• The One Mediator

    1 Timothy 2:5–6

    Some people may protest that it does not seem fair for Jesus to have died only for the sins of some and not for the sins of all. If we find ourselves thinking this way, then we need to take ...Read More

  • War and the Christian

    Romans 13:4–7

    Just war theory can get rather murky and difficult to apply, particularly when a nation is whipped up into an emotional fervor. Be certain that you reach your decisions based on careful, sober, biblical analysis and not on media hype ...Read More

  • God Rescues Ishmael

    Genesis 21:15–21

    John Chrysostom comments: “The grace of God is the greatest security and the most impregnable fortification” (Homilies on Genesis 46.7–8). Though all outward circumstances might testify otherwise, the Lord’s people know that He is their rock and will sustain them ...Read More

  • Servants of the Saints

    Hebrews 1:13­–14

    God’s grace works not only in our salvation, but also in the angels He sends to minister to us. Usually, we are not sure where and how the angels are working, but the close calls and unexpected provisions we experience ...Read More

  • A Generation That Sought a Sign

    Mark 8:11–13

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage that “if [unbelievers] will not be convinced, they shall not.” Nothing we can do or say can convince those who have hardened their hearts to believe in Christ. Their opposition is moral and spiritual, ...Read More

  • Rest for God’s People

    Hebrews 4:9–10

    Just like the possession of Canaan, the weekly Sabbath is a type of the rest to come. As we set aside time weekly to enjoy the Lord by worshiping Him, we anticipate the eternal Sabbath worship to come. When you ...Read More

  • The People of God

    Romans 9:25-26

    God chooses us for His glory and not on account of any good in us. John Calvin comments that God’s glory is revealed in destroying the reprobate, because the only thing that separates the elect from the reprobate is that ...Read More

  • Basic Literary Forms II

    Isaiah 55:12

    Many critics read the Bible differently than they read other books. Thus, passages like Matthew 13:31–32 are sometimes wrongly viewed as examples of error. Remind the critics you know that the Bible is a literary work, and, like other works, ...Read More

  • Alike, but Very Different

    Psalm 18

    As John Calvin has said, God condescends to our limitations, revealing Himself in our words with images that give us real knowledge about His nature. Today consider three metaphors often used for our Father in Scripture — rock, light, and ...Read More

  • Obeying Parents in the Lord

    Ephesians 6:1–3

    The Old Testament often speaks of honor for one’s parents by employing language elsewhere associated with the fear of the Lord (Lev. 19:3, 14, 32). Although no human authority deserves absolute allegiance, we must show proper, biblical reverence to our ...Read More

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