Category Archives: Chapter-a-Day

Chapter-a-Day Mark 14

A young man was following along. All he had on was a bedsheet. Some of the men grabbed him but he got away, running off naked, leaving them holding the sheet. Mark 14:51-52 (TM)

Tradition says that this streaker was a young John Mark, the author of the Gospel of Mark. It’s one of those little trivial details in scripture and it gave me a chuckle this morning. It’s a "guy" thing, I guess. I would have to imagine that it wasn’t funny at the time, but I’d dare to bet that after the joy of the resurrection settled in and the terror of that night faded, Peter and the boys gave him a lot of friendly ribbing about it. We tend to think of the apostles as these serious, hyper-spiritualized icons. Come on, these were salt-of-the-earth fishermen and worldly-wise guys. You know they would have had a good laugh thinking about Mark, butt naked – trying to make his way home.

Chapter-a-Day Mark 13

Jesus said, "You’re impressed by this grandiose architecture? There’s not a stone in the whole works that is not going to end up in a heap of rubble." Mark 13:2 (TM)

TemplelowresI had the privilege of standing at the temple mount a few years ago. I stood at the base of the mount, next to the foundation stones – all that was left of the temple. I also saw a model of what it looked like (see picture), and it was impressive as the disciples commented. It strikes me that Jesus came, not just to build up, but to also tear down. I wonder – what grandiose works of modern man would he dismiss as nothing but kindling for the refining fire?

Chapter-a-Day Mark 11

That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything. Mark 11:24

Sometimes it’s hard for me not to think of God like a stern parent, withholding good from me with a "because I said so!" Yet, Jesus reveals a generous heavenly Father who urges us to bring the smallest of matters to him – to embrace Him and the life He gives us. I believe that we have no clue how willing our Father is to move heaven and earth on our behalf.

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Chapter-a-Day Mark 10

In that very instant he recovered his sight and followed Jesus down the road. Mark 10:52 (TM)

I’ve noticed that there’s a correlation between an individuals faith and the amount  of crap from which Jesus has delivered him/her. Blind Bart received sight and immediately followed Jesus. People who know the pain and blindness that comes with living deep in sin have an equal depth in their gratitude and commitment to Jesus.

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Chapter-a-Day Mark 10

In that very instant he recovered his sight and followed Jesus down the road. Mark 10:52 (TM)

I’ve noticed that there’s a correlation between an individuals faith and the amount  of crap from which Jesus has delivered him/her. Blind Bart received sight and immediately followed Jesus. People who know the pain and blindness that comes with living deep in sin have an equal depth in their gratitude and commitment to Jesus.

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Chapter-a-Day Mark 9

Jesus said, "If? There are no "ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen."Mark 9:23 (TM)

This verse reminded me of my fourteen year old daughter, who was called to go to the mission field in Thailand this summer. There is no question that she received the call and God is moving the universe to make things happen, but it’s fun to watch her experience this for the first time. The trip costs a considerable sum. She sent out her support letter late last week and within days the return envelopes began pouring in.

Sunday night the four of us were sitting at the dining room table talking about the weekend and my daughter was opening her envelopes and counting the money. Suddenly she looked up with tears streaming down her face. One generous person had sent her an surprisingly large check and it put her at the half-way mark of what she needed for the trip. God had provided half of the support she needed in a matter of a few days.

There are no ‘ifs’ when God is involved. There is a divine plan of goodness for us and God will accomplish it. Anything can happen. Gives you a sense of expectation for the day, doesn’t it?

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A Chapter a Day – Mark 8

"What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you – the real you?" Mark 8:37 (TM)

I feel like my life has become a journey to discovering the real me. I want to capture, or perhaps it’s recapture, the person God created me to be – the child who got lost in the midst of false expectations, shallow pursuits and wayward desires. The cool thing about following Jesus is that, as my Creator, He holds the real me. Who I really am is hidden in Him. All the other crap I’ve covered myself with only insulates me from Him – and the true me.