Daily Devotion Text

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 

October 12, 2020

Mark 7- 2020-10-12

  • 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.

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  • Bible Text:

    Mark 7:31-37

    31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33 And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. 34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36 And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

    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 9, 2020

Mark 7- 2020-10-09

  • 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.

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  • Bible Text: Mark 7:24-30

    24 And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. 25 But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”        29 And he said to her, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” 30 And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.

    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 8, 2020

Mark 7- 2020-10-08

  • 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 7:14-23

    14 And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15 There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” [[1]] 17 And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

    [1] Mark 7:15 Some manuscripts add verse 16: If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear

    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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