Victory Over Evil (Mark 5:1-20)

The world, we know (consciously or sub-consciously), is not the way it is supposed to be. And the word that comes to our minds and hearts to describe this reality is: evil. Evil exists. It is baffling and maddening and awful. And questions abound: Why is it like this? How should we respond? Where is […]

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Into the Storm (Mark 4:35-41)

We have seen Jesus’ power, but not like this. He has healed the sick, he has cast out demons. But now this incredible physical manifestation that reveals a wondrous strength. But what does Jesus want us to know? What does he want us to believe? The storms of life are not just physical, but spiritual. They […]

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Hearing and Doing in the Kingdom (Mark 4:21-34)

Jesus often teaches in parables. Why? A parable meant to “set one thing beside another.” In other words, parables are meant to compare, to give analogy for the sake of understanding. And in this case, Jesus is trying to get his disciples to understand the Kingdom of God. But while their understanding will be slow […]

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