• He Who Was Born of God

    1 John 5:18–19

    Because we all know sin still remains in us, these verses claiming true children of God do not keep on sinning can be disheartening at times. Yet, as we have often seen, John does not teach that Christians can be ...Read More

  • Holding to Our Original Confidence

    Hebrews 3:14–19

    Christians play a part in their perseverance. Ultimately, God keeps us in the faith, preserving us in His grace. But His preservation is evident in our working out our salvation in fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12–13). If we hear the ...Read More

  • Hope for Israel

    1 Samuel 12

    Matthew Henry comments that “we mistake if we think that we can evade God’s justice by shaking off his dominion. If God shall not rule us, yet he will judge us.” The ancient Israelites could not escape God’s rule by ...Read More

  • Hope for the Nations

    Jeremiah 12

    In our lives, things often get worse before they get better. At such times, we can be perplexed at why God allows us to suffer while allowing the wicked to succeed. Such confusion can be an expression of faith as ...Read More

  • Human Initiative

    Genesis 24:42–49

    Of course God’s secret decrees include every choice we will ever make. However, we are not to worry about what He has not revealed to us. Instead, we are called to obey His Word and spread His truth, knowing that ...Read More

  • If God Permits

    Hebrews 6:2–3

    All of life is lived under the all-encompassing sovereignty of God. Though we make many plans in life, we will only be able to carry them out if God is so willing. When you make plans for the future, be ...Read More

  • The Inevitable Question

    Ephesians 1:3–14

    The Reformed tradition has maintained the importance of the doctrine of predestination, but it has also cautioned us to speak about this matter with great care. People are apt to mischaracterize the doctrine of predestination, and even professed Calvinists often ...Read More

  • In the Beginning

    Genesis 1:1-2

    These opening two verses of Scripture introduce us to the One for whom and by whom all things were made. The self-existent Lord of the universe existed before everything was created, and He alone has the ability to create freely ...Read More

  • In the Fullness of Time

    Ephesians 1:10

    On the last day, God’s perfect plan will be fulfilled, and throughout the universe, all creatures great and small will honor Christ. Our task as we anticipate this final day is twofold. First, we must live as He has commanded, ...Read More

  • Israel Accepts Joshua’s Command

    Joshua 1:10–18

    God continues to lead His people through the work of undershepherds, church leaders who are accountable to the Lord to lead His people in godliness. We are to be subject to these leaders, following them as they guide us with ...Read More

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