The Spices of Death

August 26, 2014 — Leave a comment

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.

–Mark 16:1

At times we speak of a pleasant thing being the spice of lifeWhen we do so we are speaking of those events or activities that make life joyful. Better yet, these things bring a pleasing aroma to what could be a rather stale existence.

But this article is not about those spices of life. Instead let’s focus on the spices of death. We are told in Mark’s gospel that these women followers of Jesus came to his tomb prepared to use spices to counteract the natural stench of death.

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The Sign Comes Later

August 23, 2014 — Leave a comment

When Moses encountered God in the burning bush on the mountain at Horeb, God called Moses to be the instrument of leading the Hebrew people out of Egypt.

Moses immediately questioned God as to the his own qualifications for the task.

Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?

–Exodus 3:11

God responded that He would be with Moses and promised a sign to him.

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Concierge 14.08.22

August 22, 2014 — Leave a comment

During my days of working in hotels, I often had the privilege of functioning as a concierge. I would direct people to the best restaurants and points of interest. This blog feature is my attempt to point Christians to some of the best articles online. I provide an excerpt from or a note about the article. Click on the title of each article to view it in its entirety.

Why Read the Bible Everyday

Dane Ortlund at Crossway

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And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

—Mark 7:37

“They” being folks in the Decapolis region who brought a man to Jesus. The man was deaf and had a speech impediment. He was deaf and mute. They “begged” Jesus to lay his hand on the man. He did and he was healed. This led to their astonishment.

They were “astonished beyond measure” as the ESV translates it. The Message puts it this way, “beside themselves in excitement.”

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Concierge 14.08.07

August 7, 2014 — Leave a comment

During my days of working in hotels, I often had the privilege of functioning as a concierge. I would direct people to the best restaurants and points of interest. This blog feature is my attempt to point Christians to some of the best articles online. I provide an excerpt from or a note about the article. Click on the title of each article to view it in its entirety.

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This is video of the sermon I preached this past week at First Boynton Church. The sermon is an exposition of Acts 4:23-31 and is titled, A Praying Church.

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A Couple of Limpkins in the Backyard

Concierge 14.07.24

July 24, 2014

During my days of working in hotels, I often had the privilege of functioning as a concierge. I would direct people to the best restaurants and points of interest. This blog feature is my attempt to point Christians to some of the best articles online. I provide an excerpt from or a note about the article. Click on the title of each article to view it in its entirety.

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Mark’s gospel records a series of encounters between Jesus and a particular group. Read the following accounts of these encounters and try to determine the identity of the group.

Encounter #1 in Mark 1

Jesus met one of the group as he entered the synagogue in Capernaum. Upon seeing Jesus, this one cried out “I know who you are–the Holy One of God.”

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Glowing sunset with cross and some cheering peopleIn Mark’s gospel we read of the account of Jesus healing a paralytic who was let down through the roof. When Jesus healed the man by declaring that his sins were forgiven, questions arose in the minds of some in attendance. Jesus responded to their questions even though they did not ask them out loud.

Jesus indicated that no difference in difficulty existed between declaring this man forgiven or physically healed. Those with questions understood that only God can forgive sins. Jesus’ response indicated that he had been given authority to forgive sins. Several times in the gospels, Jesus spoke about authority given to him by the Father. This authority linked him essentially with the Father.

My focus, however, is on the response of the rest of the people. Instead of accusatory questions in their hearts, their response was one of sheer amazement leading to their glorifying God.

They were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

–Mark 2:12

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