One of the unique characteristics of the book of Mark is that it is the only Gospel that comments that the Lord’s believing disciples had hard hearts. Mark himself tells us so (6:52), and the Lord does as well (8:17). Many have commented that the Gospel of Mark paints the disciples in a more negative
In Jesus’ sermon on the plain, He gives some extremely demanding commands: “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also.
Tax refund season is coming up. Are you hoping for a nice return from the government? It makes you feel rich, doesn’t it? What will you spend it on? Did you know that God is rich? And more importantly, He likes to spend! By contrast, the Ephesians were poor. In fact, in a manner of
by Zane Hodges, originally published in the July/August 2009 edition of Grace in Focus The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 Peter’s point, of course, is that what