Reading with M'Cheyne

November 19: James 1

"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world" (Jam. 1:27). In a sermon preached in 1999, John Piper took this...
Posted November 19, 2010 @ 9:25 AM by Derek Thomas

November 18: Hebrews 13

"Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God" (Heb. 13:16) "... that which is pleasing in his sight" (Heb. 13:21) Hebrews 13 alludes to two passages in which Christians...
Posted November 18, 2010 @ 9:17 AM by Derek Thomas

November 17: Hebrews 12

"Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us..." (Heb 12:1)This is one the greatest exhortations in the New Testament perseverance. Employing an athletic metaphor, the author of Hebrews urges us to run "with endurance... the race."...
Posted November 17, 2010 @ 3:17 PM by Derek Thomas

November 16: Hebrews 11

"Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" (Heb 11:1)We are of "those who have faith" (Heb. 10:39).  Faith is the Christian's distinguishing mark. But what is faith? Hebrews 11 answers it: "faith is...
Posted November 16, 2010 @ 5:25 PM by Derek Thomas

November 15: Hebrews 10

McCheyne blog"But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God" (Heb. 10:12)When Christ ascended into heaven, he sat down. This indicates more than one idea:First, it demonstrates...
Posted November 15, 2010 @ 3:54 PM by Derek Thomas

November 12: Hebrews 7

This chapter stands at the beginning of the central theological argument of Hebrews: that Jesus is the great high priest who is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through him. In this chapter, the writer...
Posted November 12, 2010 @ 11:57 AM by Sean Lucas

November 5: Philemon

"I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment."-Philemon 10    Why would a personal, even private, letter like this be included in the Bible? What was the Holy Spirit doing when he caused this...
Posted November 11, 2010 @ 11:22 AM by Randall Grossman

November 11: Hebrews 6

One of our favorite family movies was "Up," the wonderful Pixar film that came out a couple of years ago. One of the key moments in the movie came early: after the child Carl meets Ellie, she comes to his...
Posted November 11, 2010 @ 11:22 AM by Sean Lucas

November 10: Hebrews 5

While the end of Hebrews 4 points us to our great high priest Jesus, we learn in the first ten verses of Hebrews 5 that the greatness of Jesus is that he was a priest who cried out. And he...
Posted November 10, 2010 @ 3:07 PM by Sean Lucas

November 9: Hebrews 4

Most Protestants are not used to thinking about priests and especially about what makes a good or superior priest. And yet, the language of priesthood is all through this letter to the Hebrews to this point (1:3; 2:17-18; 3:1) and...
Posted November 10, 2010 @ 3:05 PM by Sean Lucas

November 8: Hebrews 3

In the first six verses of this chapter, the writer to the Hebrews urges us to fix our attention on Jesus--to keep him in our eye and to hold and cling to him. One reason why we should "consider Jesus,"...
Posted November 8, 2010 @ 5:15 PM by Sean Lucas

November 4: Psalm 130

"O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption."-Psalm 130:7   What is "plentiful redemption"?  This is a rich and full expression, and one used nowhere else in Scripture. As the...
Posted November 4, 2010 @ 10:50 AM by Randall Grossman

November 3: Titus 2

"But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine."- Titus 2:1   Sound doctrine is that which is healthy, whole, balanced. It does not only inform the mind but enflames the heart. It leads to right living (orthopraxy),  as well as...
Posted November 4, 2010 @ 10:48 AM by Randall Grossman

November 2: Hosea 8

"For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind."- Hosea 8:7   Hosea prophesied in the northern kingdom of Israel during its closing decades. He witnessed the decline and fall of a once strong nation. Assyria became the rod of...
Posted November 2, 2010 @ 9:02 AM by Randall Grossman

November 1: 2 Tim 4

"Preach the Word, be ready in season and out of season: reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching"- II Timothy 4:2    Last Monday I got together with several other men with whom I went to seminary thirty years...
Posted November 1, 2010 @ 3:48 PM by Randall Grossman
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