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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God has an amazing plan for his creation and although he can bring it about all by himself, he has chosen to instead include us. God wants to partner with us, but he is a gentleman and wants us to want to partner with him, too! In this parable Jesus challenges those listening to his […]

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