D.A. Carson on 2 Kings 22-23, in “For the Love of God, Vol 1, Nov 9” THE LAST SERIOUS ATTEMPT at moral and theological reformation in the kingdom of Judah is reported in 2 Kings 22.After that, there is only the ﬁnal slide into exile. King Hezekiah, the effect of whose reign was so largely good, was succeeded by … More D. A. Carson: Only grace is a sufficient hedge.
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
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
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
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
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
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully  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…
April 10, 2009 Blog by: John Piper CHRISTIAN: Death! Hello, Death, my old enemy. My old slave-master. Have you come to talk to me again? To frighten me? I am not the person you think I am. I am not the one you used to talk to. Something has happened. Let me ask you a question, … More A Conversation With Death on Good Friday
We have reached Judges 19, a terrifying and awful account of how bad things had gotten in Israel. D.A.Carson, in “For the Love of God, Vol 1” says “the law of the jungle has triumphed in the fledgling nation of Israel.” Indeed, Judges 19: 1 says, “In those days, when there was no king in … More The Law of the Jungle in Judges
J.C. Ryle on Mark 8:1-8- …with Christ nothing is impossible. The disciples said, “But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?” They might well say so. Without the hand of Him who first made the world out of nothing, the thing could not be. But in the almighty hands … More J. C. Ryle: Nothing is too hard for the Lord.