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idolatry
December 31, 2017

Sanctified Self-Control

Sanctified Self-Control

The best athletes in the world know that in order to perform at the highest level, they have to develop a high level of self-control. Similarly, Christians practice self-control in pursuit of a prize greater than any athlete could ever win. The Holy Spirit is the Christians’ trainer and coach, keeping them in step with […]

August 6, 2017

The Tragic Triumph of Jephthah

The Tragic Triumph of Jephthah

The fifth “primary” judge is a man named Jephthah, whose story is one of the most tragic in all the Bible. In response to the people’s surface confession, God leaves them to their own devices in securing their deliverance from the oppression of the Ammonites. Jephthah’s initial success is ensured by God, but the apparent […]

February 12, 2017

The Holy Life of Christ

The Holy Life of Christ

As followers of Jesus, we must not live like the rest of the world lives. We are called to be holy, set apart from the world and set apart to God. But holiness is first a matter of the mind, a way of thinking that is informed by Jesus. Through the gospel of Jesus we […]

August 28, 2016

Saved by Signs of Grace

Saved by Signs of Grace

Salvation is entirely due to God’s free grace. Human effort receives no credit. But throughout history God has been pleased to communicate his grace to his people through physical, visible signs. Although we may be tempted to worship the signs rather than that which they signify, we must not make the opposite mistake of despising […]

March 1, 2015

Holy Matrimony

Holy Matrimony

The Seventh Commandment addresses the important social topics of marriage, commitment, and sex. By forbidding adultery, the commandment first establishes that marriage is honorable and that God cares a great deal about its success. The key to marital success is faithfulness to the marriage covenant, where a marriage becomes a holy relationship between two unholy […]

January 18, 2015

No Other Gods

No Other Gods

The first commandment in the Ten Words is, “You shall have no other gods before me.” It is the foundational decree of the Ten Commandments, calling for the maintaining of the covenant between God and his people. The breaking of this decree is the sin of idolatry, which is the most common sin in the […]