God Responds to Suffering & Fear – Exodus 3

When We Groan God Hears (2:23) Israel had reason to doubt the effectiveness of God’s ears.  They had been suffering for some time.  Their suffering began before Moses was a baby.  By the time we get to verse 23 Moses has grown up in Pharaoh’s house, become aware of...

Jesus at the Cross — Mark 15

Wanting to Satisfy the Crowd (v. 15) We must be careful how quickly we vilify Pilate.  His sin may only be larger because of a difference his opportunity from ours, not a difference in his heart from ours.  Place yourself in his shoes.  The man tried.  He listened to...

The Darkness Before the Cross — Mark 14

Negative Emotion Not Sinful (v. 34) We can sometimes begin to use the categories of pleasant and unpleasant as synonyms for the categories of holy and unholy or right and wrong.  We prematurely assume pleasant emotions or situations are good (or an “open door”) and...