Studying Mark's Gospel: The Son of Man Arrested, Part 1
Jesus is the true focus of our studies here in Mark’s Gospel, which now turns toward simultaneously the most wicked and most holy ground we’ve come to: the suffering, death, and resurrection of the Son of God.
Happy Are the Mourners
What does Jesus mean? Why is someone blessed when they grieve? Why mourn just to be comforted? Why not skip both?
Why Would God Want to Use Me?
We are like Abraham. There is nothing in us to commend us to God. And yet God loves us. Just as He sought Abraham, He seeks to draw us into fellowship with Himself.
The Lesser Blessings
God has the very best for us but most of us never get there. We settle for blessings like money or security or other things we can acquire. While these things are considered blessings, they should be considered as second-rate blessings. In other words, you can do better.
Beyond Sunday: Work Hard
“For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10
Studying Mark's Gospel: The Son of Man Returning
This week we come to what some call the Olivet Discourse, Jesus’ teaching on the events coming shortly as well as at the end of history as we know it.
Hezekiah: Spiritual Renewal
The name Hezekiah in Hebrew means "God has strengthened." This is appropriate, given the story of this uncommon king's life and reign.
Just Keep Sowing
Why should you keep investing yourself in a person when you are seeing zero fruit? Why should you keep working on a relationship that just doesn’t seem to be working?
Beyond Sunday: Has God Forgotten Me?
Though the valleys seem so deep that we cannot see the bottom, and the mountains so high that we cannot see the tops of them, God knows how to raise the one and level the other.
Studying Mark's Gospel: The Son of Man Tested
This week we’ll see the opposition try to move against Jesus from different angles, and even some strange bedfellows joining together for one purpose: Getting rid of Him!
Do You Need Some Convincing?
You don't have to beat yourself over the head, constantly reminding yourself of how unworthy you are, because Jesus made you worthy!
A Re-"vision" of Proverbs 29:18
A Christian leader’s goals are given a biblical basis by using this verse. I am convinced that this is an illegitimate understanding of this verse for three reasons.
When There’s Strife, There’s Self: In Pursuit of Radical Humility
Even in the setting of the fellowship of believers, "spiritual" can turn to "selfish" in a heartbeat.
Beyond Sunday: Christ's Gift to the Church
There are no qualities, no excellencies in Christ, which are not ours through the gift of Himself.
Studying Mark's Gospel: The Son of Man Is Presented
This week we begin our look at Jesus’ suffering and also the events that transpired during this last week of His earthly ministry.
How God Uses Stress for Our Good and His Glory
Stress is an effective tool in the hands of our God, a tool that is intended both for His glory and our good. In this article we will look at some ways God uses stress.
The Gospel in Galatians: By Grace Alone
Christians affirm that salvation comes from God alone, but too often our daily walk suggests his gift is incomplete until we step in. This is an old problem, which the letter of Galatians dealt with a long time ago.
If God Doesn’t Need Anything, Then Why Does He Command Us to Serve Him?
God doesn’t need anything. He doesn’t need our worship, our work or our money. So why does God command us to worship, serve, and give our money to him?
Beyond Sunday: A Good Requirement
The good which God requires of us is, not the paying a price for the pardon of sin and acceptance with God, but love to himself; and what is there unreasonable, or hard, in this?
Studying Mark's Gospel: Transition and Servanthood
This week we will complete Mark 10 and examine the transition toward the last part of the Gospel, as well as Jesus’ definition and example of servanthood.