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 […]

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 […]

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 […]