I've got great news--I just saved a bundle on my car insurance. This pop-cultural punchline might just expose a real problem we have in our Christian sub-culture: we don't know what the good news is.
A name is important to one’s identity. And that’s why in the story of our fathers and mothers God keeps changing people’s names.
Religion had become hypocritical, sterile, and dead under the leadership of the Pharisees, and compromised with the world under the Sadducees. Let’s see what we can learn from Mark 7 as we turn to it now.
In the second half of Mark 5 find Jesus ministering to those who seemed beyond all hope. Let’s see what we can learn as we examine these peoples’ experiences as well as our own.
After all the miracles in Mark 5, you’d think that these glorious events would continue on in chapter 6. From the beginning of the chapter we’ll see quite the opposite.
In Mark, we can learn a lot about having a true heart of compassion, but also we also see how to deal with our faith being tested when the enemy tries to stop us.