew 11 begins with a brief reference to Jesus’ commissioning the twelve apostles (see 10:2–5), then returning to His work as a minister of the Word. This is the context for understanding the events and sayings of Chapter …Read More

  • Christ Alone by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2012

    Reformed theology affirms that Scripture and its teaching on grace and faith emphasize that salvation is solus Christus, “by Christ alone”—that is, Christ is the only Savior (Acts 4:12). B.B. Warfield wrote, “The saving power of faith …Read More

  • Almost Home by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2004

    Genuine perseverance and assurance are sorely lacking among Christians today. The fruits of perseverance and assurance — diligent use of the means of grace, perseverance in heartfelt obedience to God’s will, desire for fellowship with God, yearning for God’s …Read More

  • Be Ye Perfect by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2008

    In Matthew 5:33–48, Jesus tells us how we are to fulfill the law — not legalistically, but in a spirit of Christ-like love. The goal is that we might strive to obey His final admonition in verse 48: “Be …Read More

  • Signs and Seals of Union by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2013

    Just as He called the world into being by the power of His Word (Ps. 33:6–9; Heb. 11:3), so God brings His church into being by the power of the gospel call (2 Thess. 2:13–14 …Read More

  • Love’s Attributes by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2012

    In the early seventeenth century, Archbishop Ussher of Ireland desired to visit the home of a Presbyterian minister to see whether what he had heard about the man’s personal godliness was true. Ussher arrived at the pastor’s home …Read More

  • A Just War by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2008

    Throughout His public ministry, Jesus spoke out against the scribes and the Pharisees. Christ sums up His case against them in Matthew 23 as He teaches multitudes and His disciples at the temple on the Tuesday of Passion Week. Christ …Read More

  • Praying for Our Children’s Salvation by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2014

    The salvation of our children is priceless; their spiritual needs far outweigh their physical needs. They need our prayers—our earnest prayers with hearts aflame, both for their initial repentance and coming to Christ by faith, and for their life …Read More

  • Why You Should Read the Puritans by Joel Beeke

    Puritan literature has so multiplied that few book lovers can afford to purchase all that is being published. What books should you buy? Where can you find a brief summary of each Puritan work and a brief biography of each …Read More

  • Christ Victorious by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2008

    A perpetual state of war exists between Christ, the champion of God, and the Devil, the prince of this world (Gen. 3:15). Matthew 4:1–11 tells of one of Christ’s great victories over the Devil and the …Read More

  • Faith and Assurance by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2013

    A man and a woman stood hand in hand on the beach. For a time, the only sound was the crashing of waves. Then the man asked, “What are you scared about?” She answered: “I want to marry you more …Read More

  • Jesus’ Family Tree by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2008

    Genealogies are hardly spellbinding. Perhaps, like me, you are tempted to skip them in your Bible reading. Yet genealogies are a significant part of God’s infallible Scriptures. They, too, are “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction …Read More

  • The Turning Point by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2008

    The turning point in Matthew’s account of Christ’s life and work occurs in chapter 16: “From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of …Read More

  • The Discipline of God by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2010

    Church programs, campus ministries, and independent organizations today emphasize the need for radical discipleship. It is not always clear what they mean by this. The word radical can be a trendy term. What is clear is this: if one’s …Read More