Mark 13:24-37 – Watching for Christ’s Return

To be found ready, at whatever moment our Lord shall call for us, should be the one object of our ambition. With this view, we should seek to be found in Christ, not having our own righteousness, but that which is of God through faith in Christ. Not content with a general hope of acceptance […]

Posted on: March 14, 2019 - 10:00PM

Mark 13:1-23 – How the Future Informs How The Church Lives in the Present

Can passion for the world to come actually bear good fruit in this present world? Doesn’t such a future orientation make us subject to the old charge that Christians are so heavenly minded we’re no earthly good? Doesn’t it lead to a withdrawal from this present world? Certainly many people have thought so. Henry David Thoreau […]

Posted on: March 7, 2019 - 7:27PM

Mark 12:35-44 – Jesus the Son of David and the Lord of David

The Jews had always acknowledged, and this is important. The Jews had, historically, always acknowledged that Psalm 110 was a messianic Psalm. That had never been debated in ancient times. And by the way, it is the most often quoted Psalm by the New Testament writers. It is quoted more than any other Psalm. It […]

Posted on: February 28, 2019 - 10:00PM

Mark 12:13-34 – The Greatest Commandment

True religion is all about loving God and loving people. It is that simple. Yet it is impossible. The GREAT COMMANDMENT is not the way of salvation. It is the evidence that convicts us of the guilt of sin. No one loves God with all his heart, soul, and mind. And no one loves his […]

Posted on: February 21, 2019 - 10:06PM

Mark 11:27-12:12 – The Authority of Jesus

Preserved within the gospel of Mark is a diverse and significant body of evidence of the verus sensus Jesu (the true historical Jesus). Nowhere is the continuity between the memory of the early Church and the self-understanding of Jesus more discernible than in Mark’s witness to his exousia, his divine legitimacy as God’s Son and servant. In Jewish […]

Posted on: February 14, 2019 - 10:00PM

Pastoral Prayer – February 10, 2019

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours.  Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. 1 Chr 29:11 ESV At the invitation of our Lord […]

Posted on: February 10, 2019 - 3:32PM

Mark 11:12-25 – Believe That You Have Received

WHAT a promise! so large, so Divine, that our little hearts cannot take it in, and in every possible way seek to limit it to what we think safe or probable; instead of allowing it, in its quickening power and energy, just as He gave it, to enter in, and to enlarge our hearts to […]

Posted on: February 7, 2019 - 10:00PM

Mark 11:1-11 – Jesus, Not the King We Were Expecting, but The King That We Needed

Jesus, in this passage, clearly directs our attention to the question, “Who is this?” Even Matthew’s question from the crowds tip you off to that. The great point of this passage is – take stock of who Jesus is. And He is going to make very deliberate pre-planned claims in this passage in order to […]

Posted on: January 31, 2019 - 10:00PM

Mark 10:46-52 – The Faith of Those Who Know They Are Blind

Bartimeus was a distressed and humble suppliant for mercy— He was both blind, and necessitated to subsist on the precarious bounty of those who might pass him on the highway. Who would have thought that God should suffer one, towards whom he had designs of love and mercy, to be reduced to so low a […]

Posted on: January 24, 2019 - 10:00PM

Mark 10:32-45 – Why Do We Need The Cross?

Reprimanding His disciples for their argument about who would be greatest in the kingdom, Jesus laid out the qualities that accompany God-defined greatness. He pushed the disciples beyond the seeking of man-centered earthly positions, by holding up His own life as the example of ultimate greatness: the One who suffered, who served others, and lastly, […]

Posted on: January 18, 2019 - 8:09AM