Mark 10:27: With God all Things are Possible

Mark 10:45 -- For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Mark 4 Commentary of the Bible

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Seed Thoughts  ( Mark 4:1-29 )  Daily Devotion

He also said, This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. (Mark 4:26-27)

The Dimming of the Light  ( Mark 4:1-34 )  Sunday Message

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Today we look at the section in which Mark describes how and why Jesus began to use the parabolic method of teaching. A parable is a little story which illustrates a truth. It is a vocal cartoon. We all appreciate cartoons because they drive a point home in a very striking way.

Seed Thoughts  ( Mark 4:3-32 )  Sunday Message

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Today we want to join the disciples in listening to Jesus explain what he calls the "secrets of the kingdom of God." These "mysteries of the kingdom," as they are often referred to in our Scriptures, are really vital truths about humanity which are not discoverable in secular studies. You cannot find these in any university curriculum, unless it is one related to the Word of God. And yet they are very essential truths which we must know about ourselves, about life, and about the world in which we live, in order to grow and fulfill our humanity.

Secret Growth  ( Mark 4:26-29 )  Sunday Message

I can recall the time -- eighteen years ago, in May of 1950 -- when I first came out to Palo Alto, right after graduation from Dallas Seminary, and spoke for the first time to the little group that was meeting in the Community Center. I remember the story I used to introduce that message. It was of a stranger who was visiting a certain town and who stopped one of the natives and asked him where the churches were located.

Secrets Revealed  ( Mark 4:30-34 )  Daily Devotion

With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. (Mark 4:33)

This verse presents one great rule of revelation: God only reveals as much as they could understand. Jesus teaches people only as they can take it. This is the rule upon which God works with us. He does not show us everything at once. If He did, He would destroy us.

No Faith  ( Mark 4:35-5:20 )  Daily Devotion

Do you still have no faith? (Mark 4:40c)

This is why people become afraid--because they lose faith. Faith is the answer to fear. Faith is always the answer to our fears, regardless of what they are. Jesus put His finger right on it: Do you still have no faith?

Why are you Afraid?  ( Mark 4:35 - 5:20 )  Sunday Message

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I would like to invite you to return to where we left off a few weeks ago in our studies in the gospel of Mark. We will examine two incidents -- the stilling of the storm on the sea of Galilee, and that which follows immediately, the healing of the demoniac. It is very appropriate that these two incidents be brought before us on this first Sunday of 1975, for both deal with the problem of fear, with what to do about fear.