• The Freedom of Fear Article by Chris Donato

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2004

    As we have just seen on Friday, Cain offered grain faithlessly. His sacrifice was meant to appease. His concern was to placate the demands of his Creator. Homage was a trivial thing to him, a mere formality to be dispensed with so he could get back to his routine. He gave his grain out of fear, and fear alone. His duty lacked love and delight. Yet, fear is not a bad thing. To fear God is to begin on wisdom’s journey (Ps. 11:10; Prov. 9:10). Sometimes groveling is an appropriate reaction — especially for believers (unlike Cain). But maybe like … View Resource

  • The Wisdom of Faith Article by Douglas Kelly

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2004

    Forbes magazine features the four hundred most wealthy families in America each year. Those who make “the top four hundred” constantly change, according to their abilities in making and investing money. Being listed in this group is a measure of very high ability in dealing with certain aspects of the created order. The eleventh chapter of Hebrews is also a list of “the top people” over a long period of history, but it is very different from the Forbes group. For the people listed in Hebrews 11 have been assessed from God’s point of view, and their standing is in … View Resource

  • The Life of Faith Article by Sinclair Ferguson

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2004

    The opening words of Hebrews 11, “now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” sometimes perplexes Bible students who are accustomed to the classical Reformed description of faith as consisting of knowledge, assent, and trust. These biblical words seem to be giving a rather different definition. What is the explanation? It is a relatively simple one: the author of Hebrews is not analyzing faith into its component parts; rather, he is telling us how faith operates. Faith is the substance, that is, the assurance, the steady confidence of mind, even the “title deed” … View Resource

  • Where is Your Faith? Article by Patrick Lennox

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2004

    Living by faith is a multi-faceted endeavor. Trusting in the all-sufficient redeeming work of Christ is where we begin a life of faith. From there, the brilliance of this glorious reality is reflected and displayed in every area of our lives. Or at least it ought to. We know that without faith, it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6), and we know that all people do not have it (2 Thess 3:2). Faith is not a natural endowment embedded in the DNA of our souls; rather, it is a bona fide supernatural gift of God (Eph. 2:8). It is … 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 we … View Resource