The Gospel and the Christian Life

An Unshakable Kingdom

Hebrews 12:28–29, “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, 29 for our God is a consuming fire.” Lest there be any lingering doubts as to the superiority of the...

9 Principles for Navigating Anxiety and Depression

9 Principles What are the general principles to bear in mind as you begin to work with your teen through anxiety and depression? 1. Understanding Getting an understanding of these disorders is half the battle. Knowledge and understanding is 50 percent of your task. If...

What Remains After Life is Shaken

Hebrews 12:26-27, “At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been...

Refuse Him Not

Hebrews 12:25, “See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when...

A Better Word

Hebrews 12:24, “and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that...

Planted With the Light of His Face

Planted With the Light of His Face

"With your hand you…planted our ancestors...and made them flourish.  It was not by their sword that they won the land...It was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them."  (Psalm 44:2-3) Anticipating Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, this...

To Mount Zion

To Mount Zion

Hebrews 12:22–23, “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, 23 and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the...

They Could Not Endure

They Could Not Endure

Hebrews 12:20–21, “For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” 21 Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” One of the prevalent themes of the epistle to the Hebrews...

What May Be Touched

What May Be Touched

Hebrews 12:18–19, “For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest 19 and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them.” In the verses preceding today’s...

Ruth in the Context of God’s Covenants

Ruth in the Context of God’s Covenants

Ruth in the Context of God’s Covenants As with all of Scripture, the book of Ruth was written in the context of the biblical covenants. Therefore, we cannot grasp God’s romance of redemption apart from a knowledge of his covenantal love. The Noahic Covenant God shows...

No Chance to Repent

No Chance to Repent

Hebrews 12:17, “For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.” In many places, the author of Hebrews uses the Old Testament to warn us about remaining faithful....