Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. But we pray to God that you may not … More Test yourself: What does your salvation depend on?
John Piper, in a sermon “Overflowing Grace for All Who Believe”comments on the conversion of Saul in Acts 9 This is the kind of person that no one expects to be converted. His opposition is too deep and too articulate. So much of his life would be threatened if Christianity were true! And he has … More Unlikely Conversion
The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no … More Our Desperate Thirst and Our Sufficient Savior
John 4:6-9 Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan … More Jesus: graciously purposeful, pursuing,and relational
Sometimes a certain verse or passage stands out and encourages us, challenges us, warns us. But there are other times when it seems as if God opens our eyes to see the big picture, to marvel at how all the passages we’ve been reading come together. Today is one of those days. Reading the passage … More Are you dressed for heaven?
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.
Hebrews 7:25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. John Piper, in a sermon on Hebrews 7, “Jesus: From Melchizedek to Eternal Savior” Verses 1-24 may be complex and difficult to understand without earnest mental effort, but … More Our future eternal salvation hangs on Christ’s future eternal intercession for us.
Luke 18:24-27 Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard it … More J.C. Ryle: The Hinge of Grace
I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart! Psalm 119:32 John Piper: The Need to Be New But forgiveness and cleansing is not enough. I need to be new. I need to be transformed. I need life. I need a new way of seeing and thinking and valuing. That’s why … More We Need to be NEW
Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved! Psalm 80: 3, 7, 19 Restore us, O God. Turn us back to You. Change us. Change our character, if not our circumstances. We need YOU, O God. Let Your face shine… we want to see You. “The Lord bless you and … More Shine on us, that we may be saved