Monthly Archives: July 2011

Throw It To the Dogs – Mark 7:24-37 [Daily Devotional]

Mark 7:24-37 Remember those times when you fell asleep in geography class, or just got glassy eyed because it was boring? Granted, geography is not the most exciting stuff to study, but sometimes it is actually important. In our gospel … Continue reading

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Righteous Tradition – Mark 7:1-23 [Daily Devotional]

Mark 7:1-23 Today the title of Pharisee carries a certain negative connotation. If someone calls another person a Pharisee, it is generally because he or she is viewed as self-righteous or hypocritical. It is usually a pejorative term reserved for … Continue reading

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Against the Wind – Mark 6:47-56 [Daily Devotional]

Mark 6:47-56 “Walk on water” is a phrase that has long been in our English lexicon. It is used when making reference to a person who does something that seems almost impossible, or who is seemingly perfect in their performance … Continue reading

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Dating God – Mark 6:30-46 [Daily Devotional]

Mark 6:30-46 When our gospel lesson for today begins the apostles have just returned from their missionary journey. They had been sent out by Jesus to proclaim the gospel message, heal the sick and cast out demons. No doubt they … Continue reading

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St. James the Elder and Apostle – Mark 10:35-45 [Daily Devotional]

Mark 10:35-45 Today is the day set aside by the Church to commemorate James, the son of Zebedee (also known as James the Elder and Apostle). James and his brother John were both disciples of Jesus, who gave them the … Continue reading

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Waiting for God – Mark 5:21-43 [Daily Devotional]

Mark 5:21-43 The story of the raising of Jairus’ daughter and the healing of the woman who touched the “hem of Jesus’ garment” are among the best known and best loved in all of scripture. These events in the ministry … Continue reading

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Gerasene Demoniac II – Mark 5:1-20

I seldom repeat a devotional, even when the scripture repeats in the lectionary.  I want to repost this one, primarily because of the link to the poem by Tim Melton, “Crazy Bill.” Mark 5:1-20 What is the most effective way … Continue reading

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Riders on the Storm – Mark 4:35-41 [Daily Devotional]

Mark 4:35-41 There are many Christians who believe that once you turn you life over to Jesus things will go your way in matter of health, wealth, family and good fortune. There are many reasons they believe this. It is … Continue reading

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Subversive Growth – Mark 4:21-34

Mark 4:21-34 When we think of Jesus the images that we form in our minds are generally gentle, passive, kind and mild. Our images are like Charles Wesley’s hymn “Gentle Jesus Meek and Mild.” In art, hymnody and in preaching … Continue reading

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Seeds and Weeds – Mark 4:1-20 [Daily Devotional]

Mark 4:1-20 A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of talking with the woman who served as our youth group leader when I was a teenager. I’ll call her Sue (since that is her name).  Sue told me that … Continue reading

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