• A Prophet without Honor

    Mark 6:1-4

    John Calvin comments, “It is not mere ignorance that hinders men, but that, of their own accord, they search after grounds of offense, to prevent them from following the path to which God invites.” People do not fail to believe ...Read More

  • A Question of Authority

    Matthew 21:23–27

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage, saying that “those who imprison the truth they know, in unrighteousness are justly denied the further truths they enquire after.” When we, like the scribes and priests in today’s passage, refuse to submit to ...Read More

  • The Ransom Christ Paid

    Mark 10:45

    Our sin violates God’s perfect justice, so He has every right to demand that a price be paid to satisfy this justice. Christ’s death was that price, and the price was also a ransom that secured our release from our ...Read More

  • The Resurrection and the Life

    John 11:1-44

    The response of the Pharisees and the chief priests to Jesus is a powerful reminder that intellectual knowledge is not enough for salvation. These leaders did not dispute the reality of Jesus’ signs. Instead, they knew the signs and what ...Read More

  • The Resurrection and the Life

    John 11:17-27

    God made us as beings of both flesh and spirit, and we will experience our redemption fully only when both body and spirit have been raised and glorified. On that day, we will be free of all disease and pain, ...Read More

  • Rewards for Discipleship

    Matthew 19:27–30

    Any reward that God gives us is by His grace, for He is the one who prepares good works for us and enables us to do them (Eph. 2:8–10). Because it is all by His grace, we should never arrogantly ...Read More

  • The Rewards of Discipleship

    Mark 10:28–30

    Although we should not follow Jesus simply to get earthly or heavenly blessings, Scripture nevertheless holds out rewards as one motivation for obeying Christ. On those days when the cost of discipleship seems not worth paying, let us remember that ...Read More

  • The Road to Emmaus

    Luke 24:13–35

    How do you approach the study and preaching of Scripture? Do you trust the Holy Spirit to make your heart and mind receptive to its inspired words? Do you take time before church each Sunday to ask the Lord to ...Read More

  • The Sanctity of Vows

    Matthew 23:16–22

    John MacArthur comments that “swearing by those things [temple, altar, and so on] is tantamount to swearing by God Himself” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1,169). Any godly commitment we make must be honored, for the Lord prizes truth and ...Read More

  • The Scattering of Sheep

    Mark 14:26–31

    Because God glorifies all those whom He justifies (Rom. 8:28–30), we know that no person with true faith can be cut off finally from salvation. However, even the elect may fall into gross sin, even denying Jesus as Peter did. ...Read More

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