• Forgiveness and Healing Devotional

    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 all of them are due to the fact that we live in a fallen world and suffer from sin’s corruption. If we are not saved from our sins, any fix to these problems is temporary and hell awaits us. Have you trusted in Christ for the forgiveness of your sins? View Resource

  • Jesus Calls Levi Devotional

    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. This He does by grace, showing that our place in His kingdom and in ministry is not a matter of the Lord’s choosing those who are fully trained when called. God must equip us for ministry, and we see this is the case any time He calls an “unlikely” candidate. View Resource

  • Jesus, the Great Physician Devotional

    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 own condition must be overcome if we are to be saved from sin. As long as we do not believe we are sinners, we cannot receive the cure, for only those who know they need a cure will receive it. In order to move closer to God, we first have to confess how far away we are from Him. View Resource

  • The Proper Day for Fasting Devotional

    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 Jesus face-to-face (Rev. 19:1–8). Until then, while He is visibly absent, fasting is appropriate when we want to indicate the serious nature of particular prayers. While we wait for Christ’s return, there are right times to fast. View Resource

  • New Wine for New Wineskins Devotional

    Mark 2:21-22

    Dr. R.C. Sproul mentions in his commentary Mark that Jesus “was warning them that their King had come, and they would not be able to deal with this King unless they got rid of the structures that made it impossible for them to receive Him.” If our non-biblically mandated traditions are ends in themselves, they will keep us from seeing Jesus. Such things may themselves be fine, but if we make them unalterable, we will never be reformed according to God’s Word. View Resource

  • Picking Grain on the Sabbath Devotional

    Mark 2:23-26

    One fundamental error that most cults make is to take one passage of Scripture in isolation and exalt it over all others and at the expense of the meaning of other passages. But God has not given us only one passage. He has given us a canon of sixty-six books, and each passage must be interpreted in light of the whole of Scripture. Thus, we become better biblical interpreters the more of the Bible that we know. Let us study the whole counsel of God so that we might rightly understand it. View Resource

  • The Purpose of the Sabbath Devotional

    Mark 2:27

    We should look at the law and realize we cannot obey it perfectly for our justification. But the reason for our failure is not the impossibility of knowing the law itself but rather the presence of sin. Regenerate people are supposed to love the law of God (Ps. 119:97) and to find it a delight in their sanctification as they are conformed to the image of Christ. But if we treat God’s law as an end in itself and not as the means to know God, we will not know the law rightly or delight in it as we should. View Resource

  • Lord of the Sabbath Devotional

    Mark 2:28

    Among the other things we learn from today’s passage is that the proper interpretation of the Old Testament belongs to Jesus Himself. If He is the Son of God and incarnate second person of the Trinity, He is the author of this law and therefore understands it best. In our efforts to understand the Bible properly, we must look to how Jesus handles Scripture, for the principles that He employs give us the necessary tools to comprehend and apply God’s Word to our lives. View Resource

  • The Pharisees’ Hard Hearts Devotional

    Mark 3:1-6

    The Pharisees’ meeting with the Herodians to plot Jesus’ death confirms their evil (Mark 3:6). Dr. R.C. Sproul points out the irony in his commentary Mark: “Could there have been a worse way of violating the sanctity of the day God set apart for the well-being of His people than to plot to kill the Lord of the Sabbath on the Sabbath day?” Let us pray for the Lord to give us soft hearts and the willingness to obey Him even when it violates unbiblical traditions. View Resource

  • Tares Among the Wheat Devotional

    Mark 3:7–10

    In the drive to build a large church, elders can lose sight of what is most important—congregational discipleship. A large congregation might be spiritually mature, but it could also be that the tares outnumber the wheat in a given locale. The same dynamics are true of smaller churches as well. Let us encourage our pastors and elders to do the work of discipleship, and may we seek to be involved as well, according to our circumstances and abilities. View Resource

  • Superior, Not Equal Devotional

    Mark 3:11-12

    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 Lord’s sovereign control. God’s omnipotent care for His children means that believers cannot be possessed by demons and that no scheme of the evil one will result in his ultimate victory over God’s people. Safe in the hands of Jesus, we need not fear anything Satan can throw at us. View Resource

  • Twelve Apostles Devotional

    Mark 3:13-15

    Many people try to separate Christ from His Apostles, but that is not possible. True, only Christ is God incarnate and only Christ atoned for sin; however, the words of the Apostles carry the same authority as the words Christ spoke while on earth. The New Testament is the very Word of God and therefore the very Word of Jesus, because Jesus is God and because the Spirit of God inspired the Apostles (2 Tim. 3:16–17). If we reject the words of the Apostles, we reject Christ. View Resource

  • Who Were the Twelve? Devotional

    Mark 3:16-19

    Today, we hear a lot about the need for diversity. But as we see from the political system and nations around the world, diversity without unity leads to infighting and even civil war. Scripture does call God’s people to embrace diversity, but it is a diversity that is unified in the common confession of the biblical faith. People from every background are welcome in the church—provided they repent of their sin and trust in Christ Jesus alone. Only Christ can unify the church. View Resource

  • Jesus and His Family Devotional

    Mark 3:20–21

    Dr. Sproul writes in his commentary Mark that “anyone who takes his faith seriously and speaks on behalf of Christ and His kingdom will be accused of fanaticism at some point.” When we follow Jesus, we will inevitably face people—perhaps even our closest relatives—who think we are strange, crazy, or maybe even evil. When this occurs, let us recall that Jesus Himself faced people who misunderstood Him. Still, He loved them, and so too must we love those who think we are fanatics. View Resource

  • A House Divided Devotional

    Mark 3:22—26

    We must be on guard against the great deceiver, for Satan is cunning and may hide behind a cloak of pretended righteousness. However, we can be confident that his deception cannot last forever. It will finally be revealed for the deception that it is. If the gospel is truly at work, the devil will not be able to trick us forever, as true spiritual fruit cannot be imitated but can result only from the authentic work of God the Holy Spirit. View Resource