Needing Distance

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Look up the word withdraw at m-w.com and you’ll find a few definitions. There are a couple of noteworthy entries. The first is “to remove from consideration or set outside a group.” A second is “to remove oneself from participation.” In today’s reading, Mark tells us about a second time Jesus withdrew. The first time […]

Friendship Evangelism

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Mark 2:15-17 tells about a dinner party at Levi’s house. What makes this so interesting is the people who were there. As soon as Jesus called Levi (Matthew) to “follow [him]”, Levi quits his job as a tax collector and follows Jesus. I have often marveled at his quick and sacrificial obedience to leave his […]

A Friend’s Faith

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What’s the value of a friend’s faith? In Mark 2:1-12, we read about the healing of a man’s paralysis because of faith. Healing by faith is a central theme throughout the bible. Being healed because of a friend’s faith is less common. These verses tell us about Jesus sneaking back into Capernaum only to be […]

The Power to Silence Enemies

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL 2.12.2020 – MARK 1:32-34 – HEALING MANY Are there people in your life you’d like to silence? Forever? Of course. We all would. Today’s reading in our SOAP schedule is in Mark 1:32-34. There are only three verses in this section of scripture, but they say a lot. The previous passage records Jesus […]

Sermon: Living to Please God

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This week’s sermon covers Mark 1:1-20. The sermon in a sentence is, “We please God by who we identify with.” It covers Jesus’s baptism, His temptation in the wilderness, the start of His preaching ministry and the calling of his first four disciples. The basic outline of this message is we please God when we:1) […]

Identifying with people who need help

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL 2.4.2020 – MARK 1:9-11 – The Baptism of Jesus What does Jesus’s baptism have to do with identifying with people? Right after Mark tells us about John the Baptist’s humility, he goes immediately to Jesus’s baptism. In verses 9-11 of chapter 1, Mark describes John baptizing Jesus. His account is more matter-of-fact than […]

A Servant’s Servant

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL 2.3.2020 – MARK 1:1-8 – JOHN THE BAPTIST, PREPARING FOR jESUS What image comes to mind when you think of a servant? If that servant had their own steward, what would that look like? The gospel of Mark shows us a picture of Jesus as the “suffering servant.” It is only right that […]

Sermon: Introduction to Mark’s Gospel

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Today’s message was an introduction to the Gospel of Mark. It looks into who Mark was, the source of his information and his intended audience. As we prepare to dive into his account of Jesus’s life and ministry, we want to make sure we understand him. Here are some takeaways from today’s sermon. Presents Jesus’s […]