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Sermons on “Mark”

Friends Let Friends Bother Jesus

Jesus urges you and me on today: Do not be afraid, but believe. Your faith and mine are conduits of the power of God – the power of God that is already among us to bring healing, to bring peace, to bring justice, to bring new life.

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Why Not You?

Jesus never gives his followers a promise that the storms of life will not swirl around them. Instead, he promises to be with us in even in the midst of the worst storms that life throws our way.

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The Thunderous Silence

Palm Sunday is a day of paradox, the most striking of which is the contrast between the cacophony of human noise and the thunderous silence of God. Holy Week bids us enter in this holy mystery: that Jesus inhabits both sides of this defining contrast, and he does it for the sake of the whole world.

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“O, How I Love Jesus”

The Love of God, the Love that loved us from before the foundation of the world, looks like the Crucified Messiah: God Incarnate becoming ransom for sinners, accepting the utter humiliation of the Roman cross. Jesus bids us to exchange our old life ruled by idolatrous “loves” for the new life governed by the love of Christ crucified.

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Pilgrim hearts

More than anything, for the disciples, for us, the journey is a journey to the foot of the cross and through it. The cross is where our spirits are refined. It is where our longings and our loves are purified and returned to first things. All that we love more than we love God is captured, it is captivated, it is reordered, it is immersed in dying to self and brought again into new life. “If any want to be my followers,” Jesus says, “let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.”

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Overshadowed.

The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ upon the mountain is a glorious promise, the assurance of God’s divine protection for his Beloved; given precisely because the road back down the mountain leads straight to the Cross.

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E100 New Testament: Week 13, Day 64

Healing a Demon-Possessed Man – Mark 5:1-20

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Becoming Citizens of God’s Kingdom

Here is the glorious news: Because God has rescued us from darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his Son, we are people through whom power is perfected in weakness, wisdom in the foolishness of the cross, glory in humility. We are free to serve the people around us. We are free to serve the people in our country. We are free to serve without being swept up in efforts to wield power.

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Ground Work

John the Baptist calls us to return. The reworking of our lives and the reworking of this creation is a painstaking process. It is slow, and deliberate, and careful, and patient work. And God is even now bit by bit and hour by hour, through the power of his Holy Spirit, remaking us.

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The Advent Promise

It is easy to be lulled to sleep by the assumption that the way the world is now is the way it will always be. “Not so!” says Jesus. “Keep awake, the Son of Man is coming soon.”

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