Home Devotions: Mark 12:41-44 What Does Christ Want? Our Everything

The Text Mark 12:41–44 (CSB) 41 Sitting across from the temple treasury, he watched how the crowd dropped money into the treasury. Many rich people were putting in large sums. 42 Then a poor widow came and dropped in two tiny coins worth very little. 43 Summoning his disciples, he said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others....

May 13, 2022 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Matthew 2:1-12 Jesus Christ is Our King

The Text Matthew 2:1–12 (CSB) 1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived in Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star at its rising and have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod heard this, he was deeply disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him....

May 7, 2022 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Matthew 1:24-25 Jesus Christ is Our Grace

The Text Matthew 1:24-25 (CSB) When Joseph woke up, he did as the Lord’s angel had commanded him. He married her but did not have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to a son. And he named him Jesus. The Devotion What I am about to show you might sound like a stretch at first. But I want you and me not to glance over these two little verses before we get to Chapter Two....

April 30, 2022 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Matthew 1:22-23 Jesus Christ is Our Immanuel

The Text Matthew 1:22-23 (CSB) Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name him Immanuel, which is translated “God is with us.” The Devotion Attiyq Youm: The Ancient of Days Daniel 7:9 (CSB) “As I kept watching, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat....

April 9, 2022 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Matthew 1:21 Jesus Christ is Our Savior

The Text Matthew 1:21 (CSB) She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” The Devotion It is one thing to say Mary, who is pregnant at the time, to give birth. It is another thing to know the sex of the child–that he will be a son to Mary. Another presumptuous to tell the husband of the wife pregnant with not your kid what his name is....

April 2, 2022 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Matthew 1:18-20 Jesus Christ is Our Righteousness

The Text Matthew 1:18-20 (CSB) The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant from the Holy Spirit. So her husband, Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly. But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit....

March 26, 2022 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Matthew 1:17 Jesus Christ is Our God

The Text Matthew 1:17 (CSB) So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations; and from David until the exile to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the exile to Babylon until the Messiah, fourteen generations. The Devotion all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations; The God of Abraham Genesis 15:4-7 (CSB) Now the word of the LORD came to him: “This one will not be your heir; instead, one who comes from your own body will be your heir....

February 19, 2022 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Matthew 1:12-16 Jesus Christ is Our Messiah

The Text Matthew 1:12–16 (CSB) 12 After the exile to Babylon Jeconiah fathered Shealtiel, Shealtiel fathered Zerubbabel, 13 Zerubbabel fathered Abiud, Abiud fathered Eliakim, Eliakim fathered Azor, 14 Azor fathered Zadok, Zadok fathered Achim, Achim fathered Eliud, 15 Eliud fathered Eleazar, Eleazar fathered Matthan, Matthan fathered Jacob, 16 and Jacob fathered Joseph the husband of Mary, who gave birth to Jesus who is called the Messiah....

February 12, 2022 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Matthew 1:7–12 Jesus Christ is Our Lineage

The Text Matthew 1:7–12 (CSB) 7 Solomon fathered Rehoboam, Rehoboam fathered Abijah, Abijah fathered Asa, 8 Asa fathered Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat fathered Joram, Joram fathered Uzziah, 9 Uzziah fathered Jotham, Jotham fathered Ahaz, Ahaz fathered Hezekiah, 10 Hezekiah fathered Manasseh, Manasseh fathered Amon, Amon fathered Josiah, 11 and Josiah fathered Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon....

February 5, 2022 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 12:38-40 So That We Might Live and Be In His Family Forever

The Text 38 He also said in his teaching, “Beware of the scribes, who want to go around in long robes and who want greetings in the marketplaces, 39 the best seats in the synagogues, and the places of honor at banquets. 40 They devour widows’ houses and say long prayers just for show. These will receive harsher judgment.”...

February 4, 2022 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 12:35-37 So That We Might Live and Be Glorified

The Text 35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple, he asked, “How can the scribes say that the Messiah is the son of David? 36 David himself says by the Holy Spirit: The Lord declared to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.’ 37 David himself calls him ‘Lord.’ How, then, can he be his son?...

February 3, 2022 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 12:28-34 So That We Might Live and Love Him and Love Others

The Text 28 One of the scribes approached. When he heard them debating and saw that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, “Which command is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength....

February 2, 2022 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Matthew 1:1-6 Jesus Christ is Our Perfection

The Text Matthew 1:1–6 (CSB) 1 An account of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: 2 Abraham fathered Isaac, Isaac fathered Jacob, Jacob fathered Judah and his brothers, 3 Judah fathered Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez fathered Hezron, Hezron fathered Aram, 4 Aram fathered Amminadab, Amminadab fathered Nahshon, Nahshon fathered Salmon,...

January 29, 2022 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 12:18-27 So That We Might Live and Be With Him Forever

The Text 18 Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him and questioned him: 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife behind but no child, that man should take the wife and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 There were seven brothers. The first married a woman, and dying, left no offspring....

January 28, 2022 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 12:13-17 So That We Might Live and Belong to Him

The Text 13 Then they sent some of the Pharisees and the Herodians to Jesus to trap him in his words. 14 When they came, they said to him, “Teacher, we know you are truthful and don’t care what anyone thinks, nor do you show partiality but teach the way of God truthfully. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?...

January 27, 2022 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 12:1-12 So That We Might Live and Be Sent By Him

The Text Mark 12:1-12 (CSB) 1 He began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug out a pit for a winepress, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenant farmers and went away. 2 At harvest time he sent a servant to the farmers to collect some of the fruit of the vineyard from them....

January 26, 2022 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 11:27-33 So That We Might Live and Know Him

The Text Mark 11:27–33 (CSB) 27 They came again to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came 28 and asked him, “By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority to do these things?” 29 Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; then answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things....

January 25, 2022 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 11:20-25 So That We Might Live and Believe

The Text Mark 11:20–25 (CSB) 20 Early in the morning, as they were passing by, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up. 21 Then Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” 22 Jesus replied to them, “Have faith in God. 23 Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him....

January 24, 2022 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Matthew 1:1 Jesus Christ is the Good News

The Text Matthew 1:1 (CSB) An account of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham The Devotion The Bible is about Jesus Christ. Now, why would we say that? Especially when we crack open the Bible, start at the beginning, Genesis 1 and read straight through all the way to Malachi chapter 4 verse 6 and we never see not word stitched together to form neither ‘Jesus’ nor ‘Christ’....

January 22, 2022 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 11:15-19 So That We Might Live and Be Saved

The Text Mark 11:15–19 (CSB) 15 They came to Jerusalem, and he went into the temple and began to throw out those buying and selling. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves, 16 and would not permit anyone to carry goods through the temple. 17 He was teaching them: “Is it not written, My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations?...

January 19, 2022 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 11:12-14 So That We Might Live and Never Die

The Text Mark 11:12-14 (CSB) 12 The next day when they went out from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree with leaves, he went to find out if there was anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for it was not the season for figs. 14 He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!...

January 18, 2022 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 11:1-11 So That We Might Live

The Text Mark 11:1-11 (CSB) 1 When they approached Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples 2 and told them, “Go into the village ahead of you. As soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?...

January 13, 2022 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 10:46-52 God Alone Receives The Poor

The Text Mark 10:46-52 (CSB) 46 They came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting by the road. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many warned him to keep quiet, but he was crying out all the more, “Have mercy on me, Son of David!...

January 12, 2022 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 10:32-45 God Alone Receives the Dead

The Text Mark 10:32-45 (CSB) 32 They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. The disciples were astonished, but those who followed him were afraid. Taking the Twelve aside again, he began to tell them the things that would happen to him. 33 “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death....

January 11, 2022 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 10:28-31 God Alone Receives the Last

The Text Mark 10:28-31 (CSB) 28 Peter began to tell him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus said, “there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for my sake and for the sake of the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundred times more, now at this time—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and eternal life in the age to come....

January 10, 2022 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 10:23-27 God Alone Receives the Lost

The Text Mark 10:23–27 (CSB) 23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 The disciples were astonished at his words. Again Jesus said to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God....

January 7, 2022 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 10:17-22 God Alone Receives the Brokenhearted

The Text Mark 10:17–22 (CSB) 17 As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: Do not murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness; do not defraud; honor your father and mother....

January 6, 2022 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 10:13-16 God Alone Receives the Fatherless

The Text Mark 10:13–16 (CSB) 13 People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it....

January 5, 2022 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 10:1-12 God Alone Receives the Widow

The Text Mark 10:1–12 (CSB) 1 He set out from there and went to the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Then crowds converged on him again, and as was his custom he taught them again. 2 Some Pharisees came to test him, asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 He replied to them, “What did Moses command you?...

January 4, 2022 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 9:49-50 God Alone is Our Source

The Text Mark 9:49–50 (CSB) 49 For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good, but if the salt should lose its flavor, how can you season it? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” The Devotion Again, we can talk about salt in terms of farming or cooking. But I want to emphasize what Christ is highlighting here:...

January 3, 2022 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 9:43-48 God Alone Is Far Above Sin

The Text Mark 9:43–48 (CSB) 43 “And if your hand causes you to fall away, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and go to hell, the unquenchable fire. 45 And if your foot causes you to fall away, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and be thrown into hell....

December 20, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 9:42 God Alone is Mighty to Save

The Text Mark 9:42 (CSB) 42 “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to fall away—it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. The Devotion So many false teachers, who preach not the gospel, who are causing his little ones to stray–presuming that there is no God and they will not have to answer for leading his sheep astray....

December 17, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 9:38-41 God Alone Saves His People

The Text Mark 9:38-41 (CSB) 38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him because he wasn’t following us.” 39 “Don’t stop him,” said Jesus, “because there is no one who will perform a miracle in my name who can soon afterward speak evil of me. 40 For whoever is not against us is for us....

December 16, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 9:33-37 God Alone Receives All Who Would Come

The Text Mark 9:33-37 (CSB) 33 They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” 34 But they were silent, because on the way they had been arguing with one another about who was the greatest. 35 Sitting down, he called the Twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last and servant of all....

December 15, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 9:30-32 God Alone is Over Death

The Text Mark 9:30-32 (CSB) 30 Then they left that place and made their way through Galilee, but he did not want anyone to know it. 31 For he was teaching his disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after he is killed, he will rise three days later....

December 14, 2021 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 9:14-29 God Alone Over Faith

The Text Mark 9:14-29 (CSB) 14 When they came to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and scribes disputing with them. 15 When the whole crowd saw him, they were amazed and ran to greet him. 16 He asked them, “What are you arguing with them about?” 17 Someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you....

December 13, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 9:2-13 We Will Suffer

The Text Mark 9:2–13 (CSB) 2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain by themselves to be alone. He was transfigured in front of them, 3 and his clothes became dazzling—extremely white as no launderer on earth could whiten them. 4 Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus....

December 10, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 8:34-9:1 We Must Die

The Text Mark 8:34–9:1 (CSB) 34 Calling the crowd along with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me and the gospel will save it. 36 For what does it benefit someone to gain the whole world and yet lose his life?...

December 9, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 8:31-33 Jesus Must Die

The Text Mark 8:31–33 (CSB) 31 Then he began to teach them that it was necessary for the Son of Man to suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, be killed, and rise after three days. 32 He spoke openly about this. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning around and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan!...

December 8, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 8:27–30 Jesus Opens the Only Way to God

The Text Mark 8:27–30 (CSB) 27 Jesus went out with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the road he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 They answered him, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, one of the prophets.” 29 “But you,” he asked them, “who do you say that I am?...

December 7, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 8:22–26 Jesus Opens Our Eyes So That We Would See God

The Text Mark 8:22–26 (CSB) 22 They came to Bethsaida. They brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and brought him out of the village. Spitting on his eyes and laying his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” 24 He looked up and said, “I see people—they look like trees walking....

December 6, 2021 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 8:14–21 Jesus Gives Us New Hearts So That We Might Receive God

The Text Mark 8:14–21 (CSB) 14 The disciples had forgotten to take bread and had only one loaf with them in the boat. 15 Then he gave them strict orders: “Watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” 16 They were discussing among themselves that they did not have any bread. 17 Aware of this, he said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact you have no bread?...

November 25, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 8:11–13 Jesus Changes Our Minds So We Now Understand God

The Text Mark 8:11–13 (CSB) 11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, demanding of him a sign from heaven to test him. 12 Sighing deeply in his spirit, he said, “Why does this generation demand a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation.” 13 Then he left them, got back into the boat, and went to the other side....

November 24, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 8:1-10 Jesus Feeds Us So We May Have Life

The Text Mark 8:1–10 (CSB) 1 In those days there was again a large crowd, and they had nothing to eat. He called the disciples and said to them, 2 “I have compassion on the crowd, because they’ve already stayed with me three days and have nothing to eat. 3 If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, and some of them have come a long distance....

November 23, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 7:31-37 Jesus Opens Our Ears So We Now Hear God

The Text Mark 7:31–37 (CSB) 31 Again, leaving the region of Tyre, he went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, through the region of the Decapolis. 32 They brought to him a deaf man who had difficulty speaking and begged Jesus to lay his hand on him. 33 So he took him away from the crowd in private....

November 22, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 7:24-30 The Word of God Saves

The Text Mark 7:24–30 (CSB) 24 He got up and departed from there to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it, but he could not escape notice. 25 Instead, immediately after hearing about him, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit came and fell at his feet. 26 The woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth, and she was asking him to cast the demon out of her daughter....

November 21, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 7:14-23 The Word of God is Righteousness

The Text Mark 7:14–23 (CSB) 14 Summoning the crowd again, he told them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15 Nothing that goes into a person from outside can defile him but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” 17 When he went into the house away from the crowd, his disciples asked him about the parable....

November 20, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 7:7-13 The Word of God is Law

The Text Mark 7:7–13 (CSB) 7 They worship me in vain, teaching as doctrines human commands. 8 Abandoning the command of God, you hold on to human tradition.” 9 He also said to them, “You have a fine way of invalidating God’s command in order to set up your tradition! 10 For Moses said: Honor your father and your mother; and Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must be put to death....

November 19, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 7:1-7 The Word of God is Love

The Text Mark 7:1–7 (CSB) 1 The Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him. 2 They observed that some of his disciples were eating bread with unclean—that is, unwashed—hands. 3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, keeping the tradition of the elders....

November 18, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 6:53-56 Jesus is the Lord of Time

The Text Mark 6:53–56 (CSB) 53 When they had crossed over, they came to shore at Gennesaret and anchored there. 54 As they got out of the boat, people immediately recognized him. 55 They hurried throughout that region and began to carry the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 Wherever he went, into villages, towns, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch just the end of his robe....

November 17, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 6:45-52 Jesus is the Lord over Sin

The Text Mark 6:45–52 (CSB) 45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After he said good-bye to them, he went away to the mountain to pray. 47 Well into the night, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and he was alone on the land....

November 16, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 6:30-44 Jesus is the Lord of Provision

The Text Mark 6:30–44 (CSB) 30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all that they had done and taught. 31 He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a remote place and rest for a while.” For many people were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32 So they went away in the boat by themselves to a remote place,...

November 15, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 6:14-29 Jesus is the Lord over Humanity

The Text Mark 6:14–29 (CSB) 14 King Herod heard about it, because Jesus’s name had become well known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that’s why miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 But others said, “He’s Elijah.” Still others said, “He’s a prophet, like one of the prophets from long ago.” 16 When Herod heard of it, he said, “John, the one I beheaded, has been raised!...

November 14, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 6:7-13 Jesus is the Lord of Preaching

The Text Mark 6:7–13 (CSB) 7 He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs and gave them authority over unclean spirits. 8 He instructed them to take nothing for the road except a staff—no bread, no traveling bag, no money in their belts, 9 but to wear sandals and not put on an extra shirt....

November 13, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 6:1-6 Jesus is the Lord of Life

The Text 1 He left there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. “Where did this man get these things?” they said. “What is this wisdom that has been given to him, and how are these miracles performed by his hands?...

November 12, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 5:35-43 Jesus is the Lord over Death

The Text 35 While he was still speaking, people came from the synagogue leader’s house and said, “Your daughter is dead. Why bother the teacher anymore?” 36 When Jesus overheard what was said, he told the synagogue leader, “Don’t be afraid. Only believe.” 37 He did not let anyone accompany him except Peter, James, and John, James’s brother. 38 They came to the leader’s house, and he saw a commotion—people weeping and wailing loudly....

November 11, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 5:25-34 Jesus is the Lord of Power

The Text 25 Now a woman suffering from bleeding for twelve years 26 had endured much under many doctors. She had spent everything she had and was not helped at all. On the contrary, she became worse. 27 Having heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his clothing. 28 For she said, “If I just touch his clothes, I’ll be made well....

November 10, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 5:21-24 Jesus is the Lord of Prayers

The Text 21 When Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the sea. 22 One of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet 23 and begged him earnestly, “My little daughter is dying. Come and lay your hands on her so that she can get well and live....

November 9, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 5:14-20 Jesus is the Lord of Salvation

The Text 14 The men who tended them ran off and reported it in the town and the countryside, and people went to see what had happened. 15 They came to Jesus and saw the man who had been demon-possessed, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and told about the pigs....

November 8, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan