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A faith that produces a harvest!

THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 4:1-9 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.” (Mark 4:3) God has a dream for this world, and He is planting the seeds to make it grow. God’s kingdom dream involves transforming this world through love and mercy. Jesus starts this revolution Himself, and He gathers others to […]

Jesus’ missionary family!

THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 3:31-35 “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:35) Jesus loves all people, but he loves in a special way those who obey God’s will. But who actually does this… we all fail to fulfill God’s will for our lives. But Jesus is announcing good […]

Open or closed to the Spirit?

THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 3:20-30 “He is out of His mind!”… “He is controlled by Beelzebub!” (Mark 3:21-22) Jesus is warning those who reject what the Spirit is saying through Him. Their critical, closed-minded response to Jesus is closing them to God’s Spirit. What they see as crazy and wrong, what they reject as […]

Jesus picks me too!!!

THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 3:13-19 “Jesus called to him those He wanted.” (Mark 3:13) Do you remember picking teams as a kid? I never got to be the one picking, and was usually one of the last picked. As captain, Jesus makes some odd picks, at least from a human viewpoint. Peter the big […]

‘Mud-in-the-eye-refuse-to-die’ realistic faith

THE STORY OF JESUS: Psalm 44 “Rise up and help us. Save us because of Your faithful love!” (Psalm 44:26) At one time faith was simple: God was great, God was good, everything made sense. But things got more complicated: good people suffered, bad people prospered!?!? Then came perplexity – what? why? how? when? – […]

God stoops to our weakness!

THE STORY OF JESUS: 2 Samuel 21-24 “The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness.” (2 Samuel 22:25) Is this true… is this God’s inspired truth or just David’s perspective? All scripture is God-breathed, but what exactly does that mean? Does it mean that every word is true and accurate… including inaccurate words? My […]

The bad news in the good news!

THE STORY OF JESUS: 2 Samuel 18-20 “You don’t have any news that will bring you a reward.” (2 Samuel 18:22) Ahimaaz hoped to bring good news to David; Joab knew David wouldn’t be happy. For it was difficult good news, good news that included bad news. As Jesus followers, we are also bearers of […]

Does the church need to be silenced!?

THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 3:7-12 “But he gave them strict orders not to tell others about him.” (Mark 3:12) Jesus silences the impure spirits, even though what they say is true. He knows that they are not good press, that they cause more harm than good. They want to whip up the crowds into […]

Restored to goodness!

THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 3:1-6 “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil….” (Mark 3:4) Do any of God’s laws prohibit doing good for others? Goodness is God’s original plan, the ‘very good’ of creation restored. (Genesis 1:31) Jesus saves us SO THAT we can live good lives again; […]

Following Jesus — changes everything!

Actually, I think I disagree. Yes, hollow worship is harmless and risk free. But true worship, in spirit and truth, actually changes everything too. I would argue that worshipping Jesus and following Jesus are the same thing. But we have too narrow a definition of worship; we think of singing songs. Paul spoke of offering […]