God’s Amazing Mercy

  And it came about when Ahab heard these words, that he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and fasted, and he lay in sackcloth and went about despondently. Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, “Do you see how Ahab has humbled himself before Me? Because he has … More God’s Amazing Mercy

Piper: A Time for Grace

Coty Pinckney, in a sermon, “A Time for Grace, a Time for Judgment” In today’s text, [1 Kings 13-14] we see that God does not zap Jeroboam after he creates the golden calves. Instead, God reaches out to Jeroboam, in a way that has many parallels with His reaching out to David by Nathan the … More Piper: A Time for Grace

Promises, pacts and pride

John Piper: Paul’s response in Galatians 3:15–18 is this: There are among men (v. 15) and between God and man unalterable pacts. God made one with Abraham and his offspring. The pact was that the inheritance of salvation would come, not to all Abraham’s descendants, but to the seed, which is ultimately the Christ, and … More Promises, pacts and pride

Seeing our faithful, merciful, sovereign God in 1 Samuel

The reading for today, 1 Samuel 29-31, brings us to the end of this book.  Bob Deffinbaugh offers this encouraging commentary at Bible.org- This text reminds us of the faithfulness of God, even when we lack faith. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:13). God anointed David … More Seeing our faithful, merciful, sovereign God in 1 Samuel

For God’s sake

Many of the Psalms, including the one for our reading today, praise God for His mighty works and awesome deeds.  Some of these Psalms even declare the ultimate reason God does these things. Notice the phrase in Psalm 106:8  Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,  that he might make known his mighty power. … More For God’s sake

The connection between KNOWING God and giving cheerfully…

2 Corinthians 9:6-8   The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully [4] will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that … More The connection between KNOWING God and giving cheerfully…

Such were some of you

In the passage for today, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of … More Such were some of you