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Mark 9 - NIV

1 And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”

The Transfiguration

2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them.

3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.

4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

5 Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

6 (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

7 Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”

8 Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

10 They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant.

11 And they asked him, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”

12 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected?

13 But I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him.”

Jesus Heals a Boy Possessed by an Impure Spirit

14 When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them.

15 As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.

16 “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked.

17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech.

18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”

19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”

20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.

21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”
“From childhood,” he answered.

22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

23 “‘If you can’” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”

26 The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.”

27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.

28 After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

29 He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.[a]

Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time

30 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were,

31 because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.”

32 But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.

33 They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?”

34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.

35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

36 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them,

37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

Whoever Is Not Against Us Is for Us

38 “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”

39 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me,

40 for whoever is not against us is for us.

41 Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.

Causing to Stumble

42 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.

43 -44 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.[b]

45 -46 And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.[c]

47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell,

48 where

“‘the worms that eat them do not die,
and the fire is not quenched.’[d]

49 Everyone will be salted with fire.

50 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”


a. Mark 9:29 Some manuscripts prayer and fasting
b. Mark 9:43 Some manuscripts include here the words of verse 48.
c. Mark 9:45 Some manuscripts include here the words of verse 48.
d. Mark 9:48 Isaiah 66:24

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Shared by: David Henderson on Dec, 2016
Summary: We know from previous passages of scripture that Jesus had given them the authority to heal and they had been successful many times. But this time they seem to be in over their heads. They pray and nothing happens.
Scripture: Mark 9:14-24
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Shared by: Gordon McCulloch on Nov, 2016
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Shared by: Rev.Andrew B Natarajan on Oct, 2016
Summary: Jesus took three disciples who were transfigured in life they were with Jesus and therefore life was transformed in latter stages. They were died as martyrs.
Scripture: Mark 9:2-9
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Shared by: Rodney Johnson on Sep, 2016
Summary: This series focuses on how we as Christians adopt a mentality towards others that hinders the Holy Spirit from using us freely to minister to others.
Scripture: Mark 9:33-41
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Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on May, 2016
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Scripture: Mark 9:41-50
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Shared by: Allan Quak on Apr, 2016
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Shared by: Tamela Walker on Apr, 2016
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Shared by: Kendall Hicks on Apr, 2016
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Shared by: George Durham on Mar, 2016
Summary: The world emphasizes the importance of putting yourself first, and being the greatest. Jesus' disciples argued about who among them was the greatest, the most loved, the most important.
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Scripture: Mark 9:30-37
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Shared by: Caleb Onwuka on Feb, 2016
Summary: Jesus is the perfect example of a believer. A closer look at how the heart of Christ operated in his earthly work will break all traditions down and bring you up into the reality of what we have become in redemption and how to fully represent Him today.
Scripture: Mark 9:14-29
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Shared by: S. H. Mathews on Dec, 2015
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"Scandalous Faith"
Shared by: Charlie Roberts on Nov, 2015
Summary: Mark 9:23 MSG. Says...Jesus said, “If? There are no ‘ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen.”
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Scripture: Mark 9:23
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Shared by: Craig Condon on Sep, 2015
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Shared by: Craig Condon on Sep, 2015
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Scripture: Mark 9:38-50
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Views: 162
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Shared by: William Baeta on Sep, 2015
Summary: “Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” (Mark 9:50)
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Scripture: Mark 9:38-50
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Shared by: Randy Stephenson on Sep, 2015
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Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on Sep, 2015
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Shared by: Ernie Arnold on Sep, 2015
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Shared by: David Roth on Sep, 2015
Summary: Proper 19 B. Christ is the source and power of our faith. It is in and through Him that all things are possible.
Scripture: Mark 9:14-27
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Views: 510
Maria Saunders avatar
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Shared by: Maria Saunders on Sep, 2015
Summary: As humans it's natural to with struggle, doubt, question, wonder about God’s presence & promises at various times. It's difficult to maintain faith in a Perfect God when warfare surfaces. Yet, we must have faith in God when imperfection is all around us.
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Shared by: Paul Basehore on Aug, 2015
Summary: Jeremiah 29:11 is not about our own personal fulfillment, it’s about our spiritual fulfillment. If we take scripture out of context, we run the risk of making scripture fit our life, instead of making our life fit scripture.
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Shared by: Jerry Flury on Aug, 2015
Summary: Anything that would hinder us in our walk, our work or our service must be radically amputated from our lies and replaced with that which will glorify God.
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Scripture: Mark 9:42-50
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