The Son of Man Must Suffer | Mark 8:31-9:1

And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and …

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Who Is the LORD? | Exodus 5

As last, here in the fifth chapter of Exodus, we find the first confrontation between Moses and Pharaoh. Through all of his faults and fears, Moses returned to Egypt with his brother Aaron and told the elders of Israel all that God had spoken to him. In response, they believed what Moses had said and …

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Afflicted & Fruitful | Exodus 1

As we look at this first chapter, we will read of the events that set the scene for the remainder of the book, particularly of God’s marvelous redemption within the first fourteen chapters. Here we see the people of Israel enslaved and slaughtered under the cruel hand of Pharaoh, yet in the midst of such …

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Your Promise Gives Me Life | Psalm 119:50

This is my comfort in my affliction,that your promise gives me life. Psalm 119:50 ESV Here again we see the theme of affliction coming up as the psalmist meditates upon his deep love for God’s eternal Word. Of course, Scripture is clear that the believer's life will be marked by suffering, tribulation, and affliction. Paul …

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Quotes from A Little Book on the Christian Life

With our brief walk-through John Calvin's A Little Book on the Christian Life completed, I will continue the pattern that I set after completing Mortification of Sin and Heaven Taken by Storm by listing some of my favorite quotations from throughout the book. Of course, this study I also began to give a quote of …

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THREE | Bearing Our Cross Is a Part of Self-Denial

QUOTE OF THE WEEK If, then, we want to be disciples of Christ, we should make it our aim to soak our minds in the sort of sensitivity and obedience to God that can tame and subdue every natural impulse contrary to His command. So it will be that no matter what kind of cross …

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My Soul Clings to the Dust | Psalm 119:25

My soul clings to the dust;give me life according to your word! Psalm 119:25 ESV As we enter into Psalm 119’s fourth stanza, in which each verse begins with the fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet daleth, we find the psalmist in a different place than in gimel. In that previous stanza, the psalmist began …

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Nebuchadnezzar’s Troubled Spirit | Daniel 2:1-30

In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his spirit was troubled, and his sleep left him. Then the king commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans be summoned to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king. And the king …

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Into Exile | Daniel 1:1-7

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house …

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God’s Word Prepares Us for Suffering | John Calvin

The following quotation is from one of Calvin’s sermons that were collected together as a short book. Its subject is a heavy one. Many who claimed to agree with the Reformation were buckling under the threat of (and often enacted) persecution. A common mentality was of private support of Protestantism, while maintaining the public motions …

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