• The Clarity of Scripture Devotional

    Deuteronomy 6:4–8

    Best-sellers like The Bible Code and other books have tried to present the Scriptures as a code book that can be decoded only if you have the right tools or formula. Such works deny the clarity of Scripture and should be rejected. We should never be afraid that we will be unable to understand the basic things the Lord wants from us when we read the Bible. Let us therefore read it and meditate on it regularly that we might be conformed to the image of Christ. View Resource

  • Hear, O Israel Devotional

    Deuteronomy 6:4–9

    Devotion to the one, true God of Israel means that we must be discerning any time someone uses the word god in public. Not everyone who says “God bless you” believes in the God of Scripture, and so we must take care that they not fool us into thinking otherwise. Let us also not allow people to assume that we worship Islam’s god or affirm the same doctrine of God as Judaism. Non-Christian monotheists do not worship the triune God of Scripture. View Resource

  • One True Eternal God Devotional

    Deuteronomy 6:4

    Christian monotheism is vastly different from the monotheism found in Islam and modern rabbinic Judaism. We are not unitarians who simply have a different name for the same God others worship. Those who deny the Trinity deny the deity of Christ and of the Holy Spirit and, thus, deny the one true God. Monotheism alone is not enough for salvation. Only believing in the right God grants us access to heaven. We must always be clear on this precious truth. View Resource

  • Why Theology is Necessary Devotional

    Deuteronomy 6:4–9

    The passage chosen as the basis for today’s study calls the people of God to study His law diligently and, by extension, everything that He has revealed in the Bible. We are to examine Scripture systematically, looking at how all of its teachings on any given subject fit together coherently. We are also to study the Bible corporately, seeking to learn from other Christians, both past and present, who have been given special insight into God’s Word. View Resource

  • The Clarity of God’s Word Devotional

    Deuteronomy 6:6–7

    Some parents do not spend that much time talking about the Scriptures at home because they believe it is too hard to understand. But the Bible is clear enough that anyone who is willing to sit down and read can understand its basic message. If you have children at home, are you taking time to instruct them in the things of God? If you do not have children, how are you helping the church to teach children and support parents in their important work? View Resource

  • The Clarity of Scripture Devotional

    Deuteronomy 6:6–9

    Many people treat the Bible like a puzzle or a secret code that is full of hidden meanings accessible only to a select few. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. Scripture can be understood by anyone who puts in the basic effort to read it in its context. We can read and hear the Scripture with profit, knowing that God’s message to us is clear. View Resource

  • The Clarity of the Sword Devotional

    Deuteronomy 6:6-7

    Some portions of Scripture are more difficult to understand than others, but that does not mean God has hidden His message of salvation from us. The Lord has spoken the basic gospel so clearly that we need not fear that His people will miss it. We should not be afraid to hand people a Bible and tell them to read it, for God will convey His message to readers no matter how much education they have had. View Resource

  • Idolatrous Oaths Devotional

    Deuteronomy 6:13–15

    If you were to ask people what it means to take the name of the Lord in vain, most would probably say that it involves some kind of curse of the name of God. However, anytime we swear an oath by the name of a created thing or use His name carelessly, we have also violated this commandment. If you have sworn oaths in any other name besides the name of the Lord, repent today and remember to be careful about how you use His name in your everyday speech. View Resource

  • Oaths and Idolatry Devotional

    Deuteronomy 6:13

    The principle that we are not to make oaths in the name of anyone but God alone is a powerful reminder of the sanctity of God’s name. When we use the Lord’s name in vain, we are attributing to someone or something else the glory that He alone deserves, and that is a great sin. Worshiping God rightly entails paying close heed to how we use His name, so may we make oaths carefully and then only in His most holy name. View Resource