No Regret This Time

Genesis 9: 8-17; Mark 1: 9-15 Talking to a suntanned resident of New Mexico about the weather in Albuquerque, the tourist asked, “Doesn’t it ever rain here?” The native replied, “Mister, do you remember the story of Noah and the Ark, and how it rained forty days and forty nights?” “Of course, I do,” the…

This Is What I Came to Do

Isaiah 40: 25-31 Mark 1: 29-39 It was a very busy Sabbath day. Jesus fell asleep late and got up early the next day. We might say that’s what only Jesus would do. Have you ever been at a place in your relational life or professional life or when you were a child when you…

The Whole Package

Mark 1: 21-28 A bible commentary I read recently depicted Jesus in the gospel of Mark in three facets: preacher, teacher and exorcist. In our lesson today, he’s described as a teacher with authority, not like the scribes. We don’t know what he taught in the synagogue that day. Chances are he taught about the…

Fish Were Not Enough

Mark 1: 14-20 Jesus was proclaiming the good news of God, the gospel of the Kingdom. “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent and believe in the good news.” Repent, in the original language, means to think differently. Think differently about yourself, your neighbor and your community and believe…

Baptized with Water and Holy Spirit

Mark 1: 4-11 John knew something greater was coming. John the baptizer proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. People throughout the Judean countryside and all people of Jerusalem went out to John to be baptized by him, confessing their sins. He told those gathered to him he baptized with water, but…

Pleased, Peace and Relax

Thankfully, the squeeze ended.  Now, in subtle ways, the Spirit has spoken.  More accurately, I’m listening and paying attention outside The Verizon Squeeze (The Verizon Squeeze posted 6/24/15) while the Spirit speaks. April said every time she looks at the clock now days, day or night, its 1:11.  I felt compelled to look at Mark…

The Will of God (Part 2)

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–> Recently, I was leading a devotional/Bible study at a boarding house I’m very familiar with.  We found ourselves talking about prayer.  It was my intention to use the Lord’s Prayer as a model for prayer that Jesus taught.  I, also, intended to talk about the will of God. As we moved…