Posts by Mark Medley (Page 2)

Posts by Mark Medley (Page 2)

Acts 4 | Power Came from These House Churches

Supernatural things happen when believers meet together in homes. The gatherings that the early believers experienced in their homes and in public meetings were not just to make them feel good. From these humble meetings came a power that changed the community. The fellowship, teaching, breaking of bread and prayer that built these believers up would also burst forth from their lives into the lives of others around them. This was so true that “the Lord added to their number…

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…

Luke 16 | Faithful Like Him

Paul Queen reminded us in a recent blog that because of God’s unchanging faithfulness, we can trust him. Luke chapter sixteen turns this thought around and asks the question, “Can he trust us?” There is a theme throughout the Bible of settling accounts, of being responsible for what we have been given. “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you…

Luke 4 | Living as a Child of Our Father

Sometimes religious people and Satan are on the same side. Sometimes demons understand things that religious people refuse to accept. In the earliest part of his ministry, Jesus was challenged both by Satan himself and by the religious leaders of his day. He endured the harrowing encounter with the devil in the wilderness and the near fatal resistance of the rulers of the synagogue because he was living his life on a secure foundation – he knew who he was!…

Luke 3 | So This Is Your Good News?

Many of us would say that John 3:16 is one of our favorite Bible verses. But you really should consider Luke 3:16. This verse contains some great news, but it comes with a twist. Have you ever gotten a piece of good news that didn’t seem so very good when you first heard it? Most things in life that are truly beneficial to you carry a high price tag. That is what it’s like when John promises that Jesus will…

2 Corinthians 4 | Our Wounds Are Part of Our Wholeness

I am always amazed and amused when I read the way Paul describes the traumatic events that happened in his life in 2 Corinthians chapter four. Later in the letter, he recounts his beatings, dangers, shipwrecks, his being many times on the razor-edge of death, the betrayal, sleepless nights, hunger, and cold exposure that accompanied his service to Jesus. Any one of these experiences might send the best of us into a downward spiral of post-traumatic stress. But Paul calls…

2 Corinthians 3 | Which God Do You Behold?

Recently I received a letter from a prisoner in Washington State who had had been given a copy of my worship book: “Because He’s Worthy”.  He wrote me a fourteen-page, handwritten letter recounting his life story—a story full of horribly devastating events that most of us will never experience.  He spoke beautifully and articulately about how Christ has changed his heart and how he, even from a prison cell, is now experiencing the joy-filled life of Christ. He wrote a…

1 Corinthians 13 | What’s So Great About Love?

It is the one thing a human soul needs most. It is perhaps the most overused and least understood word in our language. I am speaking, of course, of love. In our culture, we speak of it all the time but we throw the word and the concept around very cheaply. I love hamburgers. I love the mountains. I love my wife. I love God (hopefully not in equal measure). It is an ever-present theme of songs, poems, books and…

1 Corinthians 7 | God, Sex and Faithfulness

One Christian theologian called the book of First Corinthians an interpreter’s nightmare – and chapter seven is one of the most difficult chapters in the entire New Testament to understand. There are several reasons why this is true. First, Paul says his remarks are in response to “matters about which you wrote”. As Pastor Kelly pointed out in a previous blog, we are only hearing one side of the conversation, which makes it very difficult to accurately interpret what Paul’s…

Romans 15 | Playing Second Fiddle

An admirer once asked Leonard Bernstein, the world-famous orchestra conductor, what was the hardest instrument to play. He replied without hesitation. “Second fiddle. I can always get plenty of first violinists, but to find one who plays second violin with as much enthusiasm, or second French horn or second flute, now that’s a problem. And yet, if no one plays second, we have no harmony.” If no one plays second, we have no harmony. No beauty. No symphonies. No glory. One of…