We read of Tyre in our Read-through-the-Bible passage today. In Ezekiel 27, the downfall of Tyre is compared to the shipwreck of a fine vessel. Now you are wrecked by the seas, in the depths of the waters; your merchandise and all your crew in your midst have sunk … More Amazing mercy in the midst of judgment
As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work … More The Bible makes an issue out of blindness, both physical and spiritual
J.C.Ryle on John 6:66-71 Let us mark, lastly, in this passage, what little benefit some men get from religious privileges. We read that our Lord said, “Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil.” And it goes on, “He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.” If ever there was … More Ryle: Let us never rest until we have grace reigning in our souls.
And in the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-fifth day of the month, Evil-merodach king of Babylon, in the year that he became king, graciously freed Jehoiachin king of Judah and brought him out of prison. And he spoke kindly to him, and gave … More Grace, Wonderful Grace
“In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve” (Jeremiah 50:20). Charles H Spurgeon, in “Faith’s Checkbook” A glorious word indeed! … More Spurgeon: Perfect pardon from our sin-annililating God!
Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my … More Needed: Radical Change
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because … More James’ point: God gives grace to sinners!
J.C. Ryle comments on Luke 23:39-43: We are told that two malefactors were crucified together with our Lord, one on His right hand and the other on His left. Both were equally near to Christ. Both saw and heard all that happened, during the six hours that He hung on the cross. Both were dying … More J.C.Ryle: One thief was saved that no sinner might despair, but only one, that no sinner might presume.
John Piper on Hebrews 9: So here we are in the modern age, the age of science, space travel—E-mail, heart transplants, instant replays, beepers, 911—and our problem is fundamentally the same as always: our consciences condemn us and make us feel unacceptable to God. We are alienated from God. We don’t feel good enough to … More When your conscience rises up and condemns you, where will you turn?
Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is his delight. John Piper, in a sermon, “The Pleasure of God in the Prayers of the Upright” My hope is that the effect of this message will not only be that you feel encouraged to … More Piper: Prayer shows the reaches of our poverty and the riches of his grace