A "root of bitterness" is a person who has a wrong view of eternal security.
God’s dealing with Israel was unique in redemptive history. The church cannot presume to imitate everything they did.
Five reasons why Pastor John is going to preach a sermon series on baptism.
What do the biblical references to "households" being baptized mean?
Summaries of how three major traditions view and practice infant baptism.
Certain editions of the Bible risk letting contemporary cultural pressures distort the original meaning of Scripture.
Sometimes God ordains that sin continue for holy and just reasons, which is not sin on his part.
When God predestines someone's salvation, he usually predestines a human agent too.
Twenty five questions about the significance of gender in the Bible.
Two things make God unashamed to be called our God: that he has prepared something great for us, and that we desire it above everything else.
There is a biblical order to truth and love: truth first.
Most people imagine God to be the way they want him to be, which seldom includes the possibility that they might be his enemy.
We need joyful, breathless news-bringers, not just intelligent news commentators.
Ten reasons to set aside a Friday night each month for corporate worship.
A celebration of the ministries of David and Karin Livingston and Brad and Cindy Nelson at Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Sometimes God takes a sinning saint because he loves him too much to let him go on in sin.
The cosmos exists to help you know God, the Maker. And the main message is that he is very great and that we are very small.
God is wakening people to the astonishing reality that they can be different and better in the way they love others.
"All the nations" is an essential component to the purpose, the promise and the price of world missions.
The biblical goal of a woman’s life is not to find the ultimate expression of self—whether in body or character—but to express the greatness of God.
Corporate worship will be at Bethel on Sunday so that all of Bethlehem can gather in one place to give thanks to God for the past year.
Apparent contradictions in the Bible—such as the genealogies of Jesus—have possible and plausible solutions.
You are always in a temple—your body. Therefore, always worship.
When humans celebrate Christmas, is it essentially the same as ants doing some instinctual dance?
If your desires are weak, here are thirty four desire starters.
10 practical preparations for hearing the word of God on Sunday morning.
When the Bible says, "We walk by faith, not by sight," it doesn't mean there wasn't any visible evidence or that there isn't any today.
When you find two parts of Scripture that seem to contradict, don't assume the Bible is inconsistent.
Often the biggest question isn't "What is true," but "Can the truth save me?"
It will take an infinite number of ages for God to be done glorifying the wealth of his grace to us. He will never be done.
The stakes of a president's moral life are high for the whole nation.
Laziness makes us resistant against any truth that exposes our laziness.
If God grants faith, why wouldn't he give every believer the same amount?
How you pray is based on what you believe God can do.
Here are 7 things to ask God to do for your soul and others'.
If your driving motive in life is to be liked and loved you will find it almost impossible to be a Christian.
What can you do if what you feel like doing isn't what you should do.
God is able to feel sorrow for something he has predestined, in view of foreknown evil and pain, and yet still will to do it for wise reasons.
If you told someone: "My God does great and unsearchable things," and they responded, "Like what?" would you say, "Rain"?
What is the Almighty that we should serve him? Good question, depending on the tone of voice.
What is God's attitude toward pride? What is the remedy for pride?
One of God's gifts to us in suffering is that we see and experience depths of his Word that a life of ease would never yield.
Can we deserve or earn anything good from God? If not, then what does it mean to be worthy of him?
Paul did not reinterpret the Scriptures. He only drew out what was taught in the Law and the Prophets.
Should the sins of others keep us captive in a prison of sorrow?
The reason being saved is the greatest experience in the world is because God is the greatest Person in the world.
Surely God means for our minutes on earth to count for something.
Are you willing to say and do the right thing regardless of the earthly cost?
John Piper thanks God for the lives of two saints and asks how it is that their deaths are "precious in the sight of the Lord."
One reason to admire and trust Jesus above all other persons is that he knows more than anyone else.
There is a kind of shame that you should not be ashamed of.
Consider 12 facts about assurance and the verses that teach them.
Learn from David what to do in a brokenhearted, terrifying moment: Worship.
When love has wept and worked, it must have some answers. Not all the answers, but some.
Will the pain of losing all that you have on earth fade at the prospect of seeing and being with Christ?
How to pray huge, general prayers without them sounding vague or stale.
Break free from the epidemic of the manward spirit of our age, and set yourself to live in the light of the Lord.
Is it arrogant to believe that treasuring Jesus is the only way to be saved?
The fight against lust is image against image. Don't just pray and wait and try to avoid. Actively put effort into seeing Jesus.
Find hope in the history of God's grace to help you live your life for his glory.
The claims of the New Testament have more support than you might think.
The experience of God's love is the Spirit giving unspeakable joy in response to the mind's perception of Jesus Christ.
Every moment is an opportunity for gratitude toward the past and faith toward the future.
Great and lasting things are at stake for future generations not only because of what we teach, but also because of what we are.
The impact of a father's faith, love, and discipline can be immeasurable.
Truth aims at love; love aims at truth. Love shapes how to speak the truth; truth shapes how to show love.
In just one chapter Paul outlines a whole theology of the resurrection.
It is not out of antiquarian allegiance that we love the truth—even the hard ones. It is out of love to Christ and to the people who need his truth.
Dads, fear God and put your confidence in him so your children will have a refuge in you.
Sometimes Christians have no favor in society. Even so, God can, and often does, pour out his power for effective witness.
How are we to understand those psalms that express hatred and call down curses upon the enemies of God?
Let us learn how to help each other die. It will not be easy, but, by grace, we will help each other say in our final pain, "To die is gain."
One of the reasons we don't know God deeply is that we don't venture much on his pledge to carry things for us.
It's never right to be angry with God. And it's never right to hide your anger from him, if you feel it.
God ordains history partly so that we will learn it and be wiser about the present.
If God works to bring about obedience in our heart, then sin will not be lord over us, God will.
Sometimes we are prepared to see what we see and sometimes our minds have to be changed before we can accept reality.
There is no place for despair in the Christian life. To be out of the pit of hell is to be on the ground of mercy.
When we really see and believe what God is for us by grace through Jesus Christ, the power of wrong desires is broken.
The answer is not simple. Some Biblical texts seem to say no. Others, yes.
Seven things about your money to think and pray over.
The law is not our primary means for bearing fruit. It serves mostly to teach us that we don't bear fruit apart from the gospel.
We never move beyond the need for grace, so let us trust God to do great things with our little faith.
Let's not doubt Jesus' love—let's watch and learn what love really is.
Is it possible to pray for justice and yet love our enemy at the same time?
We surrender our hope if we sacrifice our belief in the sovereignty of God over evil.