But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. ….. Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before … More Who Is the Keeper?
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” —John 13:34-35 ESV J.C. Ryle encourages us to actually love, to … More J. C. Ryle on a command so much talked about and so little obeyed
And behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly loved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for now I have been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I … More Your words have been heard
In Job 22:5, Eliphaz, one of Job’s “friends” says to him “Is not your evil abundant? There is no end to your iniquities.” Hmmm, probably not the best example for us to follow when visiting a friend who is suffering! Can we learn something from Job’s friends about how to help the hurting? John Piper’s … More Many people are helped just by the loving presence of another
Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion. Jude 11 John MacArthur explains: Korah rebelled against the Word of God. Whereas Cain ignored the God’s command, and Balaam sought to circumvent it, Korah blatantly rebelled against … More Korah’s rebellion?
Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate. O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that … More Mercy, for God’s sake
“I am telling you before it comes to pass, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am He.” John 13:19 John Piper, in a sermon, “The Sovereign Sacrifice: Foreknown, Foretold, for Faith” In other words, Jesus is saying, “If you are struggling to believe that I am the promised Messiah, that … More One way that God helps us believe in Jesus
“How then will you comfort me with empty nothings? There is nothing left of your answers but falsehood.” Job 21:34 John Piper in a transcript from the radio program, “Ask Pastor John:” The big picture of Job is that there was a man who was, in one sense, blameless in God’s sight. He was leading … More Piper: “It’s very hard to navigate your way through those chapters and determine what is true and what is not”
Whether you’ve been reading through the Bible all year, or have just joined us, what a blessing to come to this little letter of Jude! To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: (Jude 1) Charles Spurgeon, a famous English preacher of the 19th century, said, “The general call … More Called and beloved
J.C. Ryle on John 13:17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them… We are taught, for another thing, in these verses, the uselessness of religious knowledge if not accompanied by practice. We read, “If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.” It sounds as if our … More J.C. Ryle on knowing vs doing