The Meaning and Purpose of Verbal Plenary Inspiration

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, “What is Verbal Plenary Inspiration?" What you’ll hear in this episode The Meaning of Theopneustos and Verbal Plenary Inspiration The Old Testament and the Inspiration of Scripture The New Testament and...

Theological Triage – 2nd Order Issues Part 2

On this new By His Grace show, Andy and Dave consider how to preach and teach second-order issues, respond when second-order issues are denied, and approach issues and people with love and humility. What You Will Hear on This Episode How to preach on second-order...

Arlo and the Great Big Cover-Up by Betsy Childs Howard

Discipleship is one of the most important aspects of Christian parenting. The young hearts of children are very impressionable and need to be carefully guarded and led. It is for this reason why it is crucial to start discipleship early in a child’s life. Proverbs...

Husbands, Wives, and Children

Colossians 3:18-21, “18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they...

4 Ways Paul Encourages Us to Love the Church (Even When It’s Hard)

Beauty on the Inside Around the corner from where I live, a house is for sale. In bold green letters, the lawn sign reads: “I’m Gorgeous Inside!” The message is surprising. From the street, the house is thoroughly ordinary, even run-down. It’s a seventies-era raised...

Gently and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund

The most important thing about us is what we think about God. What do you think of when you think about the Son of God? Some might first think about His miracles, the work of atonement, or His teaching. Others may think about His person. Christ is one person with two...

Ephesians

The Glory of Closing Words: Part 2

Ephesians 6:23-24, “Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.”   In the last devotional I mentioned that while we often blow past the opening...

The Glory of Closing Words: Part 1

Ephesians 6:21-22, “So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage...

Preaching Boldly, As We Ought

At the end of his letter to the church at Ephesus, Paul makes one request for himself from the church: “make supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I...

Helmet and Sword

Ephesians 6:17, “and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word...

The Shield of Faith

Ephesians 6:16, “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish...

Gospel Readiness

Gospel Readiness

Ephesians 6:15, “As shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.” If anything should stick with us after reading the Old Testament, it is the fact that our Creator is an exceedingly patient God. Israel rebelled time after time, and...

Our Belt and Breastplate

Our Belt and Breastplate

Ephesians 6:14, “Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness.” Given his Jewish upbringing, Paul’s thinking is continually informed by Old Testament teaching, especially as he unpacks the armor of God in...

The Armor of God

The Armor of God

Ephesians 6:10–13, “10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against...

Leading by Example

Leading by Example

Ephesians 6:9, “Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.” Serving under the authority of others is not always an easy task. Due to human sin,...

Serving from the Heart

Serving from the Heart

Ephesians 6:5–8, “Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, 6 not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 rendering service...

Christian Discipline and Instruction

Christian Discipline and Instruction

Ephesians 6:4, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” We rightly lament the world’s attempts to undermine parental authority and replace mothers and fathers with secular government in the name...

Obeying Parents in the Lord

Obeying Parents in the Lord

Ephesians 6:1-3, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”" Paul’s emphasis in Ephesians...

The Mirror of Marriage

The Mirror of Marriage

Ephesians 5:33, “However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” Today, government officials and even the general populace want to make marriage flexible enough to incorporate nearly any kind of relationship....

Christ, the Husband of His Church

Christ, the Husband of His Church

Ephesians 5:31–32, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” There are many reasons why a wife must submit to...

Loving One’s Self, Loving One’s Wife

Loving One’s Self, Loving One’s Wife

Ephesians 5:28–30, “In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.” For...

The Love of God in Christ Jesus

The Love of God in Christ Jesus

"How could God love me?” We’ve all been there, and if you’ve never asked yourself this question, it will come at some point—or at least it should, if you understand yourself correctly. The Scripture does not speak favorably of the human condition. We are “dead in our...

Loving One’s Wife

Loving One’s Wife

Ephesians 5:25, “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Though we are, in a sense, already declared holy in Christ (we are “saints”; Rom. 8:27), Scripture presents all believers as engaged in a struggle with sin’s presence...