• The Transfer of the Kingdom

    Acts 13–14:7

    Just as the first missionaries took the ministry of the Good News to their own first, in some sense we also have home ministry obligations to the family of God which should take precedence over those outside the covenant community. ...Read More

  • The Trials of Job

    Job 1

    In stating that the Lord gave and the Lord took away, Job did not “charge God with wrong” (Job 1:22). Job did not accuse the Lord of issuing a direct assault on his family, nor did he claim that God ...Read More

  • The True Family of Jesus

    Mark 3:31-35

    Calvin comments that “every one who is regenerated by the Spirit, and gives himself up entirely to God for true justification, is thus admitted to the closest union with Christ, and becomes one with him.” We can respect the members ...Read More

  • True Repentance and Prayer

    2 Corinthians 7:10

    It is not entirely inappropriate to fear being punished for sin. After all, the Bible warns us of such punishment. Yet that cannot be the sole thing that drives our repentance. We must come to the point that we are ...Read More

  • The Twelve Tribes of Israel

    Genesis 49:1-28

    Because we are grafted into the tree of Israel by faith when we trust in Christ alone, we can be assured that we will enjoy the future glory promised to Israel. Even when things look darkest for the church, we ...Read More

  • Two Different Responses

    Genesis 34:30–31

    We are greatly encouraged that the Lord is true to His word even when His people sin. If His blessings were based ultimately on our faithfulness, we would be totally lost. Still, while God was faithful despite Jacob’s unfaithfulness, the ...Read More

  • Two More Sons of Israel

    Genesis 48:1–7

    John Calvin says that Joseph’s rush to see his father one last time shows he regards it “a greater privilege to be a son of Jacob, than to preside over a hundred kingdoms.” Joseph saw his father’s great faith on ...Read More

  • Two New Prisoners

    Genesis 40:1–4

    Though time in prison could make anyone discouraged, Joseph does not waver from his consistent service. No matter the work he was given to do — overseer of the prison or attendant to the cupbearer and baker — Joseph continued ...Read More

  • Under His Gaze

    John 1:43-51

    Nathanael not only came face to face with Jesus, he found himself coram Deo, before the face of the God who saw him always and knew him intimately. We may never come face to face with Jesus in this life, ...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

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