The Son of Man

The Son of Man

"They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise...

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The Messiah

The Messiah

(Jesus) asked them, “But who do you say that I am?”—Mark 8:29 I’ve had a lot of nicknames in my life. Some that stuck with me for a while and others that were used for a week at camp. My High School Social Studies teacher called me Buffalo Guy. My name in German Class...

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Live Your Waterlife

Live Your Waterlife

My hope and expectation for true community begins with resurrection, his death and life in me. His Spirit fills the Body: his church through water sees promise for tomorrow, his waterlife in me.—Verse 3 of the song, Waterlife, from Worship & Praise Above is a...

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Sand Gets Everywhere

Sand Gets Everywhere

“I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore.” ~ Genesis 22:17 I’m writing this on the day between Bethesda Family Camping at the coast and our own family vacation. The big task of the day is...

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Confession and Forgiveness

Confession and Forgiveness

“Did you wash your hands? With Soap?—mom” Our kids should be old enough by now but we have this sign hanging in our downstairs bathroom. After five Sundays in John’s Gospel focused on Jesus as the “bread of life.” We return to Mark’s Gospel and we step into...

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Lifeblood of the Son of God

Lifeblood of the Son of God

"Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink." ~John 6:54-55 You are what you eat. I've been trying to convince my pickiest eater that his best path to his...

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Liturgy – Work of the People

Liturgy – Work of the People

(From the Gr. leitourgia “work of the people”) The service of God offered by the people of God in divine worship.—From the Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms On a typical Sunday morning, my focus is pulled in many directions. If I’m preaching, I prepare for...

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Essential Services

Essential Services

Caring for a newborn is not usually complicated; it’s just constant. There are only a handful of possible problems when Abel fusses. Once we’ve exhausted the list of possible solutions, one last trick often works for him: lay him down and leave him alone, preferably...

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Manna

Manna

"He rained down on them manna to eat, and gave them the grain of heaven." ~Psalm 78:24 "What is it?" my children occasionally ask as dinner is set before them. Last night, Andrea had made goulash. The name alone can spark disgust in a child. The sight is not much...

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“I am the Bread of Life…”

“I am the Bread of Life…”

Just when you (or maybe just me) may have felt like you were settling into the pace and style of Mark’s Gospel, we will be jumping back into John’s Gospel for the next five weeks. The next four weeks focus on Jesus as the “Bread of Life.” I’ve been trying to come up...

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God’s Word

God’s Word

"[Jesus] said to them, 'Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.' For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat." ~ Mark 6:31 You've likely noticed how the same scripture, heard in a different context or at a different...

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