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Not Me!

In the Family Circus comic strip, every now and then an invisible character makes his appearance. “Not me” is his name and when mom and dad come upon a broken lamp or some other little incident, the little gremlin “Not me” can be seen fleeing the scene, on to more mischief as the children proclaim […]

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Unsolved Mysteries

In my October 28th, 2009 post “When All Else Fails, Read the Instructions“, Jesus gave some mysterious instructions to His disciples. Their complete obedience resulted in the fulfillment of a prophesy over 500 years old, proclaimed by Zechariah (Zech. 9:9Zech. 9:9English: World English Bible – WEB9 Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king […]

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An Ugly Thing

Last week we discussed the “beautiful thing” a woman did by anointing Jesus with perfume worth a year’s wages. The Gospel of John reveals that it was Judas Iscariot who voiced objection to her act of love (John 12:4John 12:4English: World English Bible – WEB4 Then Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, one of his disciples, who would betray him, […]

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A Beautiful Thing

“Leave her alone”, was Jesus’ strong response (Mark 14:6Mark 14:6English: World English Bible – WEB6 But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for me.WP-Bible plugin) to critics who rebuked a woman who anointed Jesus with expensive perfume. A brief lesson in God’s economics: doing “a beautiful thing” (Mark 14:6Mark 14:6English: […]

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Christ Killers

The Chief Priests and teachers of the law of Jesus’ day thought they had a pretty good thing going: they represented their people, the Jews, before their Roman rulers, which brought with it many privileges and status. They also were the religious authorities over the Synagogue, having authority to carry out punishments – though not […]

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In Charge Until He Returns

Jesus gives us one final example as He concludes His response to the question the disciples asked Him in Mark 13:4Mark 13:4English: World English Bible – WEB4 “Tell us, when will these things be? What is the sign that these things are all about to be fulfilled?”WP-Bible plugin. We’ve taken six weeks now to study His response and […]

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God Only Knows

Over the past several weeks now, we’ve read Jesus’ response  (Mark 13:5-27Mark 13:5-27English: World English Bible – WEB5 Jesus, answering, began to tell them, “Be careful that no one leads you astray. 6 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he! Literally, “I AM!”’ and will lead many astray. 7 “When you hear of wars and rumors […]

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Here Comes the Son

“At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.” (Mark 13:26Mark 13:26English: World English Bible – WEB26 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.WP-Bible plugin) After a frightening and terror-filled description of the signs that the disciples were to […]

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Turmoil and Suffering

The news just seems to get worse. Two weeks ago we began describing the great deception and chaos as signaling the fulfillment of Jesus’ prophesies. Last week Jesus continued, this time promising His Holy Spirit and salvation for those who endure. Today, Jesus speaks of the appearance of the “abomination that causes desolation” (Mark 13:14Mark 13:14English: World […]

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Endurance Required

Last week Jesus began His response to the disciples’ sincere questions, “When will these things happen?” and “What will be the sign that they are about to be fulfilled?” (Mark 13:4Mark 13:4English: World English Bible – WEB4 “Tell us, when will these things be? What is the sign that these things are all about to be fulfilled?”WP-Bible plugin). […]

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