There are no lone wolves in the sheep fold.

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Jesus sends out the twelve Mark 6:7-13 When Mark tells us about Jesus sending out the twelve, he tells us several things. First Jesus gave them authority to preach, to cast out demons, and to heal. Also, they couldn’t take extra supplies which forced them to rely on God’s provision. The disciples were also to brush […]

Sermon: What Faith Works

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fagYQReBks&t=4sThis sermon covers the passages covered in the previous week’s readings. We read Mark 5:14-6:6 during those daily bible readings. This sermon looks at the cord of belief & unbelief that runs through each of these accounts.   The Demoniac of the Gadarenes Jairus’s Appeal The Woman with the Issue of Blood Jairus’s Daughter Raised […]

Sermon: Satanic Strategy & Blasphemy

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This sermon focuses on the second half of Mark chapter 3. We see Jesus’s authority as He faces opposition and Him drawing crowds of people to himself. There are two important themes in this section of scripture. The first shows Jesus explaining to the scribes why his power can’t come from Satan. The second is […]

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) […]