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11 Nov 2019
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Desperate: Studying Mark 5

I saw the desperate up close when we visited the inner city of San Paolo, Brazil. Our guide put a finger to his lips, his face tense. We stopped and silenced ourselves.

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The King Announced: Applying Mark 4

We’ve been studying the Gospel of Mark together. As we studied chapter 4, we saw the King beginning to unveil his presence slowly through a series of parables. It was subtle, so much so that his calming of the violent storm took them by surprise.

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28 Oct 2019
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Studying Mark 4: Necessary Storms and Parables

How can these be necessary storms? Tears blurred my vision as I drove down the freeway. I feel blasted, annihilated. Why does it have to hurt so much?

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21 Oct 2019
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Applying Mark 3: Asked to Give a Good Word

Well dressed elderly couple at dinner
A Good Word for a Good Man
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14 Oct 2019
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Studying Mark 3: Rising Tension

My life, the movie, is filled with rising tension. How is it going to end?

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Applying Mark 2: Derailed By Dread

Nothing derails my day like a poor night’s sleep. And nothing ruins my sleep more easily than dread of what the next day might bring.

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Saying “Yes” Takes Faith: Who Am I Trusting?

Saying “Yes” comes naturally to born optimists. We wake up smiling, bound out of bed, and say “yes” to the day. But others of us are more cautious. “No” is our first response to the day’s demands, starting with our alarm clock. Groan. Crash.

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12 Aug 2019
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Playing it Safe: The Need to Expand My Capacity

Do you find you’re playing it safe these days? When someone asks you to volunteer, do you shake your head? Saying “no” when I should say “yes” may indicate a need to expand my capacity. That requires faith.

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