Begotten by the Word

Is your church robbing you blind?
Read Mark 11:15-19. “A house of prayer for all nations, but you have made it a den of robbers.” v.
Kicking empty vending machines for love
Read Mark 11:12-14. “and he said to it, ‘may no one ever eat fruit from you again.’ And the disciples heard it” v.
Stop sending him off to Bethany
Read Mark 11:1-11. “And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything…he went out to Bethany…” v.
Why we keep missing God
Read Mark 10:46-52. “And Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?'” v. 51 I think I know why you and I rarely see miracles.
What can I do for you?
Read Mark 10:32-36. “and he said to them, ‘What do you want me to do for you?'” v. 36 Jesus and his disciples are on the way to Jerusalem. The time of Jesus sacrifice is drawing near.
Waking up from the dream
Read Mark 10:17-29. “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God.”  v. 23 There was a nice couple in a small town who had a baby boy.
Keep them dreaming about bread
Read Mark 10:13-16. “and they were bringing children to him that he might touch them…” v.
Technical Christians
Read Mark 10:1-12. “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate….” v. 4 You cannot build your relationship with God on technicalities and word games.
You don’t look good in millstone
Read Mark 9:42-50. and if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off…” v. 43 Today we read, what just may be, the most brutal passage in the New Testament.
Unauthorized grace?
Read Mark 9:38-41. “We tried to stop him because he was not following us.” v.
Crickets, roaches and obnoxious saviors
Read Mark 9:33-37. “…he asked them, ‘What were you discussing on the way?'” v. 33 Somebody should write a book entitled, “Great Awkward moments in Biblical History.
The elephant in the sanctuary
Read Mark 9:30-32 “But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.” v. 32 I’m a coward when it comes to difficult conversations.
Will we ever get it?
Read Mark 9:14-29 “Oh faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I going to bear with you? Bring him to me.” v.
Memo from the Home Office
Read Mark 9:2-13 ” This is my beloved Son listen to him.”v.
Stop waiting for the afterlife…and go after the life.
Read Mark 8: 34-9:1 “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.” v.
You know its gonna be a bad day when Jesus calls you Satan
Read Mark 8:27-35. “Peter answered him, ‘you are the Christ’…Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.” v.
Until trees become men.
Read Mark 8:22-26. “I see men but they look like trees walking.” v. 24 Whenever the Lord does a miracle in your life, he has more in mind than you may imagine.
Don’t drive past the signs!
Read Mark 8:11-21. “Having eyes do you not see….?” v. 18. I think I have a gift for missing signs. A few years ago I was driving along the interstate with my beautiful wife.
He sees and he cares
Read Mark 8:1-10. “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat.” v.
When Heaven sighs
Read Mark 7:31-37. “And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him ‘Ephatha’, that is, ‘Be opened.'” v.
“Oh no, he didn’t!” When God gets rude.
Read Mark 7:24-30. “Let the children be fed first…” v. 27 Sometimes God has to offend me before he can save me.
A heart healthy life
Read Mark 7:14-23.
Game Over?
Read Mark 7:1-13. “You leave the commandment of God and hold the tradition of men.” v. 8 Religion is a game of technicalities.
The proof is in the touch
Read Mark 6:53-56. “And as many as touched it were made well.” v. 56 There is more healing power in a moment of genuine faith than in a lifetime of speculation.
Connecting the dots: He didn't feed you in the desert so he could lose you in the storm.
Read Mark 6:45-52. “And he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.” v.
The Three R’s of the Kingdom
Read Mark 6:30-44. “And he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.” v. 34 Today you will find yourself in a seemingly impossible situation.
Don’t choose door number one!
Read Mark 6:21-29. “And she went in and said to her mother, ‘for what should I ask?’ and she said, ‘The head of John the Baptist.'” v.
You can have my head, but not my heart
Read Mark 6:14-20. Mark 6:14-20 “But when Herod heard of it, he said, ‘ John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.
I dare you to try this
Read Mark 6:7-13. “and he called the twelve and began to send them out.
Your homey or your king?
Read Mark 6:1-6. “and they took offense at him.” v. 3 It’s hard to imagine the Son of God being amazed at anything.

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