• The Church as the Glory of God

    John 17:22

    John Calvin writes, “No one ought to be reckoned among the disciples of Christ, unless we perceive the glory of God impressed on him, as with a seal, by the likeness of Christ.” Do you want to know if you ...Read More

  • Searching for the Will of God

    1 Thessalonians 4:3–8

    Discerning which path will provide the best opportunity for our sanctification is not always easy. However, if we take our personal growth into consideration, then we will be more likely to choose that which will make us more holy. When ...Read More

  • Judaizing Legalism

    Galatians 3:10–14

    Judaizing legalism usually enters our lives in subtle ways. When we believe God will not love us if we do not walk perfectly, we may be committing this error. If we think that we must clean up our lives before ...Read More

  • The Law and Our Powerlessness

    Romans 7:14–25

    The struggle that Paul describes with the law does not end in defeat. Rather, he says the answer is Jesus Christ (Rom. 7:25). In Christ we receive both forgiveness and the power to resist sin. We must turn to Him ...Read More

  • The Covenant Of Grace Fulfilled

    Jeremiah 31:31–34

    The process of God’s writing His law on our hearts begins in this life but is not completed until our glorification. Christians grow slowly but surely in their willingness to obey and to repent for even the smallest sins, and ...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 Fulfillment of Righteous Desire

    Proverbs 11:23

    Scripture often calls us to guard our hearts, and this is not only so that we can avoid sin and the discipline it brings but also so that we would cultivate love and the rewards that come with it. God ...Read More

  • The Mess of Productivity

    Proverbs 14:4

    We can be tempted to give up when dissension and misunderstanding abound or we are facing many other problems. While we do not want to minimize our difficulties, we should also take care to look around us and see if ...Read More

  • Sharpening One Another

    Proverbs 27:17

    Do you have other “irons” in your life who can help in sharpening you? We are blessed indeed if we have at least one friend upon whom we can count for loving, constructive criticism. If we do not have any ...Read More

  • David’s Plea for a Clean Heart

    Psalm 51:10–19

    God cleanses our hearts of sin when He pardons us not only for our sake but also for the sake of others. When we have a fresh experience of the Lord’s pardon, we are granted a deeper awareness of His ...Read More