And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of … More J. C. Ryle: Don’t leave your hearts at home
Sam Storms says that Psalm 88, our reading for today, is perhaps the saddest of all Psalms. Here is one of his devotionals from the series: Meditations on the Psalms I was greatly tempted to quietly skip over Psalm 88. But then I realized that there are many reading these meditations who can identify with … More An honest psalm from a very sad author
From a Study in Judges, Samson Part 3, from Back Free Church of Scotland: What did Samson have to work with, in his exploits and in his offensive against the Philistines? The answer is — not very much. The first time he attacks, it is with three hundred foxes whom he binds tail to tail, … More God’s power seen in our weaknesses
In our read-through-the-Bible plan, we come to 1 Corinthians 11:17-34. where Paul gives instructions regarding The Lord’s Supper. Evidently, there were abuses that needed correction. John Piper, in a sermon, “The Lord’s Supper as Worship”, says that we express the value of Christ by “remembering,” by “proclaiming,” and by “nourishing.” Reminding First, the Lord’s … More You can’t proclaim what you don’t remember
Mark 6:45-56, our passage for today, contains the section telling of Jesus walking on water: Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. … More These words mean much, much, more.
Singers and dancers alike say, “All my springs are in you.” —Psalm 87:7 In his commentary on Psalm 87, in The Treasury of David, Spurgeon says that this verse reminds him of the hymn, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” by Robert Robinson: Come, Thou Fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy … More “All my springs are in you.”
Judges 10-12 is our Bible reading passage for today. In Judges 10:10-16 we read: And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, saying, “We have sinned against you, because we have forsaken our God and have served the Baals.” And the Lord said to the people of Israel, “Did I not save you … More Divine exasperation
Our passage for today, 1 Corinthians 11, has been fuel for much debate. Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her … More Don’t miss the point of this passage
And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets … More Let there be…bread!
Pastor Sam Storms of Enjoying God Ministries writes: So why do you pray? What motivates you to whisper in your Father’s ear? Is it even worthwhile to do so? Let’s explore this for a moment by asking five questions and seeking the answers in Psalm 86. First, why did David, the psalmist, pray so fervently … More What motivates you to pray?