He Knew The Future And Chose To Embrace Us Anyway

If you knew, before their birth, that your child or one of your children would be diagnosed with a rare and unstoppable disease and you would endure the loss, would you still choose to have that child? In other words, if you knew that an opportunity to experience the incredible ability to love someone would … Continue reading He Knew The Future And Chose To Embrace Us Anyway

Mark 3:7-19 Discipleship In Mark #18 – “Selecting Generals”

"Jesus withdrew his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him. And he told his disciples to have a boat ready … Continue reading Mark 3:7-19 Discipleship In Mark #18 – “Selecting Generals”

Mark 3:1-6 “Those Who See Are Blind” – #17 in the Discipleship Series in Mark

"Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” Then Jesus … Continue reading Mark 3:1-6 “Those Who See Are Blind” – #17 in the Discipleship Series in Mark

Discipleship Series: “What Does Mark Say?” – #9 (House Rules)

The “indebtedness code” is something that was being dealt with by Jesus head on. Like a casino, the purity traditions and debt laws of the priestly class forced the Israelites into classes of people. There were the wealthy and powerful elites like the Pharisees and there were the poor like we begin seeing early on … Continue reading Discipleship Series: “What Does Mark Say?” – #9 (House Rules)

Discipleship Series: “What Does Mark Say?” – #10 (House Rules 2)

What does a casino have to do with Jesus? And, can we compare worshipers to gamblers? …Go ahead, read on. You can tell if me if I’m way off here and I’ll acknowledge it. Common knowledge tells us that casinos have a rigged system so they always come out ahead financially. They’re businesses, not charities. … Continue reading Discipleship Series: “What Does Mark Say?” – #10 (House Rules 2)

Discipleship Series: “What Does Mark Say?” – #8 (Avoiding the Security Cameras?)

21 was a 2008 movie inspired by the MIT Blackjack Team. If I remember the story well enough the members of the team were legally counting cards in casinos and winning. Now, this is just one more post on the internet using a bit of that story. In other words, if the team was never … Continue reading Discipleship Series: “What Does Mark Say?” – #8 (Avoiding the Security Cameras?)

Discipleship Series: “What Does Mark Say?” – #7 (I Love You. I’m Proud Of You. Again)

9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him; 11and a voice came out of the heavens: “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.” 12Immediately … Continue reading Discipleship Series: “What Does Mark Say?” – #7 (I Love You. I’m Proud Of You. Again)

Discipleship Series: “What Does Mark Say?” – #5 (I’ve Chosen You – 1:16-20)

Jesus chooses the disciples. And, they follow him in an immediate way. Pupils wanting to become students of the Law, and eventually become rabbis themselves, chose their rabbis and walked behind. They didn't follow alongside as Jesus would have his disciples follow. Mark seems to be showing a radical departure from his culture. Is this discipleship … Continue reading Discipleship Series: “What Does Mark Say?” – #5 (I’ve Chosen You – 1:16-20)

Discipleship Series: What Does Mark Say? – #3 “John Passes the Prophetic Torch”

There was an era in baseball when Joe DiMaggio ruled. DiMaggio was the standard many young boys dreamed they might one day be. Near the end of DiMaggio's career, there was a Midwestern young man from the mining towns of Oklahoma, Commerce to be exact. His father, Mutt, wanted him to stay clear of the … Continue reading Discipleship Series: What Does Mark Say? – #3 “John Passes the Prophetic Torch”