Are you ever struck by how God seems to speak directly to us through multiple Bible passages, saying the same things and reinforcing the message? Today, a unifying theme seems to run throughout our readings: God’s purposes and plans in our lives may not be clear, but we can trust in His grace and mercy. … More A unifying theme: God’s purposes
Proverbs 19:21 is in our reading through the Bible for today, September 3: Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. This reminds me of Proverbs 16:9 that we read last month: The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord … More His purposes always win, even in pandemics and politics
And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons. —Mark 1:38-39 ESV J.C. Ryle: The meaning of these words is plain and unmistakable. Our … More Jesus: “…that is why I came out.”
And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons. —Mark 1:38-39 ESV J.C. Ryle: The meaning of these words is plain and unmistakable. Our … More Why did Jesus come?
We read today in Matthew 24: And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. —Matthew 24:14 ESV From “World Missions and the End of History,” a message by John Piper: God’s purpose to be known and praised and … More THIS cannot fail
Ray Stedman, concludes his comments on Lamentations 4-5: Chapter 5 describes the humiliation of judgment, but in the end, Jeremiah comes to another flash of insight (verse 19): But thou, O Lord, dost reign for ever; thy throne endures to all generations. (Lamentations 5:19 RSV) What does this mean? Well, it means that though man … More All that God does endures forever
As we approach some days of long readings in Isaiah, let’s just pause to understand Isaiah’s purpose in writing. Isaiah was a well-educated man, married with two sons and called to preach in Jerusalem during the period of 740 BC until after 701 BC. This was the period after King Uzziah died (ch6) and the succeeding … More Glimpses of God’s character in Isaiah
We begin our reading of Ephesians this month. Here is a snippet from a sermon by John Piper, “God Has Chosen Us in Him Before the Foundation of the Earth” God’s purpose in the salvation of his people is invincible—it cannot fail—because it is based first not on our choosing God but on God’s choosing … More God’s Invincible Purpose in Our Salvation
How appropriate for Easter Sunday morning! C. H. Spurgeon on Psalm 93 (Treasury of David): Whatever opposition may arise, his throne is unmoved; he has reigned, does reign, and will reign for ever and ever. Whatever turmoil and rebellion there may be beneath the clouds, the eternal King sits above all in supreme serenity; and … More Spurgeon: He has reigned, does reign, and will reign for ever and ever.
If you are following the read-through-the-Bible plan with us, you have come to the end of Romans today. John Piper closed his sermon series on Romans with a prayer. Here is the conclusion of that prayer, Jesus Christ in the Book of Romans, Embracing Your Gifts Afresh But we turn now, Lord, from thanking you for your … More “To the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ. Amen.”