See Jesus as he really is

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“and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them.”(‭‭Mark‬ ‭9:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬) When you hear the name Jesus what do you think of? The kindly but strong carpenter? The gentle healer? The teacher? The man on a cruel cross?He was all these things. But in this remarkable moment some of the disciples got to glimpse him for who he really is. No longer hidden. The glory revealed. When we come to prayer if we see Jesus in our minds eye like this, we … [Read more...]

When God does half a miracle, dare to believe him for the rest 

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“And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.””(‭‭Mark‬ ‭8:24‬) The account of Jesus healing a blind man in stages is remarkable. He could have healed him in one go, but chose to do it in stages. I'm sure this was because Jeuss wanted to draw out faith in the man. Perhaps you have seen God begin to do something in your life. Maybe it's something you've been asking for a long time. Now you feel a bit like the blind man: something has definitely changed but no … [Read more...]

If you will spend yourself on behalf of others God will make your resources miraculously extend

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““I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat.”(‭‭Mark‬ ‭8:2‬)It is vital for us to note the passion that lay behind Jesus many miracles. It wasn't for immediate glory. In fact Jesus urged people not to say what he had done often. Jesus did his miracles because he has compassion on others. And in the one in front of us today, the miracle was he took the limited resources the disciples could find and multiplied them. They co … [Read more...]

Christian, worry more about what is in your heart than what you put into it

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And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”(Mark 7:20-23) This verse in context reminds me of a passage from Paul which makes a similar point: If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were s … [Read more...]

How do you feel about crowds? Jesus loved them.

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“When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.” (‭‭Mark‬ ‭6:34‬) When you see a crowd how do you feel? Some of us find large numbers of people overwhelming. some feel afraid when they are surrounded by  them. Others are just exhausted by crowds. When we are traveling on a busy train we certainly dont want to talk to anyone. We see the crowd as a unit. Almost as though it is is one … [Read more...]

When even Jesus ‘could not’ What can stop the Almighty?

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And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief.‭‭(Mark‬ ‭6:5-6‬) This is one of the most remarkable verses in the Bible. Jesus, the all powerful, stopped in his tracks. What could prevent him from acting? What could hinder his power? Unbelief. The Western Church almost encourages unbelief. Our cynicism and skepticism means that if God actually turned up and did something we would be shocked … [Read more...]

Do not fear, only believe!

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“But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” Mark‬ ‭5:36‬ Even the most outwardly confident of us sometimes need to hear this command of Jesus. He tells us the same as he told the ruler of the synagogue: do not to be anxious, but instead trust him. Trust is a choice which can dispel fear.This is not an instruction for us to simply by human effort force ourselves not to fear, or to deny the reality and cover up our anxiety. Like … [Read more...]

Evangelism made simple 

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“And he ... said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.””‭‭(Mark‬ ‭5:19‬) Oh how complicated we make evangelism sometimes. Or how put off we are of it because we know we will not be the next Billy Graham! Here Jesus gives a simple command. The challenge to you and me is how much do we actually do this. We live in a world that is largely disinterested in Jesus. But, when the time is right, simply telling our stor … [Read more...]

The One who spoke peace to the storm now speaks peace to you. (Mark 4:39)

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“And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”‭‭ (Mark‬ ‭4:39).‬ READ more at Bible Gateway. There are different kinds of sleep. Jesus' sleep was birthed in total confidence his Father was watching over the universe as he slumbered. Sleeping in the back of a boat as it is nearly overwhelmed by wind and waves is remarkable. No wonder there was a note of irritation in the disciples voices as they woke him saying "don't … [Read more...]

A family divided against itself will fall 

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"... if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” (‭‭Mark‬ ‭3:25)‬ ‭ READ more at Bible Gateway. ‬‬I was reading Mark 3 this morning. The theologian in me immediately started thinking about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Maybe one day I will add my thoughts to the myriad of others. But instead another verse hit me in the eye today.To understand what Jesus means here, we must leave aside any notion of the windows of a house taking up arms against the bric … [Read more...]


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