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.”
Little connecting words are not unimportant! Earlier this month, we read this blessing that Aaron spoke over the people (Numbers 6:25). Now look at Psalm 67:1-4 again- May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah 2 that your way may be known on earth, … More Blessed for What? Why?
Coty Pinckney shares his insights on Psalm 67: So Psalm 67 and indeed all the Bible emphasizes that God blesses His people for the glory of His own name, so that His goodness, mercy, and love would be recognized and praised by men and angels. This is a fundamental biblical truth, but unfortunately we don’t hear … More Why Should God Bless You?
From “World Missions and the End of History,” a message by John Piper: God’s purpose to be known and praised and enjoyed among all the nations cannot fail. It is an absolutely certain promise. It is going to happen. Jesus said, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony … More Piper: God’s purpose to be known and praised and enjoyed among all the nations cannot fail.
Sin is sin. Betrayal is betrayal. Evil is evil. Joseph’s brothers’ evil intentions to kill him shaped his life forever. The consequences from their actions are part of his history. Joseph doesn’t excuse their behavior or act as if it never happened. BUT he sees God’s hand in his brothers’ treachery. He believes that God was working … More God’s sovereignty, purpose, providence and human responsibility
Ray Stedman helps us take a step back and review the prophecies of Ezekiel: In chapters 25-32 there is a series of judgments pronounced against foreign nations which are guilty of crimes against the people of God. Since Israel could not sin with impunity, neither could other nations escape the wrath of God. But though … More The enemies of God cannot overthrow His purpose of redemption and salvation.
Ray Stedman, concludes his comments on Lamentations 4-5: At the end of chapter 4, the prophet says in verse 22: The punishment of your iniquity, O daughter of Zion, is accomplished, he will keep you in exile no longer; but your iniquity, O daughter of Edom, he will punish, he will uncover your sins. (Lamentations 4:22 RSV) The daughter … More God and His Purposes Endure Forever
And Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the Lord; my strength is exalted in the Lord. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation. 2 “There is none holy like the Lord; there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God. As we begin our readings of 1 & 2 Samuel this month, … More Seeing God in our pain
“Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”….After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the … More At the beginning of Matthew we still have a “come-see” pattern. But at the end the pattern is “go-tell”.