• The Remedy for Sin’s Deceitfulness

    Hebrews 3:12–13

    Salvation is the work of God, but we have the high honor and privilege of being tools through which He works to keep His people in salvation. Our encouragement to doubting and sinning people who profess Christ may well be ...Read More

  • Warning the Disobedient

    2 Thessalonians 3:14–15

    Excommunication is not the loveless shunning that we see in many cults when former cult members leave their false religion. We are to make the impenitent sinner aware that his life invalidates his profession of faith, but we are to ...Read More

  • Haman the Agagite

    Esther 3

    Sometimes we bring unnecessary trouble on ourselves by failing to honor those whom we should honor. If we respect those whom we are supposed to respect, we make things easier for ourselves and, more importantly, we obey the Lord in ...Read More

  • Overlooking Personal Offenses

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  • Corporate Confession of Sin

    Nehemiah 9

    Many individual Jews followed God faithfully in Nehemiah’s day, but ongoing suffering under foreign domination means that the nation as a whole remained in sin. The people needed a greater act of God to rescue them from exile: the coming ...Read More

  • The Problem of Intermarriage

    Ezra 9

    The problem with the mixed marriages in Ezra’s day is that the Jews had yoked themselves to people who denied the one true God. We cannot think that marrying people who are not believers will be good for our spiritual ...Read More

  • Contrition

    Psalm 51:14–19

    Sometimes our sorrow is like that of a child who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar—we are sorry that we are in trouble but not sorry for offending the Lord’s holiness. In our repentance, we must always ...Read More

  • Jerusalem Captured

    2 Kings 24:18–25:21

    The Lord is patient and often delays His judgment for what seems to be a long time. Thus, people often think His judgment is never coming. As Christians, we do not fear eternal punishment, yet the Lord’s patience with us ...Read More

  • Jehoiachin and Zedekiah

    2 Kings 24:8–17

    The last four kings of Judah were caught in a downward spiral of wickedness that ultimately resulted in the Babylonian exile. They were trapped in a cycle of sin from which they could not escape. This should serve as a ...Read More

  • The Beginning of the End for Judah

    2 Kings 23:30b–24:7

    Although the final days of Judah were filled with much trouble, we can take comfort from the fact that God fulfilled His promise to discipline Judah for her sins in that it proves His justice and trustworthiness. When the Lord ...Read More

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