Tag Archives: grace

Turning Away from Jesus

And Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. Mark 3:19 Judas is always named last in the listings of The Twelve (Mark 3; Matthew 10; Luke 6). He is variously identified as the one “who betrayed him” (Mark, Matthew, John), or “became a traitor” (Luke). John tells us the name of his father, Simon Iscariot (John 6:71; 13:2). […]

The Difference Prayer Makes

Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve—designating them apostles—that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. Mark 3:13-15 My friend and college dorm mate, Phil Nichols, […]

Teachers of Grace

Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Mark 3:1-2 Whenever Jesus shows up, things happen. The previous time He was […]

Genuine Human Need

One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grain fields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry […]

Sin and Forgiveness

Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Mark 2:6–7 They were right. In the last analysis, only God can forgive sin! True, there is such a commodity as human forgiveness. Jesus called us to […]

Quit Being So Hard on Yourself

In Psalm 143 we find David crushed in spirit, deep in despair, and hurting terribly. It’s so encouraging to know the Holy Spirit wanted the journal of David’s psalms in the Bible. The inclusion of his psalms of heartache lets us know that often inner sorrow takes a long time to fight, that healing processes do not […]

Human Failure and Inexhaustible Grace

A testimony from the Azusa Street revival in 1906 told of a missionary being attacked by the enemy with the suggestion she was forsaken by God and had committed the unpardonable sin. “God hates you—drown yourself,” he repeatedly urged. She almost did. She returned to her room from the river, threw herself down, fell asleep, […]

Sin Abasing, Grace Abounding (Psalm 36)

This psalm contrasts the evil in humanity with the goodness in God. It begins with a denunciation of the wicked (vv. 1–4), moves on to praise the Lord for the beauty within Him (vv. 5–9), and concludes in tying the two themes together by noting the distinction between those who move toward or away from […]