• Singing Praises to God

    Exodus 15:1–21

    Read the song of Moses out loud. Imagine what it would have been like to sing this on the shore of the Red Sea just after God divided the waters and then destroyed the Egyptian army. Do you sense the ...Read More

  • The Evil of Envy

    James 3:13–18

    Selfish ambition is very dangerous. God has many good things for us, but often He tells us to be patient. We must be careful not to eye jealously what God freely gives to our neighbors. Going about our daily business ...Read More

  • The Face of Blessing

    Numbers 6:22-27

    It is impossible for us to be good enough to earn God’s pleasure; that is why faithfulness to His covenant means giving up our attempts to earn His favor and relying on Christ alone for salvation (Gal. 3:15 ...Read More

  • The Goodness of Creation

    1 Timothy 4:4-5

    John Calvin writes that our partaking of food is not done in holiness “unless it be accompanied by true knowledge and calling on the name of God.” We are no better than animals, he says, if we do not give ...Read More

  • The Mandate to Rejoice

    Philippians 4:4–5a

    When we suffer for Christ’s sake, experience the death of a loved one, or encounter the same problems and sins in our lives yet again, it can be difficult to rejoice. Yet despite the reality of pain in these ...Read More

  • The Mystery’s of God’s Purpose

    Ephesians 1:8-9

    Wisdom, the ability to put what we know into right action, seems to be in short supply these days, but Paul assures us that we have the wisdom needed to live for Christ as a gift of divine grace. The ...Read More

  • The Price of Love

    Ephesians 5:1-2

    Matthew 16:24–25 tells us that imitating God is a costly endeavor, one that requires daily self-denial and the narrow road of discipleship. If we think that there is no price to following the Savior, we are kidding ourselves ...Read More

  • The Tenth Commandment

    Exodus 20:17

    The answer to covetousness is not the absence of all desire, as in Buddhism, but rather the cultivation of contentment (1 Tim. 6:6–10). It can be a long journey on the way to discovering how to be content ...Read More

  • Walking in Christ Jesus

    Colossians 2:6-7

    Discontent in our lives and envy of the blessings of others is the opposite of thanksgiving, and these things threaten to plunge us back into the darkness of sin. John Calvin comments, “Ingratitude is very frequently the reason why we ...Read More

  • Why Do God’s People Pray?

    1 Thessalonians 5:16–18

    Giving thanks in all circumstances does not mean that we become thrilled with the prospect of pain. Instead, it means thanking the Lord for how He uses our greatest joys and deepest hurts to make us more like Jesus. Regular ...Read More