• The Proper Day for Fasting

    Mark 2:18-20

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage that “fasting and prayers are adapted to sorrow and adversity.” When the bridegroom was present, it was time to celebrate, and we will celebrate at the marriage supper of the Lamb when we see ...Read More

  • Jesus, the Great Physician

    Mark 2:15-17

    In his commentary Mark, Dr. R.C. Sproul comments on the irony of today’s passage: the scribes “were the sickest of the sick, all the while thinking they had no need of a physician.” Spiritual blindness to our ...Read More

  • Jesus Calls Levi

    Mark 2:13-14

    One of the themes of Jesus’ ministry is that He is not bound to choose the most obvious candidates for ministry according to social convention. He may call people for service from what may be considered the most disgraceful backgrounds. ...Read More

  • How God Creates and Sustains Our Faith

    Romans 10:17

    Without the proper diet, our bodies will be weak and sickly. The same is true of our faith. If we do not nourish it regularly, we will be tossed about by every wind of doubt, and we will fall into ...Read More

  • God’s Gift to His People

    Ephesians 2:1-10

    That faith is the gift of God is some of the best news we could ever receive. If faith is God’s gift to us, we do not have to depend on our own fervor or strength for our salvation. Since ...Read More

  • Examples of Faith

    Hebrews 11:23-12:2

    Jesus says that servants are not greater than their master. If He suffered for His faithfulness to God, His disciples will also suffer for trusting in Him and living by His Word (John 15:18–27). If we share His vocation on ...Read More

  • The Faith of Abraham

    Hebrews 11:8-22

    Many people in this world will regard us as fools for leaving everything behind for God. So often, the sacrifices that we make do not lead to any evident reward in this life, so it is easy for earthly minded ...Read More

  • Faith and God’s Rewards

    Hebrews 11:3-7

    Christian faith is more than just belief that God exists. It does not take any special gift of faith to believe in the existence of the Creator, for many people have lived and died believing that God exists even though ...Read More

  • Assurance and Conviction

    Hebrews 11:1-2

    As we have seen, biblical faith is not naive wish fulfillment that believes in something just because it makes us feel better. Neither does it involve believing despite the evidence. Instead, biblical faith is confident trust in an objective but ...Read More

  • Forgiveness and Healing

    Mark 2:6-12

    Forgiveness is our greatest need. Disease, depression, sorrow, poverty, injustice, and all other ills are true needs; ultimately, however, all these ills exist because sin has corrupted creation. Not all of our problems are caused by our specific sins, but ...Read More