Month: October 2020

October 26, 2020

Mark 9- 2020-10-26

  • Bible Text: Mark 9:14-29

    14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. 16 And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 9:17-18

    • What are the “spirits” in society today that “seize” people “from childhood,” making them “mute” and even trying to destroy them?

    Mark 9:24

    • What lessons are there regarding faith and unbelief, both from the father’s cry and from Jesus’ acceptance of his response?

    Mark 9:29

    • Is there a situation that seems impossible or beyond my faith? Take some time to pray.
  • Prayer 

October 23, 2020

Mark 9- 2020-10-23

  • Journal

    Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

    • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
    • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
    • List out all that you are grateful for.
    • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

     Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

  • Bible Text:

    Mark 9:9-13

    9 And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead might mean. 11 And they asked him, “Why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?” 12 And he said to them, “Elijah does come first to restore all things. And how is it written of the Son of Man that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt? 13 But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him.”

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 9:9

    • Why might Jesus have told the disciples not to say anything about the experience on the mountain until after he had risen from the dead?

    Mark 9:11-13

    • In what way is John the Baptist the “Elijah” who “come[s] first to restore all things,” “suffer many things,” and is “treated with contempt”?
  • Prayer 

October 22, 2020

Mark 9- 2020-10-22

  • Journal

    Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

    • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
    • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
    • List out all that you are grateful for.
    • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

     Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

  • Bible Text:

    Mark 9:2-8

    2 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3 and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. 4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. 5 And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 6 For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7 And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” 8 And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 9:2-8

    • Aside from being terrified, why else might Peter have suggested they make tents on the mountain?
    • What is God’s instruction to Peter, James, and John? What can I learn from this?
  • Prayer 

October 21, 2020

Mark 8- 2020-10-21

  • Journal

    Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

    • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
    • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
    • List out all that you are grateful for.
    • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

     Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

  • Bible Text:

    Mark 8:34-9:1

    34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

    9 1 And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power.”

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 8:34-9:1

    • How does Jesus characterize the life of a Christian?
    • How have I experienced the paradox of v.35 to be true?
    • Why would an adulterous and sinful generation be ashamed of Jesus’ words?
    • Are there ways I am “ashamed of [Jesus] and of [his] words”?
  • Prayer 

October 20, 2020

Mark 8- 2020-10-20

  • Journal

    Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

    • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
    • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
    • List out all that you are grateful for.
    • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

     Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

  • Bible Text:

    Mark 8:31-33

    31 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 8:31-33

    • What does Jesus begin to teach his disciples?
    • What is Peter’s response to Jesus’ teaching, and what misunderstanding about Jesus does this reveal?
  • Prayer 

October 19, 2020

Mark 8- 2020-10-19

  • Journal

    Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

    • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
    • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
    • List out all that you are grateful for.
    • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

     Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

  • Bible Text:

    Mark 8:27-30

    27 And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29 And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 30 And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 8:27-30

    • What do people in today’s society say about who Jesus is?
    • Peter’s answer is, “You are the Christ.” What are the implications of such a confession in a person’s life?
    • What is my confession regarding who Jesus is?
  • Prayer 

October 16, 2020

Mark 8- 2020-10-16

  • Journal

    Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

    • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
    • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
    • List out all that you are grateful for.
    • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

     Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

  • Bible Text: Mark 8:22-26

    22 And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” 24 And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.” 25 Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 And he sent him to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.”

    Questions

  • The gospel of Mark opens with these words:

    Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  

    And Jesus’ first message to the world was:

    Mark 1:15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

    Please choose from one or more of the prompts below to reflect over and apply today’s text.

    • What do I need to repent of? 
    • What false beliefs do I need to reject? 
    • What do I need to believe? 
    • How is the gospel good news for me?
    • What does this text reveal about Jesus?
    • What does this text reveal about me?

    Prayer 

October 15, 2020

Mark 8- 2020-10-15

  • Journal

    Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

    • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
    • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
    • List out all that you are grateful for.
    • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

     Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

  • Bible Text: Mark 8:14-21

    14 Now they had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. 15 And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” 16 And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. 17 And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened?  18 Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.” 20 “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” 21 And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”

    Questions

  • The gospel of Mark opens with these words:

    Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  

    And Jesus’ first message to the world was:

    Mark 1:15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

    Please choose from one or more of the prompts below to reflect over and apply today’s text.

    • What do I need to repent of? 
    • What false beliefs do I need to reject? 
    • What do I need to believe? 
    • How is the gospel good news for me?
    • What does this text reveal about Jesus?
    • What does this text reveal about me?

    Prayer 

October 14, 2020

Mark 8- 2020-10-14

  • Journal

    Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

    • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
    • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
    • List out all that you are grateful for.
    • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

     Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

  • Bible Text: Mark 8:11-13

    11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. 12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” 13 And he left them, got into the boat again, and went to the other side.

    Questions

  • The gospel of Mark opens with these words:

    Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  

    And Jesus’ first message to the world was:

    Mark 1:15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

    Please choose from one or more of the prompts below to reflect over and apply today’s text.

    • What do I need to repent of? 
    • What false beliefs do I need to reject? 
    • What do I need to believe? 
    • How is the gospel good news for me?
    • What does this text reveal about Jesus?
    • What does this text reveal about me?

    Prayer 

October 13, 2020

Mark 8- 2020-10-13

  • Journal

    Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

    • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
    • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
    • List out all that you are grateful for.
    • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

     Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

  • Bible Text: Mark 8:1-10

    1 In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he called his disciples to him and said to them, 2 “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. 3 And if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way. And some of them have come from far away.” 4 And his disciples answered him, “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?” 5 And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.” 6 And he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and they set them before the crowd. 7 And they had a few small fish. And having blessed them, he said that these also should be set before them. 8 And they ate and were satisfied. And they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 9 And there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away. 10 And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.

    Questions

  • The gospel of Mark opens with these words:

    Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  

    And Jesus’ first message to the world was:

    Mark 1:15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

    Please choose from one or more of the prompts below to reflect over and apply today’s text.

    • What do I need to repent of? 
    • What false beliefs do I need to reject? 
    • What do I need to believe? 
    • How is the gospel good news for me?
    • What does this text reveal about Jesus?
    • What does this text reveal about me?

    Prayer 

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