Devotionals

A Reflection on Psalm 73

Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches. All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence. For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning. If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed the generation of […]

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A Reflection on Psalm 37

Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall […]

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A Sermon for You

Good morning, Crown and Joy!  Today I am attending a conference held by the Banner of Truth.  They are known for their publication of old books with rich theology, but they also feature contemporary speakers with spiritual depth.  One such speaker is H.B. Charles.  The son of a Preacher Man, he is carrying on his father’s […]

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Who Are the Poor?

The poor. It’s a common phrase, and as often happens with common phrases, we use it without comprehending its meaning. So, who are the poor? Generally, that phrase is used to refer to people making less than a specific income. If you asked people for some specific examples from day-to-day life, the homeless and people […]

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Public-Private

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as […]

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Suffering In This World

For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you […]

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Speak Truth

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the sake of the gospel, and not frightened in anything […]

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Looking in the Psalms for a time like this

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you […]

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In the Thirties of the Psalms

How might one muse concerning the character of God during a pandemic?  Our gut level assessment might suggest that God is either unaware of what’s going on or He can’t do anything about it or He is up to something malevolent.  He cannot be omnipresent, omnipotent, or infinite in goodness and this be going on.  […]

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A Gem from Jarratt

Recently, a sister from our church brought a musician to my attention. Composer, musician, and educator Undine Smith Moore hails from Jarratt, Virginia, the home of our sister. In recent years, Moore has received recognition for the her work as an African-American composer, particularly her choral compositions. Follow the links below to learn a little […]

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B.B. Warfield Essay

Dear Saints, Our feature this week is an essay written in 1887 by Benjamin B. Warfield (1851-1921) entitled  “A Calm View of the Freedman’s Case”.  I found this essay years ago when I was in seminary.  Who was Dr. Warfield?  He was one of the great Reformed theologians of the 19th Century and became the […]

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A Anti-Slavery Poem

Dear Saints, This week’s tribute to African American History during this month is a poem called “The Negro’s Complaint.” William Cowper wrote this poem in 1788.  He is known for his struggle with depression and how he brought Christ to bear in his struggle. He wrote hymns in the midst of all, as well.  Cowper […]

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