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Daily Devotional in Mark 3

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“And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the Sabbath day; that they might accuse him.” Mark 3: 2

In Mark 3, it is read that the Son of God healed many that were sick and possessed. Instead of lining the streets and having a ticker-tape parade to show their gratitude, they watched him carefully to see if they could find Jesus doing something wrong. The crowd that was usually looking for Him to fail was composed of “religious” folk. Today is no different.

If the "religious" were looking for the Son of God to fail, Christians can undoubtedly expect similar treatment today. When someone hears we are a Christian, they carefully observe our lives. If they find us doing something wrong, in their eyes, they gleefully point and sneer, “Some Christian he is,” or “Hypocrite!”

Well, they can look all they want, and if they look long and carefully enough, they will find us doing something wrong. We may be born-again on the inside, but we still must contend with ou…

Daily Devotional in Mark 2

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Jesus always attracted a crowd. Most of the people wanted something from Him for themselves. In this chapter (Mark 2:1-12), we see four that were more concerned about their friend’s need than they were of their own.

I am sure that these men had other things they could have been doing. Somehow they realized that they were in a position to take their friend afflicted with palsy to someone who could help him. They also knew the “window” of opportunity was limited, so they put aside their own needs to meet those of their friend.

They were determined to get the job done. “And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press…” (Mark 2:4), they found another way to get into the house: “…they uncovered the roof where he was…” They then let the man down through the roof on his bed. They were men on a mission. Their work and time were not in vain. Mark 2:11 says, “I [Jesus] say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.” Mission accomplished.

There…

Daily Devotional in Mark 1

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The Scriptures have much to say about baptism. In Mark 1, one can glean some important facts about this step of obedience. Some of what is seen in this chapter should dispel what many think or practice in baptism.

In Mark 1:9, one reads that even Jesus was baptized. This should prick the hearts of those that are saved and never humbled themselves to be scripturally baptized. If Jesus was baptized, certainly those that are saved should also.

The fact that Jesus was baptized should show baptism does not “wash away sin” as some believe. Jesus had no sin to wash away. Baptism is simply a biblical commandment that should be obeyed.

When Jesus was baptized, God immediately spoke to Him and expressed that He was pleased with what His Son had done (Mark 1:11). When we follow Christ’s example by being scripturally baptized, the Father is also pleased with one of our first steps of obedience. Unfortunately, too many do not obey God in this area and never grow spiritually because t…

Daily Devotional in Matthew 28

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Jesus was not just a man. He is the only Son of God (John 3:16). His fulfillment of hundreds of prophecies proves it. His life and his supernatural miracles affirm it. Even the supernatural occurrences after His death verify it. At least eleven of them are mentioned in Matthew. Many of them are found in Matthew 27 and 28.

When Jesus died:

The veil in the temple was ripped in half (Mat. 27:51).Graves of saints were opened (Mat. 27:52).Many dead saints awoke and walked the earth (Mat. 27:52).Two earthquakes occurred (Mat. 27:54, 28:2).An angel came to earth and rolled the stone away from Christ’s tomb (Mat. 28:2).The keepers of the tomb “became as dead men” (Mat. 28:4).Jesus arose from the dead! He is alive (Mat. 28:6)!Jesus appeared and spoke to many (Mat. 28:9, 18).
All these miracles trumpeted the end of the long-awaited Messiah’s first ministry on this earth; but, stay tuned! All the supernatural events are not over. I have read the Book (Revelation, Ezekiel, Isaiah…). …

Daily Devotional in Matthew 27

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Many of the details of the most important event in human history are outlined here in Matthew 27. It is the event that had to happen to give all the opportunity to see and live with God forever. This event was the death of God’s only begotten son, Jesus.

Jesus’ death had to happen. In God’s plan, it was the only way anyone’s sins could be paid for. Our “good” works, religious ceremonies, and obeying tradition cannot pay for one sin we have done, let alone the countless number we have committed. The only payment acceptable to God for our sins was the sacrificial death of His son. Jesus’ death on the cross was not for anything He had done, but for what all mankind’s iniquities.

Although Jesus was God’s son, the pain and suffering He encountered were not lessened. Here is a list of some of what Jesus suffered when He went to the cross for our sins:

He was bound (Mat. 27:2).He was betrayed (vs. 3).He was falsely accused (vs. 12).He was unjustly convicted. He was so hated that…

Daily Devotional in Matthew 26

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It is such a terrible shock when it is discovered that a person we thought was faithful to the Lord, gets involved in the wrong things, and turns his back on the cause of Christ. It is even more surprising when it was one that was also involved in a ministry. It does happen.

This unfortunate event even happened in our Lord’s ministry. Judas Iscariot, one of Christ's disciples that walked, talked, and even heard the best preaching ever, turned on Jesus and was used to have Jesus killed. Here are other Scriptures that reveal more about the infamous traitor that turned on our Saviour:
He was one of the 12 apostles.
"Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.&q…

Daily Devotional in Matthew 25

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As usual, to understand Scripture, one must always keep in mind the context of what has been written. To grasp Matthew 25 fully, one must go back to what was previously discussed. Matthew 24 is a good starting point to understand this chapter more clearly.

In Mat. 24:3, Jesus was answering the query of his disciples: “…Tell us, when shall these things (the disciples were referring to Jesus’ prophecy of what would happen to the temple — Mat. 24:3) be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Jesus then went on to tell them about the deception that would be faced, catastrophes, wars, false prophets and worship, the “great tribulation” (Mat. 24:21), and the Lord’s return (Mat. 24:27). Jesus gave a summation of what would happen in the days of which his followers were asking.

After Jesus’ answer, Matthew 25 starts with the word “Then,” which makes it clear that what is to follow in this chapter is a continuation of Matthew 24. Matthew 25:1 uses…

Daily Devotional in Matthew 24

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After the questions, “Is there a God?” and “Can I know for sure if I am going to Heaven?” the third most frequently asked spiritual question is most likely, “When will the end of the Earth come?”

Many feel because of all the talk of war, famines, earthquakes, and natural disasters that the time is getting closer. Even the unsaved and those unconcerned about the things of God feel an urgency that that time is getting nearer.

Matthew 24 gives the reader a glimpse and summation of what will come one day. Matthew 24 tells the reader that the calamities that occur on the earth are only the beginning of sorrows (Mat. 24:8). There have and always will be earthquakes, famines, and other disasters. Even the excessive occurrences and rumors of war are only the beginning of what will one day happen at the “end.”

This chapter says the end days will be marked by persecution and death to those that stand for Christ. Although that has taken place in the past, many also see that opposit…