Bible Study/Devotional

Are You In It For The Long Haul?

“From that time, many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve, ‘Do you also want to go away?’”

Mark’s Gospel: Hard-hearted

They were physical and emotional and Jesus was spiritual. Beyond all the miracles, Jesus wanted to teach them higher truths and deeper concepts.

Mark’s Gospel: Signs

They people got their wish and ate their fill. Jesus sent them away, healed, delivered, informed, inspired and with their bellies full for the journey home.

Mark’s Gospel: Well-done

Jesus told them to keep this to themselves, but of course, they did not. Their astonishment would not permit silence. Their testimony is classic:

Mark’s Gospel: Hearts

He explained the truth to everyone. Wickedness is in us all. It is folly to blame it on some outside force.

Mark’s Gospel: Winds

When they helped Him into the boat, the winds calmed down to normal. In a little while, the waves followed suit.

Does God Know Me?

Aside from the seemingly harsh nature of this statement, doesn’t it strike you as odd that Jesus will actually tell some people on judgment day that He never knew them?

Mark’s Gospel: Sent

And so it is with us. Jesus has called us out. He has sent us into this world to continue His work. In His name, we have power over the enemy.

Mark’s Gospel: Unbelief

Believing is health to our bones. Believing is safety to our lives. Believing sets the promises and power of God in motion.

Mark’s Gospel: Jairus

The disciples rebuked such a foolish question—the whole crowd was jostling Him! When the woman stepped up, she too fell at His feet.

Growing In Godly Wisdom

If we approach reading the Bible as informational rather than transformational, that’s all it will ever be to us—information.

Mark’s Gospel: Chains

To conform to their wishes, Jesus got back into the boat. The delivered man started to climb in the boat with Him. Who could blame him?

Mark’s Gospel: Parables

They suspected the truth of the Teacher. They feared that the Deliverer would not deliver this time.

Mark’s Gospel: Seed

Jesus knew that some people would not hear Him at all while others would listen and quickly forget. Still, others would hear Him and start out to follow.

Debating Jesus

Jesus of Nazareth was not remotely predictable, and that perhaps intrigued me more than anything. While many others dismissed him or dreamed of silencing him, I dreamed of conversing with him.

Mark’s Gospel: Together

Some went so far in this deception as to become hosts for demons themselves. Jesus was dismantling this demonic oppression in front of their eyes.

Mark’s Gospel: Power

The call to ministry for Christ must be preceded by the call into fellowship with Christ. “To be with Him” is not a calling reserved for preachers.

Mark’s Gospel: Sabbath

When something about us makes us feel unworthy to worship, we must hear His words, “Stretch it out to me.”

Mark’s Gospel: Rules

To answer their charges, Jesus introduced one of the most important facts about the Kingdom of God: Jesus is Lord of all—including the Sabbath!

Mark’s Gospel: Rooftops

When it comes to what Jesus can do, there are no ceilings and all rooftops must yield to those who come to Him in determined faith.

Choosing to Forgive

If forgiveness is a choice, why is it so hard? What can we learn from the story of Jacob and Esau and how we can choose forgiveness today which results in freedom?

Mark’s Gospel: If

Compassion and power rose up in Jesus, a compassion deeper than the wounds within the man and a power greater than the wounds on the surface.