The Dividing Line

According to Mark 3:20-21, Jesus’ family was desperate to find Jesus with the hopes of getting him to temper his efforts; it might appear that his popularity was beginning to take a toll on them. “He’s crazy,” was their conclusion. Verse 31 picks this theme back up, with Mary and her sons, and perhaps her daughters, having found Jesus. Read it carefully: […]

Doing Good; Planning Harm

Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good […]

Reflections Regarding Temptation

As soon as the Voice from Heaven offered its amazing affirmation that Jesus was the “beloved Son” and that in him the Father was “well pleased” (see Mark 1:11), we might expect that trumpets should blare and crowds to be jubilant. And being that we who associate with Christ Jesus likewise share in these precious affirmations (being loved and experiencing the Father’s pleasure), […]

In the Midst of Darkness—Light!

If we were more honest we would be more cognizant of the real and deep shame that too often defines our lives. Like dark and heavy clouds hovering just above, shame lingers, squeezing out any real light, suffocating us with its laden heat, making us long for relief. I define shame as that intense feeling of despair brought on by […]

Old Guys Rule: Moses and Relentless Love

God’s written Word is full of seasoned men and women whose lives are worthy of a hard second glance. Moses rates among the very top of such a list of people. Numbers 21:4-9 paints for us a stunning picture of an elderly man pouring himself into the next generation, and doing so with an unconditional love and relentless grace that […]