Get rid of all hatred, bitterness & pride

In Mark 6 we read the story of the death of John the Baptist. Herod’s wife, Herodias, was furious at him because he kept reminding Herod that marrying her was a sin. She had previously been married to Herod’s half-brother, Philip, but they divorced. The Law of Moses was very specific about this: Do not […]

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Love Anyway

In Luke 4 we find Jesus teaching in the synagogue at Nazareth (the same as in Mark 6:1-6). He reminds the people of the times when the Prophets Elijah and Elisha were sent to help Gentiles – Elijah was sent to the widow Zarephath in the Gentile town of Sidon… and Elisha healed Naaman the […]

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Faith over Fear

In Mark 5, a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years receives a healing. But it wasn’t easy for her! If you put yourself in her shoes, I think you’ll realize she was dealing with a lot of fears. Fear of rejection because of her uncleanness… fear of being rebuffed because she was a […]

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Focus on what is Gained!

In Mark 5, Jesus arrived in a boat on the east side of the Sea of Galilee – primarily a Gentile area. There he encounters a “walking-dead” person who was possessed by thousands of evil spirits. Jesus casts them into a herd of 2,000 pigs, who instantly ran down a steep embankment and drowned in […]

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Power on Display

In Mark 4, after a long day of teaching and most likely healing various diseases, and casting out demons, Jesus was exhausted. Mark tells us Jesus was in the stern (that is, the back of the boat) asleep on a cushion. He was in such a deep sleep that not even the sound of the […]

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Super-Abundant Harvest

In Mark 4 Jesus tells the parable of the sower (or parable of the soils). A farmer sows the seed. Some falls on hardened soil and doesn’t take root at all (in fact the devil snatches it away). Some falls on rocky soil, but when it grows there’s not enough soil to put down good […]

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Are you Curious or Committed?

In Mark 3:7-11, we see the response of a crowd of people coming from quite a distance. Jesus is drawing people from Jerusalem, Judea, Galilee and the Gentile areas of Tyre & Sidon. He’s modeling what the disciples will eventually do: healing and witnessing to people from all over. Curiosity seekers wanted to see for […]

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Religion vs Relationship

In Mark 3:1-6 we find the 5th opposition story in a row that started back in chapter 2.. It’s another Sabbath story but this time Jesus heals a man with a shriveled hand on the Sabbath. What’s different about this story is that we’re told that people (I assume the Pharisees or teachers of the […]

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Who Cares?

In Mark 2:13-17, Jesus calls Levi (or Matthew as we know him) to follow him. We learn from this that Jesus doesn’t mind hanging out with outcasts and sinners. In fact, he welcomes it! He prefers it! He prefers seeking out people who have been ostracized and rejected by the religious – by the teachers […]

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Perfection in the Image of God

Whenever I see perfect accomplishments in people – or near perfection in people – I respond emotionally in my heart. Many times it will bring tears to my eyes. I’m not ashamed to tell you that. Whenever I see someone display perfection in their skill or talent or giftedness, it touches me to the very […]

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