Continuing the conversation, post ‘PEACE!’ We’re aiming to encourage, inspire, and challenge you with these articles and devotionals.
Our current devotional series will be going through the book of Mark.
Mark 6:7-13 As we saw last time, Jesus was rejected by the people of his hometown, which was a preparation for what was to come, the complete rejection of Jesus on the cross, as he hung between heaven and earth, forsaken by both. Now it’s the disciples’ turn. To be a disciple of the Rejected … Continue reading Stripped →
I want to take a moment really to sink our teeth into Mark 6:1-6, the text we covered in our last devotional, which was affectionately titled, “God Pooped.” If you haven’t read that one, then be sure to check it out! Let’s cover the same text, but this time, let’s pull from its lessons on … Continue reading 10 Powerful Ways to Handle Rejection →
If you’re offended by the title, then this little devotional is already starting to do its job! I want us to feel what the folks in Mark 6:1-6 felt when Jesus returned to his hometown. He taught in the local synagogue and everyone was astonished at his teaching. Like everyone who heard him, they thought … Continue reading God Pooped →
Go ahead and spend a few minutes reading today’s section, Mark 5:21-43, so that rather than retelling the story, I can go straight to some meditations on these precious verses. Here are nine applications from the story of Jairus’s daughter and the bleeding woman. 1. Our Stories Are Connected All our stories are connected. The … Continue reading A Bleeding Woman and a Dead Girl →
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so … Continue reading Storm Grace →
And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than … Continue reading You Don’t Really Understand the Bible, and That’s Good →
Moses gave God many excuses the day he spoke with him in the burning bush. Even though the dry bush was on fire in the desert, it was not consumed, which indicates to us that God was about to be encountered outside the normal laws of nature and reason. We were just told Moses killed … Continue reading Perfectly Good Sinner →
Today’s Bible passage, Mark 4:26-29, gives us a succinct and powerful way of thinking of the gospel. It’s so quick you can read it in five seconds and so powerful it will affect you the rest of your life. First read the passage and then I’ll give you the five second version: And he said, … Continue reading The Gospel in Five Seconds →
It was an ordinary Sunday. There I was, sitting at church with my family, when the pastor went on a rant, blurting out a favorite string of four letter words: SELF HELP BOOK, intentionally pronouncing each word as if he were swearing. He’d done this before, as have many preachers I have heard. He’d just … Continue reading Pastor, Please Stop Dissing Self-Help Books →
Mark 4:21-25 In the last devotional, we learned about a farmer who sowed seed into the ground (Mark 4:1-20). Keep that in mind as you read and think about today’s Scripture passage, Mark 4:21-25. Take the first two verses together: And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a … Continue reading Hidden God →
Mark 4:1-20 It’s alive in the air. Anyone can catch it, because it does not discriminate. It’s more dangerous in crowds, which was the case in the story we’re about to consider. It’s transmitted orally and will change your life forever. According to Jesus, you have a one in four chance of being irreversibly infected. … Continue reading Pandemic God →
Mark 3:31-35 The families we grew up in have an enormous impact on us as adults; all the wounds we received as children will continue to cause us hurt long after we’ve moved away from home. Each person unconsciously holds on to the various verbal and nonverbal messages communicated from his or her family of … Continue reading The Reframe →
Mark 3:22-30 As we’ve been reading through the gospel of Mark, perhaps you’ve been struck by the various groups of religious authorities. Mark tells us about the Pharisees, Herodians, scribes, chief priests, elders, and Sadducees. Have you ever wondered why they are in a story about Jesus? Afterall, why not just tell us about Jesus … Continue reading Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Phariseest of Them All? →
Mark 3:13-21 This is our 20th devotional in the gospel of Mark! True, we’re only at chapter 3, but sometimes it’s best to go slowly through the things that are most important in life. Our verses today pause the action, giving us time to catch our breath and reflect. The passage includes a list of … Continue reading Top Ten F-Words to Diagnose the Insanity of Jesus →
Mark 3:7-12 After Jesus healed the man with the withered hand on the Sabbath, the Pharisees and Herodians held an official meeting to decide how best to destroy Jesus. Jesus caught wind of their plot, so he and his disciples withdrew to the sea for protection. But the crowds knew how to find Jesus. It’s … Continue reading Maybe Your Church Needs More Demons →
Mark 3:1-6 There were no desk jobs in Bible times. That may seem incidental, unless you were the man with the withered hand. He needed both hands in order to make a living; rather, he needed both hands in order to live. Unless you were royalty, every job available required complete physical fitness. So when … Continue reading The Emotions of Jesus →
What is the basis of your identity? Is it how you measure up to a certain standard? Or is the basis of your identity your frail humanity, which often is hungry and in need? As we’ll see, the Pharisees based their identity on their moral performance. They tried to keep God’s law perfectly and attacked … Continue reading How to Find out Where You Suck →
Mark 2:18-22 It’s hard to forget the episode of Seinfeld that revolved around the term “shrinkage.” As usual, George was trying to impress a woman; and, as usual, everything backfired on him. While George was taking off his swim trunks after being in the pool, a woman accidentally walked in on him. She giggled and … Continue reading Spiritual Shrinkage →
Mark 2:13-17 The crowd couldn’t get enough of Jesus, so the disciples found the largest venue around, which was an open area by the sea. He taught them for hours and hours. Afterwards, walking down a busy road, Jesus passed a tax booth, which was strategically placed there to collect as much revenue as possible … Continue reading Dr. Jesus and Mr. Levi →
Mark 2:1-12 Jesus was preaching to a full house! There wasn’t room for anyone else to hear him. Suddenly, some debris fell from the ceiling. Everyone, including Jesus, looked up and saw a man on a cot being lowered down through a newly dug hole in the roof. Silhouetted against the bright Middle-Eastern sky, Jesus … Continue reading When Your Friends Let You Down →
Mark 1:40-45 Our story today is a tender and powerful glimpse into the heart of Jesus for those society despises. The lowest of the low, a leper, comes to Jesus for help. In his time, this man was a true outcast. He was a leper. He would have been forced to live in seclusion, was … Continue reading When Jesus Rolls His Eyes at the Church →
Mark 1:35-39 Don’t think I need to say this,‘Cause you know what’s in my head;“F*cked up” is an understatement,Can’t wait for this year to end. Mike Shinoda, after the 2017 suicide of LINKIN PARK fellow band member Chester Bennington, begins his song World’s on Fire with these words, which serve as an apt crystallization for … Continue reading World’s on Fire →
Mark 1:29-34 Jesus left the synagogue and went home with Simon and Andrew, bringing James and John along, too. Unlike the religious leaders of his day, who stayed in synagogues and temples, Jesus went to the simple homes of ordinary people. If you lived in that time and place and asked Jesus to come to … Continue reading Jesus Is the Essential Worker →
Mark 1:21-28 Matt and Tim talked about identity in Episode 29, The Adorned Identity, so we thought we’d take a few minutes here to see what the Gospel of Mark has to say about the subject of identity. There are striking truths to learn from what we’ve covered so far in chapter one of Mark, … Continue reading The Devil’s Formula for Trashing Your Identity →
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