God chooses us and uses us…in spite of ourselves

Kim Riddlebarger concludes a sermon on the life of Samson, from Judges 15-16 As for application for us today, there is much to learn from the life of Samson. No question, his allegiance is to YHWH. No question, his sin–especially his dalliances with Philistine women–was his undoing. Like Israel during the time of the Judges, … More God chooses us and uses us…in spite of ourselves

Our Substitute

We come to the passage in Matthew 27 today that describes the death of our Savior Jesus for us.     And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” —Matthew 27:46 ESV After reading our passage … More Our Substitute

Matthew Henry on Psalm 53: Convinces us of our sins, sets us blushing and trembling because of them

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” Thus begins Psalm 53, our passage for today. In “The Treasury of David”, Spurgeon condenses Matthew Henry: God, in this Psalm, “speaketh twice,” for this is the same almost verbatim with the fourteenth Psalm. The scope of it is to convince us of our sins, … More Matthew Henry on Psalm 53: Convinces us of our sins, sets us blushing and trembling because of them

God’s sovereignty, purpose, providence and human responsibility

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