The Deadly Peril of Being the Double-Minded Man
The doubter, as James calls him, will receive no wisdom, but will remain as one who is continually at odds within himself.
The perpetual state of double-mindedness is at odds with the Christian faith. These are two different realms, so to speak, that never intersect. In short, double-mindedness is sin, and sin that needs to be put to death quickly, lest the genuineness of our faith is tested and found altogether absent. It is here that the... Continue Reading
Do You Submit to the Bible, or Does the Bible Submit to You?
When the Bible calls me to believe something or act a certain way, will I believe? Will I obey?
None of us, if we are honest, does not experience the critique of the Bible. We are chastened for our greed, our lust, our pride, our envy. If we are sensitive, we ought to feel the prick of our consciences as we consider what the Bible has to say about gossip and injustice, about the... Continue Reading
Remembering God’s Word Unto Ourselves and Our Children
The Necessity and Wisdom of Mastering and Using Our Doctrinal Standards
Hoping in Christ and clinging to His Word, and walking with Him by grace, believers don’t forget Him but remember Him—and this not only unto themselves; they remember Him to their children. This is the great purpose behind the use of confession and catechisms: that we ourselves would remember Him, and that we would teach... Continue Reading
12 Ways We See Christ’s Infinite Wisdom
Everything is done in wisdom, due time, measure, manner, and might.
Christ exercises great prudence to make a sinner righteous, yet that righteousness is not in themselves, neither does it depend on their own keeping. In His prudent dealing, He sends forth ministers to preach, and dispense heavenly mysteries, and yet keeps the seal in His own hand. Paul may plant and Apollos water, but God... Continue Reading
The Perfect Outcry in a Broken and Anguished World — Psalm 130
The broken heart cries out to the Lord with confidence.
Things are not right. Untold crowds protest. But in Psalm 130 we hear the perfect outcry that can, and must, arise from every heart. In this Song of Ascents we lift up our heads to Jesus Christ. We wait for him, more than the watchman waits for the morning. The year 2020 will be remembered, so far,... Continue Reading
That Isn’t a Toy!
The story of God’s battle with Pharaoh in the book of Exodus is the story of the consequences of a hardened heart. It’s the story of someone who thought they could toy with God and with their heart. We cannot.
Here is a sobering thought that ought to humble us: God will receive glory either through our soft hearts or our hard hearts. Again and again in the Exodus narrative, God reminds Israel and Egypt that he is sovereign over the events and even Pharaoh’s heart, and it is all for his glory. Before the... Continue Reading
Let God Decide What Mothering is Worth
The life of faithful mothering, it turns out, must actually be full of faith.
What we need more than anything is to marinate more deeply in the truth of God’s word, to let those unbelieving thoughts be driven out by reality. Because what God says is reality, and we cannot and should not want to opt out of it. God says, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,... Continue Reading
Christians and Honesty
"You shall not make false vows, but shall fulfill your vows to the Lord." Matthew 5:33 (NASB)
Our Lord is forbidding here the flippant, profane, or careless use of oaths in everyday speech in that culture, such oaths were often employed for deceptive purposes. Those doing that would swear by “heaven,” “earth,” “Jerusalem,” or their own “heads” (vv. 34-36), not by God. In this they hoped to avoid divine judgment for their... Continue Reading
Until we come to the Lord Jesus Christ, our back will be bent under the heavy burden of our sin, and nothing we do, say, or think can change that.
We were dead (not just sick, not just dying) in our sins. We were helpless apart from the saving work of Christ. He came not to save the righteous, but to save sinners – even the chief of sinners. So why do we bristle so much at this notion? The short answer is that we probably... Continue Reading
A Jesus Misjudged?
Sometimes we see things that are not there and we misinterpret what Christ is doing among us.
It seems almost weekly that discouraging news of comes from various corners of Christ’s Church. Apostasy, discipline, closures, resignations, and divisions all cause much suffering in the heart and mind of the one who loves Christ. Has God cast off forever? Has he forgotten grace? Has his mercy been undone? Let that not cause you... Continue Reading