• Joy and Strength

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  • Enemies of Truth

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  • The Glory Isaiah Saw

    John 12:36b–41

    Leon Morris, who was one of the foremost twentieth-century New Testament scholars, comments on today’s passage: “God’s purposes are not frustrated by the opposition of evil people. They are accomplished.” God used the hard hearts of Jesus’ opponents to fulfill ...Read More

  • Enslaved to Sin

    John 8:34

    Understanding that sinners are enslaved to sin can help us have more compassion on them. Although people know better, they do what is wrong because as slaves to sin that is all they can do. We, too, were once in ...Read More

  • The Sinfulness of Sin

    Romans 1:32

    Our radical corruption is plainly evident in our attempt to excuse the sins of others and to find people who will approve of our transgressions. Misery loves company, and unless God changes us, we would rather suffer condemnation together than ...Read More

  • The “Normalcy” of Sin

    Romans 1:24–31

    We are inclined to make light of common sins, even saying such things as “boys will be boys” to excuse transgressions. Yet we dare not think that God ever takes sin lightly. Sin might be “normal” in the sense that ...Read More

  • Radical Corruption

    Romans 1:21–23

    We must continually renew our minds according to the Word of God because sin has affected our thinking. Even we who have received the grace of the Lord’s salvation do not always use our reason in service to our Creator. ...Read More

  • Drawing People to Faith

    John 6:41–44

    John Calvin comments, “The Gospel, though it is preached to all without exception, cannot be embraced by all … a new understanding and a new perception are requisite; … faith does not depend on the will of men, but that ...Read More

  • The Law’s Revelation of Sin

    Romans 7:7–13

    God’s law shows us the depth of our sin and thus can lead us to despair. That is why we must never preach the law without also preaching the gospel. The law gives us the bad news that we are ...Read More

  • The Restraint of the Law

    1 Timothy 1:8–11

    People still sin inwardly under the restraining influence of the law, but the threats of the law do keep us from acting on many of our thoughts and thereby keep civil society alive. We should be grateful for this restraint ...Read More