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The Time Has Come

“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news.” Mark 1:15 When I was a young pastor, an older minister advised me: “George, the main things in Scripture are the plain things; and the plain things are the main things.” That is certainly the case with […]

Launching into Ministry

After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. Mark 1:14 I graduated from college at the age of twenty with a call to full-time vocational ministry. One problem! Nobody wanted to hire me on a church staff or call me as pastor. So, I decided to go […]

5 Things to Know When Facing Temptation

At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert, and he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him. Mark 1:12-13 Mark gives us the Reader’s Digest condensed version of Jesus’ temptation. It tells us all the essential elements we need to […]

John the Baptist’s Message

John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message, “After me will come one more powerful that I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but […]

Holding on to Love

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone […]

After Tears, Joy Comes

When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they […]

The Evidence of Resurrection

Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either. Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal […]

Go Into All the World

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; […]

Too Important to Keep to Ourselves

After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it. Mark 16:19-20 Mark’s gospel began with an incomplete […]