Who Is This Jesus? Come After Me

As we return to the book of Mark and we begin working through the second half, we see that Mark’s emphasis shifts from identifying Jesus as the Savior, to pointing us toward the type of Savior that Jesus is.  Namely, He is a suffering Savior, who calls His followers to...

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Relentless Mercy: God’s Mercy in Salvation

As we move through Jonah, it’s almost impossible to miss God’s mercy throughout the story.  Repeatedly God spares the characters of this story from what they truly deserve.  This past week as we looked at Jonah’s prayer, we saw God’s mercy in Salvation. God’s Salvation Through Merciful Judgment: 1:17-2:6 That...

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Who is this Jesus? Persistent Faith

As we continue through the Gospel of Mark, this past Sunday we came to two brief accounts of Jesus working in people’s life at the end of chapter 7.  It’s in these characters, contrasted with the religious leaders earlier in the chapter that we see Jesus responds to persistent faith. Persistent Faith...

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Who is this Jesus? Examining Tradition

Traditions are almost always well intentioned.  Regardless of one’s reason for beginning a tradition, you will seldom hear someone say that he or she started a tradition because of wanting to do something bad.  However, traditions can become a bad thing when they become more significant than the thing to...

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Easter: Responding to the Resurrection

There’s no Sunday like Easter Sunday.  The Resurrection is right in front of you, and there’s no escaping the finished work of Jesus.  There’s a sense of celebration and rightfully so!  It’s on this day that we remember the greatest event in human history. Yet, it’s amazing as people how quickly we can...

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Who is this Jesus? Take Heart

One of the hardest challenges I’ve faced in my walk with the Lord came when many individuals in my life walked away from the church which resulted in them ultimately rejecting Jesus.  I’m not talking about distant acquaintances either.  These individuals were monumental in shaping who I am today.  Because...

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Who is this Jesus? The Cost of Discipleship

As people we are regularly counting the costs for many things.  We count financial costs, physical costs, energy costs and many others.  We ask questions like, “Can I afford to buy __________?  Do I have the time for ___________?  Do I have the energy to do _______________?”  But I wonder,...

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