Contributed on May 6, 2013
Jesus ministry to serve and ransom mankind was not spontaneous, but well-orchestrated –as we see in today’s text. We can see at least three persons or categories involved in the early stage of his ministry.
The Dawning of Messiah’s Mission (Mark 1:1-11) 1. The Church Father Iraneus,before 200 A.D., “Matthew also issued a written Gospel among the Hebrews in their own dialect, while Peter and Paul were preaching at Rome, and laying the foundations of the Church. After their ...read more
Contributed on May 20, 2013
Jesus was led by the Spirit, and so we should seek to be Spirit-led.
A Potent Start (Mark 1:12-15) 1. Some people are never happy. A Jewish lady's grandson is playing in the water, she is standing on the beach not wanting to get her feet wet, when all of a sudden, a huge wave appears from nowhere and crashes directly over the spot where the boy is wading. The ...read more
Contributed on Jun 3, 2013
Because Jesus lived on earth as a man, he typically experienced human limitations. His human side needed a balance between rest and ministry (work), and he was not afraid to say no.
Enough is Enough: Too Much Ministry (Mark 1:29-45) 1. This last week was different. Marylu and I went to visit Bruce and Joyce Moore. 2. We met them in 1984, back when I was 27. They were still in Ecuador, and we would see them every or every other year. When Hannah was young, she dubbed ...read more
Contributed on Jun 13, 2013
Jesus was controversial because he was aligned with the truth and put God's Word and work above the inherited traditions that had accumulated over the centuries. So we should be bound by Scripture and mission.
Jesus Raises Eyebrows: Biblical Over Traditional (Mark 2:1-28) 1. This week a bit of strange news came out of Minnesota: DULUTH, Minn., June 6 (UPI) -- A Minnesota woman says she didn't know she was pregnant until she went into labor while running a marathon. Trish Staine, 33, was on mile ...read more
Contributed on Jun 28, 2013
he Pharisees who were bent on controlling life through rules, tedium, and withholding grace stood in sharp contrast to the common people who flocked to Jesus.
It Takes All Kinds (Mark 3:1-12) 1. Do you think of yourself as a rational, reasonable thinker, or an emotional one? 2. Let me read this story from the AP: “The U.S. is simply abandoning tons of equipment because shipping it home would cost too much… Military planners have ...read more
Contributed on Jul 1, 2013
What is your response to this miracle working Jesus? The responses we saw years ago are still common today. Who understood him best?
Reaction: How Do We Account for Jesus? (Mark 3:13-30) 1. A middle-aged, wealthy woman has a heart attack. While on the operating table she has a near death experience. She sees the angel at the gates and asks if this is it. The angel says no, she has another 30-40 years to live. She ...read more
Contributed on Jul 22, 2013
God wants us to invest his Word; how can we do this?
Spiritual Entrepreneurs (Mark 4:21-34) 1. It is so easy to get wrapped up in our little worlds that we forget we are building an international Kingdom, the Kingdom of God. 2. Look how silly we act: FAIRBANKS, Alaska, July 19 (UPI) -- Police in Alaska said they arrested a man accused of ...read more
Contributed on Jul 29, 2013
Even in areas where we are confident, we are completely vulnerable. Our only real security comes through a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Helpless With What We Do Best (Mark 4:35-41) 1. Applying for a job today is a science. Here are a few bloopers from job applications and resumes. • Application: How large was the department you worked in with your last company? “A: 3 stories.” • A resume listed a ...read more