Day 11

Read Mark 4:1-25 Growing up as a farm kid, I always loved the parables where Jesus spoke of growing crops or raising livestock as he did here in Mark 4. I could understand these parables and Jesus didn’t seem 2,000 years away on the shores of Galilee. Even if you Read more…

Day 10

Mark 3:20-35 “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand” (Mark 3:24-25 ESV). Although these verses illustrate the illogic of Satan acting against himself and how a house or kingdom divided Read more…

Day 9

Read Mark 3:13-19 What did it mean to be called by Jesus in Bible times? What does it mean to be called by Jesus now? What does it mean to “go into the world” to share the good news under the authority and power of Jesus (see also Matthew 28:16-20)? Read more…

Day 8

Read Mark 3:1-12 “Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there.” (Mark 3:1 NLT) This is from the portion of Jesus’s story where the Pharisees are trying to catch Him doing something terrible, like doing good on the Sabbath. While teaching the Read more…

Day 7

Read Mark 2:18-28 “And he said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath’” (Mark 2:27 ESV). It’s easy to get caught up in the letter of the law. I sometimes think that I need to do all the things, to abide by all the Read more…

Day 6

Day 6 – Read Mark 2:13-17 “He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ Read more…

Day 5

Day 5 – Read Mark 2:1-12 As I sit here, imagining what this scene must have looked like I find myself mulling over the places of each character and their roles in this story. Jesus is in a house and speaking to a large crowd of people. He is speaking Read more…

Day 4

Day 4 – Read Mark 1: 40 – 45 God asks a lot from his people. When I read that Jesus told the leper to “Say nothing to anyone” after he was healed, my first thought was — well, that’s never going to happen. I cannot keep a secret.  I Read more…

Day 3

Day 3: Read Mark 1: 29-39 We tend to be a very busy people. We exercise, go to work, run around getting our kids to school and different activities. We almost have to have our schedule completely packed to feel like we are keeping up with everyone else. If you Read more…

Day 2

Read Mark 1:14-28 “Immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and went away to follow Him.” (Mark 1:20 NASB) John Wesley’s notes on this verse say, “Happy they who follow Christ at the first call!” I have to admit, I Read more…