Husband of One Wife and Fighting Sexual Sin

On today’s Warriors of Grace episode, Dave talks about what it means to be a husband of one wife, along with providing strategies to learn to fight sexual sin with Scripture, joy in the Lord, and other practical guidance. What you’ll hear in this episode What it means...

John Knox: The Founder of the Presbyterian Church

When we consider the Reformers, we may picture strong men and women with booming voices that echoed around the gathered crowd. We picture them as fearless, rebuking whoever contradicted the true teachings of Scripture, calling out heresy for what it was. But this...

Christ-Centered Teaching: How His Kingdom Comes

Introduction What is the message we have to preach, but this? “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Recently I preached this core Christian message. It was recorded, and subsequently broadcast on several sites that ended up on the Internet. I often receive replies to...

Tim Chester- Truth We Can Touch: How Baptism and Communion Shape Our Lives

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave and Tim Chester talk about the purpose and nature of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, how Christian’s shared stories give them identity and shape the way they live, along with his new book, Truth We Can Touch: How Baptism and...

Monitor Your Motives

Philippians 1:15-18a, “Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict...

Pastor, Don’t Quit—Learn to Lament

When Ministry Wears You Out Years ago, I remember hearing a seasoned pastor say, “Ministry would be a cake-walk if it wasn’t for people.” His tongue-in-cheek statement revealed what people know: pastoral ministry is hard. It isn’t long until the passionate calling...

Ephesians

The Glory of Closing Words: Part 2

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

The Glory of Closing Words: Part 1

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

Preaching Boldly, As We Ought

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

Helmet and Sword

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

The Shield of Faith

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

Gospel Readiness

Gospel Readiness

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

Our Belt and Breastplate

Our Belt and Breastplate

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

The Armor of God

The Armor of God

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

Leading by Example

Leading by Example

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

Serving from the Heart

Serving from the Heart

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

Christian Discipline and Instruction

Christian Discipline and Instruction

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

Obeying Parents in the Lord

Obeying Parents in the Lord

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

The Mirror of Marriage

The Mirror of Marriage

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

Christ, the Husband of His Church

Christ, the Husband of His Church

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

Loving One’s Self, Loving One’s Wife

Loving One’s Self, Loving One’s Wife

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

The Love of God in Christ Jesus

The Love of God in Christ Jesus

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

Loving One’s Wife

Loving One’s Wife

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