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Why Do We Want Jesus?

Mark 8: 31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him…

What Do You Think of Jesus?

Mark 8: 15 And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod”. (ESV)   Jesus was trying to teach His disciples about the influence of bad people in our lives. However, the disciples were thinking that Jesus was getting on to them for not bringing…

When Your Emotions Rule You

Mark 6: 22 and when the daughter of Herodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you want, and I will give it to you.” 23 And he swore to her, “Whatever you ask of me, I will give…

Afraid of Jesus?

In the first six chapters of the book of Mark, we find Jesus healing people, casting out demons and calming the storm. The responses from the people vary tremendously. When Jesus healed a demon-possessed man, the people were afraid when they saw the man sitting with Jesus. When Jesus calmed the storm, the disciples were…

Let God Live In Your Mind

Mark 4: 40 And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (NASB) I don’t watch scary movies. I still remember the first scary movie I watched as a child. That movie was “Dracula,” and the frightening characters and scenes lived in my dreams for weeks. Like “Dracula,” there…

Jesus Chose You

Mark 3:13 And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach 15 and have authority to cast out demons…

Be Careful What You Listen To

Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. (ESV) I often put music in the background when I’m doing some work; sometimes I pay attention to the words, but other times, I do not. On one occasion, I heard my kids yell “dad…

Be Careful What You See

Luke 11: 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. 35 Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. (ESV)   There’s a saying: “We can’t unsee what we…

Be Careful with Your Words

Proverbs 18:19 “A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.” As you read Jesus’ interactions with the people around Him, you’ll notice He was careful to not offend them. However, when you see Jesus interacting with the Pharisees, He had a different attitude. Jesus…