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Worshiping Jesus

March 28, 2021 | Mark 11:1-11 | palm Sunday

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Did you know that your response to Jesus is the most important decision you’ll ever make? Some of you have grown up going to church, and you learned how to respond to Jesus from their teaching. Or maybe your parents taught you how to respond to Jesus, so your response to Him is based on theirs. Others may have grown up in a home that didn’t attend church. You know about Jesus, but you’re not sure how to respond to Him. Your opinions may have been formed by Hollywood, or social media, or what your friends and family say about Him.

Regardless of your background, it’s important to make a personal and well-considered decision about your response to Jesus for your self. You can follow the crowd, but crowds are fickle. Why not make a decision based on the witness of the Scriptures concerning Jesus and the testimony of those who follow Jesus?

“Then he placed Him in a tomb cut out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb” (Mark 15:46 HCSB).

March 11, 2021

SECRET FOLLOWERS NO MORE A prominent member of the Sanhedrin named Joseph of Arimathea went to Pilate to ask for the body of Jesus after He was crucified. At great personal risk to his own reputation and huge financial cost, Joseph bought linen and spices to prepare Christ’s body for burial and then placed the

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away” (Mark 13:31 HCSB).

March 7, 2021

THE ETERNAL WORD Jesus answered the disciples’ question concerning the last days by describing the signs leading up to it. He talked about how many things would come to pass, but concluded that His words would never disappear.   When we study, memorize and apply God’s Word, we are investing our lives in that which

“Is it not written, My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations? But you have made it a den of thieves!” (Mark 11:17 HCSB).

March 3, 2021

IS OUR CHURCH A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL NATIONS? On the Monday before Christ’s crucifixion He entered the Temple and cleared it of its sellers and money changers. They had apparently made the outer court, known as the Court of the Gentiles, into a marketplace. Jesus was furious. The outer court was meant to

“They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. They were astonished, but those who followed Him were afraid” (Mark 10:32 HCSB).

March 2, 2021

JESUS HAS GONE AHEAD OF US AND FOR US Jesus led the way up from Jericho to Jerusalem to face his ultimate purpose for coming–– the cross. The walk up from Jericho would take about 6-8 hours as they traveled the Roman road, the ruins of which can still be seen today. It was a

“Whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (Mark 10:15 HCSB).

March 1, 2021

FAITH LIKE A LITTLE CHILD People were bringing their children to Jesus to be blessed by Him. But the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus noticed, He became indignant and told them to let the little children come to Him. Then, He made an important point that there was something about little children that actually made

“This is My beloved Son; listen to Him!” (Mark 9:7 HCSB).

February 27, 2021

LEARNING TO LISTEN Peter couldn’t keep quiet in that holy moment on the mountaintop when Jesus was transfigured and Moses and Elijah appeared with Him. So, a cloud overshadowed Peter, James and John, and the voice of the Father was heard saying, “This is my dearly loved Son; listen to him!”   Peter represents many

“I have compassion on the crowd, because they’ve already stayed with Me three days and have nothing to eat.'” (Mark 8:2 HCSB).

February 25, 2021

COMPASSION THAT MOVES US TO ACTION Jesus felt compassion for the hungry. He noticed their need and then took action to address it. We don’t read that the disciples felt compassion. When faced with human need we learn to turn a blind eye. There is so much need and we are so concerned with our

“And He was amazed at their unbelief” (Mark 6:6 HCSB).

February 22, 2021

FAMILIARITY IS NOT FAITH When Jesus began teaching and performing miracles in His hometown of Nazareth, “He was amazed at their unbelief.” Can you imagine that? That the Son of God was “amazed” at the lack of faith He saw in the very neighbors that should have known Him best?   Those that have grown

“So he went out and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and they were all amazed” (Mark 5:20 HCSB).

February 20, 2021

THE POWER OF ONE WITNESS In the region of the Gerasenes, on the Eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus encountered a man who was beset by a “legion” of unclean spirits. He commanded them to leave and the man was restored to his right mind. Afterwards, the man wanted to go with Jesus,