• Slow and Steady Growth

    Mark 4:26–29

    In various ways, the church is tempted to bring about the growth of the kingdom of God. Many will try to make the gospel less offensive or will try to use methods of growing the kingdom other than the ordinary ...Read More

  • More to Those Who Have

    Mark 4:24–25

    God blesses us with the light of the revelation of His kingdom not so that we can be indifferent to it but so that we will respond to it in faith. However, He will not offer the kingdom to us ...Read More

  • Secrets Made Manifest

    Mark 4:21–23

    Many believers have questions about the demonic such as “Can a Christian be demon-possessed?” The fact that Satan is not equal in power to God helps us understand that though the devil is mighty, He is still subject to the ...Read More

  • The Thorns and the Harvest

    Mark 4:18—20

    None of us can anticipate the size of the harvest that will be produced when God’s Word meets good soil. The one thing we can be sure of, however, is that a harvest will come. We will not see in ...Read More

  • The Path and Rocky Soil

    Mark 4:13—17

    In his sermon “The Seed upon Stony Ground,” C.H. Spurgeon notes that persecution can come in many forms, including the assaults of skeptics. He laments that “many hearers and receivers of the word have been destroyed by critical infidels. ...Read More

  • The Purpose of Parables

    Mark 4:10—12

    Many of us have the opportunity to teach the Word of God to others. Some of us serve as pastors, elders, Bible study leaders, or Sunday school teachers. Others of us teach our kids the truths of Scripture at home. ...Read More

  • The Parable of the Sower

    Mark 4:1—9

    Understanding that God must give people hearts to believe releases us from many burdens. All we have to do is preach the gospel faithfully; we do not have to reinvent the wheel and come up with new techniques to get ...Read More

  • Unequal Weights and False Scales

    Proverbs 20:23

    As the God who is truth Himself, it should be no surprise that one of God’s utmost concerns is with the truthfulness of all of our interactions with others. Christians are to be people who are scrupulously concerned with the ...Read More

  • Atoning for Iniquity

    Daniel 9:24–27

    Discussions of Daniel 9 often focus on calculating years, the delay of the seventieth week, and so on. All should agree, however, that the number 490 is at least partly symbolic of God’s determination in the fullness of time to ...Read More

  • Five Foolish Virgins

    Matthew 25:1–13

    We cannot trust in the spiritual readiness of others. Being ready to enter the kingdom at our Lord’s return or, should He tarry, to remain faithful when our rescue seems long in coming is something that we are responsible for ...Read More

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