Monthly Archives: January 2017

A House of Prayer

Re: Verse reading–Mark 11:12-33 (day two)  And He began to teach and say to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a robbers’ den.”  vs. 17 The picture above was taken … Continue reading

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Fruit bearing

Re: Verse reading–Mark 11:12-33 (day one) Kurt Voss died last week.  He was 94.  For over 70 years he served the Lord as a member of FBCSA.  He was also a gifted metal worker.  An artisan.  An old-world craftsman. When … Continue reading

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Rare combination

Re: Verse reading–Mark 10: 32-45 (day seven) Jesus was (is) a rare combination of two virtues.  Perfect symmetry.  He is both strong and soft.  Strong toward people and their opposition.  Soft toward God and people who needed His care.  “A velvet … Continue reading

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Humble Servant

Re: Verse reading–Mark 10: 32-45 (day five) Why would Jesus emphatically teach His disciples to be humble servants? Being a humble servant produces the exact opposite of what we might think. What are the characteristics of a humble servant? Joy– being … Continue reading

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Serve

Re: Verse reading–Mark 10: 32-45 (day four) They had been picked to be in the top three…James and John had accompanied Jesus to the mount of Transfiguration.  Of course, Peter was there too, but he had, as usual, blurted out the … Continue reading

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Love

Re: Verse reading–Mark 10: 32-45 (day three) “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.”  Might we abuse this teaching from Jesus?  You know we might.  Jesus teaches us that serving another doesn’t lead to greatness.  Serving another … Continue reading

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We’ll Work

Re: Verse reading–Mark 10: 32-45 (day two)  And again He took the twelve aside and began to tell them what was going to happen to Him…vs. 32b (emphasis added) “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but … Continue reading

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A perfect fit

Re: Verse reading–Mark 10: 32-45 (day one) “To sit on my right or my left. . . is for those for whom it has been prepared.”– v 40. In ancient Greek, heteos referred to “a perfect fit” or “exact match”.  … Continue reading

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Slammed

Re:Verse reading–Mark 9:14-29 (day seven) “Whenever it (the demon) seizes him, it slams him to the ground.”–v 18 For a moment will you think about the boy in this story?  Demon-possessed.  Vulnerable.  Unable to talk.  Regularly slammed to the ground by forces … Continue reading

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Lift

Re:Verse reading–Mark 9:14-29 (day six) “Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.” Mark 9:27 Amidst the arguing scribes, the father who struggled with unbelief, the disciples who lacked faith was a boy, a young man. As … Continue reading

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