….how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. —Hebrews 9:14 ESV John Piper on Hebrews 9: So here we are in the modern age, the age of science, space travel—E-mail, heart transplants, instant … More The only answer to a guilty conscience
But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”— a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder. Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” A third time he said to … More Just like Barabbas?
If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you. —Proverbs 25:21-22 From the ESV Study Bible: Although interpreters differ about the meaning of the metaphor of heaping burning coals … More Heap burning coals?
fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. —Isaiah 41:10 ESV John Piper, in a sermon, “Fear Not, I Am with You, I Am Your … More The crucial factor in fearless living
September 15 Hebrews 9:1-10 (ESV) The Earthly Holy Place 9:1 Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly place of holiness. 2 For a tent  was prepared, the first section, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence.  It is called the Holy Place. 3 Behind the second … More September 15 Hebrews 9:1-10
September 15 Luke 23:13-25 (ESV) 13 Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. … More September 15 Luke 23:13-25
September 15 Proverbs 25:15-28 (ESV) 15 With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone. 16 If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it. 17 Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house, lest he have his fill of … More September 15 Proverbs 25:15-28
September 15 Isaiah 40-41 (ESV) Comfort for God’s People 40:1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare  is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. 3 A voice cries:  “In the wilderness prepare the … More September 15 Isaiah 40-41
John Piper, on coming to something in the Bible that is ” Old and Strange and Foreign to Me”(as in Hebrews 8 ) It’s almost inevitable that people who live in the modern world of computers and jets and television and antibiotics will read these verses with a sense of tremendous foreignness. That is not my world, … More How do you deal with the old and strange and culturally foreign stuff in the Bible?
J.C. Ryle on Luke 23:1-12 Let us observe, for one thing, in this passage, what false accusations were laid to our Lord Jesus Christ’s charge.We are told that the Jews accused Him of “subverting the nation, forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, and stirring up the people.” In all this indictment, we know, there was … More Satan’s favorite weapons