Calvin on Scripture

Two Kinds of Observers There have always been two kinds of Calvin-biographies, and since the nineteenth century there have also been two kinds of observations on Calvin’s use of Scripture. Historians, investigators in the broad field of... next...

The Absolute Best Miracle Ever Meditation

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” —John 1:1 When we confess our undoubted Christian faith, as we so often do when we recite the Apostles Creed, it is kind of like boasting about... next...

God Provides a Redeemer Ruth 2:1–3

In chapter 2 Samuel shows us the savior of the story, or better yet, one should say that God Himself provides a redeemer. Yes, every detail of this profound little story drives us forward to the coming encounter with the kinsman redeemer, Boaz.... next...

The Response of the Humble Ruth 2:6–14

The Encounter The apex and center of chapter 2 is the God-ordained encounter of Ruth and Boaz. Samuel designed their meeting to be dramatic, and he uses the dialogue, the structure, and virtually everything in the story to pull the reader closer... next...

Christ as King: God Rules Through His Royal Servants

This month we conclude the series of articles about the offices of our Savior, as we consider Christ Our King. As with the other two offices of Jesus (prophet and priest) this one, too, defines who you are and gives purpose and direction to... next...

Happy Birthday, John Calvin

The year 2009 marked the celebration of the 500th birthday of John Calvin. Every denomination, every church with the name “Reformed” in it took note of this special occasion. Every religious periodical that has any affiliation... next...

Looking for Devotions for 2010?

Come, Ye Children, A Bible Storybook for Young Children by Gertrude Hoeksema Reformed Free Publishing Assoc. Reviewed by Jeff Steenholdt “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord” are words that... next...

Giving Thanks Meditation

“You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.” —Psalm 65:11 One of the most popular songs we sing at Thanksgiving time contains these words: “Come, ye thankful people come, Raise the song... next...

Thoughts on Heaven to Inspire Joy

If you were to make a list of nine Christian virtues or aspects that you would like to see more fully developed in your life, would joy be included in that list? If it is, how high up on that list would it be? Paul reminds us that joy is part... next...

The Mission of the Church: Be a Church!

There is an odd thing in the world today. It is strange, peculiar; it makes people ask questions; it makes people uncomfortable and uneasy. Some people love it and give their whole lives to it. Others hate it and do all they can to get rid of... next...
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