By Force or By Authority

John 6: 14-21 The people were about to take Jesus and make him king by force. The disciples started across the sea to Capernaum in the evening without him. The people were planning to come to him in order to cease him for their own purposes. The disciples were comfortable leaving him behind. Which is…

Rest A While

Mark 6: 30-34 “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while. (6:31a)” Jesus intended they might all get away and rest, get a little vacation. Little Byron asked his mother, “Why does the minister get a whole month’s vacation in the summer?” “Well, son,” answered the mother, “if he’s a…

Something Is Happening

Mark 6: 7-16 At a local hospital, there was no special place for the ministers to park. They were told to stop by the front desk on leaving the hospital, identify themselves as ministers, and the person on duty would give them a dollar to get up of the general parking lot. One minister had…

In a Moment, In a Day (In a Snapshot)

Mark 6: 1-6 When I was a child I received as a gift from my parents on my birthday, a Kodak Instamatic camera. It was marketed as a camera to fit into your pocket easily.  I thought it was cool.  My mother, particularly, was excited to give it to me.  She was the one in…

What Am I Convinced Of?

What am I convinced of these days? Jonathan said to the young man who carried his armour, ‘Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised.; it maybe that the Lord will act for us; for nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few.’ – 1 Samuel 14: 6…

First and Foremost

Daniel 3: 13-26 King Nebuchadnezzar wanted the people to worship what he made. If they didn’t, they’d suffer. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, Jews appointed by the king over the affairs of Babylon, were known not to worship the statue. In this society, we don’t know kings. We know politicians. A candidate running for Congress hired…

Great Big Things

Happy Father’s Day. “My kids are always so nice to me on Father’s day,” said one father. “They will do anything I ask them to do.” A co-worker replied, “Well, I must say that Father’s Day is the one day that my children do listen to me. I tell them not to spend a lot…

Ask Him

Mark 4: 26-34 It is in the fourth chapter of Mark the readers and hearers are told if you don’t understand the parable of the sower of seeds, how will you understand all parables? In this chapter, there is the parable of the sower (we read together Matthew’s version last July), the parable of the…

But I Wait in Patience

My posts over the last year have all been sermon manuscripts. Way back when I was told to write (Write this down for the next generation. . .  Write so the story can be told in Zion, so God’s praise will be sung. . .  – Psalm 102 in The Message), there was an intentionality…

In Relationship with Him

Mark 3: 20-30 With the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost still in mind, we’re hearing about the work of Jesus in the Holy Spirit and how it was misconstrued on one occasion as the work of Satan. The story is going around that up in the Stanford Research Laboratories they have made an…