• Heeding the One Who Speaks

    Hebrews 12:25

    It is possible to belong to the new covenant in a merely external fashion. Today, the church is a mixed body consisting of both true believers and those who falsely profess faith (Matt. 13:24–30). Judgment for those who belong to ...Read More

  • The Faith of Abel and Enoch

    Hebrews 11:4–5

    Abel and Enoch remind us that when motivated by true faith, we give of our best willingly to God and walk with Him continually. Let us give our first and best to God with cheerful hearts and seek to walk ...Read More

  • What Is Faith?

    Hebrews 11:1–2

    We can do all the good in the world, but if we do not trust in the Lord, it is ultimately not regarded by Him as good. But if we trust wholly in the Lord, believing that He will accomplish ...Read More

  • Encouragement in Love and Good Works

    Hebrews 10:24–25

    We dare not think that we can go it alone in the Christian life. If we are not receiving encouragement from others and in turn encouraging them ourselves, we will find ourselves wandering away from the Lord. Let us not ...Read More

  • Sanctified by Christ’s Will

    Hebrews 10:8–10

    We cooperate with God in our sanctification, seeking to obey Him and partaking of the means of grace—the Word, sacraments, and prayer—but we do not make ourselves holy. That is the work of God, who operates in and through these ...Read More

  • The Obedience of Christ

    Hebrews 10:5–7

    Sometimes the deep truths of Christian theology such as the incarnation and the dual natures of Christ are considered esoteric and lacking in practical value. However, Christian doctrine is immensely practical. In learning the truths of our faith, we learn ...Read More

  • The Fruit of Assurance

    Hebrews 6:11–12

    Ultimately, we persevere because of the work of God, who will be faithful to complete the good work He has begun in us. We do play a role in our perseverance in responding continually in faith and obedience to the ...Read More

  • Solid Food Versus Milk

    Hebrews 5:14

    John Chrysostom, one of the greatest preachers among the early church fathers, asks, “How do our ‘faculties’ become ‘trained’ [to distinguish good from evil]?” His answer: “By continual hearing and by experience of the Scriptures.” We grow in spiritual maturity ...Read More

  • Spiritual Immaturity

    Hebrews 5:11–13

    It is good to know the basics of the faith, but growing Christians are never content with only the basics. As we advance in our Christian lives, the Spirit gives us a greater hunger for the truth of His Word ...Read More

  • The Anointing of David

    1 Samuel 16:1–13

    We cannot judge the hearts of others perfectly. Yet, we can try to evaluate people not merely by externals but by their character. A heart devoted to the Lord will reveal itself through acts of selfless love for others. It ...Read More

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