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: 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: 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: 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

Home Devotions: Mark 5:1-13 Jesus is Lord of Hell

The Text Mark 5:1–13 (CSB) 1 They came to the other side of the sea, to the region of the Gerasenes. 2 As soon as he got out of the boat, a man with an unclean spirit came out of the tombs and met him. 3 He lived in the tombs, and no one was able to restrain him anymore—not even with a chain—...

January 16, 2013 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 4:35-41 Jesus is Lord of the Material

The Text Mark 4:35–41 (CSB) 35 On that day, when evening had come, he told them, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the sea.” 36 So they left the crowd and took him along since he was in the boat. And other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking over the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped....

January 9, 2013 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 4:33-34 Jesus is Lord of the Spiritual

The Text Mark 4:33–34 (CSB) 33 He was speaking the word to them with many parables like these, as they were able to understand. 34 He did not speak to them without a parable. Privately, however, he explained everything to his own disciples. The Devotion There are two types of revelation: general and special revelation in relation with how God choses to reveal himself to mankind....

December 19, 2012 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 4:30-32 Jesus Grows His Kingdom

The Text Mark 4:30–32 (CSB) 30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use to describe it? 31 It’s like a mustard seed that, when sown upon the soil, is the smallest of all the seeds on the ground. 32 And when sown, it comes up and grows taller than all the garden plants, and produces large branches, so that the birds of the sky can nest in its shade....

December 5, 2012 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 4:26-29 Jesus Grows Us

The Text Mark 4:26–29 (CSB) 26 “The kingdom of God is like this,” he said. “A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day; the seed sprouts and grows, although he doesn’t know how. 28 The soil produces a crop by itself—first the blade, then the head, and then the full grain on the head....

November 14, 2012 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 4:23-25 Jesus Gives More, Do We Receive?

The Text Mark 4:23–25 (CSB) 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen.” 24 And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear. By the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and more will be added to you. 25 For whoever has, more will be given to him, and whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him....

November 7, 2012 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 4:21-22 Jesus is the Light

The Text Mark 4:21–22 (CSB) 21 He also said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket or under a bed? Isn’t it to be put on a lampstand? 22 For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, and nothing concealed that will not be brought to light. The Devotion If we believe, trust, hope, and obey in Jesus Christ our Lord, do we keep it a secret or do we live this new life that we have received by God?...

October 31, 2012 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 4:13-20 Jesus Sows, We Grow

The Text Mark 4:13–20 (CSB) 13 Then he said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand all of the parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 Some are like the word sown on the path. When they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word sown in them. 16 And others are like seed sown on rocky ground....

October 24, 2012 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 4:10-13 Jesus Helps Us to Understand, See, Hear, Feel, and Know God

The Text Mark 4:10–13 (CSB) 10 When he was alone, those around him with the Twelve asked him about the parables. 11 He answered them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to those outside, everything comes in parables 12 so that they may indeed look, and yet not perceive; they may indeed listen, and yet not understand; otherwise, they might turn back and be forgiven....

October 17, 2012 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 4:1-9 Jesus Teaches, How Do We Respond?

The Text Mark 4:1–9 (CSB) 1 Again he began to teach by the sea, and a very large crowd gathered around him. So he got into a boat on the sea and sat down, while the whole crowd was by the sea on the shore. 2 He taught them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them, 3 “Listen! Consider the sower who went out to sow....

October 10, 2012 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 3:31-35 Jesus is Family

The Text Mark 3:31–35 (CSB) 31 His mother and his brothers came, and standing outside, they sent word to him and called him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him and told him, “Look, your mother, your brothers, and your sisters are outside asking for you.” 33 He replied to them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 Looking at those sitting in a circle around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!...

October 3, 2012 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 3:28-30 Listen to the Holy Spirit

Introduction Jesus did all things with the fullness of the Spirit. Teaching Preaching Healing Calling Ministering In stark contrast to the previous passage (Mark 3:20-27) where Christ, being the single authority on the Satan, demons and the spiritual realm continues this his teaching authority on all things spiritual. Why would he be the only authority on the spiritual? Because He alone is God. Here’s what I want you and I to grapple with: Jehovah God, the Lord God Almighty, the Creator of Heaven and Hell, the very life of all mankind was in their presence…...

September 20, 2012 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 3:20-27 Christ is Stronger

The Text Mark 3:20–27 (CSB) 20 Jesus entered a house, and the crowd gathered again so that they were not even able to eat. 21 When his family heard this, they set out to restrain him, because they said, “He’s out of his mind.” 22 The scribes who had come down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and, “He drives out demons by the ruler of the demons....

September 18, 2012 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 3:7-19 Jesus is on Mission

The Introduction When you read the Gospel of Mark, if nothing else, if you are even halfway paying attention, is that Christ is one of action. We have read where Jesus heals, prays, accepts sinners, forgive sinners, heals hearts, and preaches the gospel. But Christ was no ordinary man who did a bunch of great and even supernatural things. Christ is the Son of God who was God. And while he was here ministering on earth, he was filled with the Holy Spirit....

September 3, 2012 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 3:1-6 Jesus is Life

The Text Mark 3:1-6 (CSB) Jesus entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a shriveled hand. 2 In order to accuse him, they were watching him closely to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath. 3 He told the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand before us.” 4 Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save life or to kill?...

August 29, 2012 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 2:23-28 Jesus is Our Rest

The Text Mark 2:23-28 (CSB) On the Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to make their way, picking some heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” 25 He said to them, “Have you never read what David and those who were with him did when he was in need and hungry — 26 how he entered the house of God in the time of Abiathar the high priest and ate the bread of the Presence —which is not lawful for anyone to eat except the priests —and also gave some to his companions?...

August 27, 2012 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 2:18-22 Jesus is the Bridegroom

The Text Mark 2:18-22 (CSB) Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. People came and asked him, “Why do John’s disciples and the Pharisees’ disciples fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 19 Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests cannot fast while the groom is with them, can they? As long as they have the groom with them, they cannot fast. 20 But the time will come when the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day....

August 22, 2012 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 2:13-17 Jesus is the Good Doctor

The Text Mark 2:13-17 (CSB) Jesus went out again beside the sea. The whole crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. 14 Then, passing by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, “Follow me,” and he got up and followed him. 15 While he was reclining at the table in Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who were following him....

August 17, 2012 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 2:1-12 Jesus Forgives

The Text Mark 2:1-12 (CSB) When he entered Capernaum again after some days, it was reported that he was at home. So many people gathered together that there was no more room, not even in the doorway, and he was speaking the word to them. They came to him bringing a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they were not able to bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and after digging through it, they lowered the mat on which the paralytic was lying....

August 15, 2012 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 1:40-45 Jesus Accepts

The Text Mark 1:40-45 And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them....

August 13, 2012 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 1:35-39 Jesus Prays

The Text Mark 1:35-39 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out....

August 10, 2012 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 1:29-34 Jesus Heals

The Text Mark 1:29-34 And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them. That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons....

August 9, 2012 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 1:21-28 Jesus Rules and Reigns Over Satan and Demons

The Text Mark 1:21-28 (CSB) They went into Capernaum, and right away he entered the synagogue on the Sabbath and began to teach. They were astonished at his teaching because he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not like the scribes. Just then a man with an unclean spirit was in their synagogue. He cried out, “What do you have to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?...

August 8, 2012 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 1:16-20 Jesus Rules and Reigns Over All the People

The Text Mark 1:16-20 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets....

August 7, 2012 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 1:14-15 Jesus is the Good News

The Text Mark 1:14-15 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” The Devotion When you read the other gospels, such as Matthew, you will get more of John the Baptist preaching, “Repent for the kingdom of God is near.” Yet, when John was done with paving the way for Christ, and then Christ started ministering–only with the fullness of the Holy Spirit....

August 6, 2012 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 1:12-13 Jesus is Led by the Holy Spirit

The Text Mark 1:12-13 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him. The Devotion Romans 8:12-17 (CSB) So then, brothers and sisters, we are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh, because if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die....

August 5, 2012 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 1:9-11 Jesus is God

The Text Mark 1:9-11 (CSB) He proclaimed, “One who is more powerful than I am is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the strap of his sandals. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. As soon as he came up out of the water, he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove....

August 4, 2012 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 1:7-8 Jesus Baptizes Us in the Holy Spirit

The Text Mark 1:7-8 (CSB) He proclaimed, “One who is more powerful than I am is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the strap of his sandals. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” The Devotion There are things we do in the church that are so important and so sacred. They are the utmost importance and these are things we should not do lightly....

August 2, 2012 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 1:2-6 Jesus is the Center of Our Lives

The Text Mark 1:2-6 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’” John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins....

August 1, 2012 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark 1:1 Jesus is the Good News

The Text Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Lets go through this grand introduction, idea by idea. The beginning Who wrote Mark? Who is Mark Mark is said to be the writer for Peter What does Mark write about? Mark testifies about Christ Jesus Each of the Gospels tells a different perspective about Jesus: Matthew - Jesus is King (Lion of Judah) Mark - Jesus is Servant (The Ox) Luke - Jesus is Man (The Human) John - Jesus is God (The Eagle) In Mark, we are going to talk about all that Jesus did (like a Servant, like a hard working ox) for us, in us, and through us for the glory of God....

July 30, 2012 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Kids’ Spiritual Well-Being For the Sake of the Gospel?

“I sometimes wonder, my dear friends, if one of the questions—if one of the first questions—God would ask me at the day of judgment, as He assesses my life, is not going to be, ‘How well did you preach?’ but ‘What kind of father were you?’ ‘How faithful were you to the charges I gave you?’. That’s your first ministry, isn’t it? Not to be using your gifts here and there, in the church, here and there....

July 27, 2012 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Home Devotions: Mark, A Few Resources

Updated: January 9, 2022 - Fixed formatting, links, images, and order of preference. -Ed. Here just the very small list of resources on Mark that I have found most helpful. It Goes Without Say The Holy Bible Many times, many teachers, preachers, and small group leaders (myself included) will “cut straight to the chase” and engage the commentary instead of engaging the Word of God. Remember, the commentaries are not without error—they are the observations of the author....

July 25, 2012 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Devotions in Mark: An Introduction

I still remember when I first did family devotions. Every Thursday night at dinner. I would love to tell you that when we first started they were gentle, sweet, and quiet little angels who sat there, smiled, ate their peas, and then afterward, broke out in a stunning rendition of the classic hymn, “The Solid Rock”. Instead, when I announced what we were doing, it took our family a whole twenty minutes to get calmed down....

July 24, 2012 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan