Good hope through grace

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. —2 Thessalonians 2:16–17 John Piper, in a sermon, “Why Hope? Grace!” The answer in today’s text is very simply, the grace … More Good hope through grace

God’s Powerful Word

The opening words of the Bible: “In the beginning, God…” and then repeatedly, “And God said….” Here we are at the begining of 2013. We are blessed with another year of God’s grace!  God is at the beginning of it all. He is at the beginning of 2013, too.  And He speaks! He is a God who spoke this very … More God’s Powerful Word

Horatio Bonar: Our Little Strength, and the Lord’s Great Love

“I know your works—behold, I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it—for you have a little strength, and have kept my word, and have not denied my name.”—Revelation 3:8 Here is encouragement from Horatio Bonar,  Scottish hymn writer and pastor: It is Christ’s gracious character and tender heart that … More Horatio Bonar: Our Little Strength, and the Lord’s Great Love

God’s abundant mercy

Steven Cole on Nehemiah 9: God’s abundant mercy is the dominant theme of this prayer. It begins by exalting God and His glorious name (9:5) and then it starts where the Bible does, with God as the almighty Creator of everything, who gives life to every living creature. All the angels bow before Him (9:6). … More God’s abundant mercy

Ryle: Grace frequently causes a collision of opinion

 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:26 J.C. Ryle  comments: We learn, firstly, from … More Ryle: Grace frequently causes a collision of opinion