• No Pain, No Gain Article by Mark Dever

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2005

    Sometimes Scripture is just not obviously true. It is certainly true. Scripture is always true. Sometimes, however, Scripture is just not obviously true to us. At the beginning of James’ letter, we are told that we should “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials” (James 1:2 NASB). Now, if we’re honest with ourselves, we know that this is not obvious to us. As Christians, so much of the Bible is so clearly true. We know that God made the heavens and the earth, and that the heavens tell of the glory of God. When my … View Resource

  • Partakers of Holiness Article by Douglas Kelly

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2004

    The pain involved in following the Lord Jesus Christ in a hostile world is never hidden from us in Scripture. The early Hebrew Christians to whom this epistle seems first to have been written were no strangers to “reproaches and afflictions” (11:33), especially while the Jerusalem Temple was still standing and those who rejected the Messiah were largely in control of the culture. How well they knew that “no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous” (v. 11). Echoes of the whips that lacerated the back of Jesus at times lashed their own backs. Like many … View Resource

  • The Wait of Glory Article by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2004

    My family has been blessed mightily in the last six months or so. My dear wife Denise and I have suffered through two miscarriages. (And three more in the years before that.) Our daughter Shannon, who is mentally retarded, began developing more serious seizures than the ones she used to have. (Those started a year ago.) And then there is the breast cancer my wife is trying to beat. The diagnosis came last New Year’s Eve. And this is just on the bodily health front. We have lost loved ones, some to death and some to broken relationships. Some friendships … View Resource

  • Forever Faithful Article by Jack Rowley

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2004

    What Christian among us has not questioned his faith in God when things are going badly in finding a job, finding that person whom God wants him to marry, dealing with family debt, or healing a broken relationship? We may become so depressed and distressed that others begin to question if we are Christians at all. Is my faith genuine, or have I been fooling myself? As Christians, the faith we claim to possess is founded upon truths expressed in the Word of God. We are commanded to have an accurate knowledge of God and Christ (John 17:3), and … View Resource