Mark 8 - Day 939 (link to reading)
Scripture: Mark 8:36
Observation: In Mark's version of Jesus' life, Jesus is direct and compelling as he interacts with his apprentices, the religious leaders, as well as, the crowd who follows him
Application: As the story goes, no one ever said that they wished they spent more time at work while lying on their hospital bed waiting to die. Their regret is usually the opposite thought - that they spent too much time chasing after a promotion, a bigger house, a new car, or another spouse.
The point being, it's never too late to turn to God.
Prayer: Give us this day our daily bread...
Mark 7 - Day 938 (link to reading)
Scripture: Mark 7:14-23
Observation: In response to the Pharisee's accusations, Jesus explains that we are defiled by what is within our hearts & minds, and not what we eat.
Application: Some facts are so obvious that it's not worth arguing. As Jesus explained the simple truth that our bodies process what we eat and eventually the food passes through our digestive system, the Pharisees had to agree. Rather than complicating the issue, we should adopt Jesus' approach and keep things simple. Christianity is the only religion in which a deity created human beings to have a loving relationship with them.
Prayer: Lord, please help me to keep things simple.
Mark 6 - Day 937 (link to reading)
Scripture: Mark 6:1-6
Observation: Jesus returns to his hometown and is greeted with contempt, doubts, and criticism.
Application: Our greatest supporters should be our friends and family. However, since they know the "real" us, they're often our greatest detractors. Who can I support and encourage today?
Prayer: Lord, thank You for this gentle reminder that we are to believe in others as You have believed in us.
Mark 5 - Day 936 (link to reading)
Scripture: Mark 5:1-20
Observation: Jesus visits the region and heals a gentile man who was possessed by many demons. Upon hearing the news, the townsfolk investigate what happened and plead with Jesus to go away and leave them alone.
Application: Not everyone wants to be saved by Jesus. Instead of being insulted, Jesus quietly departs and takes the Kingdom of God elsewhere.
Prayer: Lord, lead me to those who want to be helped.
Mark 4 - Day 935 (link to reading)
Scripture: Mark 4:21-25
Observation: Jesus uses simple parables to teach his disciples about the Kingdom of God.
Application: Like the lamp, the gospel/good news of Jesus should not be hidden but under a basket but prominently displayed by our lives. Hiding the gospel would be the equivalent of being ashamed of our relationship with Jesus and disassociating ourselves from him.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I surrender all to you.
Husband, Father, Pastor....
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