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Mark 4:35-41 NLT As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were...read more
Mark 12:18-27 The Sadducees and Resurrection In the previous encounter Jesus dealt with the Pharisees (and the Herodians). Now He is approached by another sect of Judaism, the Pharisees. I find that the best way to understand the distinction between these two groups...read more
Mark 12:13-17 What about Paying taxes? Verse 13 would seem to indicate that this is a new episode, presumably separate from the previous (Parable of the Tenants). If, in 12:1-12, Jesus was teaching the crowd, here He is back to dealing with the authorities directly....read more
EDITED: Note - The portion of this post that reflects the biblical text has been highly edited from the original version in order to remove a lot of technical language, and the 7th day of creation in Genesis 2:1-3 has been added. The first part was done at the...read more
I just finished reading through the book of Genesis again -- this time, in the YouVersion online version of the New Living Translation. To read Genesis is to read an epic drama! At some points along the way as I read, I found myself in tears, and found my heart...read more
"Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers." (1 Timothy 4:16) Some people don't like doctrinal statements, viewing them as a tool of oppression and exclusion. They would much rather be...read more
Leviticus, p. 135 You must present it at the entrance to the tent of meeting so that it will be acceptable to the LORD. (Books of the Bible, NIV) The worshiper, a common farmer or herdsman, must enter into the outer court, ceremonially lays his hands on the...read more
Reading through the Gospels and taking Jesus' words seriously, not to mention reading through both the Old and New Testaments, leads me to the conclusion that it's perfectly "normal" for followers of Jesus to face persecution and to suffer. I mean, Jesus said that...read more
Revelation 9:20-21 The rest of mankind, who were not killed by the plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, nor did they repent of...read more
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