Tag: Jesus

The Jesus’ Lens

When we read Scripture through the “Jesus’ Lens” we see that love is The Message, The Motive, and The Method.

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Jesus’ Faith Journey

Waiting to preach this morning I was struck by the words to the old hymn we sang during the Lord’s Supper. They bound the hands of Jesus in the garden where he prayed;They led him through the streets in shame.They spat upon the Savior so pure and free from sin;They said “Crucify him; He’s to […]

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Meet Him in Galilee

I’ve come to appreciate how Mark ends his Gospel.  I love the image of sitting underneath the cross where I realize He died for me and then being transported back to Galilee where I find the risen Christ and begin the process of discipleship all over again. So many commented today on the impact of […]

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The Intersection of Hope and Fear

Daniel’s baptism was the perfect exclamation point for the sermon this morning!  As Daniel stood in the baptistry with his arm extended to heaven, I was reminded of Jesus’ baptism, his prayer, the dove, and the proclamation, “This is my son”.  Baptism places us in solidarity with Jesus and everyone who has ever followed him.  […]

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Don’t Be Afraid, Just Believe

I am continually amazed at the ways in which Mark’s picture of Jesus speaks to my heart.  Who would have thought that the most dangerous place to be in 1st Century Palestine was Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth?  At least, it was dangerous in terms of faith development.  Sure the Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem made […]

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Managing the Unmanagable

“I’m just doing the best I can!”  This can be a commendable statement made by one who is truly making the best of a bad situation.  On the other hand, it could indicate the fear that keeps one in a bad situation.  No matter how horrible life becomes it is often not as frightening as […]

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Are you crazy?

Following Jesus is sometimes difficult; but often we make it more difficult than it should be. We do this when we allow our expectations to blind us to God’s desires. We do this when we let our ideas form our decisions instead of Jesus’ teachings. As we continue to study Mark’s Gospel we will see […]

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What Did You Expect?

Expectations are normal in every walk of life. They create problems for us, however, when they fail to be fulfilled. Especially are they problematic when they are unspoken or even unacknowledged. One way you can discover your expectations is when you become angry, depressed, frustrated, etc…. ask yourself, “What did I expect?” Answer the question […]

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The Beginning of the Gospel

The best comment I heard today about the sermon was from a visitor. He identified himself as an evangelist and said that the sermon made him want to do more study in the Gospel According to Mark. I say that was the best comment I heard because that was exactly the effect I wanted today’s […]

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