Mark

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Have you experienced setbacks in life? How did they turn out? Our study this quarter is based on the Gospel of Mark. Early in life Mark experienced an enormous setback. He persisted and ended up at the center of the work of the early church. Guided by the Holy Spirit he wrote the Gospel of Mark. What a comeback! Let's plunge into the story of Mark and discover how his life got back on track and how he starts his gospel!...

In the United States we have days when we encourage parents to take their children (I would guess one at a time) to work so the children will learn about what their parents do during the day. That is how our study this week feels to me. Mark started his gospel by declaring that Jesus was the Son of God, and then gave us supporting evidence from the Bible. Mark then added endorsements from John the Baptist, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit! Next Mark takes us to witness what Jesus is doing as He begins His ministry. A "This is God and see how He spends His time." Sounds great to me, so let's dive into the Gospel of Mark and spend a day with Jesus!...

How do you react to criticism? The Bible tells us that paying attention to criticism makes us wiser. Proverbs 15:31-32. Lately, I've been receiving unexpected criticism from visitors to my in-person teaching of these lessons. Trust me when I say these criticisms have been very odd and insulting. And most had nothing to do with what I was teaching. Our study this week is about a series of stories which start with criticisms and insults directed at Jesus. It makes me smile in light of my recent experiences. Let's dive into the Bible and see what we can learn about turning criticism into compelling instruction!...

Do you enjoy learning a secret? It makes you special, right? An insider. In our study this week Jesus tells His disciples that they have "been given the secret of the kingdom of God." Mark 4:11. Doesn't it seem strange that the gospel should be a secret? Isn't this an oddity like Jesus telling the leper to be quiet about his healing and the demons to stop revealing that Jesus is God? Let's dive into our study of Mark to discover the secret about why Jesus describes His messages as a secret!...