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Whose Energy? Applying Mark 16

Photo by Randy Milanovic on Unsplash How do you get things done? Recently, I realized that anxiety fuels most of my work. Tornado energy, I call it. What other kind is there?Mark alerted me the other day, "Honey, we're almost out of…
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What Were You Expecting? Studying Mark 16

APhoto by Claudia Wolff on UnsplashWhat was I expecting from my first summer job? I’d heard death changes everything. But I saw it firsthand that summer.I had taken a job as a nurse's aide to make money for college. As I made my way…
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Passionate Love: Applying Mark 15

Photo by Zac Durant on Unsplash Why is it good to remember the passionate love of Christ for us? Is it so we will feel bad for putting him through such pain? Or is it some kind of ploy for using guilt as a tool to manipulate our…
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The Powerless One? Studying Mark 15

Photo by Damir Spanic on Unsplash We're continuing our study of the Gospel of Mark today, a study that is following the preaching schedule at Rincon Mountain Presbyterian Church. Mark 15 places Jesus in the eye of the storm. He…

Thank Who? Applying Mark 14

 Why say thank you? Apparently, gratitude is good for you. At least that's what they say. In a 2011 Thanksgiving piece for the NY Times, John Tierney wrote:Cultivating an "attitude of gratitude" has been linked…

Jesus’ Sacrifice: Studying Mark 14

Do you tend to focus on the sacrifices you've had to make for your family, your work, your faith? Find rest by looking away from your sacrifices to His.

Insider Information: Applying Mark 13

What does it look like to be in Jesus' inner ring? Mark 13 isn't just about the end times, it's about friendship with Jesus himself.

Words of Warning and Love: Studying Mark 13

Words of warning are sometimes the greatest act of love imaginable. Join me to consider Jesus' warnings about the end of our age.
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Beware the Foxtails! Applying Mark 12

Have you ever been annoyed by a warning and later realized it saved your life? Let's listen to Jesus' warnings and hear grace.

Scriptures? You Don’t Know Them: Studying Mark 12

Jesus' rebuke to the Pharisees, "Is this not the reason. you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God?" has been a goad in my own life to know both. Let's talk about that.