• Obedience and Delight Devotional

    Psalm 1:1-2

    True love for God’s law is not legalism (adding to God’s rules or demanding that we obey the civil and ceremonial laws fulfilled in Christ). Love for the law makes us try to follow it truly without imposing unnecessary or ungodly burdens on others. Do you love God’s law or do you consider it an enemy? If you have been born again, the law of God is on your side. You please God as you follow this law, by the Spirit, and thank Him for declaring you righteous in Christ apart from the law. View Resource

  • One God, One Mediator Devotional

    1 Timothy 2:5–6

    Today, it is fashionable to believe there is one God but many paths of salvation by which access to this God is available. This is a horrible, deathdealing lie, for all who embrace it will deny the one way of salvation that has been revealed to humankind — faith in the person and work of the Godman and Messiah Jesus Christ. Pray that the Lord would always enable you to stand firm for this great truth. View Resource

  • The Penalty for Blasphemy Devotional

    Leviticus 24:10–16

    The issue of the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is a difficult one, but commentators agree that we have not committed this sin if we feel remorse and want God to forgive us. Only those whose hearts have been completely hardened against God and His grace have committed this sin, but we cannot determine whether this has happened in a person’s heart. Thus, we hold forth the hope of forgiveness and call people to repent until their deaths make repentance impossible. View Resource

  • Profane Oaths Devotional

    Leviticus 19:12

    Consider today whether you are a person of your word. Can your friends and family count on you to keep your commitments? If you consistently fail to keep your promises, then take better care to decide whether or not the promises you make can realistically be kept. It is better not to make promises than it is to promise and then fail to keep them. Let us make only promises that we are realistically able to fulfill. View Resource

  • Protect Human Life Devotional

    Exodus 20:13

    Ending the practice of abortion-on-demand seems like an insurmountable task, and it is if all we have to trust in is ourselves. But we trust in the Lord, and we are bound to fight for what is right, knowing that He will honor our struggle. There are many fronts on which we can fight abortion in our culture, including electing pro-life politicians, supporting crisis pregnancy centers, promoting adoption, and caring for unwed mothers in our churches and communities. View Resource

  • The Rest to Come Devotional

    Psalm 95

    When we rest on the Lord’s Day, we are reminded that the world has not yet been transformed and that there is a better day coming when we will no longer have to deal with thorns and thistles or any of the other pain that is present in a world still suffering the effects of the curse. This Lord’s Day, as you are in worship and at home, take some time to meditate on the eternal rest to come to all who are in Christ Jesus. View Resource

  • Sacred Oaths and Vows Devotional

    Numbers 30:1–2

    This quote from William Shakespeare All’s Well That Ends Well captures an important insight: “‘Tis not the many oaths that makes the truth, but the plain single vow that is vow’d true.” Sacred vows are not to be taken carelessly, but much deliberation should be put into the matter before an oath is made. A true intent to keep the vow must be present, otherwise we sin when we make an oath in the name of God. View Resource

  • The Scope of the Sixth Commandment Devotional

    Matthew 5:21–26

    The sixth commandment does not forbid all anger, for there is a place for righteous anger, as we will discuss next week. But the sixth commandment warns us that what we consider righteous anger may very well be sinful anger, and we must guard our hearts lest bitterness and unjust anger take root. We must implore the Spirit to help us forgive others and to make us willing to hear His conviction when we are feeling unjust anger. View Resource

  • The Second Commandment Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:8–10

    As finite beings who still suffer the presence of sin, we cannot bear to see God face to face. Such a vision will be our privilege when we are glorified (1 Cor. 13:12), but until then we have to be content that the divine nature, or essence, is invisible. We cannot depict this nature in art, and, by extension, we cannot image God or His attributes in our minds in ways that have not been revealed in Scripture. Let us be content to serve the glorious but invisible God. View Resource

  • The Second Commandment Devotional

    Exodus 20:4–6

    Some people will disagree, saying that there is to be no art in the worship setting. While these opinions should be respected, we believe that to prohibit art is to neglect the fact that God is the fountainhead of all beauty. Whatever art is in our places of corporate worship, may we not forget that the Lord is indeed beautiful (Ps. 27:4) and is to be worshiped according to His unsurpassable loveliness. View Resource

  • The Seventh Commandment Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:18

    Just as idolatry led to destructive consequences for the ancient Israelites, the analogous sin of adultery leads to destruction on an earthly level (2 Kings 17:6–23; Matt. 19:1–12). This should be enough to cause us to flee adultery, but knowing that this sin is an affront to God’s sovereignty is yet one more reason to maintain our chastity. Let us guard our hearts and seek intimacy with our spouses, that we might not succumb to the temptation of adultery. View Resource

  • The Seventh Commandment Devotional

    Exodus 20:14

    Western culture presently suffers from a lustful decadence that makes it hard to stand for purity in a way that offers the grace of the gospel to sinners without compromising God’s high standards. As we deal with sexual sinners both within and without the church, may we remember that even they have a place at the Lord’s Table if they trust in Christ Jesus alone, endeavoring to turn from sin and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. View Resource

  • Sin’s Perversion of the Law Devotional

    Romans 7:8-11

    In Romans 7:11, Paul says that sin uses the law to deceive fallen people. There are many ways that this can happen, but one of them is that sin often takes things that the law says are good in themselves and deceives us into making them ultimate goods, that is, idols. If we rest all our hope in achieving something that the law says is good—obedient children, a good name, and so forth—we might be making that good thing into an idol. View Resource

  • The Sixth Commandment Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:17

    Some have expressed legitimate concern as to whether capital punishment is always applied in a just manner under our legal system. That is far different, however, from saying that capital punishment is inherently unjust, oppressive, and barbaric. God, in His covenant with Noah that applies to all mankind, has told us that capital punishment is the required penalty for first-degree murder. We abolish it at the expense of human safety and obedience to our Creator. View Resource

  • The Sixth Commandment Devotional

    Exodus 20:13

    Ephesians 4:26 tells us that there are times when we may be righteously angry, but distinguishing this from the kind of malice forbidden in the sixth commandment can be quite difficult. We must be cautious when we find ourselves angry with other people, asking ourselves whether we are right to be so mad. May we in our anger not wish harm upon other people, but that they would see the error of their ways and come to repentance. View Resource