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Category Archives: Discipleship

What Makes You Unclean

14Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.” 17When he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18He said to them, “Then do you also fail to understand? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile, 19since it enters, not the heart but the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20And he said, “It is what comes out of a person that defiles. 21For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, 22adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. 23All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” (Mark 7:14-23, NRSV)

All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person. We need God’s grace, but if we do not allow it to permeate our life we will allow the darkness in us to overtake everything we do.

Jesus tells us the evil intentions live in each of us. We must look to God and allow His love to work in and throughGo our lives so we can shine His love to all of the world.

So all God’s light to shine through your life and keep the evil at bay.

 

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The Spirit of Commandment

9Then he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition! 10For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die.’ 11But you say that if anyone tells father or mother, ‘Whatever support you might have had from me is Corban’ (that is, an offering to God)— 12then you no longer permit doing anything for a father or mother, 13thus making void the word of God through your tradition that you have handed on. And you do many things like this.” (Mark 7:9-13, NRSV)

When we twist the word to fit our needs is not what God intended.

But aren’t we all guilty of this. How can we focus our lives on God and follow God’s word in our life?

We need to understand the underlying meaning God has for us and allow that to permeate our lives.

Love God and allow God’s love to shine through your life.

 

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Scribes and Pharisees

Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, 2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; 4and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) 5So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” 6He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; 7in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.’ 8You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”(Mark 7:1-8, NRSV)

When we do things to be seen for doing something that is not what God called us to.

God knows the intentions of our hearts and knows why we do the things we do.

We may think that we will be rewarded for doing good deeds, but good deeds don’t matter. God’s grace is what is needed for life with God, and our deeds are clanging cymbals and empty promises.

God knows your heart and will not see actions that hold no love.

 

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Who Rules the Sea?

5Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones.
6For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord? Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord,
7a God feared in the council of the holy ones, great and awesome above all that are around him?
8Lord God of hosts, who is as mighty as you, O Lord? Your faithfulness surrounds you.
9You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them.
10You crushed Rahab like a carcass; you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it—you have founded them.
(Psalm 89:5-11, NRSV)

Who is like God?

God created everything and is in control of everything.

God created you and can control your life. Will you let God?

 

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Walking on Water

45Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray. 47When evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the sea. He intended to pass them by. 49But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; 50for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” 51Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened. 53When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. 54When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, 55and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed. (Mark 6:45-56, NRSV)

A ghost walking on the water is scary enough. But it really is what Jesus says on the water that should make us afraid.

The translation is, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” but the actual Greek text says, “Be confident, I am, do not fear.”

Jesus said I am. I am is the name of God God gave to Moses at the bush. Jesus just claimed to be God. If the ghost on the water isn’t enough now this guy we are following thinks he is God.

It is one of the most frightening and comforting statements in the Bible. Jesus knows who he is and he is trying to help them and us understand.

Trust and believe.

 

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Feeding the Multitudes

35When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; 36send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.” 37But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?” 38And he said to them, “How many loaves have you? Go and see.” When they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. 41Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. 42And all ate and were filled; 43and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men. (Mark 6:35-44, NRSV)

When faced with an issue that seems impossible Jesus does what any good manager would, hand the issue back to those who brought it up. Jesus was told we need to tell these people to go so they can an go to the surrounding villages and get food. And Jesus says, “You give them food.” You feed them.

We are told everyday to feed the sheep of our Lord and do we?

We live our lives among the world and the things we do shows who we follow and what we believe. So do our actions feed the sheep?

Jesus calls us to the impossible because through Him it is possible.

Are you ready to feed them?

 

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Jesus Seeks Time Away

30The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. 33Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. 34As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. (Mark 6:30-34, NRSV)

Jesus told the disciples to come away with him to a deserted place so they could rest. Jesus wants us to rest. God commanded us to rest by remembering the Sabbath and keep it holy.

God rested and Jesus went off to get alone time. We need time alone and time to rest. We can not just go go go. We have to take time for ourselves or we will not be any good for anyone.

Rest. Find solitude.

 

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