• The Ninth Commandment

    Exodus 20:16

    Slander and gossip pervade our culture, and thus it is very easy to break the ninth commandment without being aware that we are actually doing anything wrong. As those who have been called out of the darkness of sin into ...Read More

  • Our Debt to the Jews

    Romans 15:25-27

    As Gentile Christians, we owe a great debt to the old covenant community and the Jewish people. God chose them as the first recipients of His special revelation. He saves the world through a Messiah who is of Jewish ethnicity ...Read More

  • Our Witness to the World

    1 Timothy 5:14-15

    When missionaries enter a new culture, they have to adapt to their audiences in order to preach the gospel intelligibly to those in need of salvation. We must do the same, but we must be ever cautious that we do ...Read More

  • Paying Our Taxes

    Romans 13:6-7

    God calls us to pay taxes, not to approve of everything our tax money pays for. In Paul’s day, tax money was used to pay the salaries of soldiers and other officials who persecuted Christians and committed other evils. Nevertheless ...Read More

  • Philosophy and Superstition

    Acts 17:16–21

    The idea of all the world being a part of God, or participating in deity, is common in New Age thinking. Perhaps this view is popular in the West because it is so democratic, all things sharing equally in divinity ...Read More

  • Preparing to See the King

    Genesis 46:31–34

    It is sometimes difficult to discern how to live in the world but not of the world. But surely we are living too much according to the world’s standards if we never encounter any opposition to the Gospel. Do ...Read More

  • Pursuing the Quest for Purpose

    Think about how proximate purpose may be contributing to God’s remote purpose in your life.Read More

  • Putting Your Faith in Action

    Examine your heart today: Are you believing the right things, yet doing the wrong things? Are you believing the wrong things while still trying to do the right things?Read More

  • Rejecting Kingdoms of This World

    Spend some time in prayer today for your city, state, and nation.Read More

  • Saving the Phenomena

    Romans 1:18-32

    When we see an apparent conflict between the Bible and science, either our understanding of the Bible is wrong, our understanding of science is wrong, or our understanding of both is wrong. As Christians we can confidently pursue all of ...Read More

  • Sin’s Reality and the Ideal

    Philemon 8

    As today’s study shows, understanding the cultural background of a passage in Scripture is important to figuring out why an author says what he says. In turn, as we hope to show in future studies, knowing this historical context ...Read More

  • Spiritual Adultery

    James 4:4

    David Brainerd, missionary to Native Americans, comments, “Worldly pleasures, such as flow from greatness, riches, honors, and sensual gratifications, are infinitely worse than none” (The Life and Diary of David Brainerd). The pleasures this world has to offer, while not ...Read More

  • Submission for Conscience’s Sake

    Romans 13:5

    Doing good for any reason is better than doing evil, but the Lord does not find our doing good pleasing unless we are doing it for the right reasons. Only those who have been transformed by the grace of God ...Read More

  • True Friendship

    Proverbs 17:17

    Although Jesus is far more than a friend to us, we are blessed indeed to be counted as friends of His (John 15:13–15). Because His love is not finally grounded in what we are but who He is ...Read More

  • Understanding the Nature of Corruption

    Examine your personal life. Are you grasping for autonomy? Refusing to let God rule your life? Trying to be as God?Read More