Joshua summoned them, and he said to them, “Why did you deceive us, saying, ‘We are very far from you,’ when you dwell among us?Now therefore you are cursed, and some of you shall never be anything but servants, cutters of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God.” They answered Joshua, … More Mercy Without Borders
John Piper on 1 Corinthians 2: The main point of 1 Corinthians 1–4 is to show that God has accomplished our redemption in such a way that every prop of human pride is knocked out from under us. “God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak … More Piper: Every prop of human pride is knocked out from under us
And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” Mark … More Luther: “The life of Christianity consists in possessive pronouns.”
Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun. You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you have made summer and winter. —Psalm 74:16-17 ESV Henry Law(1878): The works of creation teach as clearly as the works of providence and grace. In the realm of … More Seeing God’s Grace in the Change of Seasons
What can we learn from this passage in Joshua 6 about Jericho? 1. If God is for us and with us, high walls and closed doors are not a problem. See also Acts 12:10 2. Things beyond reason and “impossible” require faith. See also John 8:56 and Hebrews 11:1 3. Our responsibilities do not stop … More 8 Lessons from Joshua 6
John Piper, in a sermon, “God Called Us into Life and Hope,” comments on the passage in 1 Corinthians that is in our reading for today: At first glance the call of God does not look like a foundation for assurance. If somebody calls you on the phone and invites you to dinner, is that … More Piper: God’s call-It’s the gospel with an omnipotent supercharge.
And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Mark 1:17 ESV From Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest: Getting There One of the greatest hindrances in coming to Jesus is the excuse of temperament. We make our temperament and our natural affinities barriers to coming to … More Getting There