“The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.” Prov. 29:25 “Fear” in the biblical sense is a much broader word. It includes being afraid of someone, but it extends to holding someone in awe, being controlled or mastered by people, worshipping other people, putting your trust in people, … More Beware the snare
Sometimes a certain verse or passage stands out and encourages us, challenges us, warns us. But there are other times when it seems as if God opens our eyes to see the big picture, to marvel at how all the passages we’ve been reading come together. Today is one of those days. Reading the passage … More Put on your new clothes
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and … More Contrast: The voice of the mediator
And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning … More Christ is the central sun of the whole book.
Proverbs 29:1 He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing. Steve Miller writes at the “Little Red Blog of Wisdom” I am one who is often reproved, and am tempted then to simply give up on trying to do right. But this proverb says that if I stiffen my … More Want healing? Don’t reject rebuke
Isaiah 57:15 For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite. … More It is not a compromise for the lofty One whose name is Holy to dwell with crushed and humble saints.
Hebrews 11:39-40 And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. John Piper, in a sermon “Running With the Witnesses” I take verse 39 to mean that when the believers in the … More Running the marathon route
Coty Pinckney on Luke 24:1-12 “He is Risen!” The women have seen where Joseph laid Jesus’ body. They plan to pay their respects to their beloved master by anointing the body after the Sabbath. So early in the morning on the first day of the week, they arrive. To their shock, they see that the stone … More Risen, just as He said
Proverbs 28:26 Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered. Trusting in your own mind, in your own heart, is the opposite of trusting in the Lord. Look at the contrast: be a fool or be delivered. Remember the words of Proverbs 3:5 and 6? … More Be a fool or be delivered.
John Piper, in the first of a series of messages from Isaiah 55, “The Great Invitation: Come! Drink! Eat! Live!” And what I want us to see in this first message based on verses 1-3 is that God is a very inviting God. The word inviting has two meanings doesn’t it? You can say, This … More The Greatest Invitation