Christian Life

Do Not Stretch the Truth

“You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.” (Lev. 19:11) Nestled within commands to not steal or bear false witness is a three-word prohibition. It is stated in a matter of fact manner and simply – do not lie. There is no...

Mike Riccardi – Suffering Well: Trusting God’s Absolute Sovereignty

Several years ago, Justin Taylor linked to a moving and encouraging account of a pastor coming to grips with the fact that his second child, like his first, would be born with spina bifida. Amazingly, this man has found great comfort in rejecting the common notion...

Daniel Hyde – Predestination: How Does It Reveal the Glory of God?

Christians must talk about predestination, and the Bible provides us with certain ground rules to do so. In addition, we’ve also considered how predestination relates to why some believe in Jesus Christ and some don’t. But how often have you heard from pious and...
D. A. Carson – Why Pray to an All-knowing God?

D. A. Carson – Why Pray to an All-knowing God?

Prayer changes things. You find plaques promulgating this notion everywhere. You may have one in your home. Countless sermons have been preached, countless prayers prayed, under this assumption: “Prayer changes things.” Or does it? If prayer changes things, how can we...

Sinclair Ferguson – Oh How I Love Your Law!

Sinclair Ferguson – Oh How I Love Your Law!

At a PGA Tour tournament in October 2015, Ben Crane disqualified himself after completing his second round. He did so at considerable financial cost. No matter — Crane believed the personal cost of not doing it would be greater (encouraged by a devotional article he...

Adam McLendon – Teaching Our Children God-Honoring Sexuality

Adam McLendon – Teaching Our Children God-Honoring Sexuality

Exposure to sexual content is inevitable in today’s society. In addition to this reality, if you have any desire to raise your child in a Christ-honoring way, then it is necessary to deal with the cultural issues that could cause stumbling and result in long-term...

John Piper – James 3:17–18: What Does It Mean to Meditate?

Do you ever stop to meditate on the Bible? Do you even know what it means to meditate? If we’re ever going to get the most out of our Bible reading, we have to learn to slow down and really think while we read. In this lab, Pastor John models one technique for...

Patrick Ramsey – Good Works and Sola Fide

Patrick Ramsey – Good Works and Sola Fide

In my last article I discussed that the puritans believed that good works are more than the fruit of faith, justification and salvation in that they are the way to eternal life and an antecedent condition of glorification. The minority of puritans labelled as...

Ryan McGraw – Wilhelmus à Brakel on Damnation by Faith

Ryan McGraw – Wilhelmus à Brakel on Damnation by Faith

Can faith damn us? The Dutch “Puritan” theologian Wilhelmus à Brakel (1635-1711) argued that the first sin of Adam and Eve was unbelief. To state this differently, they exchanged faith in the Word of God for faith in the word of the Serpent (The Christian’s Reasonable...

Aaron Menikoff – Is Meek Weak?

Aaron Menikoff – Is Meek Weak?

What’s the first word that comes to your mind when you hear the title “pastor”? My guess is it’s not “gentle.” The Iron Giant notwithstanding, our popular heroes are not known for their meekness. They tend to accomplish great feats through sheer might, skill, and...

Joe Holland – God-Shaped Comfort

Joe Holland – God-Shaped Comfort

Practical atheism thrives on deficient views of God, eroding the joy that Christians should experience in their everyday lives, enveloping the disciple in a mist of uncertainty, confusion, and anxiety. The habits of Christianity (its diverse rituals and liturgies) can...

David Prince – Our Respectable Sin: Laziness

David Prince – Our Respectable Sin: Laziness

What if you have a child who is well-mannered, makes straight A’s at school, and is successfully involved in all sorts of extracurricular activities, but one day, that child comes home and begins cursing like sailor and curses at you in the process? I wonder, how...

Scripture is Not a Choose Your Own Adventure Book

Scripture is Not a Choose Your Own Adventure Book

I remember as a child reading numerous books in the Choose Your Own Adventure Series. This collection of books has a variety of options for the reader. At certain points, there is a choice to be made – choose option one and you get to go to page twenty-three. If you...

John Piper – 1 Peter 3:13: Would a Sovereign God Ever Harm Us?

If you are Christ’s, no one in this world can ultimately harm you. They can only serve God’s good purposes for you and bring you greater blessing. In this lab, John Piper talks through the most difficult line in 1 Peter, explaining the role of pain in the Christian...

Sinclair Ferguson – What Is the Prayer of Faith?

Sinclair Ferguson – What Is the Prayer of Faith?

Years ago, the editor of a publishing company asked me to write a book on prayer. The theme is a vitally important one. The publishing house was well known. To be honest, I felt flattered. But in a moment of heaven-sent honesty, I told him that the author of such a...

A. W. Pink – The Heroes of Faith

A. W. Pink – The Heroes of Faith

CHAPTER 1 The Excellency of Faith: (Heb. 11:1-3) Ere we take up the contents of the 11th chapter of Hebrews, let us very briefly review the Epistle itself. Chapters 1 and 2 are more or less introductory in their character. In them the wsondrous Person of the God-man...

Charles Spurgeon – Fear Not

Charles Spurgeon – Fear Not

"Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord and thy redeemer the Holy one of Israel." Isaiah 41:14 I SHALL SPEAK this morning to those that are discouraged, depressed in spirit, and sore troubled in the Christian life. There are...

Nathan Busenitz – Speaking the Truth in Love

Nathan Busenitz – Speaking the Truth in Love

We live in a world where people love to talk. Studies suggest that the average American adult speaks approximately 16,000 words per day. Multiply that by a lifespan of 70 years, for a total of nearly 409 million words, and suddenly Christ’s warning in Matthew 12:36...

Jeremiah Johnson – Stop Complaining (Part 2)

Jeremiah Johnson – Stop Complaining (Part 2)

Most people assume they are generally agreeable and easy-going. Few people would proudly say they were hard to get along with or difficult to be around. But if you added up every argumentative, complaining, and frustrated word you spoke this week, along with all your...

J. C. Ryle – Fear of Man’s Opinion

J. C. Ryle – Fear of Man’s Opinion

"The fear of man" will indeed "prove to be a snare" (Proverbs 29:25). It is terrible to observe the power which it has over most minds, and especially over the minds of the young. Few seem to have any opinions of their own, or to think for themselves. Like dead fish,...

Jeremiah Johnson – Stop Complaining (Part 1)

Jeremiah Johnson – Stop Complaining (Part 1)

What would you say is the defining characteristic of our society? Maybe pride, selfishness, lust, vengeance, materialism—all dominant features of twenty-first century life. But here’s one you might not have guessed—discontentment. So much of modern life is bound up in...

John Bunyan – A Discourse Touching Prayer

John Bunyan – A Discourse Touching Prayer

“I WILL PRAY WITH THE SPIRIT, AND I WILL PRAY WITH THE UNDERSTANDING ALSO” (1 Cor 14:15) Prayer is an ordinance of God, and that to be used both in public and private; yea, such an ordinance as brings those that have the spirit of supplication into great familiarity...

Charles Spurgeon – My Lord And My God (John 20:28)

Charles Spurgeon – My Lord And My God (John 20:28)

“And Thomas answered and said unto Him, ‘My Lord and my God!’” John 20:28. When the Apostles met on the first Lord’s Day after Jesus had risen, Thomas was the only disciple absent out of the eleven. On the second Lord’s Day, Thomas was there and he was the only...

Jared Wilson – No Trinity, No Love

Jared Wilson – No Trinity, No Love

“The Beatles said all you need is love,” Larry Norman sang. “Then they broke up.” Love is the thing we all know we need. And yet love is the thing we struggle so much to get right. We think of it largely in terms of feelings, of “being in love” or “falling in love,”...

James Buchanan – The Work of the Spirit as the Spirit of Holiness

James Buchanan – The Work of the Spirit as the Spirit of Holiness

The general work of the Spirit of God consists of two parts — the regeneration of sinners, and the edification of his people. Under the latter, several special operations of his grace are included, which are distinctly mentioned in sacred Scripture, and which may be...

Owen Strachan – The Key to a Strong Marriage

Owen Strachan – The Key to a Strong Marriage

Every marriage is under attack. Marriage is given to humanity by God as, ultimately, an expression and picture of his love for his people. Satan, the anti-aesthete and anti-tutor, wants to tear this living image down. There is much to work on in marriage, but it...

Martyn Lloyd-Jones – Faith On Trial: The Problem Stated

Martyn Lloyd-Jones – Faith On Trial: The Problem Stated

The great value of the Book of Psalms is that in it we have godly men stating their experience, and giving us an account of things that have happened to them in their spiritual life and warfare. Throughout history the Book of Psalms has, therefore, been a book of...

Leon Morris – The Authority of the Bible Today

Leon Morris – The Authority of the Bible Today

All Christians agree that their ultimate authority is God. But to the question, “How is this ultimate authority mediated to men?” various answers are given. Broadly speaking, these reduce to three according as most weight is given to the authority seen within the...

John Gerstner – Adoption: Belonging to God’s Family

John Gerstner – Adoption: Belonging to God’s Family

The first problem we have with being adopted into God's family is that we are born into another family, and we are not up for adoption. As a matter of fact, our father is very much opposed to our adoption and does everything he possibly can to keep us where we were...

Thomas Brooks – Christ’s Love for Us

Thomas Brooks – Christ’s Love for Us

Let us stand still, and admire and wonder at the love of Jesus Christ to poor sinners; that Christ should rather die for us, than for the angels. They were creatures of a more noble extract, and in all probability might have brought greater revenues of glory to God:...

Derek Thomas – The Christian and Joy

Derek Thomas – The Christian and Joy

“The Holy Spirit has exhorted the faithful to continue clapping their hands for joy until the advent of the promised Redeemer,” wrote John Calvin in a comment on Psalm 47:12. Paul would heartily concur! Writing from a prison cell from which he had no certain knowledge...

Thoughts on Godly Discipline and Instruction

Thoughts on Godly Discipline and Instruction

Proverbs 1:8-9 (CJB), My son, heed the discipline of your father, and do not abandon the teaching of your mother; they will be a garland to grace your head, a medal of honor for your neck.” This passage has long been one utilized as a springboard for a discussion...

A Review of “When I am Afraid” by Edward T. Welch

A Review of “When I am Afraid” by Edward T. Welch

Change is never as simple as “step-by-step” guides suggest. Change is hard work which involves assistance and consistency over time. Yet, we must all make steps towards progress. Ed Welch recognizes both of these realities as he writes his “step-by-step guide away...

John Piper – Psalm 67: God Blesses You to Bless the World

Why does God love and bless his undeserving children like he does? These seven verses unlock several reasons, including one that should shape the direction and purpose of your life. In this lab, John Piper highlights what God wants from the world, as well as his plan...

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: James

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: James

Introduction: This short letter is famous for its instructions on “the tongue,” as well as for its emphasis on practical religion, visiting widow and orphans. There are a number of practical instruction on showing no partiality between rich and poor, as well as a...

Is It Wrong to Have an Opinion?

Is It Wrong to Have an Opinion?

“I have my own opinions about things in the Bible.” This was a statement my daughter noted to me in a recent chat. At first, this took me a bit by surprise. What did she mean by having her own opinion? Doesn’t she believe what the Bible says is true? Or is she perhaps...

John Calvin – Sermon on 1 Timothy 1:18-19

John Calvin – Sermon on 1 Timothy 1:18-19

Now to the king of worlds, immortal and invisible, to God only wise, be honor and glory forever. Amen. 18 Son Timothy, I commend this commandment to thee, that according to the prophesies which were before (made) of thee, thou fight by them a good battle. 19 Having...

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: Hebrews

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: Hebrews

Introduction: There are seven Old Testament passages quoted in the first chapter of Hebrews alone, and five of those seven passages have to do with the submission of the nations to Christ. That is what the entire book is about—and we are taught this through the author...

Mark Dever – Living an Others-Oriented Life

Mark Dever – Living an Others-Oriented Life

Oriented Toward Others Being a disciple of Jesus means orienting our lives toward others, just as Jesus did. It means laboring for the sake of others. This love for others is at the heart of discipling. We set our sights on serving others for Christ’s sake, just as...

Lewis Guest – A Husband’s Manual for Marriage

Lewis Guest – A Husband’s Manual for Marriage

Husbands, when was the last time you stared into the face of a task that you thought you could tackle, only to find out it was basically impossible? It might have been when you confidently opened up the box hoping to assemble that new two-in-one double bike trailer...

B. B. Warfield – Righteous Anger Against Evil

B. B. Warfield – Righteous Anger Against Evil

“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.” — Ephesians 4:26-27 There is a righteous anger, as well as an unrighteous. Else we would not read, “Be ye angry, and sin not.” If to be angry were already sin, we...

Thomas Goodwin – The Greatness of God’s Love to His Elect

Thomas Goodwin – The Greatness of God’s Love to His Elect

"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus."...

John Murray – The Fall of Man

John Murray – The Fall of Man

Man was created upright and therefore with the character that constituted him for, and endowed him with the ability to perform, righteousness. Such a position is demanded by the fact that he was very good and was created in the divine image. If he was very good, he...

Jon Bloom – How to Resist Temptation’s Mirage Moment

Jon Bloom – How to Resist Temptation’s Mirage Moment

Temptation is not sin. We know this because Eve was tempted before she fell and Jesus was tempted, “yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). Temptation is a disorienting, defiling experience when evil is presented to us as good. Destruction comes dressed up to look like...

Ryan Reeves – What is Antinomianism and Who Teaches It?

Ryan Reeves – What is Antinomianism and Who Teaches It?

Steve Furtick used a bad sermon analogy, saying ‘God broke the Law for love’. Blogs have come out about it. At this point it is unclear to me if this is a case of sloppy sermonizing or bad theologizing (the two are not always the same). Let’s assume it’s the latter....

Erik Raymond – Fighting Lust With Lust

Erik Raymond – Fighting Lust With Lust

Like any pastor I find myself talking with men about pornography and other expressions of sinful lust. Through the years I have found that there is a biblical framework that is often neglected when counseling through this issue. I have laid it out in some detail here,...

A. W. Pink – Sins of the Saints

A. W. Pink – Sins of the Saints

In every believer there remains the liability to sin. The new birth is not, as so many suppose, a change of heart, nor the removal of the carnal nature, but is the reception of an entirely new nature. The new birth is neither the elimination nor the transformation of...

R. C. Sproul – Wisely Handling the Book of Proverbs

R. C. Sproul – Wisely Handling the Book of Proverbs

Every culture seems to have its own unique, collected wisdom, pithy insights of the wise. Oftentimes, these tidbits of wisdom are preserved in the form of the proverb. We have proverbial sayings in American culture. I am thinking of sayings such as “A stitch in time...

Keith Welton – Six Ways God’s at Work in You: At Work

Keith Welton – Six Ways God’s at Work in You: At Work

You showed up to work today, but it feels like God didn’t. He feels remote and absent from what you do all day long. There are temptations all around, opportunities for cutting corners. No one else cares one wit about serving God. Conversations are all banal. And yet...

John MacArthur – What Is True Love?

John MacArthur – What Is True Love?

“All you need is love.” So sang the Beatles. If they’d been singing about God’s love, the statement would have a grain of truth in it. But what usually goes by the name love in popular culture is not authentic love at all; it’s a deadly fraud. Far from being “all you...

Matthew Holst – 12 Things to Know About the Anti-Christ

Matthew Holst – 12 Things to Know About the Anti-Christ

One of the Apostle Paul’s great preoccupations in both of his letters to the church at Thessalonica is the second coming of Christ. He was not only concerned with getting the doctrine “right” but also with the great pastoral implications of such teaching. In 1...

Joel Beeke – 5 Methods for Fighting Half-Hearted Prayer

Joel Beeke – 5 Methods for Fighting Half-Hearted Prayer

The Puritans were prone to give five methods for fighting our natural tendency to lapse into half-hearted prayer: 1. Give priority to prayer. Prayer is the first and most important thing you are called to do. “You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you...

A. W. Pink – The Blessed Man (Psalm 1)

A. W. Pink – The Blessed Man (Psalm 1)

"Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers" (Psalm 1:1) We have been much impressed by the fact that the wondrous and precious Psalter opens with the word "Blessed," and yet a little...

Thomas Manton – Zealous for Good Works

Thomas Manton – Zealous for Good Works

“Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works”—Titus 2:14. We should be forward and cheerful in well doing. Zeal is “a higher degree of love”: the more love, the more forward in...

John Colquhoun – The Establishment of the Law by the Gospel

John Colquhoun – The Establishment of the Law by the Gospel

Although in the preceding chapter I have anticipated some of the thoughts which will be expressed here, yet the subject of this chapter is of such inexpressible importance that I cannot forbear considering it by itself. After the Apostle Paul had, in the third chapter...

Thomas Goodwin – The Wisdom of Patience

Thomas Goodwin – The Wisdom of Patience

An Exposition of James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. The discouragement I know is: Oh, how remote are and have our hearts been from this perfect work of patience!...

Josh Squires – A Recipe for Repentance

Josh Squires – A Recipe for Repentance

There are fewer deceptions that are more confounding than that of false repentance. When someone pretends to confess and turn away from sin, but in the depths of his heart means only to appease anger and escape consequences, it leaves in its wake an especially...

Dustin Messer – The Whole Bible in One Verse

Dustin Messer – The Whole Bible in One Verse

hen asked which verse best summarizes the whole of Scripture, Edmund Clowney famously pointed to Jonah 2:9, “Salvation belongs to the LORD.” I’ve heard Bryan Chapell answer a similar question with the same verse. In terms of one verse standing on its own, I doubt a...

David Mathis – Will You Be a Lifelong Learner?

David Mathis – Will You Be a Lifelong Learner?

The Stakes Are High Wisdom does not come automatically with age (Job 32:8–9). You’ll find plenty of foolish old fogies out there. For many aged saints, gray hair and a good head go hand in hand. But for others, far too many others, length of life only entrenches...

R. C. Sproul – Don’t Pray like a Pagan

R. C. Sproul – Don’t Pray like a Pagan

Jesus was saying in Matthew 6:7 that we must not regard prayer as some kind of magical incantation, for that is how pagans pray. They recite certain phrases over and over again, with no understanding of what the words mean. In these contexts, prayers are used as...

David Mathis – My Breakthrough in Scripture Memory

David Mathis – My Breakthrough in Scripture Memory

When It Just Won't Stick Perhaps you’ve heard the pitch for Scripture memory a thousand times. You’re persuaded the benefits would be incalculable, and that there may be no better use of your time than to hide God’s Word in your heart and store it away for future use....

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: 1 Thessalonians

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: 1 Thessalonians

Introduction Thessalonica was a principal city in Macedonia, the region that was the home of Philip and the great Alexander. This letter was written around 50 A.D. which would make it, with the exception of Galatians, the earliest record of Paul’s writing. While the...

Erik Raymond – 3 Ways the Gospel Changes Marriage

Erik Raymond – 3 Ways the Gospel Changes Marriage

When a new leader is appointed in an organization change is inevitable. The incoming boss will set policy, establish tone, and reflect an attitude in their organization. The same is true for our marriages. The new leader I am referring to here is not a new husband but...

Thomas Boston – The Humble and the Proud

Thomas Boston – The Humble and the Proud

Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud " Prov. 16:19. Could men once be brought to believe that it is better to have their minds bend to the crook in their lot, than to force the crook to their mind, they would...

John Murray – The Fourth Commandment

John Murray – The Fourth Commandment

A perusal of the statements of the Westminster Confession of Faith and of the Larger and Shorter Catechisms bearing upon the fourth commandment will show that the position taken in these Standards is that of the universal and perpetual obligation of the Sabbath and...

Paul Maxwell – Seven Things to Do After You Look at Pornography

Paul Maxwell – Seven Things to Do After You Look at Pornography

A lot of Christian advice about porn addicts is unhelpful — meaning, it doesn’t contribute to real progress in repentance, healing, restoration, and recovery. Most of all, it fails to address the issues that underlie porn use. Often, Christian advice either has its...

Robert Dabney – The Decalogue, or Ten Commandments

Robert Dabney – The Decalogue, or Ten Commandments

Definitions. The word "Law," (hr;/T, nomo" ) is employed in the Scripture with a certain latitude of meaning, but always carrying the force of meaning contained in the general idea of a regulative principle. First, it sometimes expresses the whole of Revelation, as in...

Jeremiah Burroughs – The Evils of a Murmuring Spirit

Jeremiah Burroughs – The Evils of a Murmuring Spirit

Thus we have showed in many respects the excellence of this grace of contentment, laboring to present the beauty of it before your souls, that you may be in love with it. Now, my brethren, what remains but the practice of this? For this art of contentment is not a...

Archibald Alexander – The Cross

Archibald Alexander – The Cross

Whence came the tree from which the cross was made? What has become of the particles of which it was composed? What hands were employed in preparing this instrument of a cruel death? To such questions no answer can be given--and none is needed. The cross was a common...

Christina Fox – What the Bible Says About Suffering

Christina Fox – What the Bible Says About Suffering

The Bible has a lot to say about suffering. I think we can all quote or reference any number of passages that speak to the suffering we face in life. We all know the story of Job. We've probably memorized Romans 8.28. We might even have a list of go-to passages that...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 90

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 90

In Proposition 90, George Peters states: "Members of the Church, who are faithful, are promised this Kingdom." Faithfulness should be a hallmark of the ekklesia. Faithful to what is the obvious question. If we are in a peculiar and special relationship with Jesus as...

David Mathis – The Red Herring of Bible Application

David Mathis – The Red Herring of Bible Application

Aringa Rossa In Dan Brown’s (in)famous The Da Vinci Code, Bishop Aringarosa is the intentional distraction. Throughout the story, he is carefully presented as a suspicious character, but in the end, we discover he is Brown’s pawn to tempt his readers toward wrong...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 89

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 89

In Proposition 89, George Peters states: "Christ in view of this future Kingdom, sustains a peculiar relationship to the Church." As a peculiar people, it should be understood that our Savior has a special relationship with those who have been called by the Father to...

Jonathan Edwards – Faith

Jonathan Edwards – Faith

1. FAITH is a belief of a testimony: 2 Thes. 1:10, “When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.” It is an assent to truth, as appears by the 11th of Hebrews,...

D. A. Carson – Are You Sure You Want God’s Justice?

D. A. Carson – Are You Sure You Want God’s Justice?

When we suffer, which we will, there will often be mystery. Will there also be faith? In Christian thought, faith is never naïve or gullible, but rather relies on the strength of its object. Faith that depends on a God who is a cruel tyrant or cheap trickster will be...

Whitney Woollard – 5 Effortless Ways to Be Formed by God’s Word

Whitney Woollard – 5 Effortless Ways to Be Formed by God’s Word

Five years ago if you would have told me I would be susceptible to the black hole of social media and Netflix, I would have laughed. But these days I find myself increasingly formed by hours of screen time rather than God’s Word. I might spend ten minutes on Facebook...

Joe Thorn – How We May Glorify God

Joe Thorn – How We May Glorify God

Christians have long understood that we exist for the glory of God. That our purpose in life is found in our Maker and Redeemer. The well known Westminster Shorter Catechism puts it this way: Q: What is the chief end of man? A: Man's chief end is to glorify God, and...

Matthew Holst – The “Hate Speech” Card

Matthew Holst – The “Hate Speech” Card

Western society, as it slips inexorably into greater unbelief and alienation from God, has created new laws--both written and unwritten--concerning what is and what is not permissible to say in public. “Hate speech," as it is called, seems to be the only intolerable...

John Piper – What Is the Source of Biblical Love?

“Love is a decision.” “You have to choose to love.” We’ve heard statements like these inside and outside of the church. Perhaps we understand what many are attempting to communicate. The sentiment is a reaction to the widely accepted notion that love is a feeling. But...

Mitch Stokes – The Problem with Human-Centered Morality

Who's to Say? Let’s say moral value is just whatever we say it is. If this were true, we would have to give up the way we normally think about morality. Say you had a disagreement. Let’s say 50% of the people on the planet thought that lying was OK and 50% thought...

Jon Bloom – How Can We Be Angry and Not Sin?

Jon Bloom – How Can We Be Angry and Not Sin?

“Be angry and do not sin” (Ephesians 4:26). Is this even possible? Not if perfect, sinless anger is the requirement, since sin infects everything we think, say, and do. But I don’t think Paul had perfect, sinless anger in mind when he quoted King David from Psalm 4:4...

Ed Welch – How to Slay the Dragon of Pornography

Ed Welch – How to Slay the Dragon of Pornography

Pornography raises many questions, but two of the most simple are also the most important. Why fight temptations? And how? So many resolutions to avoid porn fail with this first question. The how question is the easier one—we can quickly identify steps such as...

David Schrock – Theology is Not Just for Theologians

David Schrock – Theology is Not Just for Theologians

In other words, Theology is practical: especially now. In the old days, when there was less education and discussion, perhaps it was possible to get on with a very few simple ideas about God. But it is not so now. Everyone reads, everyone hears things discussed....

John Knox – A Treatise on Prayer

John Knox – A Treatise on Prayer

A Treatise on Prayer, or, a Confession, and Declaration of Prayers A declaration what true prayer is, how we should pray, and for what we should pray; set forth by John Knox, preacher of God's holy word. Unto the small and dispersed flock of Jesus Christ. How...

John Frame – Law and Gospel

John Frame – Law and Gospel

It has become increasingly common in Reformed circles, as it has long been in Lutheran circles, to say that the distinction between law and gospel is the key to sound theology, even to say that to differ with certain traditional formulations of this distinction is to...

Christina Fox – What it Means to Pray “Our Father”

Christina Fox – What it Means to Pray “Our Father”

For many believers, The Lord's Prayer is something you can recite in your sleep. Perhaps you learned it as a child in Sunday School. You may say it in church every Sunday. It may even be a prayer that has formed and shaped your personal prayers. But have you ever...

Ray Ortlund – That Part of Gospel-Centeredness We Avoid

Ray Ortlund – That Part of Gospel-Centeredness We Avoid

The resurgence of a gospel-centered paradigm of life and ministry in our time has the makings of historic revival. Clearly, God is doing great things, and we are glad (Psalm 126). But one aspect of gospel-centrality remains under-emphasized among us: interpersonal...

Barton Gingerich – The Millennial Generation’s Acceptable Sin

Barton Gingerich – The Millennial Generation’s Acceptable Sin

Every human institution and society has its own list of sins and virtues that contradict the law of God. With the rise of the Millennial generation in evangelical churches, a vice is creeping up into the realms of acceptance, indifference, or at least resignation:...

John Piper – Should Christians Tolerate False Religious Beliefs?

John Piper – Should Christians Tolerate False Religious Beliefs?

First, let’s distinguish between the old tolerance and the new tolerance, which is a form of intolerance. And I am going to point people to Don Carson’s book on tolerance, on the new form of intolerance. But the old tolerance is the kind I want to defend. The answer...

David Mathis – How to Commune with Christ on a Crazy Day

David Mathis – How to Commune with Christ on a Crazy Day

A Common Experience We’ve all been there. Maybe even today is one of those days for you. The crazy day. At least spiritually speaking. Hopefully you have your regular routine and go-to “habits of grace,” your own when and where and hows for seeking daily communion...

Alvin Reid – The Advantages of Informal Mentoring

Alvin Reid – The Advantages of Informal Mentoring

Jimmy arrived at my house promptly at 8 a.m. to take me to the airport. He has often done this for me. Jimmy and his wife, Natalie, head overseas later this year as missionaries. He has been in a small group that I lead; he and Natalie also lead a small group at our...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 65

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 65

In Proposition 65, George Peters states: "Before this Kingdom can be given to this elect people, they must first be gathered out." The cart cannot come before the horse. The very definition of being elect or the ekklesia is being called out from among the nations. It...

Joe Holland – Chief of Sinners

Joe Holland – Chief of Sinners

I am an inerrantist. I believe that the Bible is truthful and without error in every part. But there are two verses that challenge my inerrantist views. No, I’m not quibbling with Metzger or Aland on a textual-critical issue. And I’m not falling prey to some sort of...

Joseph Franks – Dead and Obese Substitutes

Joseph Franks – Dead and Obese Substitutes

When I go to eat at one of the local Chinese restaurants in my city, a statue of Buddha can be seen perched near the front door. This pagan idol shows the allegiance of the business owners. It presents to their patrons that in which they trust. Sadly, their statue...

Joel Beeke – John Calvin’s 4 Rules of Prayer

Joel Beeke – John Calvin’s 4 Rules of Prayer

For John Calvin, prayer cannot be accomplished without discipline. He writes, “Unless we fix certain hours in the day for prayer, it easily slips from our memory.” He goes on to prescribe several rules to guide believers in offering effectual, fervent prayer. 1. The...

Kim Cash Tate – A Social Media Heart Check

Kim Cash Tate – A Social Media Heart Check

Before social media, life seemed simpler, uncluttered. You knew what you alone were having for dinner, not twenty others. Hours in a day were more productive. Focused. No scroll-and-click distractions. No blog hopping. You hunkered down and worked — or played with...

Archibald Alexander – Thoughts for Young People

Archibald Alexander – Thoughts for Young People

It is a matter of serious regret that young people are commonly so little disposed to listen to the advice of the aged…But it is greatly to be desired that the lessons of wisdom taught by the experience of one set of men should be made available for the instruction of...

Lessons From the Garden: Existence, Relationships, and Processes

Lessons From the Garden: Existence, Relationships, and Processes

We spent some time last year engaging various issues I labeled as “Lesson from the Garden”. Why start at the beginning and focus so much on the book of Genesis? I firmly believe that until a proper and well-rooted foundation is built from those formative pages of...

John Piper – Ten Biblical Truths on the Obedience of Children

John Piper – Ten Biblical Truths on the Obedience of Children

Two years ago, I must have struck a nerve with the article “Parents, Require Obedience of Your Children.” It has proved to be one of our most visited resources. In view of that, I thought it might be helpful to go behind that article, and give a deeper, wider biblical...

R. C. Sproul – The Secret to a Happy Life

R. C. Sproul – The Secret to a Happy Life

James is sometimes called the “New Testament book of Proverbs.” That’s because of passages such as James 4 that give us a series of loosely linked aphorisms of practical, godly wisdom. This chapter begins with our universal concern about conflict: What causes quarrels...

John Piper – Proverb 22:17–19, Part 1: Enjoy, Apply, and Share

Proverbs is one of the most ruthlessly practical books in the whole Bible. In this lab, John Piper breaks down several lines, asking what they mean and how they relate to each other. Before getting into one specific example, he makes some observations about the nature...

David Helm – Why Good Works Are Crucial for the Christian Life

David Helm – Why Good Works Are Crucial for the Christian Life

Living As Worthy Citizens What is required of us to live in this world as citizens worthy of all the wonders and relationships belonging to the next? The Apostle Peter gives us his answer in two simple words in 1 Peter 2: abstain (v. 11) and keep (v. 12). Abstain from...

Jon Bloom – How to Have Intimacy with God

Jon Bloom – How to Have Intimacy with God

Intimacy with God is available to you. It is as accessible to you as God’s promises. And God’s invitation to you to enjoy intimate fellowship with him is that thing that is putting your faith to the test more than anything else (James 1:2–4). The Heart of Intimacy...

Kevin DeYoung – Desiring Knowledge and Maturity

Kevin DeYoung – Desiring Knowledge and Maturity

All else being equal, I’d rather have a mature Christian with simple theological knowledge than an extremely knowledgeable, well-read Christian without a lot of maturity. But, of course, neither situation is desirable. Let me explain. A Tale of Two Corners In this...

Joseph Franks – The Nurture and Admonition of Lucifer

Joseph Franks – The Nurture and Admonition of Lucifer

It is highly offensive and dangerous for one to complacently and rebelliously live in sin before the Holy God. According to the Bible, God is angry with such wicked individuals each and every day. His condemnation is promised; it will be severe when poured out by the...

Joel Beeke – 7 Ways to Grow in the Art of Communication

Joel Beeke – 7 Ways to Grow in the Art of Communication

We need to understand that communication is an art that we all must learn better. It does not come naturally. Here are seven principles to help you to grow in this art, that you might teach your children: 1. We should draw out the thoughts of others. Communication...

Tim Keller – 4 Lessons for the Bedeviling Sanctification Debate

Tim Keller – 4 Lessons for the Bedeviling Sanctification Debate

The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters is not just a helpful historical reflection; it’s also a tract for the times. The Marrow Controversy was a debate within the Church of Scotland in the early 18th...

Scott Swain – On Happiness: A Theological Outline

Scott Swain – On Happiness: A Theological Outline

I. Christian theology addresses the topic of happiness by addressing, first, the being and works of "the happy God" (1 Tim 1.11; 6.15) and, second, the happiness of the people whose God is the Lord (Ps 33.12). II. God is happy because he possesses infinite riches of...

Derek Thomas – Finding God in the Darkness

Derek Thomas – Finding God in the Darkness

Four times in Genesis 39 we read that God was with Joseph (39:2-3, 21, 23). The statements form a set of pillars at either end of the story of Joseph’s initial experience of Egypt. On the one end, they come at the beginning of the story after Joseph has been sold by...

J. I. Packer – Where There’s Hope, There’s Life

J. I. Packer – Where There’s Hope, There’s Life

The Quest for Hope “Where there’s life, there’s hope” is a deep truth. Deeper, however, is the converse: “Where there’s hope, there’s life.” We humans are hoping creatures; we live very largely on and in our anticipations, things we know are coming and we look forward...

Joy Knight – Do Not Procrastinate in Killing Sin

Joy Knight – Do Not Procrastinate in Killing Sin

We’re all familiar with the aftershock. Those precious seconds after sinning (whether it’s a thought, an action, or a habit). It feels as though the whole universe could fit in the cavity of our guilt, and it would still be hungry. Then busyness quickly begins...

Sam Storms – Taming the Tongue

Sam Storms – Taming the Tongue

I want to draw our attention to the many ways that human beings have distorted some of the most precious of God’s gifts to us. Take, for example, our minds. God has given us brains and minds that we might understand him and grasp his truth and delight in his...

John MacArthur – Why Integrity Matters

John MacArthur – Why Integrity Matters

As I regularly read in and through Scripture all the time, there are certain passages that, for whatever reason, maybe the Holy Spirit sort of causes to jump off the page to me. And there is such a passage in 2 Corinthians – 2 Corinthians, admittedly, one of my very...

Resisting the Vitriolic Urge

Resisting the Vitriolic Urge

A trend I have noticed over the past several years since social media has taken hold of society is the tendency for vitriol and biting comments. The unfortunate reality is some of the worst offenders are Christians or those at least professing faith in Christ. Usually...

Sinclair Ferguson – Our New Affection

Sinclair Ferguson – Our New Affection

In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine listed “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” At the top was Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.” Second on the list (presuming no bias in the choices made by the magazine) came the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” This...

Eric Davis – Safely Navigating Inevitable Relationship Battles

Eric Davis – Safely Navigating Inevitable Relationship Battles

It’s inevitable. Like every year, this is going to be a year where relationship struggle will not be absent. While we are here on earth, it will not be heaven, which also means that there will be not-so-heavenly people around you. Whether a relationship with a spouse,...

Tim Chester – You Can Change

Tim Chester – You Can Change

What Would You Like to Change? Maybe you’d choose to change your appearance, or find a partner, or have better-behaved children. Perhaps you’re seeking one more step up the career ladder, or maybe just to get onto a career ladder. Maybe you’d like to be more confident...

Ken Ham – What is the Gospel?

Ken Ham – What is the Gospel?

Understanding the foundational aspects of the gospel in Genesis is a vital key to unlock a powerful method of evangelism to reach the world for Christ. Surely the answer to this question is obvious to the average Christian. The word gospel means “good news.” When...

Vern Poythress – 3 Reasons Jesus’ Miracles Still Matter Today

Vern Poythress – 3 Reasons Jesus’ Miracles Still Matter Today

Relevant for Today The miracles of Jesus were relevant to the people back then. But what about now? The Gospels record the miracles in order to indicate what happened, but they also have a religious purpose. Through understanding who Jesus is and what he did, we are...

Mike Ratliff – The Fruit of the Fear of God

Mike Ratliff – The Fruit of the Fear of God

"13 The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. 14 For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil." (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NASB) The total lack...

Charles Hodge – The Protestant Rule of Faith

Charles Hodge – The Protestant Rule of Faith

1. Statement of the Doctrine. All Protestants agree in teaching that "the word of God, ascontained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only infallible rule of faith and practice." In the Smalcald Articles, the Lutheran Church says "Ex patrum --...

Kevin DeYoung – Holiness Is the New Camping

Kevin DeYoung – Holiness Is the New Camping

Camping Is Not Required I’ve never understood the attraction of camping. Although I have plenty of friends and relatives who are avid campers, it’s always seemed strange to me that someone would work hard all year so they can go live outside for a week. I get the...

Josh Squires –  Christian Conflict: Five Ways to Fight It

Josh Squires – Christian Conflict: Five Ways to Fight It

I wish I never had to deal with conflict. I am a card-carrying conflict avoider. Whatever the reason (character, context, sin, etc.) I would rather run away from conflict than take it head on. It wasn’t until I began my training as a counselor at nearly...

Lessons from the Garden: God’s Covering of our Nakedness

Lessons from the Garden: God’s Covering of our Nakedness

Over the past couple of weeks at a Bible Study I have been attending, we have been exploring some fundamental aspects of Scripture and theology in general. As a starting point, a necessary one I might add, the discussion has centered on Genesis 1-4 for it is in these...

Lessons from the Garden: The Faults of the “Blame Game”

Lessons from the Garden: The Faults of the “Blame Game”

The book of Genesis is the book of beginnings. It is stated to be that of course because it outlines the creation of the universe. Another reason it is labeled in that manner is because it is a book of foundations – skip this book and you truly will have a difficult...

Jon Bloom – Lay Aside the Weight of Slander

Jon Bloom – Lay Aside the Weight of Slander

God hates slander (Proverbs 6:16, 19). It is evil. That’s why Paul lists it as a behavior of those who hate God (Romans 1:30) and why James calls it demonic behavior (James 3:15–16). Slander occurs whenever someone says something untrue about someone else that...

Rick Segal – Staying Godly in a Godless Workplace

Rick Segal – Staying Godly in a Godless Workplace

Very few, if any, awake one morning and decide all of a sudden, “Today is the day I’m going rogue. Enough with all that honesty stuff. From now on, I’m all about corruption.” It typically begins as an indiscernible leak of integrity, at least in terms of...

Erik Raymond – A Framework for Purity: Fighting Lust with Lust

Erik Raymond – A Framework for Purity: Fighting Lust with Lust

Like any pastor I find myself talking with men about pornography and other expressions of sinful lust. Through the years I have found that there is a biblical framework that is often neglected when counseling through this issue. I have laid it out in some detail here,...

Donald Macleod – Adoption: A New Father and a New Heart

Donald Macleod – Adoption: A New Father and a New Heart

Martin Luther, whose tormented conscience and anguished thinking launched the Protestant Reformation, once remarked, “If the doctrine of justification is lost, the whole of Christian doctrine is lost.” It is hardly surprising, then, that there is voluminous Protestant...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 8

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 8

In Proposition 8, George Peters states: "The doctrine of the kingdom presupposes that of sin, the apostasy of man." Peters alluded to this proposition earlier, specifically with his statement of man rejecting God as Creator which is of course due to sin. Furthermore,...

Joseph Franks – High Law … High Grace … High Worship

Joseph Franks – High Law … High Grace … High Worship

  The Law comes from our good God. The Law comes as a good gift from our good God. The Law is a good presentation of God’s standard of goodness. It tell us that which is really good in the sight of God. The Law is a good magnifier of our non-goodness. It does a...

Gavin Ortlund – 5 Strategies for Daily Bible Reading

Gavin Ortlund – 5 Strategies for Daily Bible Reading

I’ve always been amazed by Jesus’ response to Satan’s first temptation: “if you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread” (Matthew 4:3). I picture Jesus there, looking at the stones. His ribs are poking out, and his body is worn away after 40...

Randy Alcorn – Nine Consequences of Debt

Randy Alcorn – Nine Consequences of Debt

Scripture discourages debt. It condemns the misuse of debt and the failure to repay debts (Psalm 37:21; Proverbs 3:27-28). If we take God’s Word seriously, we should avoid debt. In those rare cases where we go into debt, we should make every effort to get out as soon...

Thomas Chalmers – The Expulsive Power of a New Affection

Thomas Chalmers – The Expulsive Power of a New Affection

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." 1 John 2:15 THERE are two ways in which a practical moralist may attempt to displace from the human heart its love of the world - either by...

Thomas Manton – God’s Word in Our Hearts

Thomas Manton – God’s Word in Our Hearts

“Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee” (Psa. 119:11). The duty of God’s children is to hide His Word in their hearts, and in so doing there must be a right end; their knowledge of it and delight in it is to be directed to practice. One...

Resolute Resolutions

Resolute Resolutions

It is that time of year again when people begin to think about their goals and aspirations for the upcoming year. A new year is a time of new beginnings and with it comes the so-called “New Year’s Resolutions”. For some their goal will be to lose weight (guilty). For...

Russell Moore – How Churches Can Create a Culture of Adoption

Russell Moore – How Churches Can Create a Culture of Adoption

It still had that smell, like a mixture of new carpet and old lady. Maria and I looked at each other as we stood in this familiar foyer. It was the first place we’d ever seen each other—standing right here, as I ran in from the rain and she was folding up a drenched...

Nick Batzig – The Spiritual Stages of a Believer’s Life

1 John 2:12-14 gives us one of the most wonderful prose-like theological structures in Scripture. The Apostle, writing about the benefits that believers have in Christ casts it under the figure of little children, young men and fathers. His intention was to explain...

David Hall – Fasting Does Not Slow Us Down

Many Protestants avoid fasting, thinking it to be a vestige of Medieval asceticism that is somehow alien to Reformed piety. The third example in this context concerns fasting that is not pretentious. A third time Jesus begins by denouncing the showy spirituality...

Paul Maxwell – Put Laziness to Rest

God often has a backwards way of dealing with brokenness in our world. Conquering, but not by the sword (Matthew 26:52). Defeating death with death (Hebrews 2:14). Preaching parables to bad listeners (Matthew 13:13). Fighting laziness with rest. Because of the...

Charles Bridges – God's Faithfulness in Afflicting His People

"I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me" (Psa 119:75) This is the Christian's acknowledgment-fully satisfied with the dispensation of God. This is his confidence; so invigorating to his own soul; so cheering to...

Wyatt Graham – Worry & Happiness

It’s pretty easy to worry when choices confront us. Worry can cripple, wound, or otherwise prevent us from experiencing the joy of our salvation. And sometimes there are no clear answers in the murky world in which we all live. In 1931, Montagu Norman, the head of the...

Rick Phillips – The Ten Commandments as God's Moral Law

Many Christian commenters today are expressing concern about antinomian tendencies in the church. We are especially seeing attempts to downplay the role of God's law as a guide to Christian living (the so-called third use of the law). One question that comes into play...

Brian Hedges – The Diagnosis and Cure for an Angry Heart

Of the seven daily sins, wrath may be the most difficult to acknowledge as sin. We’re miserable in envy, depressed by sloth, and embarrassed by gluttony and lust. Those sins may be hard to admit to others, but not usually to ourselves. Wrath is different. We can be...

John Piper – You Can Say No To Porn

Not all sexual desire is lust. God made sexual desire. It has its good place and it can, in fact, become an act of worship in the temple of marriage. But lust is sexual desire gone wrong. Here’s my definition: Lust is a sexual desire that dishonors its object and...

Marshall Segal – Fifty Shades of Nay: Sin Is a Needle, Not a Toy

Fifty Shades of Grey releases in major theaters this Friday, not surprisingly — and yet ironically — just a day before our annual celebration of love. The series of erotic novels exploring sexual domination and even violence has (tragically) sold over 100 million...

Steven Lee – 4 Suggestions to Deepen Your Small Group Prayer

We’ve all been there. Sitting in a living room, having just finished a Bible study, your small group now turns to a time of prayer by soliciting requests. Sally shares about her cat Freckles. Freckles is old and has a bad hip—so she asks for healing for Freckles. You...

Jeff Medders – Power Over Porn

Predestination conquers pornography. Or, as I heard John Piper once say, “Theology can conquer biology.” Because we know God, we can “abstain from sexual immorality,” and we can “know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like...

Kenny Luck – The Deadly Deception of Sexual Atheism in the Church

The guy sitting across from me is a professing and practicing Christian. He drops by my office unannounced today to talk to me about his new online-dating life. Specifically, he wants to talk about the overwillingness of Christian women he has encountered on several...

David Hall – Jesus' Law About Anger

Often we will read in the newspaper or see on the TV news about a road-rage killing or some other situation in which anger gets out of control and leads to a homicide. For example, a woman is attacked, her attacker was consumed with anger or lust, and then her...

David Mathis – Self-Control and the Power of Christ

It sounds so simple and straightforward, perhaps even commonplace. It’s not a flashy concept or an especially attractive idea. It doesn’t turn heads or grab headlines. It can be as seemingly small as saying no to another Oreo, French fry, or milkshake — or another...

R. C. Sproul – Christians Should be Forgiving People

When someone orders us to do something, or imposes an obligation, it is natural for us to ask two questions. The first question is, “Why should I?” and the second is, “Who says so?” The why and the authority behind the mandate are very important to the question of...

John Murray – Catechizing: A Forgotten Practice

It is surely an indictment of the Church today that in dealing with the subject of catechizing we have to begin by explaining the very meaning of the term. What was looked on as a necessary and beneficial practice by the early church and by the Reformers has now...

Clint Archer – Bleep! Why Christians Shouldn’t Cuss

In 2005 the American Film Institute voted that the best movie line of all time was the one that Clarke Gable deftly delivered as the character Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind. If you endured all four hours of melodrama you’ll certainly recall his parting dismissal...

Martin Ayers – Ministering to Doubting Christians

1. The Problems of Doubt Instinctively, we are accustomed to the concept of doubt. Living after the Fall, doubts are the struggles Christians have to believe, or trust, the promises of God in Christ. Doubt is uncertainty – or a struggle to believe – in the heart of...

Tim Ward – An Introduction to the Bible

When we say that the Bible is ‘the Word of God’, what we are actually claiming about it? It is to answer this question, which is both theological and also deeply practical and vital, that the branch of theology called ‘the doctrine of Scripture’ has been developed....

R. L. Dabney – Union to Christ

Syllabus for Lec. 51: 1. By what similitudes is the union of Christ with His people set forth in the Scripture? 2. What are the several results to believers, of this union? 3. What is the essential, and what the instrumental bond of this union? 4. Show the...

J. V. Fesko – Union with Christ in Paul’s Epistles

One of the most breath-taking passages of Scripture appears in the opening of Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians, where the Apostle literally starts at the very beginning when he writes, “In love he [that is, God] predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ”...

B. B. Warfield – Communion with Christ

2 Tim. 2:11-13 — "Faithful is the saying: For if we died with Him, we shall also live with him: if we endure we shall also reign with him: if we shall deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he abideth faithful; for he cannot deny himself." The words...

W. Robert Godfrey – What Does the Church Most Need Today?

What does the church most need today? In answering this important but rather general question, Psalm 81 is uniquely important and helpful. This psalm obviously contains beautiful promises and clear directions to help the people of God. But careful study of this psalm...

Christina Fox – The Cure for Our Envy

A friend sent a text to share with me about an amazing restaurant she went to. She described the wonderful meal she enjoyed and included a photo. I began to text back, “I’m so jealous!” but paused, then hit delete and changed it to “I’m so envious!” before hitting...

J. C. Ryle – Faith and Assurance

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His...

John Flavel – Pneumatologia A Treatise of the Soul of Man

Among many other largesses and rich endowments, bestowed by the Creator's bounty upon the soul of man, the sentiments and impressions of the world to come, and the ability of reflection and self-intuition, are peculiar, invaluable, and heavenly gifts. By the former,...