Effective Prayer ~ Mark 11:22-25

It’s Wednesday morning of Passover Week and Jesus and His disciples are headed back to Jerusalem when they pass the fig tree that Jesus had cursed the day before. They noticed it was totally withered, so Jesus took this opportunity to teach […]

Pride ~ Mark 10:35-45

Pride is an innate human trait. From infancy we look to our parents and others for confirmation that we are doing well, whether it is walking, talking, or potttying correctly. Is this pride in a job well done? How about […]

Prediction of Christ’s Suffering ~ Mark 10:32-34

“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) Jesus predicted His death in John 12:27, Mark 2:19-20, Luke 12:50, 13:32-33, and 17:25 as well as in today’s text (Mark […]

Wealth and Salvation ~ Mark 10:17-31

Here we have the story of the rich young man asking Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. He does have many redeeming qualities: he is young, a religious leader of some sort, very wealthy, confident, sincere, moralistic, […]

God’s View of Divorce (cont.) ~ Mark 10:1-16

Review ~ Pharisees were once again testing Jesus asking, “Is it lawful to divorce?” And Jesus responded with scripture saying that God only allowed divorce because of hard hearted wickedness. Jewish lawmakers had corrupted Deuteronomy 24:1-4 which is simply reporting […]

God’s View of Divorce ~ Mark 10:1-12

God values marriage! Matthew 19:6 tells us that through marriage a man and a woman join together to become one flesh, even superseding the sixth commandment: honor your father and mother. This is the ideal, but sin has corrupted that ideal. […]

Radical Discipleship ~ Mark 9:42-50

Radical: (adj) (especially of change or action) relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough. advocating or based on thorough or complete political or social change; Mark 9:42-50 Previously, in chapter 9, Jesus had been training […]