‘PEACE!’ Devotions

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.

Stripped

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

God Pooped

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

A Bleeding Woman and a Dead Girl

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

Christ Our Pig

Mark 5:1-20 I know what you may be thinking, how can we be so irreverent, comparing the Son of God to a pig!  I don’t mean to be too much of a ham, but I think you’ll find this idea to be quite tasty, if I have the chops to pull it off.  Though it’s … Continue reading Christ Our Pig

Storm Grace

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

Perfectly Good Sinner

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

The Gospel in Five Seconds

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

Hidden God

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

Pandemic 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

The Reframe

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

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Phariseest of Them All?

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?

The Emotions of Jesus

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

Spiritual Shrinkage

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

Dr. Jesus and Mr. Levi

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

When Your Friends Let You Down

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

World’s on Fire

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

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