Posts by Mark Medley (Page 4)

Posts by Mark Medley (Page 4)

Revelation 22 | Three Trees And The Restoration Of All Things

There is no more hopeful chapter in the Bible than the last. Here is God’s great answer to our human fallen nature and here is the culmination of the truly awesome work of Jesus Christ on the cross. This is the chapter that gives us the answer to all the questions that have haunted mankind through the ages. Where did we come from? What went wrong? How can it be made right? How will this all end? The center of…

Revelation 15 | Boy, Do They Sing in Heaven!

As we read Revelation this week, we see another song popping up in the midst of the apocalyptic activity that John experienced (Chapter 15). This made me think about worship throughout book of Revelation. As we have seen, this book is not really about things yet to come as much as it is an unveiling of the person and work of Jesus Christ. My short definition of worship is this: worship is a revelation (God reveals himself to us) and a response…

Revelation 7 | Who Gets to Sing in the Choir?

There are many interpretations and much hype about the 144,000 “sealed” persons mentioned in Revelation chapter seven. This same group is also mentioned in Revelation chapter 14, where they sing a song no one else gets to sing. Who are these people? The numbers 12,000 and 144,000 have variously interpreted meanings throughout church history. Some, taking the numbers in Revelation to be symbolic, believe it represents all of God’s people throughout history of the Church (since the number 12 is a…

Revelation 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…

Revelation 3 | What Would Jesus Say?

What would Jesus have to say about our church? I am visualizing one of the ordinary weekly staff meetings where we are going through the “connection cards” that visitors fill out. Suddenly we realize that Jesus himself had visited our church that week and filled out a card, leaving his comments on the state of our church. Just thinking about it, my palms are get sweaty and my throat swells. What would the Son of God say to us if…

1 John 1 | Love Is A Fuzzy Word

Is there a more ill-defined word than love? We use it to describe our feelings for God and for pizza, for our spouses and for sports. We use it so much that it has lost its meaning, its depth, its cost in our lives. Within the past year, the words of 1 John have been messing with me. The Apostle John is not ashamed to use the word “love” – and he knows exactly what it means. Love changes our lives, our motives and…

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,…

John 4 | Lift Your Eyes

Jesus was doing things all wrong: He left a fruitful and popular ministry in Judea and went where most Jews would not go: Samaria. He spoke to the wrong person (a woman) and He did it in the wrong place (in public). But in reality, Jesus was doing all the right things. He obeyed the leading of the Spirit. He saw what God was doing in a woman’s heart and he spoke to her greatest need. He allowed room for…

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,…