• No Such Thing

    1 Corinthians 3:1–4

    It is hardly possible to be in Christ without having a desire to serve Him. When Christ sets a person free, he is free indeed, and he has an inner drive to resist the bondage of sin that once held ...Read More

  • Not in Our Hands

    Ecclesiastes 9:11–12

    The point of Ecclesiastes 9:11–12 is not to dissuade us from planning or to make us cynical about what we can do to live successfully; rather, the Preacher’s aim is to keep us humble and to remind us ...Read More

  • Now to Him

    Jude 24–25

    God’s ability to keep His people from falling away is a source of profound comfort to believers. However, we must not think we can be passive with respect to our salvation. Though our efforts do not merit God’s ...Read More

  • Patience in Trials

    Job 1:20–22

    When we are suffering, we are often strongly tempted not to praise God. Matthew Henry notes that Job adored the Lord when he was blessed and when he suffered. “When all was gone he fell down and worshipped… . Weeping must ...Read More

  • Perseverance is a Gift

    Augustine was one of the first to remind the church of the donum perserverantiae, the gift of perseverance. Perseverance as a gift means that even in our working to keep our faith, God receives all the glory. Praise Him for ...Read More

  • Persevering in Gospel Hope

    Colossians 1:23

    Even true Christians may wonder at times if they are truly among God’s children, and one of the many ways to find assurance of one’s salvation is to look for evidence of perseverance in one’s life. Do ...Read More

  • 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

  • A Sin Unforgiveable

    Matthew 12:22–32

    Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is committed when people knowingly deny the claims of Christ and attribute to Satan the work of our Savior. This is a sin that true Christians cannot commit, for all who are justified are also ...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