Contributed on Feb 23, 2020
Of the four gospel writers, Mark is the journalist. In chapter 1, he answers the Who, What, When, Where, and Why of the gospel.
Good morning! Please open your Bibles to Mark chapter 1. We are starting a new series that’s going to take us through the next several weeks, and we are calling it “GOOD NEWS.” For the longest time, there were basically just two types of news. There was BAD NEWS, and there was GOOD NEWS. Someone ...read more
Contributed on Mar 13, 2020
We trust a news source because we believe they have authority. In this sermon, we will look at the many areas in which Jesus has authority.
Good morning. Please open your Bibles to Mark 1. We continue our series on “Good News.” You see the title of this morning’s sermon. For years, one Cable News Network has had this phrase as its tagline: The Most Trusted Name in News. The problem is… its not. In a recent poll, among all adults, ...read more
Contributed on Mar 15, 2020
Jesus came to show us a NEW way for sin to be forgiven; a NEW definition of belonging; and a NEW relationship to the rules. And that is some new wine that can't be poured into old wineskins.
Good morning! Please open your Bibles to Mark 2. I know I am about to date myself, but I wonder how many of you remember Paul Harvey? My mother loved listening to Paul Harvey. He would come on at noon, which was about the time we were driving back from the bowling alley (which is a whole other ...read more
Contributed on Apr 5, 2020
For most of HIs ministry, Jesus commanded people to be quiet about who He was. But on Palm Sunday, Jesus went public about His identity, His nature, and His purpose.
Going Public Mark 11:1-25 Good morning! Please take your Bibles and turn to Mark 11. We are jumping ahead in our study of Mark because this is Holy Week. Next week, we will talk about the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, and then in the coming weeks we will go back to where we left off. ...read more
Contributed on Apr 13, 2020
Mark’s account of the resurrection feels abrupt. Like it’s not finished yet. There’s a reason for that. We are the rest of the story.
The Rest of the Story 1 Corinthians 15:3-10; Mark 15:21-16:8 He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed. It is such a blessing to be with you on this Easter Sunday Morning. Please take your Bibles and turn to Mark 15. But I also would like you to put a bookmark in 1 Corinthians 15, because we are going to be ...read more
Contributed on Apr 17, 2020
Three people who couldn't be more different-- a man with a demon, a woman with a disease, and a leader with a daughter--all find common ground at the feet of Jesus.
Demons and Daughters Mark 5 Good morning! Please turn in your Bibles back to Mark 5. We jumped ahead in the story for Palm Sunday and Easter, but now we are going to pick up where we left off in Mark 5. And honestly, as I’ve been working with this passage this week, what has emerged is a much more ...read more
Contributed on Apr 27, 2020
A disciple imitates the example of Jesus and follows the instructions of Jesus regardless of the interruptions from the world.
What is a disciple, Part One Mark 6:1-43 If nothing else, this has been a season where we’ve had to learn some new definitions. There are words and phrases that were absolutely meaningless two months ago, and now they are part of our everyday vocabulary. For example: social distancing. If you ...read more
Contributed on May 2, 2020
A disciple is someone who imitates the example of Jesus and who follows the instructions of Jesus no matter how often he gets interrupted by the world. Today, we’ll look at how that played out in the life of one disciple, in one of the most famous stories in the Gospels.
What is a disciple, Part 2: In the Eye of the Storm Mark 6: 45-52; Matthew 16:22-33 We are in the second week of talking specifically about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. You might remember last week we said that “A disciple is someone who imitates the example of Jesus and who follows ...read more
Contributed on Jun 22, 2020
The Big Idea: We don’t always like the warnings Scripture gives us. In the parable of the wicked tenants, Jesus warns the religious leaders of of the consequences of not bearing the fruit God is looking for.
Since we’ve titled this series “Good News,” a lot of the sermon titles have related to the news—“The most trusted name in News,” “A Slow News Day,” “The Rest of the Story—” stuff like that. So that’s where this title comes from, and I’ll talk more about this later. An interesting thing about ...read more
Contributed on Jun 29, 2020
What was the point of the famous story of the “Widow’s Mite?” We are familiar with the story. Today, we’ll look at the context, and see how it could change everything you think you know about this story..
This week I get curious about what was considered “the most quotable movie of all time.” Because there are certain movie quotes that work their way into our regular vocabulary, and we find ourselves applying them to all sorts of different situations. “Houston, we have a problem” is like that. ...read more
Contributed on Jul 13, 2020
When Jesus' disciples asked him about when the end times events would take place, he gave them four things to look for, and one sure sign. Part 1 of 2.
Good morning. Please open your Bibles to Mark 13. And the first thing I need you to do is take your listening guide, and next to the title, write “Part 1.” I realized after we printed the bulletin for this week that there’s too much to cover here for one sermon. In 1988, a former NASA engineer ...read more
Contributed on Jul 21, 2020
Dealing with the most important question from Mark 13: when Jesus comes, will you be ready?
Good morning! Please turn in (or on) your Bibles. We are continuing with Part two of a message we began last week, called Good News for Bad Times. If you missed it last week, I would encourage you to go back and listen to it. But let me just recap where we’ve been so far. We talked about the ...read more
Contributed on Aug 11, 2020
On the most chaotic, stress-filled day of His life, Jesus modeled calm and stayed in control. Here are four things we can learn from Jesus about keeping calm.
A few years ago, I started noticing this poster everywhere: Keep Calm and Carry On. It was on social media. T-Shirts. Coffee mugs. And it wasn’t long after that that you started seeing all the variations to it: [advance each one] • Keep calm and wash your hands (that one has just been in the ...read more