Remodeling Christ's Home

September 11, 2022


Then Jesus said, "It is from within,
from the human heart, that evil intentions come."

Mark 7:21


God's purposes and blessings for us always include reorganizing each dimension of our lives to be like that of Christ.

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

September 4, 2022


Then Jesus called the crowd again and said to them,
“Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing
outside a person that by going in can defile,
but the things that come out are what defile.”

Mark 7:14


Problems are solved by getting to the source of this issue. When it comes to problems in our lives, all too often people become so caught up looking good on the outside that we fail to deal with the real issue within us. Jesus, seeking what is best for us, invites us to deal with what is within us as the path to peace - both in our relationship with God, our own lives, and in relationship with others.

Old Habits are Hard to Break

August 14, 2022


The Pharisees and the scribes asked Jesus,
"Why do your disciples not walk according
to the tradition of the elders?"

Mark 7:5


Jesus' harshest words were for the religious elite, rather than sinners. In Sunday's scripture, Jesus accuses those who were quick to judge others of substituting human tradition for the word of God.

Riding the Wave

August 14, 2022


Then Jesus got into the boat with them,
and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded,
for they did not understand about the loaves.

Mark 6:51-52


Jesus calls for us to follow him and to serve him, not because we can do it ourselves, but because God can do it through us.

Our Daily Bread

August 7, 2022


Taking the five loaves and the two fish,
he looked up to heaven and blessed and broke
the loaves and gave them to his disciples to set
before the people, and he divided
the two fish among them all.

Mark 6:41


God provides our daily bread, not just for our own sake, but so we can provide for others.

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No Rest for the Weary - Mark 6:30-34

July 31, 2022


As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd,
and he had compassion for them,
because they were like sheep without a shepherd,
and he began to teach them many things.

Mark 6:34


Following Jesus, his being the Lord of our lives, means living and giving as Jesus does for us.

Living Light - Mark 6:6b-13

July 24, 2022


So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent.
They cast out many demons and anointed with oil
many who were sick and cured them.

Mark 6:13


Jesus sent his disciples out by pairs, telling them not to pack for the journey, not to take a change of clothes, and to not even take food or money.

That is a big ask. It takes real faith to not prepare.

It is even more astonishing to consider that Jesus sent otherwise ordinary people to do things they could never do on their own, including healing people and casting out demons. Jesus sent them out, not because they could do these things themselves, but because God can do great things through ordinary people.

Hometown Welcome - Mark 6:1-6

July 17, 2022


Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor
except in his own town, among his relatives
and in his own home.”

Mark 6:4


What will we do with what we’ve seen and heard about Jesus?

Do we see him as the “carpenter’s son” or the Son of God?
A great teacher or the Living Word?
The one who heals on the Sabbath or the Lord of the Sabbath?
Will we reject Jesus or receive him?

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Getting Out of the Grandstands - Mark 5:21-43

July 10, 2022


He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well;
go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

Mark 5:34


We can come to Jesus out of habit, curiosity, or casual commitment. Or, we can come desperately aware of our need for Jesus' healing touch.

We must come out of the grandstands filled with religious spectators and empty our hearts to experience the love, healing, and power that we deeply need.

But Can You Heal me? - Mark 5:1-20

July 3, 2022


They came to Jesus and saw the man
previously possessed by demons sitting there,
clothed and in his right mind

Mark 5:15


Are you ready to change?

The Gospels of the New Testament are filled with accounts of Jesus healing people. In every case it radically changed the healed person's life. For the man who had been an invalid for 38 years, who had waited at the pool for healing for a long time, without anybody to help him, Jesus said, "Stand up, take your mat and walk." He no longer required help from others, he could help himself. In today's passage, Jesus casts demons out of a man. Rather than returning to what he had done before, the man is called to tell others about Jesus.