Monthly Archives: March 2016

Jesus Under Attack, the Second Wave

Mark 12:13-17 Parallel Texts: Matthew 22:15-22; Luke 20:20-26 The second wave began later that same Tuesday. Jesus had already repulsed the attack of the Chief Priest, and this time, the Pharisees and their Herodian allies come at Him. As you … Continue reading

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Jesus Under Attack

After Jesus’ discussion of the fig tree, He and the disciples enter the Temple courts and are observed by the priests and their entourage; the priests waste no time in challenging Him… Mark 11:27-33 Parallel Texts: Matthew 21:23-27; Luke 20:1-8 … Continue reading

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Something Wonderful

Yesterday, something wonderful happened, we had a guest join our Sunday morning small group; a guest who was thousands of miles away in a different country with a different accent in a different culture. This part made the day novel, … Continue reading

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Figs, Corruption and Prayers

Mark 11:12-26 Parallel Texts: Matthew 21:18-19, 11-13, 20-22; Luke 19:45-48; 21:37-38 Few teachers teach this section from Mark’s account, preferring instead to use the parallel in Matthew or Luke with their more confused timelines, but Mark’s timeline is much more … Continue reading

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Faith and… a Tree

Many have said that the simple things in life are the best.  Simple things don’t  cost much, usually aren’t flashy and are seldom mentioned in the newspapers…  Things like devotion to duty, love of family, faith in God and serving … Continue reading

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Triumphal Entry

Mark 11:1-11 Parallel Texts: Matthew 21:1-12, 14-17; Luke 19:29-44; John 12:12-19 As we have come to expect, Mark gives us the simple facts of the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem as King and Messiah without fanfare or explanation of … Continue reading

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“Rabbi, I want to see.”

Mark 10:46-52 Parallel Texts: Matthew 20:29-34; Luke 18:35-43 Jesus continues His journey to Jerusalem and reaches Jericho; it isn’t far now to His destination. As they were leaving the city, followed by a large crowd, a blind beggar calls out … Continue reading

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Are You Sure You Want That?

Mark 10:32-45 Parallel Texts: Matthew 20:17-28; Luke 18:31-34 This interesting passage begins with Jesus predicting what his fate would be again, and then takes an odd shift when James and John ask for something they don’t understand. In the end, … Continue reading

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Jesus Teaches Many Things

Mark 10:1-31 Parallel Texts: Matthew 19:1 – 20:16; Luke 18:15-30 Jesus has now left Galilee behind and crossed into Judea, and the crowds are large. In the first part of this passage, the Pharisees attempt to trap Him with a … Continue reading

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Teaching the Disciples

Mark 9:30-50 Parallel Texts: Matthew 17:22-23; 18:1-14; Luke 9:43-50 Jesus and the disciples are on the road heading for home. As they walk along, Jesus tells them a second time that He must die and rise again. Of course, the … Continue reading

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