Week 12: Chapter 12: Love the Lord your God with all your heart!

Monday:  It’s not ours to keep!                                         vv 1-12 ‘He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son…’’ v6 This passage shows us two things:  the foolishness of man who believed that by killing the heir, they…

Week 11: Chapter 11: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

Monday:  Jesus in control                                                   vv 1-6 ‘If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’” v3 The detailed account of the disciples fetching the donkey shows Jesus in control.  He knew where the donkey would be and what…

Week 10: Chapter 10: Cheer up! He’s calling you!

Monday: Dangerous Questions  vv1-12 “Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” v2 The Pharisees were fond of testing Jesus to try and trap him, their minds closed to the possibility that he might have something to teach them. Jesus…

Week 9: Mark 9: This is my Son….listen to him!

Monday:  Listen to him!                                                               vv 1-13 ‘Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love.  Listen to him!’’ v7 This is the second time in Mark that we have heard the phrase, “This is my Son, whom I…

Week 8: Chapter 8: But what about you; who do you say I am?

Monday:  Don’t Forget!                                                                    vv1-13 ‘His disciples answered, “But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?”’ v4 Cast your mind back a couple of weeks to Mark 6.  What do we see there?  Jesus feeding five thousand men (and women and children) on just…

Week 7: Chapter 7: Be opened.

Monday:  Check your motives!                                                              vv1-8 ‘He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “‘These people honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.’ v6 We all know that you wash your hands before you eat so that you…

Week 6: Chapter 6: How many loaves do you have? Go and see.

Monday:   Familiarity Breeds Contempt                                            vv1-6 ‘”Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offence at him.’ v3 These people had been around as Jesus grew up.  They knew that he was…

Week 5: Mark 5: Daughter, your faith has healed you.

Monday: Jesus’ Authority. Mark 5: 1-13 ‘He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!”’ vv7 ‘The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.”’ vv12…

Week 4: Mark 4: What shall we say the Kingdom of God is like?

Monday: Listen!!                                                                            vv1-9 ‘Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”’ v9 If we want to be changed through this series on Mark, we are going to need to learn to listen.  Jesus uses parables because he wants to explain things that are stunningly difficult to…

Week 3: Mark 3: Who are my mother and brothers?

Monday: Stand Up!                                                                          vv1-6 ‘Jesus said to the man with the shrivelled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.”’ v3 Jesus knew that the Pharisees were thinking of ways to catch him out but instead of keeping quiet, he called the man with the shrivelled hand to stand up. …