• 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

  • The Diligent Hand of the Prudent Son

    Proverbs 10:4–5

    After a hard day’s work, it can be hard to put in the requisite effort to grow in the things of the Lord. Nevertheless, if we are to grow to maturity in Christ, it is important that we be diligent ...Read More

  • The Excellent Wife

    Proverbs 31:10–12

    The wisdom of Proverbs is not meant to remain “out there” in theory but is to take root in the everyday lives of God’s people. The excellent wife embodies the Lord’s wisdom in fulfilling her divinely appointed role and in ...Read More

  • The Eye of the Beholder

    Ecclesiastes 3:11a

    Although the subject is always deeply involved in any encounter with the arts, we must recognize that there is one ultimate standard of beauty—the Lord Himself. Scripture often speaks of the “beauty of the Lord” (Ps. 27:4), and ...Read More

  • The Myth of Chance

    Proverbs 16:33

    As today’s passage indicates, even a random outcome in the casting of lots to make a decision is determined by the hand of God. Every seemingly “chance” event — a flat tire, running into a long-lost friend, a roll of ...Read More

  • 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

  • The Virtue of Patience

    Ecclesiastes 7:8–9

    Impatience can lead to frustration, which can lead to anger. Cultivating a patient spirit by focusing on the promises of God in His Word and the work of the Spirit of the Lord will lessen frustration and reduce the anger ...Read More

  • The World

    Romans 12:2

    God calls believers not to escape the world but to live according to His will within the world (John 17) as a witness to fallen cultures and societies, manifesting that He is Lord of all. Consider this day some of ...Read More