• 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

  • Demonstrations of Power

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  • Ministering Spirits to Serve Us

    Hebrews 1:13–14

    The great Puritan scholar John Owen comments that “these blessed angels specially minister to [the church] and have us under their constant care.” Although we cannot normally see them, the angels of God are looking out for us. They are ...Read More

  • Paul Asks for Prayer

    2 Thessalonians 3:1–2

    Do you pray regularly for the success of the gospel among the unbelievers you know? It is easy for us to forget to pray for the gospel’s advance, but the Lord uses our prayers to make the gospel effective in ...Read More

  • The Restrainer

    2 Thessalonians 2:5–7

    Over the centuries, many people have sought to identify the Antichrist and have developed theories as to who he is and when he will come. It is worthwhile to try to figure out who Paul might be thinking of when ...Read More

  • Trouble in the Persian Court

    Esther 1

    The author of Esther had to tell us about Vashti’s being removed from her position in order to explain how Esther became queen. But he did not have to go into such detail. Make no mistake—he included these facts to ...Read More

  • Journeying to Judah

    Ezra 8:15–23

    Ordinarily, there is no contradiction between making plans for the future and trusting the Lord for the future. God uses our plans to accomplish His purposes, so we should not think that the plans that we make are necessarily opposed ...Read More

  • Artaxerxes Sends Ezra to Judah

    Ezra 7:1–26

    God has given us not only His infallible and inerrant Word to guide us in the truth but also teachers whom He has equipped to instruct us in this Word. We should therefore pay heed to the godly and wise ...Read More

  • Haggai and Zechariah Encourage the People

    Ezra 5

    The returned exiles continued the work God gave them because they were convinced that His eye was on them. As the Lord’s people today, we can likewise be confident that the Lord’s eye is on us. He will see through ...Read More

  • Work on the Temple Ceases

    Ezra 4

    Until the Lord casts all His enemies into the lake of fire, His foes will try to destroy His works. God’s people today, therefore, can expect opposition when they are serving Him and being used to build His kingdom, just ...Read More

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