Posts by Mark Medley

Posts by Mark Medley

Hebrews 5 | Better

You may not realize it, but you may need an upgrade. You are reading this blog on a phone or a computer which runs on an operating system. Chances are, you have had to update the system many times over the years. The idea is that the old system has flaws and can’t run the apps and software that you want to run as smoothly as the new one, so you need the upgrade. That is roughly the idea of…

Acts 24 | This Man Is A Plague

Public enemy number one… A threat to all humanity as we know it… A person who has turned the world upside down… Yet this was Paul, a humble man who was a helpless prisoner of the world’s most extensive empire. Was he really all that dangerous? In Acts 24, the political ruler refused to hear Paul because he knew he himself to be a sinful man. The religious leaders refused to hear Paul because they thought themselves to be righteous…

Acts 8 | When The Gospel Goes, The Spirit Flows

“I don’t understand why I don’t see the miracles here that people see in other places.” My friend sat across the lunch table visibly frustrated. I’ve heard people say this type of thing before. The lament is that we hear of such great miracles in other countries, such as Africa or Latin America. So why do we not see many of these kinds of miracles here in the United States? I understand the frustration. But there seemed to be something…

Luke 17 | The Miraculous In The Mundane

Our concept of the spiritual world is really strange sometimes. We often miss the truly spiritual things because we are focused on what we think is spiritual. We can easily miss the forest for the trees. Luke 17 is a good example. The young disciples thought their biggest need was to increase their faith. The well-meaning but deceived and law-bound Pharisees were concerned with the end times and the coming of the kingdom of God. But Jesus ties strong faith…

Romans 7 | Dead And Loving It!

Red light cameras. You know, I don’t really mean to run through the red light. However, the intersection is so large, and the yellow light is so short! The end result—click. There is the ticket in the mail. Surely this is the highest form of injustice, that someone (or something) is watching me, making sure I keep the written laws of my society. But honestly, I am glad we have traffic lights. My commute to work would be much more…

1 Peter 2 | God’s Building Project

My dad had an amazing gift. He bought a four-room farmhouse on several acres in 1950 and turned it into a sprawling complex of buildings over the years. He could conceive a building in his mind, write it down on paper, figure out what it took to construct it, and build it with his bare hands. Then he maintained each structure meticulously. There are a few people reading this who could probably do the same thing, but you must understand,…

Mark 3 | Sabbath Seriously

The Gospel of Mark is like an action movie. It records the events of Jesus’ ministry in scene after scene using words like “immediately” or “at once, without delay.” It can be a challenge to keep up with all that is happening. For example, in this chapter, we have five scenes involving Jesus interacting with hundreds (or thousands) of people. We see a man, a group of religious leaders, a large crowd, the twelve, another large crowd, and Jesus’ own…

2 Tim. 4 | The Judge of the Living and the Dead

I once heard a life-coach say we should all have a five-year plan for our lives. I agree that it is good to think wisely about the future, but a five-year plan is not thinking far enough ahead. Adolph Hitler had a one-thousand-year plan, but even that fell short because it did not take into consideration God’s righteous judgment and eternal life. In 2 Timothy 4, Paul warns us to think in the light of eternity, and this is extremely practical,…

Rev. 5 | Idols and Honor

A trip to India will cause you to reassess things in your life. The spiritual, cultural, and literal climate are all very difficult for anyone to become acclimated. But undoubtedly, the most unexpected thing about the culture is the blatant and literal idolatry which is a part of everyday life. People actually purchase stone idols and pray to them. They set up shrines to their billions of gods. This grieved me to the core of my spirit to see this…

John 17 | Come See The Heart of God

God has given us a beautiful gift in John 17: a glimpse into the heart of Jesus Christ and his relationship with His Father. The Bible is full of great prayers, but perhaps none reveals the heart and purpose of God better than this one, uttered just hours before the crucifixion. Jesus lifts up his eyes as if to make eye contact with His Father, zeroing in on the will of God. He prays according to His own need, “Father,…