But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Wednesday, 03 November 2010 14:00

2 Kings 17; Titus 3; Hosea 10; Psalms 129–131

2 Kings 17; Titus 3; Hosea 10; Psalms 129–131

SECOND KINGS 17 IS A DEFINING moment in Old Testament history. The northern kingdom of Israel comes to an end as a political entity. The trigger for this last step in the destruction of the nation is a piece of deceit perpetrated by her last king,...

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Wednesday, 03 November 2010 14:00

2 Kings 17; Titus 3; Hosea 10; Psalms 129–131

2 Kings 17; Titus 3; Hosea 10; Psalms 129–131

SECOND KINGS 17 IS A DEFINING moment in Old Testament history. The northern kingdom of Israel comes to an end as a political entity. The trigger for this last step in the destruction of the nation is a piece of deceit perpetrated by her last king,...

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Written by Don Carson
Tuesday, 02 November 2010 14:00

2 Kings 16; Titus 2; Hosea 9; Psalms 126–128

2 Kings 16; Titus 2; Hosea 9; Psalms 126–128

THE BOOKS OF 1 AND 2 KINGS, though they follow the fortunes of both Judah and Israel (the southern and northern kingdoms, respectively, after the division that followed Solomon’s death), lay more emphasis on Israel, the northern ten tribes....

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Tuesday, 02 November 2010 14:00

2 Kings 16; Titus 2; Hosea 9; Psalms 126–128

2 Kings 16; Titus 2; Hosea 9; Psalms 126–128

THE BOOKS OF 1 AND 2 KINGS, though they follow the fortunes of both Judah and Israel (the southern and northern kingdoms, respectively, after the division that followed Solomon’s death), lay more emphasis on Israel, the northern ten tribes....

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Written by Don Carson
Monday, 01 November 2010 14:00

2 Kings 15; Titus 1; Hosea 8; Psalms 123–125

2 Kings 15; Titus 1; Hosea 8; Psalms 123–125

IN SOME DENOMINATIONS, it is held that the Bible prescribes three church officers: bishops, who preside over several congregations; elders/pastors, who serve at the level of the local church, especially with respect to the ministry of the word and...

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Written by Don Carson
Monday, 01 November 2010 14:00

2 Kings 15; Titus 1; Hosea 8; Psalms 123–125

2 Kings 15; Titus 1; Hosea 8; Psalms 123–125

IN SOME DENOMINATIONS, it is held that the Bible prescribes three church officers: bishops, who preside over several congregations; elders/pastors, who serve at the level of the local church, especially with respect to the ministry of the word and...

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Written by Don Carson
Sunday, 31 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 14; 2 Timothy 4; Hosea 7; Psalms 120–122

2 Kings 14; 2 Timothy 4; Hosea 7; Psalms 120–122

ONE OF THE ATTRACTIVE AND DISTURBING things about the Bible is its realism. Simplistic idealism would very much like the “good” people to be more or less consistently rewarded, and to be fruitful and blessed in their work;...

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Written by Don Carson
Sunday, 31 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 14; 2 Timothy 4; Hosea 7; Psalms 120–122

2 Kings 14; 2 Timothy 4; Hosea 7; Psalms 120–122

ONE OF THE ATTRACTIVE AND DISTURBING things about the Bible is its realism. Simplistic idealism would very much like the “good” people to be more or less consistently rewarded, and to be fruitful and blessed in their work;...

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Written by Don Carson
Sunday, 31 October 2010 02:44

Monvee - The New Evangelicalism about Me A Review of John Ortberg's The Me I Want to Be

By Bob DeWaay

Authors: Critical Issues Commentary...

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Sunday, 31 October 2010 02:44

Christian Dream Interpretation?

By Christine Pack

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Saturday, 30 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 13; 2 Timothy 3; Hosea 5–6; Psalm 119:145–176

2 Kings 13; 2 Timothy 3; Hosea 5–6; Psalm 119:145–176

LIFE IN “THE LAST DAYS” (2 Tim. 3) does not sound very appealing: “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love,...

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Written by Don Carson
Saturday, 30 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 13; 2 Timothy 3; Hosea 5–6; Psalm 119:145–176

2 Kings 13; 2 Timothy 3; Hosea 5–6; Psalm 119:145–176

LIFE IN “THE LAST DAYS” (2 Tim. 3) does not sound very appealing: “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love,...

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Written by Don Carson
Friday, 29 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 12; 2 Timothy 2; Hosea 3–4; Psalm 119:121–144

2 Kings 12; 2 Timothy 2; Hosea 3–4; Psalm 119:121–144

ONE OF THE MANY PRACTICAL DECISIONS a busy pastor has to face is whether to engage some particular error that rears its head.

The factors that go into that sort of decision are many. How many people are actually being affected by it?...

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Written by Don Carson
Friday, 29 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 12; 2 Timothy 2; Hosea 3–4; Psalm 119:121–144

2 Kings 12; 2 Timothy 2; Hosea 3–4; Psalm 119:121–144

ONE OF THE MANY PRACTICAL DECISIONS a busy pastor has to face is whether to engage some particular error that rears its head.

The factors that go into that sort of decision are many. How many people are actually being affected by it?...

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Written by Don Carson
Thursday, 28 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 10–11; 2 Timothy 1; Hosea 2; Psalm 119:97–120

2 Kings 10–11; 2 Timothy 1; Hosea 2; Psalm 119:97–120

IN THE TWO DESIGNATED PASSAGES for this day we find a study of two grand-mothers.

The first is Athaliah (2 Kings 11). She is the utterly vile mother of Ahaziah, the king of Judah who was killed by Jehu (as we saw yesterday) in the...

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Thursday, 28 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 10–11; 2 Timothy 1; Hosea 2; Psalm 119:97–120

2 Kings 10–11; 2 Timothy 1; Hosea 2; Psalm 119:97–120

IN THE TWO DESIGNATED PASSAGES for this day we find a study of two grand-mothers.

The first is Athaliah (2 Kings 11). She is the utterly vile mother of Ahaziah, the king of Judah who was killed by Jehu (as we saw yesterday) in the...

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Written by Don Carson
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 9; 1 Timothy 6; Hosea 1; Psalm 119:73–96

2 Kings 9; 1 Timothy 6; Hosea 1; Psalm 119:73–96

IT IS WORTH COMPARING the anointing of David (1 Sam. 16) with the anointing of Jehu (2 Kings 9)—or, more precisely, it is worth comparing not only the two anointings, but what follows from the two anointings.

The story of David is the...

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Wednesday, 27 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 9; 1 Timothy 6; Hosea 1; Psalm 119:73–96

2 Kings 9; 1 Timothy 6; Hosea 1; Psalm 119:73–96

IT IS WORTH COMPARING the anointing of David (1 Sam. 16) with the anointing of Jehu (2 Kings 9)—or, more precisely, it is worth comparing not only the two anointings, but what follows from the two anointings.

The story of David is the...

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Written by Don Carson
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 8; 1 Timothy 5; Daniel 12; Psalm 119:49–72

2 Kings 8; 1 Timothy 5; Daniel 12; Psalm 119:49–72

ALTHOUGH I DID NOT KNOW IT, while I was in my last year of high school my parents made a quiet vow before the Lord. For reasons too complicated to go into here, they decided that unless certain things happened, at the end of the year Dad...

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Written by Don Carson
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 8; 1 Timothy 5; Daniel 12; Psalm 119:49–72

2 Kings 8; 1 Timothy 5; Daniel 12; Psalm 119:49–72

ALTHOUGH I DID NOT KNOW IT, while I was in my last year of high school my parents made a quiet vow before the Lord. For reasons too complicated to go into here, they decided that unless certain things happened, at the end of the year Dad...

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Written by Don Carson
Monday, 25 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 7; 1 Timothy 4; Daniel 11; Psalm 119:25–48

2 Kings 7; 1 Timothy 4; Daniel 11; Psalm 119:25–48

WHEN I WAS STILL A VERY YOUNG MAN, I became pastor of a smallish church in Canada. The people were very kind toward me, and were far more patient of my faults and errors than I deserved.

There was one woman in that church whom I sometimes...

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Written by Don Carson
Monday, 25 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 7; 1 Timothy 4; Daniel 11; Psalm 119:25–48

2 Kings 7; 1 Timothy 4; Daniel 11; Psalm 119:25–48

WHEN I WAS STILL A VERY YOUNG MAN, I became pastor of a smallish church in Canada. The people were very kind toward me, and were far more patient of my faults and errors than I deserved.

There was one woman in that church whom I sometimes...

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Written by Don Carson
Sunday, 24 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 6; 1 Timothy 3; Daniel 10; Psalm 119:1–24

2 Kings 6; 1 Timothy 3; Daniel 10; Psalm 119:1–24

IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, there are two explicit church offices. On the one hand, there are pastors (the word comes from the Latin expression for “shepherds”), who are also called elders or overseers (the word rendered...

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Written by Don Carson
Sunday, 24 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 6; 1 Timothy 3; Daniel 10; Psalm 119:1–24

2 Kings 6; 1 Timothy 3; Daniel 10; Psalm 119:1–24

IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, there are two explicit church offices. On the one hand, there are pastors (the word comes from the Latin expression for “shepherds”), who are also called elders or overseers (the word rendered...

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Written by Don Carson
Saturday, 23 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 5; 1 Timothy 2; Daniel 9; Psalms 117–118

2 Kings 5; 1 Timothy 2; Daniel 9; Psalms 117–118

CURRENT AGENDAS MEAN THAT WHEN 1 Timothy 2 is referred to in contemporary discussions, usually the focus is on 1 Timothy 2:11–15. So we shall reflect on 1 Timothy 2:1–7.

(1) Transparently, Paul urges that Christians pray for all who...

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Written by Don Carson
Saturday, 23 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 5; 1 Timothy 2; Daniel 9; Psalms 117–118

2 Kings 5; 1 Timothy 2; Daniel 9; Psalms 117–118

CURRENT AGENDAS MEAN THAT WHEN 1 Timothy 2 is referred to in contemporary discussions, usually the focus is on 1 Timothy 2:11–15. So we shall reflect on 1 Timothy 2:1–7.

(1) Transparently, Paul urges that Christians pray for all who...

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Written by Don Carson
Friday, 22 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 4; 1 Timothy 1; Daniel 8; Psalm 116

2 Kings 4; 1 Timothy 1; Daniel 8; Psalm 116

SOME YEARS AGO I RECEIVED a letter from someone who told me that he had read one of my books and was upset that I had often referred to the Lord Jesus Christ as “Jesus.” He quoted several passages about confessing Jesus as Lord (e.g., Rom....

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Written by Don Carson
Friday, 22 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 4; 1 Timothy 1; Daniel 8; Psalm 116

2 Kings 4; 1 Timothy 1; Daniel 8; Psalm 116

SOME YEARS AGO I RECEIVED a letter from someone who told me that he had read one of my books and was upset that I had often referred to the Lord Jesus Christ as “Jesus.” He quoted several passages about confessing Jesus as Lord (e.g., Rom....

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Written by Don Carson
Thursday, 21 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 3; 2 Thessalonians 3; Daniel 7; Psalms 114–115

2 Kings 3; 2 Thessalonians 3; Daniel 7; Psalms 114–115

THE PASSAGE IN 2 Thessalonians 3:6–13is unique in the New Testament. Nowhere else do we find so many lines devoted to the sin of idleness.

Certainly it is possible to transform work itself, or the rewards that stem from work, into...

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Written by Don Carson
Thursday, 21 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 3; 2 Thessalonians 3; Daniel 7; Psalms 114–115

2 Kings 3; 2 Thessalonians 3; Daniel 7; Psalms 114–115

THE PASSAGE IN 2 Thessalonians 3:6–13is unique in the New Testament. Nowhere else do we find so many lines devoted to the sin of idleness.

Certainly it is possible to transform work itself, or the rewards that stem from work, into...

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Written by Don Carson
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 2; 2 Thessalonians 2; Daniel 6; Psalms 112–113

2 Kings 2; 2 Thessalonians 2; Daniel 6; Psalms 112–113

IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN EASY to get things wrong about the return of Jesus. Sometimes this springs from ignorance, sometimes from a distorted emphasis. Judging from 2 Thessalonians 2:1–12, such dangers have been present since the early...

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Written by Don Carson
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 2; 2 Thessalonians 2; Daniel 6; Psalms 112–113

2 Kings 2; 2 Thessalonians 2; Daniel 6; Psalms 112–113

IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN EASY to get things wrong about the return of Jesus. Sometimes this springs from ignorance, sometimes from a distorted emphasis. Judging from 2 Thessalonians 2:1–12, such dangers have been present since the early...

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Written by Don Carson
Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 1; 2 Thessalonians 1; Daniel 5; Psalms 110–111

2 Kings 1; 2 Thessalonians 1; Daniel 5; Psalms 110–111

I ONCE HEARD A PASTOR PREACH THROUGH 2 Thessalonians 1 under the following outline:

  1. A good church going through a rough time (2 Thess. 1:3–4)
  2. A good God waiting for the right time (2 Thess. 1:5–10)
  3. A good man praying in the...

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Written by Don Carson
Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:00

2 Kings 1; 2 Thessalonians 1; Daniel 5; Psalms 110–111

2 Kings 1; 2 Thessalonians 1; Daniel 5; Psalms 110–111

I ONCE HEARD A PASTOR PREACH THROUGH 2 Thessalonians 1 under the following outline:

  1. A good church going through a rough time (2 Thess. 1:3–4)
  2. A good God waiting for the right time (2 Thess. 1:5–10)
  3. A good man praying in the...

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Written by Don Carson
Monday, 18 October 2010 14:00

1 Kings 22; 1 Thessalonians 5; Daniel 4; Psalms 108–109

1 Kings 22; 1 Thessalonians 5; Daniel 4; Psalms 108–109

THE LAST CHAPTER OF 1 KINGS, 1 Kings 22, many believers find troubling. For here God himself is presented as sending out “a lying spirit” (1 Kings 22:22) who will deceive King Ahab and lead him to his destruction. Does God...

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Written by Don Carson
Monday, 18 October 2010 14:00

1 Kings 22; 1 Thessalonians 5; Daniel 4; Psalms 108–109

1 Kings 22; 1 Thessalonians 5; Daniel 4; Psalms 108–109

THE LAST CHAPTER OF 1 KINGS, 1 Kings 22, many believers find troubling. For here God himself is presented as sending out “a lying spirit” (1 Kings 22:22) who will deceive King Ahab and lead him to his destruction. Does God...

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Written by Don Carson
Sunday, 17 October 2010 14:00

1 Kings 21; 1 Thessalonians 4; Daniel 3; Psalm 107

1 Kings 21; 1 Thessalonians 4; Daniel 3; Psalm 107

IN 1 THESSALONIANS 4, Paul once again provides explicit instruction to his converts on how to live (see meditation for October 4). Although his time with the Thessalonians was brief, Paul can look back on those few weeks and comment,...

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Written by Don Carson
Sunday, 17 October 2010 14:00

1 Kings 21; 1 Thessalonians 4; Daniel 3; Psalm 107

1 Kings 21; 1 Thessalonians 4; Daniel 3; Psalm 107

IN 1 THESSALONIANS 4, Paul once again provides explicit instruction to his converts on how to live (see meditation for October 4). Although his time with the Thessalonians was brief, Paul can look back on those few weeks and comment,...

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Written by Don Carson
Saturday, 16 October 2010 14:00

1 Kings 20; 1 Thessalonians 3; Daniel 2; Psalm 106

1 Kings 20; 1 Thessalonians 3; Daniel 2; Psalm 106

THE INTENSITY OF THE RELATIONSHIP between Paul and his converts surfaces again and again. There is never a trace of mere professionalism in Paul. For all that he is prepared on occasion to stand on his apostolic authority, his stance toward...

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Written by Don Carson
Saturday, 16 October 2010 14:00

1 Kings 20; 1 Thessalonians 3; Daniel 2; Psalm 106

1 Kings 20; 1 Thessalonians 3; Daniel 2; Psalm 106

THE INTENSITY OF THE RELATIONSHIP between Paul and his converts surfaces again and again. There is never a trace of mere professionalism in Paul. For all that he is prepared on occasion to stand on his apostolic authority, his stance toward...

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Written by Don Carson
Friday, 15 October 2010 14:00

1 Kings 19; 1 Thessalonians 2; Daniel 1; Psalm 105

1 Kings 19; 1 Thessalonians 2; Daniel 1; Psalm 105

DOUBTLESS ELIJAH EXPECTED THAT, after the triumphant confrontation on Mount Carmel, Israel would turn back to the living God (1 Kings 19). As he had executed the false prophets, so Queen Jezebel herself would be eliminated—by the popular...

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Written by Don Carson
Friday, 15 October 2010 14:00

1 Kings 19; 1 Thessalonians 2; Daniel 1; Psalm 105

1 Kings 19; 1 Thessalonians 2; Daniel 1; Psalm 105

DOUBTLESS ELIJAH EXPECTED THAT, after the triumphant confrontation on Mount Carmel, Israel would turn back to the living God (1 Kings 19). As he had executed the false prophets, so Queen Jezebel herself would be eliminated—by the popular...

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Written by Don Carson
Thursday, 14 October 2010 14:00

1 Kings 18; 1 Thessalonians 1; Ezekiel 48; Psalm 104

1 Kings 18; 1 Thessalonians 1; Ezekiel 48; Psalm 104

IT IS TEMPTING TO COMMENT further on the Pauline triad found in 1 Thessalonians 1:3 (see meditation on October 11), but the confrontation on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18) beckons.

The most shocking thing about that confrontation is that it was needed....

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Written by Don Carson
Thursday, 14 October 2010 14:00

1 Kings 18; 1 Thessalonians 1; Ezekiel 48; Psalm 104

1 Kings 18; 1 Thessalonians 1; Ezekiel 48; Psalm 104

IT IS TEMPTING TO COMMENT further on the Pauline triad found in 1 Thessalonians 1:3 (see meditation on October 11), but the confrontation on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18) beckons.

The most shocking thing about that confrontation is that it was needed....

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Written by Don Carson
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 14:00

1 Kings 17; Colossians 4; Ezekiel 47; Psalm 103

1 Kings 17; Colossians 4; Ezekiel 47; Psalm 103

HERE AND THERE IN THE New Testament we are suddenly given brief glimpses of arrays of Christian people. Romans 16 provides such a snapshot, and Colossians 4:7–18 provides us with another. The men and women briefly introduced lived entire,...

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Written by Don Carson