• Our Groaning Joy Article by Mike Pohlman

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2017

    Our quest for joy begins at the end creation has been groaning together in the of the creation narrative, where God looks at all He has created and pronounces it “very good.” Tragically, this good creation would be radically tarnished with sin through the rebellion of our first parents—a rebellion that replaced God’s blessing with His curse. But even in this darkest of moments, hope rings out. The Apostle Paul assures us that there’s coming a day when God will make His blessings flow “far as the curse is found”: For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but … View Resource

  • What Judges Teaches the Church Article by W. Robert Godfrey

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2016

    And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel. (Judg. 2:10) It seems incredible that it could happen. Only a generation after Joshua, Israel no longer knew the Lord. How is such a development possible? This is a very important question, not just for the ancient Israelites, but for us. Churches, too, have seen sudden decline from one generation to another. How can we understand and prevent this kind of calamity? The book of Judges provides a very clear answer to our questions. Its answer does not … View Resource

  • Have Eternal Life Article by William Barcley

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2016

    This past summer, because of the generosity of friends in our church, my wife and I were able to spend a week together in Cozumel, Mexico. It was a wonderful trip. Our resort was on the beach. The food was excellent. The water was a beautiful shade of blue I’d never seen before. But best of all, I was able to have uninterrupted enjoyment of my bride of twenty-five years. One day, late in the afternoon, when we were sitting on the beach reading, without a care in the world except for when we were going to get ready to … View Resource

  • Should Not Perish Article by Guy Richard

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2016

    Jesus says that in the days leading up to His second coming, people will be totally unaware of what is about to happen to them. They will be “eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage,” just as people were in the days leading up to the flood in the time of Noah. In the same way that “they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away,” so also many will be equally unaware when Christ returns and the day of the flood of God’s judgment comes upon the earth and sweeps them away (Matt. 24:36–39). It … View Resource

  • Whoever Believes in Him Article by Cornelis Venema

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2016

    In contemporary North America, people are often seen at sporting events holding a poster with “John 3:16” written upon it in large print. While this may not be the most effective evangelistic strategy, it does bear witness to an important truth. No passage in the Bible more powerfully undergirds the biblical imperative to herald the good news concerning Jesus Christ to all sinners than this one. Even if the risen Christ had never given the church the Great Commission, John 3:16 would suffice to drive believers to tell all the world of God’s great love, which He demonstrated in the … View Resource

  • The Practice of Sinning Article by Jay Bauman

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2015

    It was early in the morning on New Year’s Day in 2006, in Rio de Janeiro, and I was having trouble sleeping. The noise of the New Year festivities had kept me awake. So I decided to take a walk along the beach. As the sun rose over the beach, I noticed a white rose, cut and in perfect condition, lying right along the shore. I had recently gotten engaged and so finding this rose seemed quite timely. I decided I would take that rose back to my fiancée’s house, thinking, “For sure, she will love it.” As I continued … View Resource

  • Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart Article by J.D. Greear

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2013

    If there were a world record for the “number of times asking Jesus into your heart,” I’m pretty sure I would hold it. I’ve probably “prayed the prayer” more than five thousand times. Every time was sincere, but I was never quite sure I had gotten it right. Had I really been sorry enough for my sin that time around? Some wept rivers of tears when they got saved, but I hadn’t done that. Was I really sorry? Was that prayer a moment of total surrender? Did I really “get” grace? So I would pray the sinner’s prayer again. And … View Resource

  • Faith and Repentance Article by Sinclair Ferguson

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2013

    When the gospel is proclaimed, it seems at first sight that two different, even alternative, responses are called for. Sometimes the summons is, “Repent!” Thus, “John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, ‘Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand’” (Matt. 3:1–2). Again, Peter urged the hearers whose consciences had been ripped open on the day of Pentecost, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ” (Acts 2:38). Later, Paul urged the Athenians to “repent” in response to the message of the risen Christ (Acts 17:30). Yet, on other occasions, … View Resource

  • The True Israel of God Article by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2012

    Father Abraham had many sons, many sons had father Abraham. I am one of them and so are you…,” so the old children’s song goes. Although it’s a silly song that requires the raising of arms, legs, and the nodding of heads, the song’s theology is unquestionably biblical. In Romans 4:1–16, the Apostle Paul explains that Abraham is “the father of us all.” As new covenant believers, we have been justified by grace alone through faith alone because of the finished work of Christ alone. As an old covenant believer, Abraham, the father of Israel, was justified by grace alone … View Resource

  • Not One Of, but the One Article by Kevin DeYoung

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2011

    There is one foundational question each of us must face. By “foundational,” I don’t mean it is the only question we must answer. What I mean is that this question is so important that if you get this one wrong, you are going to get most everything else that really matters wrong. The foundational question is the famous query Jesus posed to the disciples at Caesarea Philippi: “Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29). It may be surprising to some that Jesus even asked this question. The foundational question for Jesus is not “Who are your parents?” or … View Resource

  • A Life of Blessing and Rest Article by Nicholas Batzig

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2011

    Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles ” (Gal. 3:13-14). I distinctly remember hearing an unbelieving co-worker—at a restaurant in which I worked many years ago—say to customers as they left: “Have a blessed day.” Every time I heard it I wanted to say, “But how is that blessing possible?” The language of blessing is used today with little to no understanding of its nature or cost. … View Resource

  • Of Justification” from “The Westminster Confession of Faith” Article by Westminster Divines

    1. Those whom God effectually calleth, He also freely justifieth: not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their sins, and by accounting and accepting their persons as righteous; not for any thing wrought in them, or done by them, but for Christ’s sake alone; nor by imputing faith itself, the act of believing, or any other evangelical obedience to them, as their righteousness; but by imputing the obedience and satisfaction of Christ unto them, they receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith; which faith they have not of themselves, it is the gift of God. View Resource

  • Martin Luther’s Definition of Faith Article by Martin Luther

    Faith is not what some people think it is. Their human dream is a delusion. Because they observe that faith is not followed by good works or a better life, they fall into error, even though they speak and hear much about faith. “Faith is not enough,” they say, “You must do good works, you must be pious to be saved.” They think that, when you hear the gospel, you start working, creating by your own strength a thankful heart which says, “I believe.” That is what they think true faith is. But, because this is a human idea, a … View Resource

  • Complacent Repentance Article by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2009

    I love to hear stories about our faithful forefathers in ages past, and while it may be mere legend, I have heard that the great nineteenth-century British pastor Charles Spurgeon posted a sign on the door of his study. Each time he passed through the door of his study he could not avoid seeing the sign, which read: “Perhaps today.” It was his way of reminding himself that Jesus could return any day. So Spurgeon lived, prayed, and preached — eagerly and expectantly. Whether or not Spurgeon had a favorite passage of Scripture I do not know, and although I haven’t … View Resource

  • More Than Talk Article by Chris Larson

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2006

    Take a sampling of today’s political talk radio and TV programs, and you’ll hear vigorous arguments about solutions to the world’s visible problems. These impassioned people believe they are really getting at the “stuff” of life, but sadly, this vapid marketplace of ideas never is able to deliver the goods and answer the questions behind the questions. Surely there must be a path from mere talk to discovering ultimate issues such as truth, goodness, and beauty. But we are hopeless if we do not have the Word of God as our compass. How else can we get to these issues? … View Resource