The past is past…leave it there.


Psalm 38 The Past and the Future Today many counselors want us to dredge up the past and relive our past sins but is this healthy? The psalmist has brought his past before God, not some other person. Is this the way to handle our sins? Well, yes and no. Sometimes we are to carry […]

I know my redeemer lives….


1 Peter 1 Even in his suffering, Job could exclaim: As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.[Job 19:25] Peter echoes that same thought in our reading today. “Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold,but by […]

Do and Say


Mark 14 After supper when Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, He took them to the Garden. How is that they did not notice that Judas was not with them? And, when they saw the contingent of soldiers with Judas, how did they not connect the words of Jesus that one would betray Him? How did […]

Be on Guard!


Mark 13 We watch the news via TV, read the newspapers and google monuments of antiquity. Yet across our world we are seeing those being torn down and ruined by ideological fanatics. As Jesus listened to the disciples’ enthusiasm about the Temple, he reminded them that like today monuments which are man-made, they can and […]

Beware of False Teachers


Mark 12 Ignorance of the Word  The religious leaders again sought to trap Jesus with their words but Jesus told them a parable about a vineyard and the owner’s slaves and son. It is interesting that these men who studied the scriptures thinking that in them they have eternal life have missed this important lesson […]

The Heart of the Matter


Mark 11 Fruit or Fruitlessness We read this story of the barren fig tree and Jesus banishing it, leaves us with a bitter taste in our mouths, but Jesus was teaching about what looks on the outside is not necessarily or on the inside.  What the disciples, and us, see is just a tree with leaves […]