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The risk of friendship

In Mark 9:30-37 Jesus and his friends are headed from Philippi to Capernaum. During this 27 mile walk Jesus takes the risk of friendship when he decides to share who he is with his companions. As we watch God take the risk of friendship we are able to see how God relates with creation and […]

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Focus

In Mark 8:27-38, Jesus invites us to focus on him. Peter draws particular focus to Jesus as the Messiah. Then Jesus carefully tries to define what Messiah means: one who will suffer and die and rise again. This story draws our attention to Jesus, who matters, and asks that our attention linger there, so we […]

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Purity from within

In the story from Mark 7:1-23, Jesus challenges the Pharisees and scribes for “super-sizing” their rituals and traditions in ways that overshadow other important emphases. For instance, they obsessed over hand-washing, but failed to appropriately honor parents. Do we do that? Jesus reminds us that clean and unclean comes not from what we put into […]

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Ready

In Ephesians 6:10-20, we have a vivid picture of being ready in a world that contains forces hostile to God’s goodness. Dare we trust God enough to defend us? And will we trust God to defend the way God does? Instead of ignoring the unseen conflicts in our world, instead of going unprepared, instead of […]

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