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 7:14-23 Jesus gives us a pretty heavy dose of reality in these verses. The religious leaders had been telling everyone to perform religious traditions, such as ceremonial hand washing, and condemning those who didn’t. But, as Jesus pointed out, these religious leaders didn’t really love God, they only loved looking better than other people. … Continue reading Are You Out of Touch? →
Mark 7:1-13 The Pharisees turned God into a checklist of traditions people could accomplish, making their faith superficial and their hearts far from God. The Pharisees were the elite religious leaders during the time of Jesus and they looked down their long noses at Jesus and his disciples. Verse 1 says they had “come from … Continue reading The Big Secret about Super Religious People →
Mark 6:53-56 Has anyone yet told you they loved you today? We thought so. Maybe you just got done looking at porn, maybe you just got done looking at divorce papers. Maybe you just got off a double shift, maybe you just got off a bar stool. Whether you’re beginning your day or wishing it … Continue reading Love Contagion →
The book of Job in the Bible is one of the most outstanding works in all literature. But what if Job lived in the United States today? And what if Satan’s greatest strategy for attacking our faith were to make us rich, rather than poor? To give wealth, not take away. Before you wish you … Continue reading Job Remix →
Mark 6:45-52 The story of Jesus walking on water is not a story to show you he can do miracles, it’s not even a story to show you he’s God, but it’s a story to show you he is undoing the old law and putting the gospel in its place. In order to help us … Continue reading The Real Meaning of Jesus Walking on Water →
Mark 6:30-44 You want us to do what? Feed them. But they’re like 5,000 people here! So. And we’re in the middle of nowhere… So. And none of us have jobs, because we left them to follow You, in case You forgot. And your point is? It would take a year’s salary to feed all … Continue reading You Are More Than Enough →
Our Scripture passage today, Mark 6:14-29, tells us what happened to John the Baptist. King Herod put John in prison because John kept telling Herod he was abusing his power by taking his brother’s wife, Herodias. One day, during a party, Herodias’s daughter danced so well for King Herod that Herod promised to give her … Continue reading From Prison to Platter →
“And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” —Mark 6:11 Jesus sent out his followers on their first mission without him. He didn’t allow them to take much with them, either, … Continue reading Dust Dance →
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 →
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