Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer. —Psalm 4:1 Thoughts on Today’s Verse… At first, this cry for help seems very demanding. However, closer inspection shows that this is really the cryRead More →

Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence. —Proverbs 3:31-32 Thoughts on Today’s Verse… While many are seeking a cure for the rampaging violence that destroys lives, threatens schools, and makes ourRead More →

He must become greater; I must become less. —John 3:30 Thoughts on Today’s Verse… For John the Baptist, this ultimate formula for greatness did not take many words. What’s your formula? Paul told the Galatians that a similar formula was needed for them (Galatians 4:19). He told the Colossians thatRead More →

“I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him. The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.” —John 3:28-29Read More →

Look at the land with your own eyes, since you are not going to cross this Jordan. But commission Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead this people across and will cause them to inherit the land that you will see. —Deuteronomy 3:27b-28 Thoughts on Today’s Verse…Read More →

Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. —Romans 3:27-28 Thoughts on Today’s Verse… God’s salvation leaves us no room forRead More →

He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” —Daniel 3:25 Thoughts on Today’s Verse… I love the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from Daniel 3. Their faith is solid whether God choosesRead More →

So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. —Galatians 3:24 Thoughts on Today’s Verse… Galatians reminds us again and again that law cannot make us righteous or save us, not even the Old Testament Law. However, the Law doesRead More →

… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. —Romans 3:23-24 Thoughts on Today’s Verse… No matter how hard we try, how good we are, and how much we work, weRead More →

… the Holy Spirit descended on him [Jesus] in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” —Luke 3:22 Thoughts on Today’s Verse… God spoke these wonderful words to his Son when Jesus wasRead More →