• Turning from Our Ungrateful Ways

    1 Corinthians 6:9–11

    Paul’s teaching in today’s passage actually leads us to expect that there should be former adulterers, homosexuals, thieves, blasphemers, alcoholics, and others in our congregations. The church of Jesus Christ must not close its door to any sinner who repents ...Read More

  • Understanding God’s Discipline

    Job 5:17–27

    Truth, if wrongly applied, can actually do more harm than good. Job’s friends were not wrong that God disciplines His children, but they did err in viewing all discipline in punitive terms. Such a view will lead to poor counsel ...Read More

  • The Unforgivable Sin

    Matthew 12:24–32

    Pastors both past and present agree that a person who worries that he has committed the unforgiveable sin has not really done so. Those who do the unforgivable act are so calloused that they do not care about their spiritual ...Read More

  • The Unforgiveable Sin

    Matthew 12:22-32

    Because the blasphemy of the Spirit is a willful suppression of the truth about Christ, theologians agree that Christians who worry if they have committed the sin have likely not done so. Those who willfully deny the truth would have ...Read More

  • United to Christ

    Romans 6:5–7

    We served the master of sin for a long time, so we are tempted to live the life of the old man, the life of the one whom sin controls. But sin is no longer our master. When we died, ...Read More

  • United to Christ

    Romans 6:5–7

    We served the master of sin for a long time, so we are tempted to live the life of the old man, the life of the one whom sin controls. But sin is no longer our master. When we died, ...Read More

  • The Unpardonable Sin

    Matthew 12:22–32

    Are you afraid that you’ve committed the unpardonable sin? If you are concerned about it, you can be assured that you haven’t committed it. Have you purposely called the work of the Holy Spirit the work of the devil? Have ...Read More

  • The Untameable Tongue

    James 3:7–8

    Contrary to some theological traditions, the Bible does not teach that it is possible to achieve a sinless perfection this side of heaven. Today’s passage reminds us of the powerful presence of sin, especially as manifested in the tongue. However, ...Read More

  • The Vain Search for a Righteous Man

    Ecclesiastes 7:20

    The Old Testament Wisdom Books, including Ecclesiastes, tend to draw conclusions by observing the world around them. Today’s passage shows that the doctrine of total depravity can be arrived at simply by observing the world and its people. Clearly, we ...Read More

  • The Wages of Sin vs. the Gift of Life

    Romans 6:22-23

    John Calvin comments, “Our salvation is altogether through the grace and mere beneficence of God… . It is through God’s gift we obtain it, and not through our own merits.” Eternal life is not the wage paid to those who ...Read More

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