• What We Owe to Civil Authorities

    1 Timothy 2:1–2

    It is easy to grumble and complain about our civil leaders and then stop there. But God would have us not merely speak up when the government acts unjustly; rather, He calls us also to pray for our leaders. Let ...Read More

  • When the Mighty Fall

    2 Samuel 1

    God declares in Scripture that He takes no joy in the death of the wicked (Ezek. 33:11), and neither should we. Like David in his mourning for Saul, we must see the deaths of unbelievers for what they are—tragedies caused ...Read More

  • Who Were the Twelve?

    Mark 3:16-19

    Today, we hear a lot about the need for diversity. But as we see from the political system and nations around the world, diversity without unity leads to infighting and even civil war. Scripture does call God’s people to embrace ...Read More

  • A Wife for Isaac

    Genesis 24:1–4

    John Chrysostom comments, “The patriarch acted in this from concern for the soul’s virtue and abhorrence of the wickedness of the [Canaanite] inhabitants” (Homilies on Genesis, 48.8–9). Abraham’s chief concern was for Isaac to marry a covenant member. If you ...Read More

  • The Wilderness Preacher

    Mark 1:4-6

    Jesus’ message to the Jews, and by extension to all people, is the same as John’s: Men and women can have a place in God’s kingdom only if they repent of their sins and turn to the Lord alone for ...Read More

  • The Wise Men Rejoice

    Matthew 2:7–10

    The Father will ensure that His Son will be glorified despite all obstacles (John 12:23). Mary has been forced to give birth to the Messiah in a less than ideal setting (Luke 2:7). Herod, who lives under the Lord’s covenant, ...Read More

  • With Spirit and Fire

    Matthew 3:11–12

    The purifying work of the Holy Spirit commences in the believer when he first turns to Christ. Sometimes the Spirit works on us in the fire of adversity, through which the Lord promises to take us for His good purposes ...Read More

  • Witnesses to the Kingdom

    Mark 9:1

    Whatever view we take of the specific event to which Jesus refers in Mark 9:1, we are left without any doubt that the kingdom of God came in power in the first century. The birth of Christianity changed the course ...Read More

  • A Witness to the Decapolis

    Mark 5:18-20

    One day we will see the Lord face-to-face and enjoy His presence forever. Until then, we have been commissioned to preach the gospel and declare God’s saving grace to the nations. This mission is for us all, though in God’s ...Read More

  • The Word of the Lord to the Exiles

    Ezekiel 1:1–3

    In the modern West, people are not apt to believe God is limited to one place. However, our relativistic culture has no trouble limiting the universal reign of the triune God of Israel. It is all too common to hear ...Read More

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