• Sacrifice from the Heart

    Psalm 50

    Read Matthew 12:1–13. What was the major concern of the Pharisees? What was Jesus’ concern? What does Jesus mean by “I desire mercy and not sacrifice” (see Hosea 6:6)? Examine your life and your practice of worship ...Read More

  • Self-Control

    Proverbs 25:28

    Is the fruit of self-control manifesting itself in your life? Do you lose your temper often, or are you able to control your emotions? Take some time to look at the relationships in your life to see whether you are ...Read More

  • Selfless Love

    1 Corinthians 13:4-5

    Do you struggle with a short temper? Are you quick to exaggerate things and make the worst out of any and all circumstances? The antidote to these things is remembering the patience of our Creator. He did not wipe us ...Read More

  • A Sign of Destruction and Salvation

    Philippians 1:28

    We do not earn our place in heaven through the consistent endurance of persecution and harassment. Rather, such endurance proves that we have the faith that can alone lay hold of the benefits of salvation, for “the one who endures ...Read More

  • The Source of Daily Faith

    James 2:14-26

    Think back over your Christian life. How has your encounter with Christ changed you? What things do you do now because of your faith in Christ? In what areas has Christ called you to deeper obedience? But consider the present ...Read More

  • The Source of Joy

    John 15:1–17

    How constant is your joy? Jesus tells us that if we want to know His joy, we must stay close to Him. Do you need more time in prayer and Bible study? Remember, many people do these things and do ...Read More

  • Suffering and Patience

    James 5:10–11

    James 5:11 concludes by reminding us that the Lord is compassionate and merciful. We can see this now but it will be even more evident to us at the last day. The vindication that we will experience and the ...Read More

  • Transformation into Glory

    1 Corinthians 13

    Each aspect of the fruit of the Spirit—that is, each aspect of you as you are transformed—is nurtured through personal relationships. Because Christian character does not develop in a void, take the initiative to become involved regularly in ...Read More

  • Trusting God

    Hebrews 11:1-6

    If you are a believer, you probably understand the role of faith in your salvation. But do you understand its role in your day-to-day life? In what ways do you trust God? And does your faith rest on His promises ...Read More

  • Trusting in Death

    1 Corinthians 15:12-22

    It is normal to fear death, for death is not normal. Do you struggle with this fear? Remind yourself that Christ’s resurrection is the heart of your faith. He said He would not stay dead, and He did not ...Read More

  • The Vine and the Branches

    John 15:1-11

    Jesus may use our difficulties to prune us and make us more fruitful. They also reveal those branches that were never really grafted into the vine, for under hardship, these branches will wither and die. But the faith of the ...Read More

  • Walking by the Spirit

    Galatians 5:16–17

    John Calvin comments, “If we would obey the Spirit, we must labor, and fight, and apply our utmost energy; and we must begin with self-denial.” Walking by the Holy Spirit is the denial of the self and one’s fleshly ...Read More

  • The Wellspring of Love

    Romans 5:1-11

    Sin, ultimately is a failure to love ordinately. Either we fail to love enough, as when we mistreat others, or we love too much, as when we elevate love of God’s gifts above love of God. Seek always to ...Read More

  • Word and Deed

    Matthew 7:21–23

    God knows we will never be perfect in this life, but He does expect us to grow in faith and increasingly conform to Christ by loving our fellow Christians, understanding true doctrine, and following His precepts (1 John 3:23 ...Read More