• Only One Gospel

    Romans 1:16-17

    The gospel tells us that we can become citizens of Christ’s kingdom through faith in Him alone. Yet we often try to complicate this simple message by adding additional requirements for citizenship. Whether we do this consciously or unconsciously ...Read More

  • Our Christian Hope

    Romans 5:3–5

    That God pours His love for us into our hearts helps us to be confident that those who receive such an outpouring will endure to the end in faith. If the Lord Himself convinces us of His own love for ...Read More

  • Our Everlasting Light

    Isaiah 60:19-20

    One of the greatest blessings we have to look forward to in Christ is the ability to dwell in a new heaven and earth with Him as our light. On that day, we will no longer stumble but will see ...Read More

  • Our Great and Glorious God

    1 Timothy 6:15-16

    Beauty is around us everywhere, seen in the handiwork of God in nature and in the works of the artists whom He has gifted in His common grace. But while all of these things are beautiful, they pale in comparison ...Read More

  • Our Infinite God

    Psalm 147:5

    God is not bound by the limitations of time and space, for He is not subject to finitude as we are. He can see the end and the beginning, and He is the infinite ground of all reality. This does ...Read More

  • Our Pattern for Holiness

    Leviticus 19:1–2

    We are often tempted to trivialize God’s demand for holiness and instead look to somebody or something other than God as the standard by which we measure ourselves. Remember, though, that the Lord has pronounced judgment on His image ...Read More

  • Our Purpose

    Genesis 1:1-2:3

    If our original purpose is to shine forth God’s image to creation, then the importance of our obedience to His will takes on new significance. When our goodness and mercy align with His standards, we reveal His pure character ...Read More

  • Our Shepherding God

    Psalm 23

    Many well-intentioned people promise that coming to Jesus, the Great Shepherd of the sheep, will solve all of life’s problems. While one day this will be true, we will face the enemies of the world, the flesh, and the ...Read More

  • Paul’s Stewardship

    Ephesians 3:2

    Greatness in the kingdom of God is not measured by how many people serve us but in how we serve others. Yet using our gifts to benefit others is not always easy, and we need divine grace to sustain us ...Read More

  • Perfectly Perfect

    Matthew 5:48

    To say God is the most perfect being is not simply to take an attribute like human goodness, for example, and assume that His goodness is exactly like ours, only developed to its highest degree. While human goodness and divine ...Read More

  • Power in Weakness

    2 Corinthians 12:1–10

    Unfortunately, the church of Jesus Christ has not always relied on the power of God to advance the Gospel. In ages past, the “power” of the sword was a favorite tool. Today, many borrow the “strength” of secular business models ...Read More

  • Predestination and Confidence

    Romans 8:18–28

    That God is sovereign is nonnegotiable. If anything had power over God, that thing would have to be “god.” It would be the most powerful thing in the universe and would be due our worship and adoration. Thank and praise ...Read More

  • Presuming upon God’s Kindness

    Romans 2:3–5

    Martin Luther comments on today’s passage that “so great is the blindness of the sinner that he abuses to his own harm the things that have been given to him for his own benefit.” Though Paul has the Jews ...Read More

  • Providence and God’s Inheritance

    Ephesians 1:11-12

    Our Creator does not need anything from us, which makes it all the more remarkable that He purposed in eternity past to make us His own inheritance. This is a great privilege, and it is due entirely to His sovereign ...Read More

  • Providence and Gratitude

    1 Thessalonians 5:18

    The Heidelberg Catechism says that knowledge of God’s sovereign providence enables us to be thankful when things go well for us (Q&A 28). That is certainly true. However, we can also be thankful when things go ill, not because of the pain in and of itself, but because we know the Lord is working in it for His glory and our good. Let us cultivate a grateful attitude toward God, informed by the knowledge that everything is truly in His hand.Read More