• Standing Firm in the Lord

    Philippians 4:1

    Reformed theology has always taught that God works through means, using secondary agents to keep us in the narrow way of Christ. We are familiar with His use of the preached Word of God and the sacraments to accomplish such ...Read More

  • Strength in Christ

    Philippians 4:13

    If we depend on our own power and character in the midst of storms, we will by no means find lasting peace. But when we trust in Christ and seek to do everything in Him, we can serve Him faithfully ...Read More

  • Subject Yourselves

    1 Peter 2:13–14

    Though Scripture tells us that we must not submit to the ruling authorities when they command us to sin, there is the danger that we might take this principle too far. For example, how many times do people disobey tax ...Read More

  • Submitting to Earthly Authorities

    Romans 13:1–7

    Those who are under the authority of others are not allowed to wait for perfect leadership before they honor their supervisors, parents, church elders, and other leaders. Insofar as our leaders do not command us to do something God forbids ...Read More

  • Suffering in the Spirit

    Romans 8:18–30

    How long has it been since you experienced any of the groaning Paul refers to in Romans 7 and 8? Is it possible that you have allowed your conscience to become hardened to your own waywardness? Ask the Lord to ...Read More

  • Sustaining Providence

    Isaiah 46

    Do you find it difficult submitting to God’s authority? Does it help you to obey Him when you remember that He created you and sustains you by His power? This weekend think about all the ways you are totally ...Read More

  • The Abandoned King

    1 Samuel 15:30-35

    Samuel mourned for Saul but withdrew from him. Jesus lamented for Jerusalem but left it (Matt. 23:37–39). Likewise, there may be times when, as a last resort, it is best to disassociate from people over whose hardness of ...Read More

  • The Acquisition of Wisdom

    James 1:1–12

    As has been taught, true wisdom is the combination of knowledge and practical experience. It requires involvement of people in the service of Christ’s disposal, allowing Him to deploy you in a variety of experiences where both wisdom and ...Read More

  • The Age of Mission

    John 20:10-31

    Each of us is unique. That means that no two people ever have exactly the same mission from God. Since mission involves discipling the nations, it can be as broad as all of life. Can you articulate what you believe ...Read More

  • The Armor of God

    Ephesians 6:10–13

    John Calvin comments, “There will be no danger which may not be successfully met by the power of God; nor will any who, with [the armor of God], fight against Satan, fail in the day of battle.” Daily we are ...Read More

  • The Battle Within

    Romans 7:7–25

    Only the person who has been given a new heart by the Holy Spirit can long for His precepts (Ps. 119:40); therefore, only the regenerate person has a real struggle within when he fails to obey. If you trust ...Read More

  • The Believer’s Struggle

    Romans 7:14-17

    John Murray, in his commentary on Romans, writes that “the more sanctified [a Christian] becomes the more painful to him must be the presence in himself of that which contradicts the perfect standard of holiness.” Though the power of sin ...Read More

  • The Benefits of Trials

    James 1

    Have you ever been through a time of suffering that left you a milder, more sober, more “centered” person than before? What “bad” aspects of your life were refined and what good aspects of your life were strengthened? As hard ...Read More

  • The Bitter Made Sweet

    Exodus 15:22–27

    Are you quick to complain? When you are suffering some kind of difficulty, do you pray for relief or do you accuse God of injustice? Do you look for what God might be teaching you in every situation, or do ...Read More

  • The Blessing of Repetition

    Philippians 3:1

    God is gracious to us in our weaknesses, and, understanding that we are quick to forget, repeats Himself often in Scripture. In many ways, the Bible is a very repetitive book, and that is a good thing. Thus, we should ...Read More