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06/16/2021

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06162021 – Mark4.26-34   How would YOU describe the Kingdom of God?   The first comment I have to make, is with regard to the change – from “Kingdom of God” to “Kingdom of Heaven.”   Mark talks about the “Kingdom of God.”  Matthew never does. And never would. God’s name is too holy.   […]

Mark 4:26-34 6/16/2021

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06162021 – Mark 4. 26-34   Our world is changing…constantly in- flux, as you well know. The values of yesterday ARE NOT the values of today. And the values of today will in all likely-hood, NOT be the values of tomorrow.   We shake our heads at the generations coming up…And TO BE FAIR, the […]

Mark 4:26-34 6/13/2021

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06132021 – Mark 4. 26-34   Remember, Mark is the first Gospel to be written.   Yeah, I know Matthew comes first in the order of the Gospels…weird, right?   But that’s because Matthew is being written for a Jewish audience.  It is the most Hebraic of the four gospels.  As a matter of fact, […]

Mark 4:26-34

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06122021 – Mark 4. 26-34 I DO NOT expect you to sit on the edge of your seats…NOR do I expect you to be “WOWED,” but this is the ONLY PARABLE that is found in Mark ALONE.  Most people DO NOT know THAT, now YOU DO.  I am sure it is probably earth shaking and […]

Always Be Kind

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O6092021 – Always Be Kind   Interesting Gospel text.  This is because people thought they knew Jesus.  They knew what made him tick.  And they did not like it.  It makes you think.  Or, at least, it SHOULD!   It is a truism, I think…but YOU have to be the one to decide.    You […]

Mark 3:20-35

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O6052021 – Mark 3. 20-35   This is “a literary style.”  It has been called by various names.  “BOOK ENDS” or “SANDWICHING” comes to mind.   It begins with Jesus’ family coming to “RESTRAIN him.”  But “that story” is interrupted by still ANOTHER STORY about some SCRIBES coming down from Jerusalem.  And then, ultimately, we […]

Holy Trinity

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06022021 – Holy Trinity Isaiah 6. 3 says, “And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.”   And the Book of Revelation, the 4th chapter, says…  After this I looked, and there in heaven a door stood open! And the first voice, […]

Holy Trinity

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  05292021 – Holy Trinity Nicodemus is a “cool Biblical figure.”  The guy is likeable.     He has everything going for him.  He is a member of the Sanhedrin.  The Council of Jewish elders.  (At any one given time, there are only 70 or 72 of them.)  Highly respected.  Honored.  Above reproach.  Really a […]

Pentecost Part III

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05262021 – Pentecost Part III The Day of Pentecost had come. The Promise that Jesus had told his followers to prayerfully wait for – had finally arrived. Pentecost was one of the three Jewish festivals in which individuals WERE TO JOURNEY to Jerusalem and appear before the Lord at the temple with their gifts and […]

Pentecost Sunday

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05232021 – Pentecost!   This is not just any day! This day has been hailed as the Birthday of the early Church. Prior to this – the frightened disciples were in hiding.  They feared for their very lives and existence. After the Day of Pentecost, they start to find their voices, they start to find […]