O How I Love Your Law!

You Are Good & Do Good | Psalm 119:68

You are good and do good;teach me your statutes. Psalm 119:68 ESV This is a marvelous verse and a mighty confession for all of God's people to make alongside the psalmist. First, he confesses a deep truth regarding God's nature: God is good. As with all of God’s attributes, we must take care not to …

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Does God Control Evil?

I have little more than 100 pages left to read before finishing John Piper’s Providence, and it has been a truly profound book. The great value of John Piper’s ministry (sort of like John MacArthur’s ministry) is that even if you disagree with him, his reasoning is so rooted in Scripture that your knowledge of …

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The Lord Is My Shepherd

Bitter Made Sweet | Exodus 15:22-27

In our present text, we find the remainder of Exodus, indeed of the Pentateuch, in miniature. Being led through the wilderness in chapters 15-18, God brings Israel to the foot of Sinai to receive His covenant and commandments and from there to enter the Promise Land (though they would, of course, spend forty years in …

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How Accurately Do You Remember the Exodus Story?

https://open.spotify.com/episode/2EejKRXXHIlEHIVM9atZY8?si=Cy03IO8USnujybft3wTz_A From Israel's enslavement in Egypt to their wondrous crossing of the Red Sea, the first fourteen chapters of Exodus are some of the most well-known stories in all of Scripture, which added a degree of gravity to preaching through them last year. Yet, as is almost always the case, well-known is a bit of …

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O How I Love Your Law!

Before I Was Afflicted I Went Astray | Psalm 119:67

Before I was afflicted I went astray,but now I keep your word. Psalm 119:67 ESV A painful reality is expressed by the psalmist in this verse. God afflicts His people for their own good. A strain of hedonistic thought has wormed its way into the church that if God is truly good then He will …

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Gems from Henry on Genesis 1

As I’ve noted previously, I am taking up Spurgeon’s recommendation for ministers to read through Matthew Henry’s commentaries. Thus far, I have not been disappointed. Henry’s explanation of the text is certainly valuable, but his nuggets of application are where he really shines. Below is a sampling of some of those gems taken from his …

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The Lord Is My Shepherd

Who Is Like You, O LORD? | Exodus 15:1-21

After studying through a genealogy, a psalm that was also a parable, and a proverb about oxen, we at last moved back into a larger text. Particularly, we return to the book of Exodus, which we previously studied last year. We concluded with chapter 14 and then went on to conclude the Gospel of Mark. …

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Do Not Be Anxious | Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 ESV Life is one gigantic string of endless possibilities. We all make plans, but none of them are set in stone. Someone may desire to live a long, healthy life …

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A Review of The Readable Bible

I am a sucker for reader's Bibles, that is, Bibles without chapters and verses. As a lover of the English Standard Version, I regularly use the six-volume edition and the individual volumes of Psalms and Proverbs. But when Crossway (the publisher of the ESV) released a boxset of the four Gospels and a volume of …

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Background on Exodus

Author As with the other books of the Torah or Pentateuch, Moses has traditionally been acknowledged as the author of Exodus. While there is no direct claim to Moses’ authorship within the book (though an indirect argument could be made from God’s commands for Moses to write down His law), Jesus validates Moses as the …

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