The first time anything is attempted, it is not usually as good as anticipated. This morning we hear Jesus preach His first sermon – and find it BETTER than one might hope. It is a message of hope, good news, and a call to obedience.
Today we see the Servant tested and tempted. Jesus faces what you and I face every day, and he does so in the same way that you and I face real situations. Will Jesus prove to be any different from you and I, or will he, too, follow the pattern that repeats itself far too […]
Mark records the arrival ceremony of two great individuals. Far from being filled with pomp and circumstance, their arrival is almost archaic in its nature. Nothing indicates position, popularity, or prominence; yet the arrival of these two persons marks a turning point in history. Mark tells us in the Great Servant has arrived.
We live in a society that is filled with news, but most of it is less than encouraging. Wouldn’t it be nice to hear GOOD news? Mark tells us that Good News is possible – and it involves the person of Jesus. Listen as we introduce a new sermon series in the gospel of Mark.
Paul mentions slavery in this passage. Slavery in his day was much different than what we imagine. In Paul’s day, 35 – 40% of the populace of Rome were slaves. To equate the Roman slave with the relationship between employer/employee is to miss the idea completely. An employee puts in a prescribed amount of work, […]
If you were hiring an assistant, you would look for dependability, honesty, personality, confidence, integrity, initiative, education, and experience. This person will serve your purposes and mold themselves to your plans and goals. They will be, in effect, your servant. Finding such an individual with all those qualities would be difficult; but today we look […]