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    January 16 – Mark 12

    LOOK:  This section starts with the parable of the tenants.  Jesus clearly illustrates that the religious lost have rejected the very Son of God.  Jesus then answers questions regarding paying taxes, relationships in heaven, the greatest commandment and who’s son the Messiah is.  He ends this passage by warning the people against the Pharisees and anyone who would misuse God’s people.

    LISTEN:  It appears that this passage is all about Jesus dealing with those inside the religion of the day.  There are no miracles recorded here or any contact with those in need.  Jesus is being attacked and challenged by those who want to get rid of Him.  Just a thought…not much gets done when we spend all our time fighting inside the church.  I’m shocked at the non-sense that God’s people allow themselves to focus on rather than the ministry we have been given.

    LEARN:  Drop all the drama!  Don’t focus on who we do and don’t like inside the church and start living for others.  Jesus said it, “Deny yourself, take up your cross daily and follow me.”  Are you following Jesus or protecting your following at church?

     
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    January 15 – Mark 11

    LOOK:  Jesus comes to Jerusalem and the people greet Him like a king.  The worship and wave palm branches.  Other Gospels tell us that Jesus wept when He came to Jerusalem.  He knew the people would soon turn on Him and want Him dead.  He cried because of their unbelief.  Next, Jesus cursed the fig tree (I love to tell that story) and cleared the temple by overturning tables and making a whip.  The passage ends with the religious lost coming to question Jesus about His authority.  I love how Jesus turns the questioning back on them and then embarrasses them, making them leave defeated.

    LISTEN:  There are two times in Scripture where we see Jesus cry…at the death of Lazarus and during the triumphal entry.  He cries at Lazarus death because His friends were hurting.  He cried at the triumphal entry because of lost people.  The question we should ask is this, “How does Jesus cry for you?”  Does He cry with you when you hurt or does He cry over your unbelief in who He is? 

    LEARN:  Lots of good life application today.  Are you like those that waved palm branches when convenient and then turn on Jesus when challenged?  Are you like the fig tree that produced no fruit?  Are you like the money changers in the temple that use the church for your own gain?  Lots to think about.

     
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    Revealed Through a Whisper (1-14-2018)

    Published on January 14, 2018 by in Podcast
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    Lead Pastor Don Jackson continues the God the Revealer series, teaching from 1 Kings 19 how God can restore us when we’re in the valleys of life.

     
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    January 13 – Proverbs 2

    LOOK:  “For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul…wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men…wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman…”

    LISTEN:  Wisdom is not just knowledge of what is right and wrong.  Wisdom is in action when we know what is right and choose to do it!  Our modern culture has accepted Plato’s philosophy that if man just knew what was good, he would do it.  So this is what we do:  When we encounter a bad driver we send him to driver’s education for more training.  When teens are having sex, we provide more sex education.  When people abuse drugs, we provide drug education.  The problem is that knowledge of what is right or good does not necessarily effect what a person does.  Wisdom is when man takes knowledge to the action stage and chooses right over wrong.  James has a lot to say about a man who looks into the mirror and walks away unchanged.

    LEARN:  Are you living a wise life today?  Do you continue to do things even when you know they are wrong (drive too fast…cheat on taxes…treat people unkindly)?  Choose to live out wisdom today!

     
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    January 12 – Mark 10

    LOOK:  Jesus gives clear expectations that marriage should be for one man and one woman for one lifetime.  Jesus then enjoys and blesses little children even after the disciples try to get rid of them.  Jesus then answers questions from the rich man about how to get to heaven.  His answer has the disciple’s heads spinning.  Jesus knew what was at the heart of this man’s question and what keeping his heart from truly following Him.  Jesus predicts His death for third time.  James and John then really blow it and ask for prominent places next to Jesus in the kingdom.  The rest of the disciples were furious.  Jesus heals the blind man named Bartimaeus to end this passage.

    LISTEN:  There are so many things in this passage, but what is hitting me right now is the clear teaching Jesus gave to the rich young ruler.  I realize that Jesus sees right through us to our hearts.  There is no hiding behind our religious duties or good deeds.  Jesus knows whether we have truly denied ourselves and taken up our cross today to follow Him.

    LEARN:  How about you?  What does Jesus see in you?  What are the things of this world that are keeping you from following Jesus with everything you’ve got.

     
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