• Persevering, Strengthening Faith

    Romans 4:18–21

    That Paul uses Abraham as a model of faith should greatly encourage us. It shows that the faith that justifies us is not a faith that never faces doubt or that is as strong as it could be at every ...Read More

  • Playing for Keeps

    Philippians 3:12–16

    When we place our trust in Christ, we are trusting Him for the long haul. He calls us to take up the cross and follow Him, dying daily to our sin and becoming renewed after His image. He calls us ...Read More

  • Run With Endurance

    Hebrews 12:1

    The Christian life is a marathon. It is a race that must be run with endurance. By ourselves we would never make it. But thanks be to God, He holds us up and gives the church to us as a ...Read More

  • Secure in the Love of God

    Romans 8:38–39

    When Paul says nothing can separate us from God’s love, he means that even we cannot snatch ourselves from His hand. If we have true faith, we will maintain that faith until the end. Times of doubt may arise ...Read More

  • Sharing in Christ

    Hebrews 3:14–15

    A majority of Americans claim to be born again Christians. The sin in our country makes it hard to take these claims seriously. Perhaps many think they are Christians because they once confessed Christ in the past. Scripture commands us ...Read More

  • Sharpening One Another

    Proverbs 27:17

    Do you have other “irons” in your life who can help in sharpening you? We are blessed indeed if we have at least one friend upon whom we can count for loving, constructive criticism. If we do not have any ...Read More

  • Striving Toward God’s Rest

    Hebrews 4:11

    It is easy to trust God when everything is going our way. Difficult times and difficult people make it harder to maintain this same trust. God brings trials into our lives to wean us from trust in ourselves and make ...Read More

  • Sure of Better Things

    Hebrews 6:9

    If Hebrews 6:4–6 refers to genuine Christians, then the author could never be sure that anyone who professes faith would inherit salvation. In 6:9 we find the death blow to anyone who would think Hebrews denies perseverance ...Read More

  • The Carnal Christian

    1 Corinthians 3:1-4

    We must always be clear that our good works can never make us righteous before God. Yet we must be equally clear that justifying faith immediately and inevitably evidences itself through good works such as our confession of faith and ...Read More

  • The Covenant Community

    Hebrews 6:4b–5

    Few of us realize that some of the blessings of the new covenant (except salvation) are also conferred on those who do not have true faith. Many people in our churches receive blessings because they are a part of the ...Read More

  • The Former Days

    Hebrews 10:32–33

    Are you struggling because you do not feel any of the joy or assurance that we should have as believers? If so, look back on your conversion or other moments in your life when you have felt particularly close to ...Read More

  • The Gift of Life with Family

    Ecclesiastes 9:9

    The proper enjoyment of time with our spouses and families actually points us to our Creator. As we take the time to enjoy our loved ones, we are reminded that they are precious gifts from God and that He is ...Read More

  • The Gift of Perseverance

    Ephesians 1:13-14

    We know that the Holy Spirit will work within us to keep us in Christ; thus, we respond to this good news in two ways. First, we are never complacent in our pursuit of holiness, for our following of Jesus ...Read More

  • The God Who Finishes What He Starts

    Philippians 1:6

    Perseverance of the saints and the doctrine of unconditional election go hand in hand. The comfort we find in the security we possess in Christ is also an inherent part of the biblical view of God’s sovereign, electing grace ...Read More

  • The Good Fruit of Righteous Speech

    Proverbs 12:13–14

    If we will have to give an account for every careless word that we speak (Matt. 12:36), how much more will we have to answer for slanderous and evil speech? Knowing that our speech reveals our hearts should encourage ...Read More