• The Beloved Leader

    Genesis 47:23–26

    John Chrysostom explains what will come to lay people who are a special blessing to their pastors. “If anyone renders a service to those afflicted for God’s sake and carrying the dignity of priesthood, he will …[enjoy a reward ...Read More

  • The Call of Abram

    Genesis 12:1–9

    Jesus says to us: “Any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33). The kind of faith that God blesses is the faith that is willing to leave everything behind ...Read More

  • The Call of Isaiah

    Isaiah 6:1-7

    Dr. James R. White comments: “If we ask Isaiah, ‘Whose glory did you see in your vision of the temple?’ he would reply, ‘Yahweh’s.’ But if we ask the same question of John, ‘Whose glory did Isaiah see?’ he ...Read More

  • The Call of Saul of Tarsus

    Acts 9:1–10

    There have been few conversions as dramatic as Paul’s. True conversion, however, need not be dramatic to be authentic. Think back on your conversion. Thank God for “invading” your life and calling you, and consider how or if you ...Read More

  • The Conversion of Saul

    Acts 9:1–9

    God stopped Saul in his tracks and can do so with any who oppose Him. But He sometimes allows persecution to buffet His church. Do you believe God can bring good out of hard times for His people? If not ...Read More

  • The Death of John

    Matthew 14:1–12

    Herod Antipas beheaded John and did not give him a formal trial, thereby breaking the Mosaic code. We see in Matthew 14:9 that Herod did this because he wanted to save face and not look like a fool in ...Read More

  • The Death of Sarah

    Genesis 23:1–9

    The Lord takes vows made in His name extremely seriously. Those who swear oaths before God must keep them, as long as the vow made was not a pledge to commit sin (Num. 30). Consider the vows you may have ...Read More

  • The Dreamer

    Genesis 37

    The jealousy of Joseph’s brothers — exacerbated by Jacob’s favoritism — led to their selling him into slavery and subsequent lies that a wild animal had killed him. Though we cannot blame their sin on Jacob, the story does illustrate ...Read More

  • The Eastern Heirs

    Joshua 13:8-33

    David was of the tribe of Judah, but he sometimes speaks like a Levite, referring to God as his “portion” or “inheritance” (Pss. 16:5; 142:5). He wanted God more than land or treasure. We, too, should see God ...Read More

  • The Enduring Name of the King

    Psalm 72:12–20

    God in His providence raises up governments to protect the welfare of their citizens and to maintain peace and justice. However, we know that even the best rulers do not fulfill this task perfectly and that the Lord allows many ...Read More

  • The Faith of Jonathan

    1 Samuel 14:1–15

    In his faith, courage, and willingness to wait on God, Jonathan compares favorably to Saul. In human terms, it is a tragedy that Saul’s sin prevents Jonathan from coming to Israel’s throne. But Jonathan accepts God’s judgment ...Read More

  • The Fall of Jericho

    Joshua 6

    Joshua and the Israelites were commanded to destroy the inhabitants of Canaan because of the spiritual threat they presented to God’s people (Ex. 34:11–16). Since this holy war was limited in scope and duration, the church is ...Read More

  • The Father of Canaan

    Genesis 9:18–23

    Noah shows how even the upright can fall into sin, especially after enduring a trial. Matthew Henry writes, “Sometimes those who, with watchfulness and resolution have, by the grace of God, kept their integrity in the midst of temptation, have ...Read More

  • The Fear of Isaac

    Genesis 31:51-55

    Every day we endeavor to provide an application of the biblical text in this coram Deo section. Coram Deo is a Latin phrase meaning “before the face of God,” and encapsulates the biblical teaching that we are to live reverentially ...Read More

  • The Fear of Men

    Jeremiah 38

    The fear of men is perhaps the strongest obstacle to doing the will of God faithfully. Whether we fear what men will say about us or what they will do to us, we are prone to act on that fear ...Read More