This morning we consider one of the most sobering warnings that Jesus issues which is directed at the religious. It is a passage that we all must seriously consider because being religious in our community is an all too easy ditch to fall into. May God open our eyes to His truth.
As we continue our study in the Gospel of Mark, this morning we gain some valuable insight into the challenges of what ministering like Jesus entails. As those called to follow Jesus, we need to recognize the pressures we will face each and every day. May this truth sustain us as we minister like Jesus […]
How easily we can become blinded to what it means to be a Christian and live out our faith. This morning God supplies an important warning to make us aware of the spiritual drift that can so easily develop in our hearts. May God use this message to bring about any course correction necessary in […]
Life can be so hectic. The rat race seems to never end and than can even feel that way as followers of Jesus. This morning we look at the issue of rest through the lens of the Sabbath and consider how Jeusus being the Lord of the Sabbath should refresh and encourage our souls as […]
As we return to our study in the Gospel of Mark this morning, we are challenged by the way in which Jesus’ arrival changes religion as we know it. We’ll unpack that as we look at Jesus’ teaching on how the arrival of the Kingdom of God changes Judaism and how we think about fasting.
Saving faith is displayed in at least three ways in our passage for this morning taken from Matthew’s account surrounding Jesus’ rise from the grave. May this picture encourage the faith of those who believe and challenge those who don’t to bend the knee and follow Christ.
The classic hymn, “Amazing Grace” will never grow old because its lyrics resonate with our hearts. We are painfully aware that we are wholly undeserving of God’s favor. But at the cross we receive just that! This morning we see Jesus extending this wonderful grace to Capernaum’s most notorious sinner, making him a trophy of God’s amazing grace!
Every few days a good practice to implement in our lives would be to ask, “How have I been responding to Jesus this week?” This is what we see taking place in Mark chapter 2 as we continue our study in this wonderful Gospel. We see some responding in humility and submission while others only question and equate Jesus’work to blasphemy. May our hearts be ready to hear and receive Jesus’ work through His Word.
This morning we see the Kingdom of God advancing as Jesus heals an outcast whose life and experience remind us of the reality of sin’s work in our lives. May those similarities remind us of our need for Jesus Christ to be the Messiah we’re trusting in for salvation.