🏠📺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

🏠📺Home Devotions: Mark, A Few Resources

Updated: February 2, 2021 Here just the very small list of resources on Mark that I have found most helpful. It Goes Without Say The 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. Slow down, pray, read, chew and meditate....

July 25, 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 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

🏠📺 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 1:7-8 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 1:9-11 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 1:12-13 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 1:14-15 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 1:16-20 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 1:21-28 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 1:29-34 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 1:35-39 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 1:40-45 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 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 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 2:18-22 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 2:23-28 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 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 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 3:20-27 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 3:28-30 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 3:31-35 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 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 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 4:13-20 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 4:21-22 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 4:23-25 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 4:26-29 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 4:30-32 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 4:33-34 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 4:35-41 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 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 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 5:21-24 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 5:25-34 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 5:35-43 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 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 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 6:14-29 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 6:30-44 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 6:45-52 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 6:53-56 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 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 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 7:14-23 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 7:24-30 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 7:31-37 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 8:1-10 Jesus Opens Up Our Mouths So Can Know

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 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan