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The Matter of Whether Necessary Evil Is Biblical or Not

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, “Is a Necessary Evil Biblical?” What you’ll hear in this episode How Scripture Speaks of Evil. Three Helps for Facing Evil and Suffering. Subscribing, sharing, and your feedback You can subscribe to the Servants...

Israel’s Temporary Hardening

Romans 11:23-24, “And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive...

Dave Jenkins- The Relationship Between Scripture and Tradition

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave considers the meaning of Sola Scripture, tradition, and the value of church history, the authority of Scripture, Christian conscience, and tradition, and why the Church has good answers to the issues of the day. What you’ll...

Broken Branches

Romans 11:19-22, “19 Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”...

Approved Workers

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the 2 Timothy series looking at 2 Timothy...

Till All Our Strivings Cease: Enduring Exhaustion with Hope

Till All Our Strivings Cease: Enduring Exhaustion with Hope

“I’m so tired.” These words seem to come out of my mouth more and more these days and start off more journal entries than I can count. I feel physically tired, as though no amount of sleep could possibly replenish my energy, as well as emotionally tired. I hear these...

Wild Olive Branches

Wild Olive Branches

Romans 11:16-18, “If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches. But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the...

Deborah Howard- HELP! Someone I Love Has Alzheimer’s

Deborah Howard- HELP! Someone I Love Has Alzheimer’s

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave and Deborah Howard discuss Christian friendship and support in and out of the local church, advice for family members and friends with family or friends who have memory loss, the local church, and supporting family members...

When Sinful Comparison Rears Its Ugly Head, Draw Near to Jesus

When Sinful Comparison Rears Its Ugly Head, Draw Near to Jesus

I’d done it again. It was subtle, and neither my husband nor any of our five children sitting in the car with me knew what I had done. That’s how sneaky sinful comparison can be. While reading during a long road trip, right in the middle of a well-crafted sentence in...

The Jews and the Resurrection

The Jews and the Resurrection

Romans 11:13-15, “13 Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry 14 in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. 15 For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the...

Riches for the World

Riches for the World

Romans 11:11-12, “11 So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather, through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. 12 Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means...

Why God Forgets Our Sins

Why God Forgets Our Sins

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, “Does God forget our sins?” What you’ll hear in this episode The Lord Forgives and Forgets Our Sin. The Christian and Assurance. Forgiveness and Assurance. The Apostles Creed and Forgiveness. Micah and...

Road Signs

Road Signs

Daniel 9:13-14, “Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come on us, yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth.  The Lord did not hesitate to bring the disaster on us, for...

Who is Israel?

Who is Israel?

Romans 11:7-10, “What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, 8 as it is written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, down to this very day.” 9 And David...

Dave Jenkins- Contending for the Faith Without Being Contentious

Dave Jenkins- Contending for the Faith Without Being Contentious

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave considers the importance of growing in and pursuing gentleness with fellow Christians, why effective Christian engagement has five biblical correction, and instruction, and why Christians must be committed to sound doctrine...

The Lives of the Puritans

The Lives of the Puritans

We live in a day where Puritan works are constantly gaining in popularity. The Banner of Truth is to be thanked for sparking this revival of interest. We should also be thankful to Joel Beeke with Puritan Theological Seminary and Reformation Heritage Books for their...

Keeping Grace Gracious

Keeping Grace Gracious

Romans 11:6, “But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.” Good works are an essential part of the Christian life. We see in Romans 1:5, for example, that Paul was called to preach so that the “obedience of...

The Source of Endurance

The Source of Endurance

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the 2 Timothy series looking at 2 Timothy 2:8-13 and the importance of the bodily resurrection of Jesus, along with endurance, faithfulness, and suffering. What you’ll hear in this episode The bodily resurrection of...

An Interview with the Authors of “When Words Matter Most”

An Interview with the Authors of “When Words Matter Most”

Women's Hope kicks off a new season by interviewing the authors of “When Words Matter Most: Speaking Truth with Grace to Those You Love.” The authors of the forthcoming book, Cheryl Marshall and Caroline Newheiser, address how they’d counsel women who are fearful or...

God Never Ops-Out

God Never Ops-Out

Years ago, I bought my first laptop. Being gifted at dropping things, I made sure to buy the protection plan as well. The protection plan, however, did not cover everything. “We won’t cover the repair,” the sales associate told me, “If you do something foolish and...

Mark Baker- How the Church Should Speak to and Address Socialism

Mark Baker- How the Church Should Speak to and Address Socialism

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave and Mark Baker discuss the dangers of socialism and how the Church should respond, the markers and signs of socialism in our society, and the danger of viewing Jesus as socialist, along with his book, Jesus Was A...

Fighting Fear with Fear: Replacing Fear of Man with Fear of the Lord

Fighting Fear with Fear: Replacing Fear of Man with Fear of the Lord

For most of my life, I have considered myself a “people pleaser.” I often avoid conflict to keep the peace, go out of my way to do something for someone that isn’t necessarily my responsibility, and worry too much about letting people down. At times, it can be easy...

Despising Our Heritage

Despising Our Heritage

Romans 10:18-21, “But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for “Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.” 19 But I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says, “I will make you jealous of those who are not a...

Weekly Roundup 9/6/2021-9/11/2021

Weekly Roundup 9/6/2021-9/11/2021

This is our weekly roundup of posts for 9/6/2021-9/11/2021. If you have any feedback on how we can serve you our readers better, I would appreciate it. Thank you for reading and allowing us to minister to you throughout this past week through these posts. Monday...

Table of Mercy

Table of Mercy

Join Dave as he looks at 2 Samuel 9:1-13 and Table of Mercy.

How God Creates and Sustains Our Faith

How God Creates and Sustains Our Faith

Romans 10:14-17, “14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?[a] And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is...

Reading and Interpreting Revelation Correctly

Reading and Interpreting Revelation Correctly

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, “How should we read Revelation?” What you’ll hear in this episode The Content of Revelation. Some Keys to Reading Revelation Rightly. Interpretation Revelation Rightly. Revelation and the End of All History....

Defining Evangelism

Defining Evangelism

Romans 10:13-15, “For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?[a] And how are they to hear without someone preaching?...

Dave Jenkins- Why Biblical Literacy Matters for Every Christian

Dave Jenkins- Why Biblical Literacy Matters for Every Christian

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave kicks off a new Wednesday episode considering current statistics on biblical illiteracy, why biblical literacy matters for every Christian, and starts with them, along with providing practical encouragement on why and how...

God’s Kingdom and Power

God’s Kingdom and Power

Romans 10:10-13, “10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same...

Strengthened by Grace

Strengthened by Grace

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the 2 Timothy series looking at 2 Timothy 2:1-7 and the meaning of the grace of God in Scripture and entrusting the gospel to future generations and the purpose of Christian education. What you’ll hear in this episode...

Being Good

Being Good

If I heard my momma say it once, I heard her say it a thousand times: “Be good!” It was as predictable as the sunrise. I, too, have said it over and over to my own children. No explanation was necessary. We understood those two little words. Be. Good. But why? Our...

The Lordship of Christ

The Lordship of Christ

Romans 10:9, “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Over the past few days we have been examining various aspects of biblical faith. If it is faith alone that...

Justin Huffman- Behold An Invitation to Wonder

Justin Huffman- Behold An Invitation to Wonder

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave and Justin discuss faithfulness and focus and how that should impact the Christian life and ministry, the dangers of wrong views of God’s judgment are, why learning patience helps us to remain steadfast, along with his...

Jealousy: The On-ramp to Unhappiness

Jealousy: The On-ramp to Unhappiness

I know a thing or two about jealousy. We all have sins that we tend to struggle with more than others. I have struggled with jealousy since I was a child. I remember watching a classmate in kindergarten color with colored pencils. I didn’t even know that such amazing...

The Message Concerning Faith

The Message Concerning Faith

Romans 10:5-8, “5 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to...

Christ, the Goal of the Law

Christ, the Goal of the Law

Romans 10:4, “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” Why did so many first-century Jews not receive Jesus as their Messiah? From a divine perspective, it was because God has chosen only some Jews for salvation, just as He has...

The Meaning and Purpose of Principalities and Powers in Scripture

The Meaning and Purpose of Principalities and Powers in Scripture

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, “What Are Principalities and Powers in the Bible?” What you’ll hear in this episode Principalities and Powers in Scripture. What We Can Learn from Matthew 4:1-11. Subscribing, sharing, and your feedback You can...

Stand Strong for Christ

Stand Strong for Christ

We are living through one of the most tumultuous times in American history. It seems like every day, a new challenge surfaces. We face trials, temptations, suffering, and grief. We hear rumors about the fate of our Republic. Conspiracy theories are at a fevered pitch....

Zeal Without Knowledge

Zeal Without Knowledge

Romans 10:1-3, “10 Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish...

Seven Tips for Being a Good Friend

Seven Tips for Being a Good Friend

Embracing Relationships Our recent pandemic changed how many of us experienced friendship. The quarantines, distancing, and other precautions created challenges for close community. While we used creative or digital ways to connect, many still felt isolated. Perhaps...

Reflections on Eternity: Lorraine Boettner’s View of Immortality

Reflections on Eternity: Lorraine Boettner’s View of Immortality

Reflections on Eternity: Lorraine Boettner’s View of Immortality A few years ago, I was invited into a charity warehouse to choose some books. That organization has done a lot of great work in Eastern Europe, and they wanted to do something to support my ministry in...

The Faith of the Gentiles

The Faith of the Gentiles

Romans 9:30-33, “ What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness[a] did not succeed in reaching that law....

Shame and Glory

Shame and Glory

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the 2 Timothy series looking at 2 Timothy 1:8-18 and suffering for Jesus, why we hold fast to Christ, and why Christians should be loyal and faithful servants of Christ and advance the mission of God. What you’ll hear...

Examining the Dangers “Carnal” Christian

Examining the Dangers “Carnal” Christian

Can a Christian ever be carnal? The category of carnal Christian has been commonly used by certain biblical counselors and was popularized by a previous generation of evangelists. Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade (now Cru), describes the carnal Christian as...

The Salvation of Israel’s Remnant

The Salvation of Israel’s Remnant

Romans 9:27-29, “27 And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the sons of Israel[a] be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved, 28 for the Lord will carry out his sentence upon the earth fully and without delay.” 29 And as...

Bennett Rogers- Thoughts for Young Men

Bennett Rogers- Thoughts for Young Men

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave and Ben Rogers discuss the dangers of ungodly friendship and the blessing of godly close friendship, the priority of daily Bible reading, the fear of man, fleeing temptation, and enjoying prayer, along with Thoughts for...

Anxiety

Anxiety

I never thought of myself as an anxious person. I’m fairly low-key, not easily stressed, and don’t let things get to me. However, there have been times in my life when anxiety hits hard. I miscarried my first pregnancy, and it completely shook me. Miscarriage was one...

The People of God

The People of God

Romans 9:25-26, “As indeed he says in Hosea, “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’ and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’” 26 “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘sons of the...

Weekly Roundup 8/23/2021-8/28/2021

Weekly Roundup 8/23/2021-8/28/2021

This is our weekly roundup of posts for 8/23/2021-8/28/2021. If you have any feedback on how we can serve you our readers better, I would appreciate it. Thank you for reading and allowing us to minister to you throughout this past week through these posts. Monday...

The Potter and the Clay

The Potter and the Clay

Romans 9:20-24, “20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable...

None Like You

None Like You

Join Dave as he looks at 2 Samuel 7:18-29 and None Like You.

The Meaning and Purpose of the War in Heaven in Revelation

The Meaning and Purpose of the War in Heaven in Revelation

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, “What Is the War in Heaven in Rev. 12?” What you’ll hear in this episode Overview of Revelation 12 and Who the Characters Are. The Dragon and his identity. Describing the War in Heaven. Subscribing, sharing, and...

Advocating for Those With Disabilities

Advocating for Those With Disabilities

Advocating for those with disabilities is encouraged in the Bible. Take, for instance, Proverbs 31:8-9: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy”...

Answering Back to God

Answering Back to God

Romans 9:19-20, “19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” Further evidence that Paul affirms that...

Preaching the Funeral of an Unbeliever

Preaching the Funeral of an Unbeliever

Preaching at someone's funeral is one of the most difficult aspects of pastoral ministry. It is all the more difficult when it is the funeral service of a loved one or a beloved member of the church. However, the most challenging of all is preaching the funeral of...

Reformed Evangelistic Preaching in the Sermons of Samuel Davies

Reformed Evangelistic Preaching in the Sermons of Samuel Davies

Who has not heard about Charles Spurgeon, David Brainard, and George Whitfield? When we think of these names, we can draw a direct line to one common theme through all of their lives. That theme is that they were all effective and prolific evangelists. Whether it was...

God’s Will and His Mercy

God’s Will and His Mercy

Romans 9:17-18, “ For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he...

Thanksgiving in Distress

Thanksgiving in Distress

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave starts the 2 Timothy series looking at 2 Timothy 1:1-7 and how the gospel solves the problem of death and many others, preaching the gospel to ourselves and others, and the importance of a clear conscience in the Christian life....

God’s Sovereign Mercy

God’s Sovereign Mercy

Romans 9:14-16, “What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God's part? By no means! 15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion,[a] but...

God’s Purpose of Election

God’s Purpose of Election

Romans 9:10-13, “10 And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God's purpose of election might continue, not because of works...

Jesus and the Leper

Jesus and the Leper

In Jesus’ day, people often were afraid to be close to a person with a disability or a disease. This was especially true in the case of leprosy – it was contagious, and people with the disease were considered unclean. Healthy people kept their distance, physically and...

What is Spiritual Israel?

What is Spiritual Israel?

Romans 9 begins with great sorrow for the Apostle Paul and a potentially damaging theological dilemma, “How can God be faithful and many Israelites be lost?” We read of the significance of this special chosen people in verses 4-5. So the subsequent verses are written...

Watching and Waiting for the Return of Jesus

Watching and Waiting for the Return of Jesus

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, “Should We Always Be Watchful for Jesus’ Return?” What you’ll hear in this episode The Return of Jesus a Great Motivation for God’s People. The Importance of the Imminent Return of the Lord Jesus. True Assurance...

The Privileges of Israel

The Privileges of Israel

Romans 9:4-5, “They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. 5 To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all,...

All of God: Learning from the Attributes of God

All of God: Learning from the Attributes of God

The attributes of God are a subject that helps people know God more deeply and profoundly. If you, as a layperson or serious theologian, want to know more about God, then a study of the attributes of God is the way to go. Today, people tend to focus on what they want...

Paul’s Love for His Kinsmen

Paul’s Love for His Kinsmen

Romans 9:1-3, “I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— 2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my...

The Ultimate Investment

The Ultimate Investment

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the 1 Timothy series looking at 1 Timothy 6:17-21 and a warning to the rich, how wealthy Christians should use their money to advance the gospel, and why one of the best ways to learn how to trust God is to give our...

You’ve Never Had Your Favorite Before

You’ve Never Had Your Favorite Before

I once had a family visiting for lunch, and their little girl came into the kitchen and asked what we were having for dessert. I said, “Caramel ice cream.” And she said, “Caramel ice cream? That’s my favorite!” I was impressed that she knew what it was. I gave her a...

No Separation from God’s Love

No Separation from God’s Love

Romans 8:38-39, “38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our...

Equipped for Service: Putting Our Spiritual Gifts to Work

Equipped for Service: Putting Our Spiritual Gifts to Work

Our family lived in a town on top of a hill for many years, where a steep road wound up from the river valley below. One day we ran across the scenario pictured above: a small dump truck with heavy rebar protruding from the rear that had tipped backward on the hill...

More than Conquerors

More than Conquerors

Romans 8:35-37, “35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be...

Out in the Fields: Why You Should be Evangelizing

Out in the Fields: Why You Should be Evangelizing

Jesus was a busy man, going from town to town preaching the message of salvation to poor, lost, and broken people. This is the setting that we see in Matthew 9:35-38:  “And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming...

None Can Condemn

None Can Condemn

Romans 8:33-34, “33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” Paul's emphasis...

Sin and Growing in God’s Grace

Sin and Growing in God’s Grace

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, “Does God hate me when I sin?” What you’ll hear in this episode The nature of sin. The righteousness of Christ. Subscribing, sharing, and your feedback You can subscribe to the Servants of Grace Podcast via...

Expectations

Expectations

Don’t you think it’s interesting how life is full of the unexpected? When you get past your middle-age years and have some perspective on time that has passed, several things can be different than what was expected. For instance, when I was younger, I thought I would...

Sparing Not His Son

Sparing Not His Son

Romans 8:31-32, “31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[a] against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Given that all people have suppressed...

The Attributes of God

The Attributes of God

The Knowledge of the Holy Proverbs 1-9 are like the dining table in a palace, and chapters 10-31 are like the spreading of the banquet. With her own strong hands, Lady Wisdom has hewn a mansion with seven magnificent pillars (9:1-6). Thus, every Proverb we discover is...

Leave the Noise and Listen to God

Leave the Noise and Listen to God

Silence is hard to find. Can you remember the last time you were around complete silence? My first experience of noise-canceling headphones a few years ago was a rare experience. I was in Best Buy and grabbed a pair of Beats by Dre noise-canceling headphones. Sounds...

The Golden Chain of Salvation

The Golden Chain of Salvation

Romans 8:29-30, “29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and...

Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the 1 Timothy series looking at 1 Timothy 6:11-16 and what a good solider of Christ does, six things every Christian man is to pursue, and the relationship between doctrine and life. What you’ll hear in this episode...

Leviticus and Disability

Leviticus and Disability

You may be surprised, as I was, to find out that God addresses how Christians are to interact with disability in Leviticus 19:14: “You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.” When you combine...

God’s Work for Our good

God’s Work for Our good

Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[a] for those who are called according to his purpose.” The privileges of being justified and reconciled to God have been a central theme in Romans 8, as Paul has moved from the...

Michael Barrett – A Radical, Comprehensive Call to Holiness

Michael Barrett – A Radical, Comprehensive Call to Holiness

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave and Dr. Michael Barrett discuss the dangers of wrong views of holiness, the means of grace, navigating distractions, fighting temptation and lust by fearing God, the fear of God and the presence of God, handling affliction...

Disciple-maker Traits of Jesus

Disciple-maker Traits of Jesus

How does a disciple of Jesus Christ nurture and prepare other disciples to spread the gospel in a way that most accurately portrays the message? Disciple-making teaches others what it means to be a follower of Jesus the reality of living out what Jesus and all of...

The Spirit’s Intercession

The Spirit’s Intercession

Romans 8:26-27, "Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because[a]...

Our Longing for Bodily Redemption

Our Longing for Bodily Redemption

Romans 8:23-25, “23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who...

The Beauty of Humility Found in Isaiah 55:8

The Beauty of Humility Found in Isaiah 55:8

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, “What does it mean that "my thoughts are not your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8)?” What you’ll hear in this episode The Context of Isaiah 55:8 The Meaning of Isaiah 55:8 How are God's thoughts and ways different. What...

Dousing the Fire

Dousing the Fire

We all carry something around with us; it lurks in our hearts and follows us closer than our shadows. It is hungry and wants to devour our lives, consuming everything good and leaving nothing behind but destruction. There can only be one thing that matches this...

Cosmic Redemption

Cosmic Redemption

Romans 8:19-22, “19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage...

The Beauty of Divine Simplicity in Cultural Complexity

The Beauty of Divine Simplicity in Cultural Complexity

While “it’s complicated” may sum up your relational status, it also sums up your cultural moment. The current waves of cultural conflict come from every direction: health pandemics and systemic racism, and political unrest and calls for social reform and space...

A Glance at John Owen’s Theology of Sin

A Glance at John Owen’s Theology of Sin

The present-day is a day where two extremities straddle the life of Christian churches. The first extremity is an overbearing focus on sin. Living in Romania, I have seen countless cases where sin has been the heaviest focus in a church (primarily in Pentecostal...

The Glory To Be Revealed

The Glory To Be Revealed

Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” We return to Romans 8 today and pick up our expositional study in verse 18. To set up today’s devotional, let us recall verse...

The Christian Attitude Towards Money

The Christian Attitude Towards Money

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the 1 Timothy series looking at 1 Timothy 6:3-10 and the purpose of sound doctrine, why a preoccupation with money is the pathway to theological error, godliness, contentment, and the dangers of living for money, and...

Trusting the Lord in Every Season

Trusting the Lord in Every Season

In Exodus 4:10-13, we witness a discussion between the Lord and Moses. God has called Moses to speak for Him and to proclaim His name to the Egyptians. Moses is also called to be God’s mouthpiece to the Israelites. However, Moses says to God in protest, “‘Oh, my Lord,...

The Spirit’s Internal Witness

The Spirit’s Internal Witness

Romans 8:16-17, “16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” We become God’s...

Exactly As We’ve Been Told

Exactly As We’ve Been Told

Recent decades have left Christians a bit unsettled. Skewed views of sexuality, increased disdain towards religion, and dogmatic secularism have steadily seeped into our culture. Until recently, the troubling changes seemed more like a vague mist on the horizon. For...

Debtors to the Spirit

Debtors to the Spirit

Romans 8:12-15, “12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the...

Recommended Reading Church Membership and One Another Each other

Recommended Reading Church Membership and One Another Each other

In this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, we’ve been considering the subject of church membership and “one another-ing” each other. We understand that we haven’t covered everything on this topic, but it is our prayer that, hopefully, readers of this issue of...

Spiritual Friendship in the Church

Spiritual Friendship in the Church

These past months have flipped many things in our life upside down. Much has changed in the way we go about our daily lives— everything from work to school, from shopping to doctor’s visits, and from gathering with friends to gathering for worship. In all these...

Walking Alongside a Struggling Christian

Walking Alongside a Struggling Christian

People are hurting. Christians are no exception. The last year, for many, has felt more like running a gauntlet than running a race. With a global pandemic, racial unrest, political upheaval, the word “unprecedented” has been worn thin in media commentary. And these...

Engaging in Biblical Counseling With Another Christian

Engaging in Biblical Counseling With Another Christian

In answer to the question, “How do I engage in biblical counseling with another Christian?” I am tempted to say, “Open your Bible and remain silent” and leave it at that, but that certainly doesn’t fulfill any sort of word count requirements for an article such as...

The Importance of Church Membership for Evangelism

The Importance of Church Membership for Evangelism

Jesus gave the church the Great Commission to make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8). This is a solemn and glorious responsibility. Jesus did not give this commission to one individual. He could have given it to Peter. “Peter, now that you are restored here is...

Discipleship for the Glory of God

Discipleship for the Glory of God

I have been a Christian for fifty years, and during that time I have discipled scores of men. It’s been a labor of love. Some have gone on to be leaders in the church. Others have become better fathers and husbands. In a few cases, the results have not been positive....

The Importance of Preaching for Everyday Christians

The Importance of Preaching for Everyday Christians

It is common to wonder about the role of sermons in the lives of everyday Christians. Why do pastors spend so much time preparing a weekly sermon? Wouldn’t it be better if he spent more time in meetings with teams of leaders, counseling the hurting, building...

How to Find a Good Church

How to Find a Good Church

You may be looking for a good church for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you are a new believer in Jesus Christ—praise God! Maybe you are moving or have moved to a new area. Perhaps your current church differs from your understanding of biblical principles or...

United Disagreement

United Disagreement

Let’s face it. This has been a bad couple of years for the American church. Between politics, COVID, racial differences, justice questions, views on our national history, and whether or not to wear masks, opinions have been flying around at warp-speed, with collisions...

Fellowship: God’s Workspace for His Glory

Fellowship: God’s Workspace for His Glory

I can see God’s eastern canvas from my pillow each morning, a front row seat to the glorious awakening of the sky. No matter how it’s painted, no matter how tired I am, my eyes are glued to the horizon. There’s no sleeping in because the one missed may be the best...

“One Another”: How to Nurture Biblical Love in Body Life

“One Another”: How to Nurture Biblical Love in Body Life

How do you define “church”? What does being a member of the church mean to you? “Attending meetings, giving my offerings/tithes, casting my vote…” might be a typical answer. But actually, church membership embodies so much more than that. Church is about...

The Life-Giving Spirit

The Life-Giving Spirit

Romans 8:10-11, “10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to...

Who the Philistines Were and Why It Matters

Who the Philistines Were and Why It Matters

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, “Who were the Philistines?” What you’ll hear in this episode The History and Origins of the Philistines. The Philistines in the Bible. Whether the Philistines were Evil or not. The Worship of the Philistines. How...

The Indwelling Spirit of God

The Indwelling Spirit of God

Romans 8:9, “You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.” Paul is a complex thinker, and his arguments often hold together several complementary...

Comfort in the Storms of Life: The Lord Is My Shepherd

Comfort in the Storms of Life: The Lord Is My Shepherd

Are you under a dark providence? Do you feel alone? In the 19th century, George Matheson penned these beautiful words that are full of hope: “I trace the rainbow through the rain And feel the promise is not in vain That morn shall tearless be.” Right this moment, you...

The Mind Set on the Flesh

The Mind Set on the Flesh

Romans 8:7-8, “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” Paul’s focus in Romans 8 can be summed up as “life in the Spirit,” as the chapter...

Yes, Master

Yes, Master

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the 1 Timothy series looking at 1 Timothy 6:1-2 and what the Bible teaches about slavery, the relationship between employer and employee, and why showing full respect is necessary to the missionary purpose of the...

‘PROVIDENCE’ by John Piper

‘PROVIDENCE’ by John Piper

This last year has been a year of chaos, confusion, and conflict. This long season has left many Christians tired and weary. If an individual only had their ears open to the world, they would soon think that everything was out of control. However, in these constantly...

Setting One’s Mind on the Spirit

Setting One’s Mind on the Spirit

Romans 8:4-6, “4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live...

Discipling in Your Sphere of Influence

Discipling in Your Sphere of Influence

I homeschool my kids, and my oldest was recently learning how to use Venn diagrams to break down information and see how it relates to other things. I started thinking about how I would “Venn diagram” my life and what overlaps, what’s separate, and, maybe, what should...

Justice Satisfied in Another

Justice Satisfied in Another

Romans 8:3-4, “3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who...

The Holiness of God

The Holiness of God

Join Dave as he continues his series through 2 Samuel looking at 2 Samuel 6:1-11 and the Holiness of God.

No Condemnation In Christ

No Condemnation In Christ

Romans 8:1-2, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1 marks another significant turning point in Paul’s magisterial...

Why the Gate of Salvation is Narrow

Why the Gate of Salvation is Narrow

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, “Why Is the Gate of Salvation Narrow?” What you’ll hear in this episode • Choice in Biblical Thought. • The Narrow Gate, the Hard Road. • Several reasons to take the narrow road. Subscribing, sharing, and your...

Trusting the Christ Captain of Our Souls

Trusting the Christ Captain of Our Souls

Throughout Romans 7, Paul has dealt with an important problem relevant to all Christians: why do I keep sinning if I am saved? Why, even though I love God’s Word and God’s law, do I keep on sinning even when I know I must not? Our passage summarizes Paul’s...

Evil Lurking Close at Hand

Evil Lurking Close at Hand

Romans 7:21, “So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.” “The devil made me do it” may be a popular way of using humor to excuse sin, but we should never use this rationalization. Indeed, sin is not funny in the least, but remains...

What Sheep Owe Their Shepherds

What Sheep Owe Their Shepherds

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the 1 Timothy series looking at 1 Timothy 5:17-25 and paying your pastor, dealing with accusations against elders, and the ordination of elders. What you’ll hear in this episode Paying your pastor Dealing with...

Help for a Habit of Prayer

Help for a Habit of Prayer

If you have been a Christian long enough, you know about habits for growing in faith. Of all the habits, prayer may be the most critical. It gives life to all other habits because we seek the Holy Spirit primarily in prayer. One of my favorite Puritan writers, Richard...

Our True Identity

Our True Identity

Romans 7:18-20, “18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do...

Owen Strachan- How the Church Should Respond to Wokeness

Owen Strachan- How the Church Should Respond to Wokeness

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave and Owen Strachan discuss whether or not it’s biblical to view CRT as an analytical tool or not, the signs of a “woke” church and how Christians should respond to it, and address it in their churches and with their church...

Intentionally Creating Discipling Relationships

Intentionally Creating Discipling Relationships

The need to disciple others in their walk with Christ is nothing new. Jesus took twelve men with Him and taught them separately from the larger gatherings. Then we see Him choose three of those twelve to get even closer to. However, we’ve seen in recent years an...

The Believer’s Struggle

The Believer’s Struggle

Romans 7:14-17, “ For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is...

Going Up to War

Going Up to War

Join Dave as he looks at 2 Samuel 5:17-25 and Going Up to War.

Sinful Beyond Measure

Sinful Beyond Measure

Romans 7:13, “Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.” Moving forward in our study...

The Difference Between Biblical Literacy and Biblical Illiteracy

The Difference Between Biblical Literacy and Biblical Illiteracy

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, “What is the main difference between biblical literacy and biblical illiteracy?” What you’ll hear in this episode The statistics regarding biblical illiteracy. Defining biblical illiteracy and biblical literacy....

Why It Can Be Hard to Understand Scripture

Why It Can Be Hard to Understand Scripture

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, “Why can it be hard to understand Scripture?” What you’ll hear in this episode Why the Bible is Hard to Understand. The Need for Biblical Hermeneutics. The Hard Teaching of Scripture and Biblical Interpretation....

Men and Women in the Church by Kevin DeYoung

Men and Women in the Church by Kevin DeYoung

One of the most contested issues in the church in recent days concerns the role of men and women in the church. The chief question among many people is this: “Can a woman preach on a Sunday morning to a congregation that consists of both men and women?” People also...

The Law in the Life of an Unbeliever

The Law in the Life of an Unbeliever

Romans 7:12, “So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.” Interpreters have long struggled to square Paul’s teaching on the law of God—particularly its revelation in the Mosaic law—with Old Testament texts that praise this law (for...

David and Mephibosheth

David and Mephibosheth

The New Testament has plenty of instances in which Jesus interacts with those with a disability, but what about in the Old Testament? There are still some great examples of how to treat someone with a disability, and one of the best is David’s example in the way he...

Sin’s Perversion of the Law

Sin’s Perversion of the Law

Romans 7:8-11, “8 But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. 9 I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. 10 The very...

Pure, Unadulterated Religion

Pure, Unadulterated Religion

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the 1 Timothy series looking at 1 Timothy 5:9-16 and widows’ eligibility and requirements, and sloth and gossip. What you’ll hear in this episode Widows’ eligibility and requirements. The List of Widows Sloth and...

Solomon’s Secret

Solomon’s Secret

If you were to scour the less-than-famous books of the Old Testament, you would discover a peculiar statement in a peculiar book penned by a peculiar old man: “It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all...

An Attitude of Contentment

An Attitude of Contentment

Romans 7:7-8, “What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8 But sin, seizing an opportunity...

Micah Wilder- Engaging Mormons with Biblical Truth

Micah Wilder- Engaging Mormons with Biblical Truth

On today’s Equipping You in Grace episode, Dave and Micah Wilder discuss engaging Mormon missionaries when they come to your door and Mormon neighbors with the gospel, ministering to Ex-Mormons with Scripture, along with his book, Passport to Heaven: The True Story of...

Discipleship How To

Discipleship How To

To be a discipler is simple, but it may not be easy. It is time-consuming and requires some basic knowledge about God and His Word, and a piece of you. In a previous article, I described how Jesus approached His inner circle of disciples like this: “There was a...

Belonging and Bearing Fruit

Belonging and Bearing Fruit

Across the table from me, a young man, maybe fifteen years old, was pouring out his heart. While we ate our burgers and fries, he shared how he loved the Lord but struggled to apply the gospel daily. His friends were regularly doing things that he, as a Christian,...

What It Means That God is Not Mocked

What It Means That God is Not Mocked

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, “What Does it Mean That God Is Not Mocked?” What you’ll hear in this episode God Cannot Be Mocked. Sowing to the Spirit. Subscribing, sharing, and your feedback You can subscribe to the Servants of Grace Podcast...

Freed from the Law

Freed from the Law

Romans 7:1-3, “Or do you not know, brothers—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives? 2 For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the...

Why Hell Exists

Why Hell Exists

Scripture provides vivid warnings of judgment and eternal hell for those who don’t repent and believe in Christ. Such warnings occur throughout the Bible and in Jesus’ earthly teaching. In Revelation 14, those who reject Christ and instead worship the beast “will be...

The Wages of Sin vs. the Gift of Life

The Wages of Sin vs. the Gift of Life

Romans 6:22-23, “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” We...

House Rules

House Rules

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the 1 Timothy series looking at 1 Timothy 5:1-8 and why the family of God and the family matters, the Church’s role in protecting widows, and putting our faith into practice by the grace of God. What you’ll hear in...

The Kindness of God and the Fear of Judgment

The Kindness of God and the Fear of Judgment

In John 9:1-41, we read of Jesus’ interaction with a blind man at the pool of Siloam. Jesus frequently interacts with the blind or with people with various infirmities and disabilities. Because of that, His encounter with this blind man is not altogether unusual for...

Slavery to Sin and Its Fruit

Slavery to Sin and Its Fruit

Romans 6:20-21, “For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.” As we look at all religions besides...

Garrett Kell- Pure in Heart: Sexual Sin and the Promises of God

Garrett Kell- Pure in Heart: Sexual Sin and the Promises of God

On today’s Equipping You in Grace episode, Dave and Garrett Kell discuss the gospel and pursuing purity, the place of community and pursuing purity, strategies to starve pornography, and accountability, along with his book, Pure in Heart: Sexual Sin and the Promises...

To Be or Not To Be

To Be or Not To Be

There comes that moment in every new parent’s life when our precious little bundle of joy turns to us and, with hands-on-hips and determination in their voice, tells us with resounding conviction, “NO!” We don’t know whether to laugh or cry. We want to laugh because...

Slaves to Righteousness

Slaves to Righteousness

Romans 6:15-19, “15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of...

Paralyzing Accusations: Satan’s Ploy to Debilitate Believers

Paralyzing Accusations: Satan’s Ploy to Debilitate Believers

Still half-asleep, I stumble to the kitchen to turn on the Keurig. I hear the boys’ bedroom door open, followed by a miniature stampede of pattering feet running in my direction. The two youngest stop and look at me, but I’m not prepared for anything but coffee....

What It Means to Be a God-Fearing Christian

What It Means to Be a God-Fearing Christian

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks me, “What Does it Mean to Be a God-Fearing Christian?” What you’ll hear in this episode The Importance of a Right Understanding of God. The Purpose of the Fear of God. Two Types of Biblical Fear. Fearing the Lord and...

A Last-Minute Salvation

A Last-Minute Salvation

If you’re a Christian and use social media even in the slightest bit, then you likely saw a recently-posted, two-minute clip that made the rounds on Twitter the week of June 21st. Matt Smethurst called it “gospel gold from Alistair Begg.” Survey says... that was a...

Jesus Heals Blind Man

Jesus Heals Blind Man

In the pages of the Bible, and especially in the Gospels, Jesus interacts with people with disabilities and infirmities frequently. One such instance is contained in Luke 18:35-43. In this portion of the Gospel of Luke, Jesus encounters a blind man on the road near...

Living Under Grace

Living Under Grace

Romans 6:14, “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” Legal righteousness—a standing before God that says we have kept His covenant—is granted to us when we believe the gospel, when we trust in Jesus alone for salvation...

A Portrait of the Minister as a Young Man

A Portrait of the Minister as a Young Man

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the 1 Timothy series looking at 1 Timothy 4:11-16 and the importance of an exemplary life, why teaching the Bible begins with reading the Bible, and why Bible exposition is essential to the health of the local church....

The Death of a Spouse

The Death of a Spouse

This is my first piece since the passing of my dear wife, Heidi M. Ruiz. She passed away on 3/28/2021 at Cornell medical hospital after a roller coaster of a day of sudden medical complications. If you’re inclined to hear my recounting of the day, please feel free to...

Instruments of Righteousness

Instruments of Righteousness

Romans 6:12-13, “12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your...

Five Vital Truths about Biblical Discipleship

Five Vital Truths about Biblical Discipleship

We’ve read it, heard it preached, plastered it on our church walls, and recited it over and over. What is it? The charge of Jesus to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[ the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”...

Considering Ourselves Properly

Considering Ourselves Properly

Romans 6:11, “11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Growth in holiness—our sanctification—does not constitute an optional addendum to the gospel; rather, it is a necessary fruit of the gospel. Indeed, properly...

Help! I’m Feeling Anxious about Everything

Help! I’m Feeling Anxious about Everything

Universal Worry Let’s be honest. We’re all worried, aren’t we? Some of us are worried about catching COVID-19 or spreading it. Some of us are worried about the impact of emergency laws upon civil liberties. Some of us are worried about the economy and the impact on...

Living to God

Living to God

Romans 6:8–10, “8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but...

The Meaning and Purpose of Sovereign Grace

The Meaning and Purpose of Sovereign Grace

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks me, “What is sovereign grace?” What you’ll hear in this episode The Meaning of Sovereign Grace. The Grace of God and Humanity. An Example of the Grace of God. The Sovereign Grace of God in the Life of the People of...

Four Ways to Look for the Good in Others

Four Ways to Look for the Good in Others

Invite Conversation As a general rule, we will not be able to have growing relationships in which we help other people unless we see the good in them, and they know we see good in them. Would you listen to someone who helps you merely out of duty rather than love?...

United to Christ

United to Christ

Romans 6:5-7, “5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self[a] was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we...

Ten Reasons Why Christianity and New Age Cannot Blend

Ten Reasons Why Christianity and New Age Cannot Blend

I tried to blend New Age and Christianity for many years. Here are just 10 of the many reasons why Christianity and the new age are opposites that can never be blended: 1. New Age glorifies the self; Christianity glories God. 2. New Age says: “Follow your heart, and...

Baptized into Christ

Baptized into Christ

Romans 6:3-4, “3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too...

Minister in Training

Minister in Training

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the 1 Timothy series looking at 1 Timothy 4:6-10 and a warning against becoming the wrong kind of theologian, the connection between sanctification and glorification. What you’ll hear in this episode The three things...

Teaching What is Good: A Q&A on Titus 2:3-5

Teaching What is Good: A Q&A on Titus 2:3-5

Kimberly and Shelbi wrap up the current season of Women’s Hope by answering questions sent in by listeners. The Q&A, on topics related to the study of Titus 2, is moderated by special guest Melissa Harrison. Thanks, as always, for listening! And be sure to look...

Dead to Sin

Dead to Sin

Romans 6:1-2, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” Without a doubt, Paul is used to fielding objections to the Gospel, especially those having to do with the law of God....

The Obedience Of One

The Obedience Of One

Romans 5:18-21, “18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be...

More Sin, More Grace

More Sin, More Grace

Romans 5:20, “Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,” Already in Romans on more than one occasion we have seen Paul anticipating objections having to do with the law of God. Here, it seems, he foresees...

What Matthew 20:16 Means By The First Shall Be Last

What Matthew 20:16 Means By The First Shall Be Last

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks me, “What Does It Mean That the "First Shall Be Last?" (Matt. 20:16) What you’ll hear in this episode Matthew 20:16 and the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard. The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard and What it...

The “More Sure” Word of God

The “More Sure” Word of God

God’s Voice Heard What a glorious moment the transfiguration was in Christ’s ministry. It takes place in Matthew 17. At this point, Jesus had twelve disciples, and much had already taken place since he had called them to himself: sermons, teachings, and parables;...

Constituting Us Righteous

Constituting Us Righteous

Romans 5:18-19, “Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through...

The Book That Ignited Revival

The Book That Ignited Revival

A certain pastor was visiting various Sunday school classes when he made a disconcerting discovery in the sixth-grade boy’s class. As the boys were talking about some of the stories in the Old Testament, the pastor listened closely for a while and then asked, “Who...

The Gospel Beginning in Proverbs

The Gospel Beginning in Proverbs

The Gospel Beginning in Proverbs We can summarize the good news of salvation in four words: God, Man, Christ, Response. God is holy and Creator of all (Isa 6:3; Rev 4:11). Man is sinful and deserving of God’s judgment (Rom 6:23a). God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to be...

The Justice of God’s Choice

The Justice of God’s Choice

Romans 5:15-17, “But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that...

Where Bad Theology Comes From

Where Bad Theology Comes From

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the 1 Timothy series looking at 1 Timothy 4:1-5 and why apostasy comes from bad theology, the problem with asceticism, why gratitude is essential to sound theology. What you’ll hear in this episode Why apostasy comes...

An Inexpressible Gift

An Inexpressible Gift

Occasionally, I have reflected that I have spent many Sundays in the pulpit trying to articulate the gospel, through the Scriptures, in such a way to all who are listening, "so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in...

Saved By the Life of God’s Son

Saved By the Life of God’s Son

Romans 5:10–11, “10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now...

Doreen Virtue- The Dangers of Yoga and a Biblical Worldview

Doreen Virtue- The Dangers of Yoga and a Biblical Worldview

On today’s Equipping You in Grace episode, Dave and Doreen Virtue discuss the history and dangers of yoga, how Christians should speak to those involved in yoga, the danger yoga presents to children, correcting people with love and patience, and how yoga opposes a...

Love Finds a Way

Love Finds a Way

Romans 5:9, “Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” Reformed theology rightly stresses the forensic aspects of salvation. It affirms that in order for God to be just in the redemption of...

Holy Ambition

Holy Ambition

Join Dave as he continues his series through 2 Samuel looking at 2 Samuel 2:1-32 and Holy Ambition.

God’s Display of His Love

God’s Display of His Love

Romans 5:6-8, “6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still...

What It Means that Jesus Took Our Place

What It Means that Jesus Took Our Place

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks me, “What does it mean that Jesus took our place?” What you’ll hear in this episode The Sins of the World Were Placed on Jesus. The Death of Jesus Was Judicial. The Death of Jesus and Spiritual Separation from God. The...

A New View of Suffering

A New View of Suffering

Romans 5:3-5, “3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts...

Fearing God Is a Matter of the Heart

Fearing God Is a Matter of the Heart

The Heart’s Inclinations The fear of God is not a state of mind you can guarantee with five easy steps. It is not something that can be acquired with simple self-effort. The fear of God is a matter of the heart. How easily we can mistake the reality of the fear of God...

The Peace that Brings Access

The Peace that Brings Access

Romans 5:1-2, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” In justification,...

The Great Mystery of Godliness

The Great Mystery of Godliness

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the 1 Timothy series looking at 1 Timothy 3:14-16 and why the church is not only a home for God and His people, but also for God’s truth, why the Church must know the truth from God’s Word, and the person and work of...

Teaching What is Good – Subject to Husbands

Teaching What is Good – Subject to Husbands

As they wrap up their series on Titus 2:3-5, Shelbi and Kimberly discuss the call for wives to be subject to their husbands. Through looking to Scripture, sharing examples from their own lives, and asking practical questions for self-examination, they urge listeners...

For Abraham’s Sake and Ours

For Abraham’s Sake and Ours

Romans 4:22-25, “22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord,...

Spiritual DNA

Spiritual DNA

Not long ago, DNA self-testing kits were all the rage. Our daughter received one as a gift and delighted in reporting to us what she’d learned about our family heritage. Other fads may have since surpassed the popularity of the kits, but the questions that motivated...

Weekly Roundup 5/31/2021-6/5/2021

Weekly Roundup 5/31/2021-6/5/2021

This is our weekly roundup of posts for 5/31/2021-6/5/2021. If you have any feedback on how we can serve you our readers better, I would appreciate it. Thank you for reading and allowing us to minister to you throughout this past week through these posts. Monday...

A Royal Lament

A Royal Lament

Join Dave as he looks a 2 Samuel 1:17-27 and a royal lament.

What Is Divine Providence?

What Is Divine Providence?

Purposeful Action The term sovereignty does not contain the idea of purposeful action, but the term providence does. Sovereignty focuses on God’s right and power to do all that he wills, but in itself, it does not express any design or goal. Of course, God’s...

How Jesus Viewed Wealth and Poverty

How Jesus Viewed Wealth and Poverty

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks me, “How Did Jesus View Wealth and Poverty?” What you’ll hear in this episode The Way Jesus Viewed Poverty The Way Jesus Viewed Power and Wealth Caring for the Poor in Jesus’ Ministry How Money Can Be a Stumbling Block...

The Church: An Introduction – Gregg R. Allison

The Church: An Introduction – Gregg R. Allison

The church is at the very center of God’s redemptive purposes. Gregg Allison is quick to articulate this great reality in The Church: An Introduction. Dr. Allison’s work is the newest installment in Crossway’s Short Studies in Systematic Theology series, one that has...

Review of Providence by John Piper

Review of Providence by John Piper

Introduction John Piper has been a faithful pastor and author for several decades and has greatly influenced the Reformed Evangelical community. In his most recent book, Providence, Piper unpacks one of the central themes of his life and ministry, namely, the...

The Assurance of Faith

The Assurance of Faith

Romans 4:16-17, “16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 as it is...

Qualifications for Deacons

Qualifications for Deacons

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the 1 Timothy series looking at 1 Timothy 3:8-13 and why deacons must have sound doctrine, dignified lives, stable families, the difficulty of the work, and service and Jesus. What you’ll hear in this episode Deacons...

How to Pray When You’re Tempted by Anger

How to Pray When You’re Tempted by Anger

Five Things to Pray I do not know if you, who are reading this, are struggling with anger. If you are, I do not know what is making you angry. It may be something very deeply distressing. I cannot, therefore, write to you as a pastor could speak, having listened to...

Becoming Heirs of the Kingdom

Becoming Heirs of the Kingdom

Romans 4:13–15, “13 For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is...

Cultivating a Bible Study Routine

Cultivating a Bible Study Routine

Several years ago, I decided to run a marathon. I mapped out a training plan and followed it religiously. Sometimes, I really looked forward to my runs. My legs felt strong, and my mind was free from mental blocks. Other times, my legs felt like lead, and I struggled...

Not by Any of Our Works

Not by Any of Our Works

Romans 4:9-12, “9 Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? For we say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. 10 How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but...

The Non-Imputation of Sin

The Non-Imputation of Sin

Romans 4:6–8, “just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: 7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; 8 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his...

The Meaning and Purpose of the Doctrine of Preservation

The Meaning and Purpose of the Doctrine of Preservation

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks me, “Is the Doctrine of Preservation Biblical?” What you’ll hear in this episode The Scribes and the Accuracy of Scripture. How God Has Preserved His Word. The Word of God and Mankind. The Historical Importance of the...

Counting Faith as Righteousness

Counting Faith as Righteousness

Romans 4:4–5, “4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in[a] him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,” Continuing our study of Romans 4, which is a...

The Attributes of God: An Introduction – Gerald Bray

The Attributes of God: An Introduction – Gerald Bray

Gerald Bray offers the latest installment in the Short Studies in Systematic Theology Series by Crossway Books. The series is designed to introduce readers to a specific theological subject and equip the next generation of Christian leaders. The great strength of this...

Is Abraham’s Boast Works or Faith?

Is Abraham’s Boast Works or Faith?

Illustrations are living examples of abstract truths. They plant the truth in the soil of real life. Even the strongest argument needs a living example to be persuasive. Jesus constantly uses illustrations. He helps listeners see by clothing spiritual truth in their...

Qualifications for Elders

Qualifications for Elders

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the 1 Timothy series looking at 1 Timothy 3:1-6 and the elders’ noble task, the elder’s morals, duties, family, experience, reputation, and a warning to beware of the devil. What you’ll hear in this episode A Noble...

Brothers, We Are Not Amateurs

Brothers, We Are Not Amateurs

“Brothers, We Are Not Professionals,” proclaimed John Piper prophetically almost 20 years ago. But we should warn, equally prophetically, that the alternative to the professionalized ministry is not amateur preaching. Sure, in the literal sense of the word – doing it...

Upholding the Law by Faith

Upholding the Law by Faith

Romans 3:29–31, “29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no...

Cultivating a Routine in Bible Study

Cultivating a Routine in Bible Study

I’m a snacker. I eat a good breakfast and a healthy evening meal, but I don’t really do lunch. Instead, throughout the day, I graze my way through whatever snacks are within reach—crisps, chocolate, cookies, cake. Consequently, by the evening, my body is crying out...

No Room for Boasting

No Room for Boasting

Romans 3:27-28, “27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.” In a human manner of speaking, God must overcome a...

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

Join Dave as he concludes his Revelation series looking at Revelation 22:18-21 and Coming Soon!

Just and Justifier

Just and Justifier

Romans 3:25–26, “25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that...

Why It Is True Every Perfect Gift Is From God

Why It Is True Every Perfect Gift Is From God

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks me, “Is It True 'Every Perfect Gift Is from Above?" What you’ll hear in this episode True Faith in Christ and the Purpose of Trials. The Goodness of God and the Gifts of God. The Remedy for Tests. The Means from God....

God’s Legal Declaration

God’s Legal Declaration

Romans 3:23–24, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” Last week we observed that when James speaks of justification, he uses the term to mean...

Spurgeon, Conversion, and Soul Winning

Spurgeon, Conversion, and Soul Winning

A non-witnessing Christian is an oxymoron. In one way or another, Christians are called by their risen Lord to testify to the glorious Gospel. Charles Haddon Spurgeon once said that “soul winning is the chief business of the Christian minister; [and] indeed, it should...

The Righteousness of God Manifested

The Righteousness of God Manifested

Romans 3:21-22, “21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction.” Romans...

What Paul Really Said About Women in the Church

What Paul Really Said About Women in the Church

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the 1 Timothy series looking at Titus 2:11-15 and what the Christian church has done about the dignity of women in society, the meaning and purpose of biblical submission, why women are not to be pastors or preach in...

Teaching What is Good – Displaying God’s Kindness

Teaching What is Good – Displaying God’s Kindness

In this episode on Titus 2:5, Shelbi and Kimberly show from Scripture how God’s own mercy motivates us to do the hard work of biblical kindness. They also look at examples from the Old and New Testaments for practical guidance on what this looks like in everyday life.

The Law and Accountability

The Law and Accountability

Romans 3:19–20, “Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being[a] will be justified in his sight, since...

Chelsea Stanley- 5 Things to Pray for Your Parents

Chelsea Stanley- 5 Things to Pray for Your Parents

On today’s Equipping You in Grace, Dave and Chelsea Stanley talk about the benefits of using Scripture as a guide when we pray, encouragement for adult children caring for their parents, and what adult children should do when they don’t feel like our parents are...

Context: The Tour Guide to God’s Word

Context: The Tour Guide to God’s Word

Kicking off this series on Fighting Biblical Illiteracy Through Study and Discipleship, Sarah Jenkins wrote about the fluff that permeates so much published material targeting Christian women. She urges women to abandon books, blogs, and podcasts light on Scripture...

No Fear of God

No Fear of God

Romans 3:18, “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” In the opening chapters of Romans, Paul has been methodically building his case that all mankind in Adam is without the righteousness that allows us to stand unafraid before God Almighty. The Gentiles who do...

You Live in a God-Entranced World

You Live in a God-Entranced World

An Invitation Jesus said to look at the birds because God feeds them (Matt. 6:26) and to consider the lilies because God clothes them (Matt. 6:28–30). Jesus’s aim was not aesthetic. His aim was to free his people from anxiety. He really considered it a valid argument...

Ruin, Misery, and Bloodshed

Ruin, Misery, and Bloodshed

Romans 3:15–17, “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16     in their paths are ruin and misery, 17 and the way of peace they have not known.” Head to toe, there is no part of us that is not affected by sin. Outside of Christ, we are under the dominion of sin, and it...

The Meaning of God As a Consuming Fire

The Meaning of God As a Consuming Fire

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks me, “What does it mean that God is a consuming fire?” What you’ll hear in this episode Biblical Examples of the Consuming Fire of the Lord. The Holiness of God and Jesus. Moses and the Glory of God. Why the Consuming...

Why Pastors Must Be More than Professionals

Why Pastors Must Be More than Professionals

Becoming like God The knowledge of God that the fear of the Lord brings is not a sterile knowledge. Those who fear God come to know him in such a way that they actually become holy, faithful, loving, and merciful, like him. Abraham’s faithfulness to God in offering...

The Mouths of Sinners

The Mouths of Sinners

Romans 3:12–14. “All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” 13 “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” 14     “Their mouth is full of curses and...

4 Reasons Christians Should Use Their Minds

4 Reasons Christians Should Use Their Minds

A Christian Mind In the early 1960s, John Stott was asked by James Houston to speak at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. Stott returned to Regent on a number of occasions and was impressed by its attempts to develop a distinctive Christian approach to a range of...

Corporate Worship – Matt Merker

Corporate Worship – Matt Merker

Corporate Worship by Matt Merker is the most recent installment in the Building Healthy Churches series of books. This series helps Christians obey the biblical commands that are an integral part of growing a healthy church. This volume addresses the matter of...

No One Is Righteous

No One Is Righteous

Romans 3:10–11, “None is righteous, no, not one; 11     no one understands; no one seeks for God.” For the first-century Jew who prided himself on being a part of God’s chosen people unlike the unclean, pagan Gentiles, the notion that even the Jews were not inherently...

Men and Women at Prayer

Men and Women at Prayer

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the 1 Timothy series looking at 1 Timothy 2:8-10 and the importance of understanding the differences between men and women, the content, conduct, posture, and purity of prayer. What you’ll hear in this episode The...

Singing Psalms Blesses Families

Singing Psalms Blesses Families

Most evenings, when we tuck our three-year-old son into bed, he requests that my wife and I sing “O Greatly Blessed” to him. Now, if you are scratching your head trying to remember a hymn or song entitled “O Greatly Blessed,” you are probably not alone, even though...

Objective and Subjective Guilt

Objective and Subjective Guilt

Romans 3:9, “What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin,” In washing the feet of His disciples, Jesus made it clear that those who follow Him need both the definitive cleansing from...

Tobby Smith- Wolfology: A Look at Heresies Old and New

Tobby Smith- Wolfology: A Look at Heresies Old and New

On today’s Equipping You in Grace Dave and Tobby Smith discuss why and how Christians should respond to heresy, some ways to engage Mormons with the gospel, the markers of progressive Christianity, why Christians should be concerned about Bethel, along with his book,...

What is Exegesis and Why Should I Do It?

What is Exegesis and Why Should I Do It?

Exegesis. What in the world is that anyway? Is it something only pastors or Bible study leaders have to think about? Is it something too difficult for the average person? The answer to the previous two questions is a resounding no! Exegesis is the process of learning...

That Good May Come

That Good May Come

Romans 3:8, “And why not do evil that good may come?—as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just.” Because of his charge that first-century Jews had not kept God’s law with the perfection necessary to be declared righteous before Him...

Is God Unrighteous?

Is God Unrighteous?

Romans 3:5-7, “5 But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.) 6 By no means! For then how could God judge the world? 7 But if through my lie God's truth...

The Meaning and Purpose of the Day of the Lord

The Meaning and Purpose of the Day of the Lord

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks me, “What is the Day of the Lord?” What you’ll hear in this episode The Day of the Lord in Scripture. The Ministry of Malachi and Trusting the Lord. The Prophets, the Day of Visitation, and Jesus. Subscribing, sharing,...

Gender Revolution and the Woman’s Role in Ministry

Gender Revolution and the Woman’s Role in Ministry

One of the most significant changes in human history has occurred in the past 40-50 years-the gender revolution or the blending of gender distinctions. In the words of historian William Manchester, “The erasure of distinction between the sexes is not only the most...

The Faithfulness of God

The Faithfulness of God

Romans 3:3-4, “What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? 4 By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written, “That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged.” At the...

Getting God’s Word Deep In Us

Getting God’s Word Deep In Us

God’s word feeds and fuels us. Jesus says, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Mt 4:4). As diet is critical for a healthy body, spiritual health is impossible without the nutrition of God’s Word. A regular diet of...

Take Time to Breathe Brother Pastor

Take Time to Breathe Brother Pastor

Breathe, pastor. You’ve made it this far. So don’t collapse when the adrenaline wears off. Remember Adam, formed from dust, whose first gasping breath came from God. “Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of...

The True Advantage of the Jew

The True Advantage of the Jew

Romans 3:1–2, “Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? 2 Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God.” Paul will not countenance the idea that merely being a Jew and having some external obedience to...

The Great Intercession

The Great Intercession

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the 1 Timothy series looking at 1 Timothy 2:1-7 and the importance of sound theology and prayer in corporate worship, praying for government leaders, the mediatorial work of Jesus, and the mission of the Church. What...

Psalm 119:18 – Open My Eyes: A Prayer for Bible Reading

Psalm 119:18 – Open My Eyes: A Prayer for Bible Reading

It is easy for us to approach the Bible with a distracted mind in an age of endless distractions. We read God’s Word, but our soul is not engaged. We see the words on the page with our eyes, but nothing is driven into our dull heart. Nothing thrills our soul anymore....

The Place of Circumcision

The Place of Circumcision

Romans 2:26-27, “26 So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? 27 Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but...

Carolyn Lacey– Extraordinary Hospitality for Ordinary People

Carolyn Lacey– Extraordinary Hospitality for Ordinary People

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave and Carolyn Lacey discuss why Christians should care about hospitality, how to get started with hospitality in and out of the church, along with her book, Extraordinary Hospitality for Ordinary People (The Good Book, 2021)...

Distract Thyself No More

Distract Thyself No More

Everyone is an expert these days about everything! From the origins of the coronavirus to the latest politics, someone out there has the correct answer, and that someone is usually you. With quarantines and stay-at-home orders, we have a lot of extra time on our...

The Value of Circumcision

The Value of Circumcision

Romans 2:25, “For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision.” Lest anyone think that Paul pulls any punches in his argument that his Jewish contemporaries had no advantage before God because...

Blaspheming God’s Name

Blaspheming God’s Name

Romans 2:24, “For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” Judaism in the first century was a complex religion wherein each different subgroup had its own perspective on what the true expression of God’s covenant with Moses...

Why It Matters that Jesus is Coming Back

Why It Matters that Jesus is Coming Back

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks me, “Is Jesus coming back soon?” What you’ll hear in this episode The Meaning of Soon and the Return of Christ. The Return of the Lord Jesus is Imminent. The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus. Why the Second Coming means...

The Jews’ Failure to Keep the Law

The Jews’ Failure to Keep the Law

Romans 2:21b–23, “21 you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law...

The Life and Ministry of Athanasius

The Life and Ministry of Athanasius

Athanasius was born in the late third century A.D. (295). Little is known about his family or educational background, except that he was trained for the ministry at the historic center in Alexandria, Egypt. He had a great passion for God and his Word, which inspired...

In With the Old, In With the New

In With the Old, In With the New

If you’re anything like me, and you happen to wear glasses or contacts, or both, then I know you remember the day you got your first pair. Inside, a teacher’s whiteboard became immediately readable; outside, leaves and flowers were clothed with a whole new kind of...

Teaching Oneself

Teaching Oneself

Romans 2:17-21, “17 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God 18 and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; 19 and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who...

Fight the Good Fight

Fight the Good Fight

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the 1 Timothy series looking at 1 Timothy 1:18-20 and the meaning and purpose of fighting the good fight of faith, why biblical realism warns Christians against naïve ecumenism, and why the good fight is not only a...

The Work of the Law on the Heart

The Work of the Law on the Heart

Romans 2:14–16, “For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears...

Biblical Illiteracy: A Foe to Your Suffering

Biblical Illiteracy: A Foe to Your Suffering

Once a week, I stand before a host of international students, teaching them the English language as best as I can. Pre-Covid, forty-eight nations were represented, but that number has decreased quite a bit. The handful that still come are diligent and eager to learn...

Is Possessing the Law Enough?

Is Possessing the Law Enough?

Romans 2:12–13, “12 For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be...

God’s Impartiality

God’s Impartiality

Romans 2:11, “For God shows no partiality.” Among other things, the Protestant Reformation was sparked by the desire to get the order of salvation correct. Reformers such as Martin Luther and John Calvin were reacting against the confusion of justification and...

Why the Holy Spirit Speaks and Operates through Scripture

Why the Holy Spirit Speaks and Operates through Scripture

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks me, “Does the Holy Spirit Speak Through the Bible?" What you’ll hear in this episode Holy Spirit Speaks Through the Bible. Scripture: The Holy Spirit’s Primary Means. The Holy Spirit and the Christian. The Holy Spirit...

Choosing the Public Scripture Readings: Three Approaches

Choosing the Public Scripture Readings: Three Approaches

A few years ago, I visited a local Anglican church. As a Baptist, we tout ourselves as people of the Book; we are fiercely committed to Scripture. But as I observed this Anglican worship service, I realized that in one service, more Scripture was read aloud than I had...

The Sequence of Salvation

The Sequence of Salvation

Romans 2:9–10, “9 There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.” Christians have pored over Scripture for two...

Counsel from the Prophets

Counsel from the Prophets

If anyone ever needed counseling, it was the Old Testament prophets who often spoke and acted strangely. Isaiah walked about town barefoot and naked (Isa 20:1-6), while Jeremiah strapped a wooden yoke around his neck (Jer 27). Ezekiel chopped his hair and scattered it...

Be Careful Little Tongue What You Say

Be Careful Little Tongue What You Say

All it takes is the pastor teaching on one doctrine that someone doesn’t personally like, or the leadership making a decision that a member thinks is wrong, for it to become fodder for divisive tongues to start wagging and assault the unity of the Spirit in the local...

Weighing Our Works

Weighing Our Works

Romans 2:6–8, “6 He will render to each one according to his works: 7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8 but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness,...

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the 1 Timothy series looking at 1 Timothy 1:17 and the nature of worship, the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Christ, and the Lord being immortal, invisible, incomparable, and unique. What you’ll hear in this episode...

The Object and Methods of True Worship

The Object and Methods of True Worship

Many people think it is enough to make the true God the object of our affections and worship, and then all will be well. Modes and methods, often, are not considered at all in this discussion. For example, most music issues within worship services are centered around...

Presuming upon God’s Kindness

Presuming upon God’s Kindness

Romans 2:3–5, “Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is...

Pitfalls of Biblical Illiteracy

Pitfalls of Biblical Illiteracy

I was recently grieved to see an ad targeting Christian women with the selling point that its product included pre-selected Scriptures, to make getting in God’s Word easier than ever. How is it a benefit to be relieved of the burden of opening one’s Bible, to be...

Without Excuse

Without Excuse

Romans 2:1–2, “Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. 2 We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such...

The Meaning And Purpose Of Divine Justice

The Meaning And Purpose Of Divine Justice

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks me, “Do we strive for God's justice or our own?" What you’ll hear in this episode The Doctrine of Sin and the Justice of God. The Image of God and Justice. The Justice of God in Revelation. Partiality and the Justice...

Rejecting God and Ruining Ourselves

Rejecting God and Ruining Ourselves

Many good, church-going Christians probably know someone who needs to hear Romans 1:29-31 but think it has no bearing on them. Who wants to find themselves in the greatest hits of a debased mind? (Romans 1:28) These verses are not the type of normal morning quiet time...

Biblical Counseling and Biblical Literacy

Biblical Counseling and Biblical Literacy

In Dave Jenkins’ book, The Word Explored, he cites several alarming statistics[i] as it relates to biblical literacy amongst Christians: Fewer than half of all adults can name the four Gospel accounts. Many Christians cannot identify two or three of the disciples....

Memorizing and Meditating on the Bible

Memorizing and Meditating on the Bible

Next to prayer, memorizing and meditating on the Bible rank highly among the hardest spiritual disciplines. Or seemingly hard. There are many reasons for this, but one reason is we do not understand why these are necessary for the Christian life. Is there any benefit...

Studying God’s Word

Studying God’s Word

One of the outstanding qualities of the apostle Paul was his desire to mentor others, encouraging them to follow his example, and boldly testify to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Among those greatly influenced by Paul was a younger man named Timothy. A close bond...

Growing Our Longing for and Delight in God’s Word

Growing Our Longing for and Delight in God’s Word

What got you out of bed this morning? A blaring alarm clock, an enthusiastic dog, or a crying baby? Maybe you were excited to be one day closer to the weekend or your next vacation. If I’m honest, my love of coffee lures me from my bed most mornings. Sometimes I gaze...

Biblical Literacy Begins in the Pew

Biblical Literacy Begins in the Pew

When we think of biblical literacy, many of us may picture ourselves tucked away in our home office or at our kitchen table with notebooks and commentaries encircling us like our own little army. Most likely it’s the early hours before the sun rises or the late hours...

Interview on Biblical Illiteracy – with Dave Jenkins

Interview on Biblical Illiteracy – with Dave Jenkins

Sarah: Hello, Dave. Thanks for doing this interview for Theology for Life! We’re excited about the new book you’ve just had published—The Word Explored. As I already know, but our readers may not yet, this book is about the problem of biblical illiteracy. This is a...

R.C. Sproul: A Life – Stephen J. Nichols

R.C. Sproul: A Life – Stephen J. Nichols

On December 14, 2017, Dr. R.C. Sproul entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was greatly used by God as he reintroduced Reformed theology to the evangelical church. He articulated the doctrines of grace with passion, courage, conviction,...

Humanity’s Debased Mind

Humanity’s Debased Mind

Romans 1:28, “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.” Homosexual behavior, in particular, demonstrates the exchange of what is good and natural according to God’s created order for that...

Mercy for the Worst of Sinners

Mercy for the Worst of Sinners

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the 1 Timothy series looking at 1 Timothy 1:12-16 and Paul’s testimony to God’s saving and strengthening grace, and why the worst of sinners find grace and mercy in Jesus. What you’ll hear in this episode Paul’s...

What Does It Mean to Be Pure?

What Does It Mean to Be Pure?

Shelbi and Kimberly continue their series on Titus 2 by using key passages in the Old and New Testaments to unpack what it looks like to live in such a way as to please a Holy God. One major takeaway: purity is a matter of the heart.

Giving up What Is Natural

Giving up What Is Natural

Romans 1:26–27, “26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one...

Ellen Mary Dykas– Toxic Relationships Taking Refuge in Christ

Ellen Mary Dykas– Toxic Relationships Taking Refuge in Christ

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave and Ellen Mary Dykas discuss what it means to have misplaced hope in relationships, union with Christ, and pursuing relational health, along with her new devotional, Toxic Relationships Taking Refuge in Christ (P&R,...

Navigating Distractions in Bible Study

Navigating Distractions in Bible Study

My children are experts at distractions. It’s easy to tell when their minds are wandering. Spelling words become doodles.  Piano scale practice sounds like banging.  I have to tap their shoulder before they hear me. Distractions are unavoidable in life, no matter what...

Worshiping the Creature

Worshiping the Creature

Romans 1:22–25, “22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the...

The Shape of Glory

The Shape of Glory

Join Dave as he continues our Revelation series looking at Revelation 21:15-21 and the shape of glory.

Radical Corruption

Radical Corruption

Romans 1:21–23, “21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal...

Why The Scripture Is Sufficient For Every Christian

Why The Scripture Is Sufficient For Every Christian

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks me, “Why is the Scripture sufficient for every Christian?” What you’ll hear in this episode The purpose of the sufficiency of Scripture. How the sufficiency of Scripture is under attack today. The character of God and...

The Primal Sin of Humanity

The Primal Sin of Humanity

Romans 1:19–21, “19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that...

Growing Men through the Public Reading of Scripture

Growing Men through the Public Reading of Scripture

Introduction One thing I remember about the church as a kid was the older men. There was the man who gave all the kids sticks of Juicy Fruit before we went into the service. There was the man who sang loudly (and well!) They all seemed bigger-than-life with calloused...

The Suppression of Truth

The Suppression of Truth

Romans 1:19-21, “19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,[a] in the things...

A True Son in the Faith

A True Son in the Faith

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave starts the 1 Timothy series looking at 1 Timothy 1:1-11 and the importance of sound doctrine, the danger of false doctrine, and why a love for doctrine fuels a love for God and others. What you’ll hear in this episode Why Paul...

An Invitation to Like-Minded Community

An Invitation to Like-Minded Community

Like-minded: the very word conjures warmth and welcome. Like-minded people are those who understand us, who “get” what animates us.  The term surfaces often these days in both Christian and non-Christian contexts: we’re advised to look for “like-minded” partners in...

The Righteousness of God in Christ

The Righteousness of God in Christ

Romans 1:16–17, “16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous...

Doreen Virtue– From New Age to the Biblical Jesus

Doreen Virtue– From New Age to the Biblical Jesus

On today’s Equipping You in Grace, Dave and Doreen Virtue discuss the marks of New Age theology and helping people out of it, her journey to and growth in Reformed theology, along with her book, Deceived No More: How Jesus Led Me out of the New Age and into His Word...

Building a Life of Biblical Meditation

Building a Life of Biblical Meditation

Your eyes pass over the final words of the chapter, concluding today’s Bible reading. You make a mark on your Bible reading plan, or perhaps your own mental checklist, and prepare for the next task that begs your attention. It feels good to check off lists, right?...

Paul, The Soul Winner

Paul, The Soul Winner

Each local church plays a vital role in the great commission. If we desire to see the expanse of the gospel in our nation and the world, there must be evangelists in local churches who keep the fires burning. The Church today needs ministers of the gospel who emulate...

The City with Foundations

The City with Foundations

Join Dave as he continues his Revelation series considering Revelation 21:9-14  and the city with foundations.

The Church’s Mere Identity

The Church’s Mere Identity

Mere Identity The early church’s creeds offer the following affirmations: Apostles’ Creed: “I believe in the holy catholic church.” Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed: “We believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church.” Importantly, both creeds confessed their...

Why Some People Do Not Come To The Lord Until Later In Life

Why Some People Do Not Come To The Lord Until Later In Life

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks me, “Why do some people not turn to God until later in life?” What you’ll hear in this episode The Parable of the Vineyard and the Age of People. The Outward and Inward Call of the Holy Spirit. Responding to the Inward...

Paul’s Intent to Visit Rome

Paul’s Intent to Visit Rome

Romans 1:8–12, “8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you 10 always in my prayers,...

Giving Kids Hope in Hardship

Giving Kids Hope in Hardship

“How has the pandemic affected your kids?” I asked this question to a mom of three children. Right away she listed some of the meaningful activities her kids have lost: play dates with friends; music lessons; in-classroom school; sports practice; youth group; ‘normal’...

The Church in Rome

The Church in Rome

Romans 1:5–7, “ through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, 7 To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called...

Glory in the Cross

Glory in the Cross

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave concludes the Snapshots of Grace series, looking at Galatians 6:11-18 and regeneration, living a crucified life, the nature and purpose of boasting, and filling our vision with the finished and sufficient work of Jesus. What...

Lessons from a Wineless Wedding

Lessons from a Wineless Wedding

A restless stirring buzzed among the wedding guests. Their cups still held a pink tinge, a monument to once-brimming wine, but some time had passed since the attendants had been around with refills. The rumblings throughout the celebration, however, did not compare to...

The Gospel of God in History

The Gospel of God in History

Romans 1:2-4, “2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David[a] according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his...

Why Reading the Bible is Important

Why Reading the Bible is Important

It’s the beginning of the year! And you have probably heard in church, on social media, or podcasts that it’s time to start reading the Bible again. For some people, the thought of reading the entire Bible is overwhelming. Doing it in a year sounds impossible. Or...

Paul’s Magnum Opus

Paul’s Magnum Opus

Romans 1:1, “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,” For centuries, the faithful descendants of Abraham according to the flesh—the Jews— looked forward to God’s decisive intervention to restore the nation of Israel...

Weekly Roundup of Links 3/22/2021-3/27/2021

Weekly Roundup of Links 3/22/2021-3/27/2021

This is our weekly roundup of links for 3/22/2021-3/27/2021 from around the web. We hope you find the following articles helpful to your growth in godliness. The top ten most-read articles and media content on our website this past week. Matthew Barrett- Simply...

Weekly Roundup 3/22/2021-3/27/2021

Weekly Roundup 3/22/2021-3/27/2021

This is our weekly roundup of posts for 3/22/2021-3/27/2021. If you have any feedback on how we can serve you our readers better, I would appreciate it. Thank you for reading and allowing us to minister to you throughout this past week through these posts. Monday...

All Things New

All Things New

Join Dave as he continues his series through Revelation looking at Revelation 21:4-8 and All Things New.

Rejoice & Tremble – Michael Reeves

Rejoice & Tremble – Michael Reeves

I’ll never forget my visit to St. Andrews Chapel in Sanford, Florida. It was a rare opportunity to see Dr. R.C. Sproul preach. I entered the sanctuary to a bustle of people. Some were visiting. Others were preparing to enter the sanctuary. After several minutes of...

The Inerrancy Of Scripture And Salvation

The Inerrancy Of Scripture And Salvation

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks me, “Do I have to believe the Bible is inerrant to be saved?” What you’ll hear in this episode Inerrancy Is a Test for Orthodoxy but Not for Salvation. The Bible’s Teaching about Inerrancy. Everything in Scripture Has...

Practicing Thankfulness – Sam Crabtee

Practicing Thankfulness – Sam Crabtee

Some of the best gifts come in small packages – an engagement ring, a ticket to Europe, a diamond pendant. From time to time, a small book will hit the shelves that pack a powerful punch. Such is the case with Sam Crabtree’s, Practicing Thankfulness. Crabtree’s little...

Final Words to Colossae

Final Words to Colossae

Colossians 4:16-18, “And when this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea. 17 And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.”...

You Reap What You Sow

You Reap What You Sow

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the Snapshots of Grace series, looking at Galatians 6:7-10 and why God cannot be mocked, sowing to the Spirit, not growing weary in gospel work, and doing good to everyone. What you’ll hear in this episode The Seeds of...

Epaphras and Luke

Epaphras and Luke

Colossians 4:12-15, “12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God. 13 For I bear him witness that he has worked hard for you...

The Purpose of Bible Reading

The Purpose of Bible Reading

Have you ever been in a conversation in which you barely get a word in? Every time you start a sentence, the other person finishes it for you or takes over with their own thoughts? Sadly, I am often the person doing the over-talking. I have a tendency to value my...

Gracious Speech

Gracious Speech

Colossians 4:5-6, “5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” Mahatma Gandhi was the leader who secured India’s independence...

The Four Features Of The Sufficiency Of Scripture

The Four Features Of The Sufficiency Of Scripture

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks me, “What are the features of the sufficiency of Scripture?" What you’ll hear in this episode The Four Features of the Sufficiency of Scripture. The Sufficiency of Scripture and the Christian Life. The Sufficiency of...

Serving the Lord Jesus, in All of Life, for His Glory

Serving the Lord Jesus, in All of Life, for His Glory

Colossians 3:18-25, “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...

Is This Why Birds Sing?

Is This Why Birds Sing?

Is This Why Birds Sing? The return of springtime means many of us will hear birds singing! After winter—and migration—birds return and grace our days with their chirping and singing. Birds fly. Birds build nests. And birds sing! Singing birds are one of the joys of...

The Word of Christ

The Word of Christ

Colossians 3:1-17, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden...

The Spiritual Life

The Spiritual Life

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the Snapshots of Grace series, looking at Galatians 6:1-6 and the nature and purpose of true spirituality, bearing one another’s burdens, considering others more important, and sharing with one another. What you’ll...

God-Given Growth in Christ

God-Given Growth in Christ

Colossians 2:16-19, “16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one disqualify you,...

Why Study the Bible

Why Study the Bible

An alarming decline in biblical literacy in the church was the conclusion of studies conducted in the past few years. Not surprisingly, this trend continues today, signifying that more of God’s people know less of His Word. The following statistics helpfully...

The Millennium

The Millennium

Join Dave as he looks at Revelation 20:1-15 and the millennium.

God in Christ

God in Christ

Colossians 2:8-10, “8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you...

The Difference In Meaning Between Jesus Christ And Christ Jesus

The Difference In Meaning Between Jesus Christ And Christ Jesus

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks me, “Is there a difference in meaning between Jesus Christ and Christ Jesus?" What you’ll hear in this episode Philippians 2:5-11 and the Early Usage of Christ and Jesus. The Bible’s Usage of Jesus and Christ in the...

A Perfect, Eternal Union

A Perfect, Eternal Union

Colossians 2:9, “For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,” How is Christ, after His ascension, localized in heaven and yet with His people no matter where we are (Matt. 28:18–20; Acts 1:6–11)? According to His humanity, Jesus is not on earth, but...

Wisdom Loves Company

Wisdom Loves Company

Twenty-one years ago, The Discovery Channel followed a group of sailors in their quest to become US Navy SEALs. The program, known as Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training, is one of the most physically and mentally challenging endeavors in the world. One...

The Mystery of Mercy

The Mystery of Mercy

Getting young kids ready for school in the morning is memorable. One morning, I told my two-year-old to leave his book and put his boots on because it was time to leave. He shut his eyes, whined a little, and then walked right into a door. At that point, he turned to...

Human Philosophies

Human Philosophies

Colossians 2:8, “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits[a] of the world, and not according to Christ.” Despite the fact that the Christians in Colossae were standing in...

How To Grow Good Spiritual Fruit

How To Grow Good Spiritual Fruit

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the Snapshots of Grace series, looking at Galatians 5:19-26 and the difference between the flesh and the Spirit, the grace of the Spirit, and the mortification and vivification. What you’ll hear in this episode The...

Portraying a Sensible Heart in a Sinful World

Portraying a Sensible Heart in a Sinful World

Paul’s encouragement in Titus 2:4 for women to be “sensible” may seem like a simple and innocuous command, but there is untapped richness to what this word means. Shelbi and Kimberly look at this verse and other passages to explore the nuances of this command,...

Walking in Christ Jesus

Walking in Christ Jesus

Colossians 2:6-7, “6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Practically speaking, that which is principally required of us when...

Gregg Allison- The Church: An Introduction

Gregg Allison- The Church: An Introduction

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show Dave and Gregg Allison discuss why it matters every Christian should be in a local church, discerning essential and non-essential issues, the importance of singing solid biblical songs, along with his book, The Church: An...

The Rut

The Rut

As a mom, I have banned the use of the phrase “I’m bored” in our home. If you use these words, you are likely to find yourself folding laundry, vacuuming, or making beds. One of the main reasons that phrase is no longer allowed is because boredom easily becomes a...

Paul’s Presence in Colossae

Paul’s Presence in Colossae

Colossians 2:4-5, “I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. 5 For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.” Satan is called the master deceiver...

Christ Our Wisdom

Christ Our Wisdom

Colossians 2:3, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” As we begin our study today, again note that the historical background of Colossians is essential to understanding Paul’s purposes in writing as well as applying his teaching rightly....

The Meaning And Purpose Of Dunamis In Scripture

The Meaning And Purpose Of Dunamis In Scripture

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks me, “What is the meaning of Dunamis in the Bible?" What you’ll hear in this episode Dunamis in Scripture. Acts 1:8 and Dunamis. The Holy Spirit and growing in grace. Every Christian is to serve the Lord. Subscribing,...

Of Biblical Proportions: Habits of Thought We Need in Troubled Times

Of Biblical Proportions: Habits of Thought We Need in Troubled Times

I was looking at a child’s drawing the other day, amused that the dog in the picture was as big as the house, the people’s ears as big as their hands. One sign of an immature artist is a lack of proportion.  A sure sense of proportion is needed for biblical wisdom....

Love and Assurance

Love and Assurance

Colossians 2:1-2, “For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of...

Spurgeon and Calvinism: Recovering Our Evangelistic Fervor

Spurgeon and Calvinism: Recovering Our Evangelistic Fervor

To be an effective evangelist, you must be sound a theologian. For many, the word “Calvinism” has the connotation of dead and dry orthodoxy. Calvinism, however, is evangelistic by nature and demands evangelistic practice within the life of the church. In the...

Miracle of Forgiveness

Miracle of Forgiveness

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I haven’t seen a miracle in a long while.  Don’t get me wrong.  I know full well that this feeling is not because God isn’t performing miracles and transforming lives.  Instead, it is mostly because I often fail to “Lift my eyes...

Proclaiming Christ

Proclaiming Christ

Colossians 1:28-29, “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” Addressing a congregation that...

Liberty Without License

Liberty Without License

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the Snapshots of Grace series, looking at Galatians 5:13-18 and the nature and purpose of freedom in the Christian life, the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian, and growth in grace in the...

The Riches of God’s Mystery

The Riches of God’s Mystery

Colossians 1:27, “To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” As noted yesterday, Paul uses the term mystery to refer to a truth that was partially and dimly...

Stephen Nichols- R. C. Sproul: A Life

Stephen Nichols- R. C. Sproul: A Life

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show Dave and Stephen Nichols discuss the life and ministry of R.C. Sproul, the lessons Christians can learn from his ministry, how friendship shaped R.C. Sproul’s ministry, along with his new book, R. C. Sproul: A Life (Crossway,...

Desperate Mommas and Deeper Devotions

Desperate Mommas and Deeper Devotions

A friend posted on Instagram a large stack of Bible commentaries with the caption, “my light reading this week.” I’ve often scorned such because they can intimidate and discourage believers who struggle to do more than read the Scriptures. Still, reading the Bible...

A Mystery Now Revealed

A Mystery Now Revealed

Colossians 1:25-26, “of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints.” Mystery religions that promised...

Filling Up Christ’s Afflictions

Filling Up Christ’s Afflictions

Colossians 1:24, “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church,” Questions about the sufficiency of Christ due to false teaching that emphasized...

Why The Bible Is Called The Holy Bible

Why The Bible Is Called The Holy Bible

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks me, “Why is the Bible called the Holy Bible? What you’ll hear in this episode Holiness and the Word of God. The Nature of Scripture. When Scripture Speaks God Speaks. Scripture Testifies Christ. Subscribing, sharing,...

Persevering in Gospel Hope

Persevering in Gospel Hope

Colossians 1:23, “if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation[a] under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.” Perseverance of the saints is the...

Book Recommendation: Yours, Till Heaven

Book Recommendation: Yours, Till Heaven

During my time at seminary, I had the great privilege of studying Charles Haddon Spurgeon's evangelistic ministry. As I began to develop a biographical sketch of Charles Spurgeon’s life and ministry, I was struck by the wonderful marriage that Charles had with...

More Thinking and Less Amusement in Worship Music

More Thinking and Less Amusement in Worship Music

Many Musical Expressions Food is wonderous. I resonate with author and speaker Paul David Tripp when he says, “For me, I love how much of the glory of God is edible!” I agree with every word of Tripp’s good confession. Bread, fruit, ice cream, chocolate, and beef-...

The Goal of Reconciliation

The Goal of Reconciliation

Colossians 1:21-22, “And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,” Having spoken of the majesty and...

Why Christianity Is So Offensive

Why Christianity Is So Offensive

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave continues the Snapshots of Grace series, looking at Galatians 5:1-6 and when freedom is really slavery, the Bible’s teaching about freedom in Christ, and the relationship between faith and works. What you’ll hear in this episode...

Cosmic Reconciliation

Cosmic Reconciliation

Colossians 1:15-23, 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him...