• Defining the Gospel Devotional

    Matthew 24:14

    Ultimately, there are only two possible kingdoms where we can hold citizenship. We can hold citizenship in the kingdom of this world and experience eternal death, or we can be citizens of the kingdom of God and live in His glorious presence forever. We become citizens of God’s kingdom only by trusting in Christ. With whom will you share this message today? 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

  • Witnesses to the Kingdom Devotional

    Mark 9:1

    Whatever view we take of the specific event to which Jesus refers in Mark 9:1, we are left without any doubt that the kingdom of God came in power in the first century. The birth of Christianity changed the course of human history, and our Lord continues to build His kingdom as we await His return. We serve a mighty God who will not fail to accomplish His purposes. View Resource

  • Legion Destroys Some Swine Devotional

    Mark 5:11-13

    Scripture exhorts us to care for animals and not to be cruel to them. Even so, the Bible never puts the worth of animals on the same level as the worth of humanity. We “are of more value than many sparrows” (Matt. 10:31). That fact must be kept in mind in our ethical discussions. When people start putting a value on animal life equal to or higher than the value they put on human life, something is seriously wrong with the culture. View Resource

  • Assurance and Conviction Devotional

    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 unseen reality for which there is much evidence. Christians have grounds to believe what they believe, and therefore we are not being irrational to believe in God and His raising of Jesus from the dead. View Resource

  • 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

  • The Faith of the Friends Devotional

    Mark 2:1-5

    John Calvin comments that the paralytic’s friends “would never have submitted to so much trouble, nor contended with such formidable hindrances, if they had not derived courage from entire confidence of success. The fruit of their faith appeared in their not being wearied out when they found the entrance closed up on all sides.” These men were so sure of Jesus’ ability that they would stop at nothing to see Him. May we pursue our Savior with such fervent faith. View Resource

  • The Disobedient Leper Devotional

    Mark 1:40-45

    Our Lord’s grace and compassion is also seen in His reaction to the leprous man. Some manuscripts of Mark 1:41 state that Jesus was moved by anger, not pity. Dr. R.C. Sproul explains our Lord’s anger: “He was filled with a righteous indignation against the ravages of the fallen world, such as disease. He hated disease, but He cared for the person afflicted by the disease.” Christ hates what sin has done to His creation, and He is full of compassion for those who suffer the effects of the fall. View Resource

  • The Purpose of Jesus’ Ministry Devotional

    Mark 1:35-39

    If Jesus, who is the Son of God incarnate, found it so necessary to pray, shouldn’t we also pray? Fellowship with the Lord in prayer is an absolute necessity if we will be sustained in life and ministry over the long haul. This is true whether we minister as pastors, in secular workplaces, or in our homes. View Resource

  • Healings in Capernaum Devotional

    Mark 1:29-34

    Several biblical texts show us God’s sovereignty in revealing Himself. Our Creator does not show Himself on demand; rather, He chooses to reveal Himself and His purposes when He sees fit. This happened during Jesus’ ministry when He would not let others speak of Him. It happens today, as God chooses when and where to reveal His salvation to His elect and call them to faith through His Word. God is wise in how He reveals Himself, so let us not demand that He act on our timetable. View Resource

  • Casting out Demons Devotional

    Mark 1:23-18

    As Romans 8:19–21 indicates, the salvation that Jesus brings will encompass even the physical order. That cannot happen, however, until Christ deals with the evil powers that hold creation hostage. Jesus dealt the decisive blow of victory on the cross, and now He sets people free from the devil’s tyranny as the gospel goes forth. We are called to pray for this gospel to succeed wherever it goes that God’s elect will be freed to serve Him in gladness. View Resource

  • Teaching with Authority Devotional

    Mark 1:21-22

    Jesus is often regarded as a good teacher, but as many Christian apologists have noted, we insult Christ if we view Him as merely a good teacher. Our Lord was not simply a wise moral philosopher; rather, He spoke with divine authority. What He says, therefore, must be believed. His Words are truth itself, and if we do not heed what He says, then we will find ourselves outside of His kingdom on the last day. View Resource

  • Jesus Calls His First Disciples Devotional

    Mark 1:16-20

    God has called elders, teachers, and other Christian leaders to be fishers of men—to prepare men and women for judgment day by calling them to repentance and instructing them in biblical truth. However, while ordained church officers have a special role to play in this, the task of calling people to repentance and faith so that they can stand before God unafraid is given to all Christians to fulfill, insofar as they are able, wherever they are (Matt. 28:18–20). View Resource

  • Jesus Preaches the Gospel Devotional

    Mark 1:14-15

    The gospel is not a message that “you can have your best life now”; that “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life”; or that you must “ask Jesus into your heart.” Some of these statements may be true if qualified properly, but none of them is the gospel. The gospel is Jesus Christ—who He is and what He has done. If we are not preaching that, we are not preaching the gospel. View Resource

  • Tempted in the Wilderness Devotional

    Mark 1:12-13

    In his commentary Mark, Dr. R.C. Sproul notes how Jesus’ victory over temptation in the wilderness would have been particularly relevant to first-century Christians. They faced persecution and death for holding firm to their confession, and in Jesus they had an example of One who refused to worship any but the one true God even when He was promised the kingdoms of the world (Luke 4:5–8). This same Jesus will give us strength to persevere in faith if we seek His face. View Resource