I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will make music. Psalm 101:1 ESV God intermixeth mercy with affliction: he steeps his sword of justice in the oil of mercy; there was no night so dark, but Israel had a pillar of fire in it; there is no … More God steeps his sword of justice in the oil of mercy.
Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.—1 Samuel 15 John Piper, in a sermon, “The Pleasure of God in Obedience”, comments on 1 Samuel 15:22- God’s delight in obedience is … More God delights in obedience
Coty Pinckney describes God’s solution to the sin problem, using an accounting analogy (2 Corinthians 5): But although God would be just to do away with every one of us, He chooses not to. He chooses to show His justice in another way, by providing the solution to our failure. [2 Corinthians 5] Verse 21 … More Debits and credits: An accounting lesson from 2 Corinthians
Mark 11:12-14 On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he … More Lessons from a fig tree: We must bear fruit, or be lost forever
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his … More Do you notice the missionary spirit here?
“We have this treasure in earthen vessels (or clay pots!) to show us that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us.” John Piper comments on 2 Corinthians 4: Too many people say, “I’m so ordinary, so average and undistinguished. I can’t do anything significant.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 shows that this argument is wrong and … More Ordinariness is not a liability; it is an asset
Pastor Coty Pinckney in a sermon, “Jesus, the Perfect King”: Today we consider Mark 11:1-11, Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. In this passage, Jesus clearly acts out his role as king. So we need to ask ourselves why does God ordain this? Why does God reveal Jesus to us as King? What are the parallels between … More Jesus clearly acts out his role as King
The Lord is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples. Let them praise your great and awesome name! Holy is he! —Psalm 99 Spurgeon comments at The Treasury of David: He is great in the esteem of the gracious, great in his acts of mercy, and really great in himself: great in mercy, power, wisdom, justice, and glory. And … More He is high above all the people
For the Lord will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for himself. 1 Samuel 12:22 John Piper comments: We should learn from this how faithful God is to his own name. Look at verse 22: “It has pleased the LORD to make you a people for himself.” What is … More How faithful is God to His name?
Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old … More Seeing Jesus. Unveiled