1. Clean Vs. Unclean
    19 Jun, 2018
    Clean Vs. Unclean
    And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, "If you will, you can make me clean."  Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, "I will; be clean."  And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.  Mark 1:40-42 I've been going through Leviticus lately. One of the things that is readily apparent when one goes through the the book of Leviticus is that it goes into great detail about what the Israelites were to consider "clean"
  2. One Way to Continue the Spirit of the Reformation
    31 Oct, 2017
    One Way to Continue the Spirit of the Reformation
    Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel." Mark 1:14-15   You've probably heard that 500 years ago, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his now famous 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg.  This document addressed some of the issues Luther saw going on in the church that needed to be addressed.   This event is seen as the beginning of
  3. Among Thorns
    07 Apr, 2017
    Among Thorns
    The sower sows the word . . . And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.  Mark 4:14, 18-19 Jesus once told a parable of a sower and the seed.  In this parable, a sower sowed seeds on various kinds of soils.  There was the well worn and beaten path, the rocky soil, the thorny soil, and the good soil.  The
  4. Giving to Caesar and to God
    11 May, 2016
    Giving to Caesar and to God
    And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk.  And they came and said to him, "Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone's opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?"  But, knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, "Why put me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me look at it."  And they brought one.