Tag Archive: Mark

Oct 17

In the middle of our life choices there are defining events

In the middle of our life choices there are defining events Mary anointing Jesus and Judas betrayed Jesus. (John 6:71; 12:1-8; 13:2; 26; 29; 18:1-11; Matthew 26:14-16; 27:3-10; Luke 10:38-42; 22:3) Mary was the disciple who caught the vision, gave a great gift, and is remembered as a part of the Gospel story When there …

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Oct 07

Two ways we might be baptized as a Christian that we usually don’t think about

James and John’s Request Jesus prepared the disciples for their future by teaching them about his suffering and death.  After one of these times James and John asked him if they could sit at his side in the eternal kingdom. (Mark 10:32-34; Matthew 20:17-19; Luke 18:31-33) Jesus’ question Jesus responded with a question.  He asked …

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Oct 02

Sometimes we just don’t understand what God is teaching us because we have our own agenda… just like Jesus’ disciples.

Jesus taught with the purpose Jesus presented his messianic claims to the religious leaders and they responded that he had his powers because he was Satan’s partner. (Matthew 12) Jesus called the crowds to a deeper relationship with him but they grew tired of his teaching and went away. (John 6) The third emphasis of …

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Sep 30

What were the two reasons for the Jewish Sabbath and what can we learn from them?

Wherever there is Law there is Talmud A principle that I have often seen in life is that “wherever there is Law there is Talmud.” When you have principles people look to find the exceptions and the borders. How much can I do and still be in bounds? I live in Naples Florida and in …

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Feb 25

Have you ever wanted to do something so much that nothing could stop you?

Have you ever wanted to do something so much that nothing could stop you? Jesus lived in a dirty time and place. Animals carried people and burdens. Streets were mostly unpaved. It was a time of dust and filth and people wore sandals. Washing someone feet was the work of slaves. But it was needed …

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Jan 19

Is the Gospel Really For Everyone?

Luke Luke was a Gentile who came to Christ when Jews dominated Christian leadership. He was with Paul at Troas when they crossed the sea to bring the Gospel to Greece. (Acts 16:10-17; the first of the “we” sections of Acts) He was with Paul when he returned to Jerusalem. (Acts 20:5-21:18) He was with …

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May 21

Faith and Experience- The Crowd- Experiencing a miracle

Jesus’ ministry had three emphases. He presented his messianic credentials to the religious leaders. He preached the Gospel of the Kingdom to the crowds. Finally, he trained the Twelve to inaugurate the Church after he ascended to the Father. These are not chronological periods or exclusive missions. They were integrated parts of his first coming. …

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May 14

Faith and Experience- Peter- A Great Experience

An early and very strong tradition tells us that Mark’s gospel recorded the message preached by Peter, the impulsive leader of the twelve. The Transfiguration Jesus took Peter, James, and John to a high mountain and was transfigured.  His clothes became radiant and he spoke with Moses and Elijah. The three of them spoke about …

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May 06

Usually it is best to slow down

Robert Mounce. Jesus In His Own Words. B&H Books, 2010. In other blog posts I’ve talked about slowing down by listening to the Bible instead of reading it. We can also slow down by reading a translation that is new to us. Robert Mounce has written a translation of the Gospels that presents the story …

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Mar 27

People don’t always act the way you’d predict

The disciples were afraid Jesus found the disciples hiding in fear of the Jews on Easter Sunday evening. After the powerful events of the first Easter they were still afraid. (John 20:19) Two religious leaders risked their lives In contrast, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus revealed their allegiance to Jesus after his death but before …

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