Mark 5: Start Where You Are

After Jesus had cast the evil spirits out of a man in the region of Garasenes, the guy wanted to serve as one of Christ’s followers. He had been transformed. He was ready to go anywhere and do anything for the one who had changed him. You would think Jesus would have taken him up [Read More…]

Mark 4: Living to Your Fullest Potential

Mark 4 introduces us to the story of the man spreading seed. Each seed produces a different result, with the application being that those who hear the message of God each respond in different ways. Throughout the history of the church, interpreters have attempted to categorize each of the four types of seed as to [Read More…]

Mark 3: Real Family

The words of Jesus in Mark 3 provide a profound redefinition of our real family as followers of Jesus. Verses 31-35 read: 31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside [Read More…]

Mark 2: Jesus Loves Sinners

Simply put, Jesus loves sinners. Interestingly, the religious people of his day questioned why Jesus would hang out with such people. Jesus politely answered, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” What he didn’t say was that at least the so-called sinners he hung out with were teachable; the religious [Read More…]

Mark 1: Mark Is a Speed Freak

After handwriting 28 chapters of Matthew’s Gospel, Mark is a speed freak. He writes in 16 chapters what it takes the other three Gospel writers at least 20 chapters to say. Plus, he uses words like “immediately” (euthus) several times a chapter. Maybe he was impatient, in a hurry, or actually expanding some kind of [Read More…]