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October 18, 2015

Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame… HEBREWS 12:2 As we continue our preaching series in Mark, the specifics of this verse from Hebrews become shockingly apparent as our Lord is dragged into Pilate’s hall and mocked. All of this...

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October 11, 2015

“…you will deny me three times.” MARK 14:72 This coming Sunday we will consider the low point in Peter’s life as Jackson Randall preaches from the book of Mark. We aren’t quite to advent yet, but John Piper has written an advent poem on Peter and the weight of his denial of Christ that will...

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October 4, 2015

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death . . .” PSALM 23:4 David’s words were about to be severely tested in the life of our Lord, as He resolutely left Gethsemane to face the worst that Satan could throw at Him, climaxed by the wrath of God poured out on...

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September 23, 2015

“Sit here while I pray.” MARK 14:32 “Since it would not be possible for any believer, however experienced, to know for himself all that our Lord endured in the place of the olive press, when he was crushed beneath the upper and the nether mill-stone of mental suffering and hellish malice, it is clearly far...

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September 20, 2015

“The disciples . . . found things just as Jesus had told them.” MARK 14:16 The upper room . . . In all of history, has there ever been another evening spent with so much on the line for so many? Think of it. To begin with, Jesus made it known that one of the...

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September 13, 2015

Remember when the ark was being bought back into Jerusalem, and, as an act of worship, David danced before the Lord? Remember how his wife Michal rebuked him? She was somehow threatened by his passionate devotion to his Lord and for showing it in such a visible way. Sadly, she rebuked David in an attempt...

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September 6, 2015

“Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture.” 1 TIMOTHY 4:13 This Sunday is the final Mark reading service, as we consider the dramatic passion events of Jesus’ life, followed by the empty tomb and His victory over death. Our reading will end at the angel’s resurrection announcement to the three women: “Trembling and bewildered,...

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August 26, 2015

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me...

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August 19, 2015

“…keep awake…” MARK 13:33 “…stay awake…” MARK 13:34 “…stay awake…” MARK 13:35 “…stay awake…” MARK 13:37 Four times in five verses, Jesus says these words. For roughly 2000 years the Church has waited in hope of Christ’s return, but with the passing of time drowsiness has set in, and we hardly ever speak of Christ’s...

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August 16, 2015

“Let the reader understand.” MARK 13:14 As they were leaving the temple area, one of the disciples gushed: “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” MARK 13:1 Moments later, while relaxing on the Mount of Olives with Peter, James, John, and Andrew, Jesus gave their enthusiasm for the beauty of Herod’s temple some perspective....