• Looking for Fruit

    Mark 11:12–14

    A fruitless tree is no good at all, and neither is a fruitless disciple. Those who bear no fruit prove that they never had saving faith to begin with, and those who have saving faith demonstrate their trust in Christ ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Battle

    2 Chronicles 20

    To cry out earnestly for God’s help, we must know our need for it. C.H. Spurgeon says in his sermon “The Singing Army” that “one of the most prevailing arguments to be used in prayer with God is a ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Supper

    Matthew 26:26–29

    Jesus says that His blood is poured out for “many,” not for “all” (Matt. 26:28). His death is not effectual for all people who have ever lived; Christ’s death is effectual only for His people, securing eternal salvation for all ...Read More

  • The Man Born Blind

    John 9:1–7

    John Calvin comments, “We cannot always put our finger on the causes of the punishments which men endure.” We may not infer automatically that a person who is suffering has committed a specific sin. Sometimes the suffering is related to ...Read More

  • The Messianic Secret

    Matthew 16:13–23

    That Jesus did not act in the precise way that His contemporaries expected only indicates that God is not bound to conform to our false expectations of Him. The only expectations we may rightly have of Him are those defined ...Read More

  • Ministry in Galilee

    Matthew 4:12–17

    Today’s passage is a powerful example of God’s grace. Those who sit in darkness get to see the light, not those who think they are in the light already. Jesus came to call sinners to repentance, not the righteous (Luke ...Read More

  • A Mission of Service

    Matthew 12:15–21

    The truth that Jesus will not snuff out a smoldering wick or break a bruised reed is one of the most encouraging truths of Christianity. When others would give up on us because of our failures, lack of money, talent, ...Read More

  • Mocked and Beaten

    Matthew 27:27–31

    The Christian faith is derided in many circles, and many professing believers throughout history have been tempted to play down the offense of the gospel or work hard to show the world that Christians are not as “uncool” as they ...Read More

  • The Moment of Judgment and Salvation

    John 12:31–32

    When Jesus says He draws “all people” to Himself in John 12:32, He means all people without distinction. That is, He means people from all kinds of backgrounds are drawn to Him, not each and every person. Jesus laid down ...Read More

  • The Move to Nazareth

    Matthew 2:19-23

    Understanding how Jesus fulfills the Old Testament means that we have to look at more than just isolated verses and proof-texts. As Matthew 2:23 indicates, the apostles teach that Jesus fulfills the broad themes, ideas, and stories found throughout the ...Read More

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