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Friday, July 22, 2016
The Protestant Reformation is rightly regarded as the greatest revival in the last thousand years of church history—a movement so massive it radically altered the course of Western civilization. Names like Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Knox are still well-known today, five centuries after they lived. Through their writings and sermons, these courageous Reformers—and others like them—left an enduring legacy for the generations of believers who have followed them.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Over the last hundred years, the church has seen an explosion of interest in the Holy Spirit—particularly in His work of empowering God’s people and revealing His truth. This renewed interest in the Spirit’s role in our daily lives has injected excitement and enthusiasm into many churches, as the Lord seems to be revealing Himself and His power in wonderful ways.
Monday, July 18, 2016
Can you believe in Christ but not in the authority and infallibility of the Bible? You can try, but it will leave you on the horns of a very real dilemma: If you say you believe in Christ but doubt the Bible’s truthfulness, you are being inconsistent and even irrational.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Robots. To the unilluminated mind, that’s what we are under the control of a sovereign God—just mindless automatons executing divine orders for His pleasure. And while the Lord could control and direct His creations that way, He doesn’t—instead He works through our wills, our intellects, and our personalities to accomplish His sovereign ends.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Have you ever watched an athlete or musician give “an inspired performance”? Have you ever heard your pastor preach what might be called “an inspired sermon”? Most of us have heard the word “inspired” used in those ways, but frankly I question that kind of terminology. If people give inspired performances or preach inspired sermons, what is the difference between all that and what we call inspired Scripture?
Monday, July 11, 2016
The greatest danger posed by sin isn’t always the “big” ones like murder and adultery. Sometimes the obscure sins pose the greatest hazard because they’re simply not on our radar and they don’t yield immediate consequences. The sin of partiality is a great example. We are so naturally inclined to play favorites that we can do it without even knowing. And the consequences simmer like a resentful volcano, waiting to erupt when you least expect.
Friday, July 8, 2016
Godliness doesn’t always guarantee godly discernment. It’s possible for Christians—even those who are spiritually mature—to make dumb decisions, bad friends, and foolish alliances. But the fact that those things happen doesn’t make them any easier to comprehend.
Friday, July 1, 2016
Josiah was perhaps the godliest king to rule over Israel. You would think he’d be a most unlikely subject in our series on Bad Dads of the Bible. But it’s that unlikeliness that makes his story such a powerful cautionary tale—a lifetime of godliness can be brought crashing down by a moment of recklessness.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Scripture’s testimony concerning Hezekiah is overwhelmingly positive. He trusted in God, kept His commandments, and chased idolatry out of Israel. He also enjoyed great military victories against the world powers of his time (2 Kings 18:1–8). But Hezekiah was still flesh and blood. His instinct for self-preservation was a recurring theme in his life, and it invited God’s displeasure.
Monday, June 27, 2016
Eli was a priest and judge over Israel during one of the lowest points in its history. His life is a great lesson for us because his key failure was a relatively obscure sin that runs rampant in the church today—a passive approach to parenting.
Monday, June 20, 2016
What is the greatest evidence of your faith? Is it outward piety—how often you pray, go to church, read your Bible, and perform other overtly “Christian” activities? Or perhaps we ought to look for experiential evidence—do God and His Word compel an emotional response from you, or is it simply that you “feel” the Spirit at work in you? No, the best proof of your faith is not found in how you act or how you feel, but in how you love.
Friday, June 17, 2016
It is perilous to assume that God’s love gives us license to sin freely. God’s love must coexist with His sense of justice and righteous indignation at the wicked. For the careful student of Scripture, that coexistence presents perhaps the greatest tension in God’s Word.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Love isn’t something that God discovered in the New Testament, thus abandoning His earlier dominant attributes of justice and wrath. God is love, but He doesn’t dispense with His other characteristics in favor of His love.
Monday, June 13, 2016
How do we reconcile the concept of a loving God with a fallen world full of evil, suffering, and catastrophe? In scholarly terms, that perplexing issue is known as the problem of theodicy.
Friday, June 10, 2016
God’s love didn’t first appear two thousand years ago—that’s where it climaxed. The truth is that all of history bears the undeniable marks of God’s loving nature. From Genesis to Revelation, His great love is displayed on multiple levels and in countless glorious ways. In fact, His unchanging love is older than time itself.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
God’s love is a great comfort. But perhaps it’s not supposed to be as comforting as some people make it. God’s love is not a theological blanket that smothers everything else the Bible says about how He relates to us. That myopic, feel-good approach to God’s love often ignores its wider implications. Specifically, it overlooks the fact that God’s love carries an inherent condemnation.