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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....

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August 9, 2015

“A defender of widows . . .” PSALM 68:5 This week, as Erik Thoennes preaches from the gospel of Mark, we see a side of Jesus that we haven’t previously seen: the Son of God acting as a righteous judge. “As He taught, Jesus said, ‘Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like...

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August 2, 2015

For God so loved the world that he gave….. JOHN 3:16 =“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round...

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July 26, 2015

“Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?” MARK 12:24 Ouch. Tired of watching their religious brethren attempt to trap Jesus, the Sadducees thought they would give it a go. How hard could it be? You guessed it: another epic fail. They were simply no match...

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July 19, 2015

“Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” MARK 12:17 No matter where Jesus turns in Mark, it seems that the hostile questions just keep on coming.  In chapter 12, right on the heals of being warned of resisting “the owner of the vineyard,” the Pharisees and the Herodians conspire to...