Monthly Archives: January 2018

Have mercy

Mark 10:46-52 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asks this question twice within the chapters and verses of Mark’s gospel. The first instance occurred when James and John asked Jesus to grant their request for places … Continue reading

Posted in Forgiveness

Inheriting the kingdom

Mark 10:17-31 What must I do to inherit eternal life? This is a question asked by so many people today. “What must I do to make it into heaven?” The rich man in the text told Jesus he had kept … Continue reading

Posted in Repentance

Touched by Christ

Mark 10:1-16 Even in the first century divorce was legal. All that was required was a husband’s letter of the wife’s dismissal. Today’s legalities are much more substantial. It may be legal, but in the eyes of God, divorce is … Continue reading

Posted in Devotions

To share God’s love

Mathew 12:9-21, Revelation 21:22-27, Isaiah 52:7-10 Can you imagine the ruckus in the synagogue during worship? Rabbi, I don’t like the new music for the psalm. It was too hot/cold inside. I think we should sit/stand during the prayers. Rabbi, … Continue reading

Posted in Discipleship

Truth

Mark 3:20-35, Ephesians 4:17-32, Isaiah 44:9-20 How foolish we are; how misguided are our thoughts. Too often, superstitions and charms get in the way of faith. Who remembers carrying a lucky rabbit’s foot as a child? Who recalls possessing a … Continue reading

Posted in Faith

Journey of faith

Ephesians 2:1-10 The annual salmon run in Alaska is truly something to behold. Guided by the forces of nature, salmon, one after another, struggle to swim against the currents. Navigating violent rapids and falls, the salmon push ahead finally reaching … Continue reading

Posted in Faith

Seek the kingdom

Matthew 6:25-34 We live in a world filled with expectations. Children are expected to do well in school. College graduates expect to embark on a high paying career. Investors expect their portfolio will pay huge dividends. Life is filled with … Continue reading

Posted in Faith

Fishers of men

Mark 1:14-20 Have you ever noticed when fishing that none of the fish you catch come willingly? Whether throwing a net or casting a line with a rod and real, the fish you catch always try to get away. It … Continue reading

Posted in Discipleship, Evangelism

Peace

Mark 4:35-41 The storm was raging and the twelve were frantic. Jesus was sleeping in the back of the boat while the disciples felt that at any given moment, all could be lost. Finally, they called out to Jesus. How … Continue reading

Posted in Devotions

Abundant life

John 10:1-10 A life of accumulation and consumption takes us away from God and from one another. Such a life often becomes lonely and isolated, with stored up treasures in barns rather than treasure stored in heaven. Soon we are … Continue reading

Posted in Faith