Son of Man

Devotional text: Daniel 7:13 There’s story of a man who noticed a very small flock of birds huddled near his garage door as a violent storm approached.  His thought was that if he could somehow get them into his garage they’d be protected and safe.  Of course, his every attempt …

July 30 Bible Reading: Mark 15-16

Jesus is arrested, tried, crucified and raised from the dead. This Gospel ends with a text that is somewhat controversial.  Mark 16:9-20 is not found in some of the earliest manuscripts and some indication of that fact is given in many translations.  For instance, in the English Standard Version  there …

Being There

Devotional text: Mark 15:40-41 When Jesus chose twelve disciples for a very special relationship with Him and to be trained for a very special task—we call them apostles—He chose twelve men. When the multitudes Jesus fed were numbered, the men were counted.  Much more so than today, the culture and …

Not Going Anywhere

Devotional text: Mark 13:31 I remember as a youngster in the 1970’s a huge push given to “ecology.”  Efforts to curb pollution were given major emphasis.  The message to youngsters like me, from the animated spokes-animal Woodsy Owl was “Give a hoot, don’t pollute!” Obviously, caring for the planet on …

July 29 Bible Reading: Mark 13-14

One of Jesus’ great discourses (sometimes called the Olivet Discourse) is located in chapter 13.  This one is not delivered to an assembled multitude, but privately to Peter, Andrew, James and John.  It is given in response to their question about when the destruction of the temple—which they could see …

What a Foolish Young Man

Devotional text: Mark 14:51-52 Evidence points convincingly to John Mark as the author of the Gospel of Mark.  If so, this is man is the cousin of Barnabas (Col. 4:10), a companion of Paul and Barnabas on the first missionary journey who then also deserted them at Perga (Acts 13:13).  …

July 28 Bible Reading: Catch Up Day

Today is the regularly scheduled “Catch Up” day for the fourth week of July.  If needed use it to go back and cover some readings where you may have fallen behind—it happens.  Otherwise, below are some thoughts for your consideration from this week’s readings. 1. Mark leaves no question about …

Praise of Men

Devotional text: Mark 11:9 Jesus knew His final trip to Jerusalem would fill with conflicting emotions of praise and hatred, and would finally, not end well.  He’d been warning them about His rejection and death and saying it “plainly” (Mark 8:31-32). That must have been the furthest thought from their …