READ: Proverbs 5, Mark 9, 1 Peter 1 TOTAL RUIN, TOTAL JOY The strongest follower of Jesus is just one step away from total moral disaster. The sobering reality is that one poor decision leads to agony, for immorality is nothing less than a bitter death (Prov. 5:3). The encouraging truth is that we do…

READ: Psalm 93, Amos 5, Luke 21, 2 Corinthians 12 ADORNED Holiness is beautiful, and God goes to great lengths to beautify His people. Lowliness is beautiful, and God uses extreme measures to make and keep His people lowly. Holiness and lowliness are inseparable; it is impossible to lack one and have the other. God…

READ: Psalm 64, Ezekiel 25-27, Mark 8, Romans 15  UNDERSTANDING THE WORD  “Whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” (Romans 15:4) George Herbert considered the Bible to be the storehouse and magazine of life and comfort. Herbert said of the…

READ: Psalm 51, Jeremiah 46-48, Matthew 23, Romans 2  INWARDLY BEAUTIFUL  In contrast to humanity’s praise of external beauty, God’s pleasure arises from what is inwardly pure. God is gently ruthless about cleansing His people, kindly severe in His pursuit of making us holy. Some of God’s methods are so mercifully brutal that it seems…

READ: Psalm 40, Jeremiah 13-15, Matthew 12, Acts 19  GOD’S MOUTH The cost of being God’s spokesperson is as high as the privilege is sweet. “Your words were found and I ate them,” says Jeremiah, “and your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart” (Jer. 15:16). But in the very next verse Jeremiah laments that…

READ: 2 Samuel 16-18, Psalm 96, Matthew 7, 1 Thessalonians 3 APPOINTED TO THIS  When Jesus is the source of our affections, we are convinced that He is worthy of all things. He is worthy of our lives, worthy of our deaths, worthy of hopes, worthy of our worship. Jesus is worth dying for. Jesus…

READ: Numbers 25-27, Psalm 49, Luke 5, 1 Corinthians 5 GOD’S ZEAL ZEAL FOR HOLINESS. Sexual sin led the people of God to idolatry (Num. 25:1-2). While all sin is heinous there is something about sexual sin that perverts from the inside out and affects others. Phinehas, the son of Eleazar the high priest, acts ruthlessly…

READ: Leviticus 13-15, Psalm 36, Mark 8, Romans 8 GATEKEEPERS The reach of sin is staggering. If you let sin in, it runs wild, attacks your vulnerable places, and destroys your vulnerable ones. This is why God deals so ruthlessly with it. The Levitical laws on leprosy seem ludicrous. They are so detailed and so…

READ: Leviticus 10-12, Psalm 35, Mark 7, Romans 7 UNCLEAN ABOMINATIONS Some things are an abomination to man. Leviticus 11 runs through a litany of things that defile. The law is, in fact, given to us for the central purpose of knowing how to distinguish between the clean and unclean (Exo. 11:46-47). Simplistically there are three…

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