• A Condition for Forgiveness Devotional

    Mark 11:25

    In a sermon on the parallel to today’s passage in Matthew 6, Augustine of Hippo warns us lest we forgive only with our mouths and not with our hearts. When others ask for our forgiveness, we must not hold a grudge even though we may say we have forgiven them. As always, God is most concerned with our hearts, and our forgiving hearts indicate that we have seen our sin and have truly cast ourselves on the Lord’s mercy. View Resource

  • The Authority of Jesus Devotional

    Mark 11:27–33

    Jesus’ response to the Jewish authorities also reveals His own authority. He had more authority than they did, so He was not compelled to answer them. For the Christian, Christ is the highest authority. Therefore, we submit to His words, namely, all of Scripture, as our highest authority. View Resource

  • The Parable of the Tenants Devotional

    Mark 12:1–9

    The parable of the tenants was a prophecy to its original hearers of the death of Christ, but it also shows us how much unredeemed people hate God. As Dr. R.C. Sproul points out in his commentary Mark, that people had Christ—God incarnate—murdered proves that sinners would kill God if they could get away with it. Only by grace do we love God and not hate Him. Let us thank Him for giving us hearts to love Him. View Resource

  • The Rejected Cornerstone Devotional

    Mark 12:10–12

    It is easy for us to be discouraged when we see the enemies of God seem to prevail against us and against the church. But the parable of the tenants, as well as many other biblical passages, tells us that every up and every down of history is under God’s control. We can be confident for the future because we know that nothing happens outside of the Lord’s sovereign plan for all things. View Resource

  • Giving God and Government Their Due Devotional

    Mark 12:13–17

    That Caesar has things that belong to him does not mean that he has a right to everything that he claims for himself. Believers give to God the things that are God’s, and what belongs to Him is supreme authority even over the state. Thus, the state is not permitted to overstep its bounds and intrude in matters—such as worship and church discipline—that God has not delegated to the state. View Resource

  • The Sadducees Ask About Marriage Devotional

    Mark 12:18–24

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, “Since God makes known His will clearly in the Scriptures, the want of acquaintance with them is the source and cause of all errors.” If we are going to know the truth, we must know the Bible. Let us take the time to study it personally and to hear it preached and taught accurately so that we may not err as the Sadducees did. View Resource

  • The God of the Living Devotional

    Mark 12:25–27

    Scripture refers to the Lord as the “living God” (Deut. 5:26) not only because He is the only God who is alive—the other gods being dead because they do not truly exist as gods—but also because He is the God of the living. God’s relationship to His people does not end at their death, for they live on to worship Him in heaven. Because God is the God of the living, we know that all His promises to us will be kept either now or in the world to come. View Resource

  • The Greatest Commandments Devotional

    Mark 12:28–31

    Dr. R.C. Sproul also writes in his Mark commentary, “We do not really progress in the Christian life until we understand that we are to love God simply because He is lovely and wonderful, worthy of every creature’s unqualified affection.” Love for God on account of who He is in Himself is the highest form of love that creatures can show. Let us pray that the Lord would give us such love for Him. View Resource

  • Close to the Kingdom of God Devotional

    Mark 12:32–34

    In our day, many people will not preach the law of God because they believe news of God’s judgment creates a barrier to people’s entering the kingdom. Yet Jesus Himself shows us that we cannot come close to the kingdom of God unless we first know God’s law and what it demands. Let us encourage our pastors and teachers in their endeavor to preach and teach the law of God. View Resource

  • David’s Prophecy of Christ Devotional

    Mark 12:35–37

    The church’s confession that Jesus is both truly God and truly man goes right back to the self-understanding of the Lord Himself. He proclaimed His humanity and deity; therefore, so must we. We are not preaching the whole Christ unless we proclaim His true manhood and His true deity. Because He is man, He could atone for the sins of mankind. Because He is God, this atonement can cover all of our sins past, present, and future. View Resource

  • Religious Men Who Prey on the Needy Devotional

    Mark 12:38–40

    None of us fully lives up to God’s standards, but we are not hypocrites for trying. We are hypocrites only when we pretend to be holier than we are, when we present ourselves as humble when in fact our hearts are proud and conceited. Let us repent daily for any true hypocrisy that we might find in our hearts, and may we ask God to give us the grace to be honest about ourselves with others. View Resource

  • The Widow’s Sacrificial Contribution Devotional

    Mark 12:41–44

    In his commentary Mark, Dr. R.C. Sproul writes, “God is not so much concerned with what we give as how we give.” Above all, the Lord is looking at our hearts, and He esteems those who have hearts that are willing to make sacrifices for His kingdom. Are you giving to the work of God in a way that pleases Him? View Resource

  • The Olivet Discourse Devotional

    Mark 13:1–4

    Difficult passages such as Mark 13 show us that we need to be careful when we read and interpret the Bible. Particularly with difficult passages, we must not jump to conclusions hastily, but we must think about the text thoroughly so as to avoid coming to the wrong idea about a passage. Let us study diligently, pray for God’s help in interpreting the Bible, and examine how other texts interpret the harder ones. View Resource

  • The Importance of Prophecy Devotional

    Mark 13:1-23

    Prophecy is important. It shows God’s control over history, in that what He predicts does come to pass. Take care not to “throw the baby out with the bath water” when rightly rejecting the fantasies of some prophecy teachers today. View Resource

  • False Messiahs, Wars, and Natural Disasters Devotional

    Mark 13:5–8

    That Jesus said false messiahs and natural disasters were only the beginning of the signs of Jerusalem’s end cautions us about drawing too many conclusions when we see such things in our own day. Natural disasters and false prophets are not necessarily signs that the final judgment is around the corner. Let us not read too much into the events around us, but let us be faithful to proclaim the gospel, for we do not know when Christ’s final return will be. View Resource