Who’s our faith doctor? Mark 1:29-39 finds Jesus continuing his exciting ministry. No sooner had Jesus finished teaching in a synagogue than he began practicing what he had been preaching. Jesus accompanied the twin sets of brothers (Simon & Andrew, James & John) to Simon’s house, where they found the mother-in-law feverish. Jesus healed her, and then word spread because Jesus spent the rest of the day healing sick and demon possessed persons. After the busy schedule, Jesus got up before sunrise the next day and went to a deserted place to meditate. Jesus didn’t simply preach about healing and restoration, he practiced them. There’sRead More →

In Mark 1:21-28, we find Jesus teaching in a Capernaum synagogue (which is a Jewish house of gathering, similar to what a church would become). Jesus’ teaching didn’t seem to generate much controversy—at first anyway. This implies that Jesus was recognized as a teacher—a rabbi—and that it was an ordinary expression of his accepted social role. But this is where the normality ceases. The content and manner of Jesus’ message aroused a magnificent response. “They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Mark 1:22). Jesus’ style and substance transformed him into . . . Read More →

Yearly Yearning You may pause in a moment of disbelief as you spy that prominent 2015 staring out at you from your new calendar. Undaunted by the specter of a new year, you grasp the calendar and flip the page to “January.” Yes, another year is upon you. Don’t fear; stay calm and carry on. Calendar drama aside, ponder how you’ll traverse the 365 days of the New Year. Trust God to get you through all challenges. Do what you can with what you have, while you still have it. Meanwhile, I appeal to you to consider New Year’s resolutions. How many have you made?Read More →

We focus on another disciple-building day in Jesus’ early ministry. The situation was such that John the Baptist had been arrested and was out of the scene. Jesus was moving forward with his mission and gathering his inner-circle of followers. Jesus’ foundational message to the world was simple yet full of life: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news” (Mark 1:15). The time was right and the kingdom our Lord was building attracted spiritual seekers. Two sets of fishermen brothers (Simon & Andrew, James & John) responded to Jesus’ invitation as they wereRead More →