• Dealing With Anger Devotional

    Proverbs 14:29

    We can avoid expressing our anger sinfully if we stop to think about how we are being treated and the relative importance of the situation. Often, we are so quick to show our ire that we forget that others may be lashing out at us because of some deeply rooted pain, even if we are not the ones who have caused it. As we respond to others who have hurt us, let us consider what may be prompting their actions and seek to address the root cause of the problem. View Resource

  • When Anger Destroys Devotional

    1 Samuel 25

    Uncontrolled anger is not merely a vice that can be overlooked. Instead, it can destroy lives, and we all know people who have impacted their futures for ill because they could not control their tempers. Sin always creates damage in its wake, so we must work hard to keep our heads cool and to respond appropriately to all circumstances. This is particularly important for those of us who are prone to be short-tempered and easily angered. View Resource

  • Be Angry, Do Not Sin Devotional

    Ephesians 4:25–32

    It is easy for us to think we are being righteously angry when we are really just manifesting unjust ire. It is also easy for us to get so wrapped up in a righteous cause that we forget to pray for the repentance of the sinner and the restoration of relationships. When we find that we are angry, we must take precautions to ensure that our ire does not spin out of control. May we be honest with ourselves when we are mad so that we might discern whether our anger is truly righteous. View Resource

  • Idolatry Defined Devotional

    Philippians 3:19

    Anything or anyone can become an idol in our lives because whatever we love more than the Lord is, by definition, an idol. Because our hearts are idol factories, as John Calvin taught us, we are all continually tempted to make temporal things into ultimate things, and so we must be on guard against idolatry in our lives. We should periodically assess the state of our hearts to see what we may have turned into an idol. View Resource

  • Love for God and Neighbor Devotional

    Matthew 22:34–40

    Love of God and love of neighbor are connected. We cannot love God rightly if we do not love our neighbors, especially our fellow Christians, and we cannot love our neighbors rightly if we do not love God (1 John 4:20). As we grow in our sanctification, we must find ourselves loving both God and neighbor more and more. If we lack love, biblically defined, for either God or neighbor, we are not living a life that pleases our Creator. View Resource

  • Honoring God’s Covenant Devotional

    Isaiah 1:11–17

    We will look more at church discipline in the days ahead. As we close our study today, let us be reminded that coming into the Lord’s presence without repentance is dangerous indeed. It is particularly risky when we claim to be following the Lord and yet are not truly obeying Him as the Lord of all things. Preventing such people from coming into God’s presence at the Lord’s Table is for their good, as it prevents them from angering the Lord even further. View Resource

  • True Food and Drink Devotional

    John 6:55

    Although Christ is not advocating the view of transubstantiation, He is saying something true when He refers to His body as our bread and His blood as our drink. As noted in Calvin’s comments above, there is a real spiritual correspondence such that in the Lord’s Supper we receive true nourishment of our souls. If we neglect the sacrament, then, we are starving ourselves and refusing the refreshment our Savior offers at His table. View Resource

  • Speaking Sacramentally Devotional

    1 Corinthians 10:1–4

    Speaking sacramentally, we refer to the bread as the body of Christ and the wine as His blood in order to proclaim that He is truly present when we sit at His table. Ours is a supernatural faith, and we expect a supernatural meeting with the Lord in the sacrament. We do not chew human flesh and drink human blood at the Lord’s Table, but we show the reality of our faith when we expect Him to strengthen us through the sacrament. View Resource

  • The Whole Christ Devotional

    1 Corinthians 10:16–17

    Question and answer 168 of the Westminster Larger Catechism expand upon the benefits we receive by the Spirit in the Lord’s Supper. We are enabled to renew our thankfulness to God for all that He has done for us. We are knitted together with one another more closely in love and fellowship. Our union with the risen Savior is also strengthened, and we thereby become more aware of His grace and recognize more and more that we rely upon Him in life and in death. View Resource

  • A Stronger Union Devotional

    John 6:41–59

    We are not advocating the Roman Catholic view of transubstantiation or the Lutheran view of consubstantiation when we affirm the true presence of Christ in the Lord’s Supper. As we will see, we simply mean that we meet with the whole Christ at His table. We do mean that when we meet with Him at His table, we are feeding on Him in His humanity and His deity by faith and that in so doing our union with Him grows stronger and more vital. View Resource

  • The Bread of Life Devotional

    John 6:35–40

    At our conversion, we make a decisive break with sin and come into the safety of Christ’s fold. Still, there is a sense in which we must continue to come to Him every moment of our lives. As we actively believe in the gospel each day, we are sustained unto eternal life. One way we tangibly confirm and express our belief in Jesus is through the Lord’s Supper, and we can come to Him for sustenance in the sacrament by faith alone. View Resource

  • Means of Grace Devotional

    1 Corinthians 10:16

    The sacraments are mysteries in that we cannot explain fully what God accomplishes through them. We do know, however, that they are more than memorial observations. They become effectual means of grace to those with faith by the working of the Holy Spirit (WLC , Q. 161). To downplay their importance is to desupernaturalize our holy religion, so let us have a high view of the sacraments as confirming signs of God’s Word. View Resource

  • A Gift to Unworthy Servants Devotional

    Luke 17:7–10

    The abundance of God’s grace is seen not only in that He declares sinners righteous through faith in Christ alone but also in that He rewards His justified children for their obedience, imperfect as it is. We do not become citizens of heaven based on our good works, but we do good works to thank God for the citizenship that is ours only through faith. Let us obey the Lord, but let us not think that this obedience secures our righteous status before Him. View Resource

  • Dead and Buried with Christ Devotional

    Colossians 2:11–12

    Our old Adamic nature has been mortally wounded, but it refuses to stay buried. Having a new nature in Christ, we must put sin to death when it rises up. This means that we must resist temptation and repent when we give in, for we will not be perfect until we are in heaven. Calvin comments on today’s passage that “burial expresses a continued process of mortification.” Sin is powerless to control us, but it is still dangerous and must be resisted. View Resource

  • Reigning with Christ Devotional

    2 Timothy 2:11–13

    The truth that we are kings and queens in Christ is not some idea conjured up to boost our self-esteem but a present reality that we will enjoy in its fullness at the resurrection of the dead. At that point, we will sit on thrones alongside our Savior and enjoy by grace what is His by right. Until then, we are to reign over our sinful passions, bringing our minds, wills, and affections into submission to Jesus by the power of the Spirit through His Word. View Resource