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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Powerful Praying

Spiritual forces can delay answers to prayer. (Daniel 10:13) In this verse, the prince of the kingdom of Persia resisted and delayed the angelic being who was on his way to Daniel. The Archangel Michael had to be summoned to the fight. Now, the prince of Persia is not a reference to a human prince… […]

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When you feel like a failure

In Genesis 16 Sarai (Sara) has a deep maternal desire to build a family. And this is not only a maternal instinct. Sara’s desire to build a family has a lot to do with her self-worth, her value, her status, her position in the tribe. Back in those days of the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac & […]

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Offering a Sacrifice

In baseball, they have a play that’s called a Sacrifice fly. If a runner is on 3rd base, and there are less than 2 outs, the batter will get the signal to try to hit the ball deep into the outfield, knowing that the ball will be caught and he will be out. But he […]

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