Posts from April 2019 (Page 2)

Posts from April 2019 (Page 2)

Mark 12 | True Giving

Last week we received a special offering at our church for Missions projects we feel God has called us to participate in this year. We called it a “Hands and Feet” offering because we believe we are commissioned to be His hands and feet around the globe and across the street. As the elder team received the initial report of the total amount given, we were blown away. In the first week of giving, we reached 93% of our initial…

Mark 11 | Unbelief Is A No-Win!

Many years ago, I had a conversation with a man who was an adamant atheist. Somehow it had come up that I was a Christian. He ranted about how people who believe in that “Jesus nonsense” are complete fools, and you have to have completely lost your mind to trust in such a silly fairy tale. In the course of the conversation, I told him about what my life had been like before I became a follower of Christ and…

Mark 10 | Walked Away Sorrowful

At least by modern standards, the Son of God was a failure when it came to evangelism. Nowhere is that more evident than in the account of Jesus’ brief encounter with the so called ‘rich young ruler’. All the Synoptic writers include this encounter between the majestic Son of God and this moral young man seeking salvation. But Jesus violates every known stricture that modern evangelism says is so important when it comes to personal evangelism, For one, this young man…

Mark 9 | Putting God in a Box….OUR Box

Mark 9:48-50 –  “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.” “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, for whoever is not against us is for us.” One of the things we have all observed before is the disciples sticking their sandals in their mouths.  This…

Mark 8 | Let’s Try That Again!

 “And he looked up and said, ‘I see people, but they look like trees, walking.’ Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again, and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.” Mark 8:24-25  Recently Neil Silverberg asked a group of us to help him with the music he did for the Seder at TCC. One of the songs had a drum introduction which unfortunately was both simple and hard because of how it…

Mark 7 | Jesus and Political Allegiances

Jesus’ ministry took place during a time of great socio-political turmoil. Rome occupied Palestine and the local rulers were proud, self-aggrandizing, rash and conflicted people. Other local rulers were completely misled, thinking they could force changes on a nation from the outside, without altering the hearts of the people. Some things never change. Chapters six and seven of the gospel of Mark reveal powerful truths to us. In the midst of the social and political madness of his day, common…

Mark 6 | Don’t Be Hangry, Trust in God

When I was a child living in Wyoming, my family went through a particularly hard time. My dad was a pastor of a small church that had recently grown smaller because he had refused to compromise on preaching truth. Needless to say, during this season our finances were virtually nonexistent and our cupboards were bare. We had two pot pies left in the bottom of the freezer and my mom cooked them for my brother and I. We were so…

Mark 5 | Healer of Body & Soul

“But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” Mark 5:33-34 Several months ago, I read the book Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar as a part of TCC’s historical fiction book club (which I highly recommend, Rebekah knows her stuff and always recommends a…

Mark 4 | Listen and Hear!

…while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge.He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said:“Listen!…” (Mark 4:1-3) In Mark 4, Jesus was no longer using the orthodox method of teaching in the Synagogue. He had moved his arena into the open air by the lakeside placing him among the crowds of ordinary men and women. Standing in a boat facing the shore, the gentle rise of the land gave the effect of…

Mark 3 | Sabbath Seriously

The Gospel of Mark is like an action movie. It records the events of Jesus’ ministry in scene after scene using words like “immediately” or “at once, without delay.” It can be a challenge to keep up with all that is happening. For example, in this chapter, we have five scenes involving Jesus interacting with hundreds (or thousands) of people. We see a man, a group of religious leaders, a large crowd, the twelve, another large crowd, and Jesus’ own…