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'Gospel of Mark' Tagged Posts (Page 2)

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Tables Overturned

Tables Overturned Daily Devotion for Lent | Sunday, March 4, 2018 Read Mark 11:15-19. And He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. (Mark 11:15b). Some things just shouldn’t be there—like a whole market set up inside the temple courtyard itself. Pigeons, oxen, sheep—a zoo full of noise. Air filled with smells, dust, and feathers. Men sitting behind tables to change foreign money into money acceptable for temple use, there were cheaters and…
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The Cloaks Off Their Backs

The Cloaks Off Their Backs Daily Devotion for Lent | Friday, March 2, 2018 Read Mark 11:1-10. And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. (Mark 11:8) “The red carpet treatment.” That’s how modern Western cultures describe a royal welcome. The crowd welcoming Jesus had similar ideas. Joyfully Jesus’ disciples threw their cloaks over the donkey’s back, doing the best they could in place of a saddle. The…
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Wasted Or Not?

Wasted Or Not? Daily Devotion for Lent | Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Read Mark 14:3-11. And while He was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as He was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster ask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the ask and poured it over His head. (Mark 14:3) My grandmother once gave me a tiny jar of expensive solid perfume from Greece. To get the fragrant ointment…
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It’s Not Enough

It’s Not Enough Daily Devotion for Lent | Monday, February 26, 2018 Read Mark 12:41-44. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny…. (Jesus said) “She out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:42, 44b) Two little coins, which together make a penny. Not much of an offering, is it? Humanly speaking it’s just foolish: somebody is now going to have to…
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The Image On A Coin

The Image On A Coin Daily Devotion for Lent | Sunday, February 25, 2018 Read Mark 12:13-17. And He said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” … (Mark 12:16b) Here again we have the leaders trying to trap Jesus in His own words. “Does God want us to pay taxes to Caesar or not? What does His Law say?” They knew very well that if He said, “Pay them,” He would be in trouble with the people, who…
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Asleep In The Boat

Asleep In The Boat Daily Devotion for Lent | Thursday, February 22, 2018 Read Mark 4:1-2, 35-41. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:37-38) He must have been really tired. After preaching all day, Jesus is asleep in…
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Gathering Grain

Gathering Grain Daily Devotion for Lent | Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Read Mark 2:23-28. One Sabbath He was going through the grain fields, and as they made their way, His disciples began to pluck heads of grain. And the Pharisees were saying to Him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” (Mark 2:23-24) “I feel like I’m being nibbled to death by ducks.” Have you ever heard anybody say that? It’s a good description of…
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A Hole In The Roof

A Hole In The Roof Daily Devotion for Lent | Monday, February 19, 2018 Read Mark 2:1-12. And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”…
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Nets or Hooks?

NETS OR HOOKS? Daily Devotion for Lent | Friday, February 16, 2018 Read Mark 1:16-20. Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” (Mark 1:16-17) When I was a child, we would often camp at Kern River in the Sierras and go trout fishing. My family had…
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Saved Through Water

Saved Through Water Daily Devotion for Lent | Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (Ash Wednesday) Read Mark 1:9-11. And when He came up out of the water, immediately He saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove. (Mark 1:10) Water is hard to talk about because it carries so many meanings. Water is a symbol of life— before birth we develop in the water of our mothers’ bodies, and gushing water is a sign…