Posts by Mark Medley (Page 5)

Posts by Mark Medley (Page 5)

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,…

Acts 8 | Scattered To The Four Winds

Growing up, my dad reminded me of E.F. Hutton; when he spoke, you listened. He said what he meant, and he meant what he said. His basic premise was, “This is what I expect you to do: you can do it the easy way, or you can do it the hard way.” Unfortunately, I often chose the hard way. However, either way, eventually I carried out my father’s will. In Acts chapter 8, we witness a similar situation. Jesus had…

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 14 | Not To Quarrel Over Opinions

The right to have an opinion does not automatically make your opinion right. In the past few years, I have come to realize something: the judgments of the Lord are right; mine are not. I am constantly judging people on outward appearance, and that is almost always a short-sighted approach, if not completely wrong. After a long theological portion of the letter, Paul addresses many very practical issues we all face in Romans 14. He is in effect saying, “Since God…

Mark 1 | The Servant King

Why would God put four gospels in the Bible? Why isn’t one account of Jesus’ life sufficient? Because Jesus is such a larger-than-life figure he must be viewed from many different angles for man to see his fullness. The Gospel of Mark does not have many large blocks of Jesus’ teaching as other gospels do. Instead, he focuses on the actions of Jesus. In doing this, he reveals the heart of Jesus in a unique way. This gospel uniquely reveals…

Getting Our Worship Right | John 4

We were born to worship. That is why when we worship God from our hearts we feel so fulfilled. The instinct to worship is in the heart of every human being; history teaches us that it has always been this way. That is why it is important for us to get it right, and in John chapter four Jesus makes some important adjustments that set our worship right if we will learn from them. First, Jesus teaches us that if…

John 14 | We Do Not Have to Worry!

Jesus words in John 14, “Do not let your heart be troubled…” have brought great comfort to Christians through the ages.  But there is a good reason Jesus told his disciples this. Sitting in that upper room, there was a lot to be troubled by. The crescendo of opposition against Jesus from the religious leaders was growing to a fever pitch. They were out to get Jesus, and everyone knew it. In fact, Jesus had just predicted his own death. He had just spoken…

1 John 5 | Idols Unaware

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21) A trip to India will cause you to reassess things in your life. On my recent trip, it was very difficult to acclimate to the spiritual, cultural and literal climate. But undoubtedly the most unexpected aspect about the culture is that blatant, daily and literal idolatry that is a normal part of every day life. People actually purchase stone idols and pray to them. They set up shrines to their billions…

Hebrews 12 | Christ Gazing

… fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith…   Hebrews 12:1 The cloud that shrouded the tower was slowly drifting away, and the view that unveiled before us was stunning.  Melissa and I had spent most of the day on a long and demanding hike up the heights of the El Yunque rain forest.  We were told that the view from the observation tower on top of the highest peak was stunning, but the cloud cover had…

Zephaniah 2 | What Do You Hear in the Silence?

My friend just came back from a silent retreat.  When I spoke to him, he said it was a great experience, although, I confess, lots of jokes were running through my head.  I mean, how would you know that people didn’t hate the silence?  No one could say anything about it! These kinds of retreats are becoming more popular.  People travel a long way and pay good money to sit for days in silence.  To be honest, it sounds like…