• 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

  • Death Comes to All

    Psalm 49

    Read 1 Timothy 6:17–19. What does Paul say is great gain? What does he say about people who want to get rich? Does this mean being rich is wrong? What does Paul say we should pursue? In what ...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

  • Sheep for the Slaughter

    Psalm 44

    Read 1 Peter 2:20–21; 4:12–16; 5:10. Have you ever suffered for Christ’s sake? What promise has God given His people regarding suffering? If you must suffer, strive to suffer not for wrong doing but ...Read More

  • Hope in God

    Psalm 43

    What do you do when you are plagued with despair or troubling thoughts? What should you do? Look up some verses that help you meditate on the grace, promises, and love of God (i.e. Rom. 8). Keep this list ...Read More

  • Making Judgments

    Psalm 41

    How quick are you to judge others? Do you make conclusions and judgments about other people’s circumstances that you should not? Do you find yourself shunning poor people because you consider them outcasts? Confess to God such judgmental attitudes ...Read More

  • Obedience Not Sacrifice

    Psalm 40

    Read again the final two verses of Psalm 40. Do you seek the Lord with gladness? Are you compelled to declare before men “The Lord be glorified”? Whether poor or rich, remember today that He who thinks of you is ...Read More

  • Keeping Watch

    Psalm 39

    Do you keep watch over your life daily? List areas where you are most prone to temptation. Beside this list write out situations that are most likely to introduce such temptations. Ask God to help you watch for and guard ...Read More

  • Sin and Judgment

    Psalm 38

    Spend some time today and through the weekend confessing your sins before God. Be specific. Recognize that you deserve God’s disciplines in your life and praise Him for the mercy He has extended to you. Thank Him for Christ ...Read More

  • Hope and Encouragement

    Romans 15:1–6

    Psalms are a great source of encouragement, because (a) they meet us where we are, in the midst of difficulty and conflict, (b) they remind us of what God has done, and (c) they bring us face to face with ...Read More

  • Proper Perspective

    Romans 12:1–8

    Tests that show us our psychological inclinations, talents, and aptitudes can be valuable in assessing our strengths and gifts. Learning our gifts will make us more useful members of Christ’s body. Through discussion and prayer with your pastor and ...Read More

  • True Faith

    Romans 10:10-13

    The confession “Jesus is Lord” was perilous in Paul’s day. A person could easily lose his or her life. In today’s free world this is no longer the case, thankfully. Ask God for courage in the relatively minor ...Read More

  • God’s Love and God’s Hatred

    Romans 9:6–13

    When we see that love and hate boil down to favor and disfavor, we can see that they are objective and that they involve conscious decisions. How does understanding this change how you look at people? Resolve to favor those ...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

  • Living in Christ’s Death

    Romans 5:1–5

    Have you been asleep to your sinfulness lately? In your prayers today, ask God to show you where the continuing cycle of sin and death is operating in your life. Then confess these things to Him, and appropriate His forgiveness ...Read More