The Jews’ Misplaced Hope for a King

In the passage that we may call the foundation for church discipline, Jesus took care to tell his disciples that a person cannot be condemned without two or three witnesses (Matt. 18:16, 20).  Jesus accusers at his trial were not as careful, of course.  Indeed, the chief priests could not even find two witnesses whose testimonies agreed…

Psalm 146 and Jesus

Notes from my morning worship in the Word The Bible calls us to sing praises to “the LORD,” Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and nothing else. The Bible calls us to worship and trust him, and him alone. To trust in princes (v. 3) is wrong. “Princes” here literally means “nobles.” That…

Sunday Spurgeon

From Morning and Evening: I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will make music. – Psalm 101:1 (ESV) Faith triumphs in trial. When reason is thrust into the inner prison, with her feet made fast in the stocks, faith makes the dungeon walls ring with her merry notes as…

What Suffering Shows Us About Ourselves

The more I think about trial and suffering, whether great or small (see James 1:2), the more I can’t help but conclude that we don’t like trials because they reveal sin.  When I see more and more of my sin in any particular place or situation, I tend to say, I want to leave.  This…