MARK This is an updated post. I have added notes on Mark 13-16. This completes this set of notes on Mark’s Gospel. “Good News” – “the forgiveness of sins” and “baptism with the Holy Spirit” (Mark 1:1,4,8). This Good News is centred on Jesus Christ, God’s beloved Son (Mark 1:11). Jesus was empowered by “the […]Read More Search The Scriptures: Mark’s Gospel
Psalm 51 David confesses his sin. He prays for God’s forgiveness. Confession and forgiveness – the two go together. We confess our sins. God forgives our sin. Forgiveness is God’s gift. He gives his gift when we confess our sins to him – “God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives […]Read More Confession, Forgiveness, Cleansing
“Power and authority” (Luke 9:1) – “No weapon that has been made to be used against you will succeed … victory comes from Me” (Isaiah 54:17). “Who is this person I’m hearing so much about? so Herod wanted to see Jesus” (Luke 9:9). There is no suggestion that Herod was about to become a believer. […]Read More Learning From Jesus (Luke 9)
We thank You, Lord, for Your Word. It’s ” a lamp to our feet and a light to our path” (Psalm 119:105). As we read Your written Word, we hear the voice of Jesus, Your living Word. Jesus speaks to us. He calls us out of our darkness. He calls us into Your light. It’s […]Read More We thank You, Lord, for Your Word.
“May all, who seek You, rejoice and be glad in You! May those who love your salvation continually say, ‘God is great!’” (Psalm 70:4). When, Lord, we’re going through “many terrible troubles”, help us to look beyond our problems, to look to You, to know that You are our “rock of refuge” and our “strong fortress” […]Read More Help us, Lord, to look beyond our problems – to look to You, our “rock of refuge” and our “strong fortress.”
MATTHEW Jesus was also called Emmanuel (Matthew 1:23). Emmanuel means ‘God with us.’ This is the great message that comes to us from the first chapter of the New Testament. God has not remained in heaven. He has come to earth. Along with the Name, Emmanuel, there is the better – known Name – Jesus. […]Read More Search The Scriptures: Matthew’s Gospel
Our words can do a lot of good – and they can do a lot of harm! Lord, help us to watch what we say. May our words be words that heal – not words that hurt. May they be helpful words, words that will help others to love You more – not words that […]Read More Our words can do a lot of good – and they can do a lot of harm!