Mark 16:14-20: Go And Do Likewise

Matthew 28:16-20 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you....

April 10, 2019 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 16:12-13 Every Step Is Joy: Christ Fulfilled The Law For Us

Mark 16:12-13 After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. Luke 24:13-36 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them....

April 4, 2019 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 16:9-12: Every Step Is Joy: Christ Has Defeated Satan, Demons, Sin, Hell, And Death For Us

Mark 16:9-12 [[Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it. After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country....

April 3, 2019 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 16:1-8: Every Step Is Joy: Christ Freed Us From Sin

Mark 16:1-8 When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large....

April 2, 2019 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 15:42-47 Every Step Is Joy: Christ Is Buried For Us

Mark 15:42-47 And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died. And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead....

March 20, 2019 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 15:33-42 Every Step Is Joy: Christ Died For Us

Matthew 1:21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Mark 15:33-42 And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah....

March 13, 2019 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 15:22-32 Every Step Is Joy: Christ Is Crucified For Us

Mark 15:21-32 And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull). And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. And it was the third hour when they crucified him. And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews....

March 6, 2019 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 15:16-21 Every Step Is Joy: Christ Was Put To Shame For Us

Mark 15:16-21 And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him....

February 27, 2019 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 15:6-15: Every Step Is Joy: Christ Is Exchanged For Us

Genesis 3:1–21 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die....

February 21, 2019 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 15:1-5 Every Step is Joy: Christ Does Not Defend Himself For Us

Mark 15:1-5 And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” Anyone the chief priests accused him of many things. And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make?...

February 20, 2019 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 14:66-72 Every Step is Joy: God Will Be Denied For Us

Mark 14:66-72 And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came, and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus.” But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you mean.” And he went out into the gateway and the rooster crowed. And the servant girl saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them....

February 13, 2019 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 14:53-65 Every Step is Joy: Christ Is Accused For Us

Mark 14:53-65 And they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together. And Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with the guards and warming himself at the fire. Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none....

February 6, 2019 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 14:43-52 Every Step is Joy: Christ Is Despised For Us

Mark 14:43-52 And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard.” And when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!...

January 30, 2019 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 14:32-42 Every Step is Joy: Christ Is Condemned For Us

Mark 14:32-42 And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.” And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him....

January 23, 2019 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 14:26-31 Every Step is Joy: Christ Is Struck For Us

Mark 14:26-31 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.” And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times....

January 16, 2019 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 14:22-25 Every Step is Joy: Christ Is Broken For Us

What are Sacraments? What is Communion? Mark 14:22-25 And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many....

January 9, 2019 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 14:12-22 Every Step is Joy: Christ Prepares His Own Death For Us

Mark 14:12-22 And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?...

January 2, 2019 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 14:10-11 Every Step Is Joy: Christ Is Betrayed Unto Death For Us

Mark 14:10–11 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to betray him....

December 28, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 14:3-9 Every Step Is Joy: Christ Is Annointed For Us

Mark 14:3–9 And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor....

December 27, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 14:1-2 Every Step Is Joy: Christ Will Give Up His Life For Us

Mark 14:1–2 It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him, for they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar from the people.” Hebrews 12:1–2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God....

December 26, 2018 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 13:32-37 What Does Christ Want? Our Love

Mark 13:32–37 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning—lest he come suddenly and find you asleep....

December 19, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 13:28-31 What Does Christ Want? Our Age of Time

Mark 13:28–31 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away....

December 5, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 13:24-27 What Does Christ Want? Our Eternity

Mark 13:24–27 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven....

November 28, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 13:14-23 What Does Christ Want? Our Attention

Mark 13:14–23 “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out, and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days!...

November 21, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 13:3-13 What Does Christ Want? Our Hearts

Mark 13:3–13 And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?” And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray....

November 15, 2018 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 13:1-2 What Does Christ Want? Our Sin

Mark 13:1–2 And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” Hebrews 10:1–10 For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near....

November 14, 2018 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

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

Mark 12:41–44 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box....

November 7, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

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

Mark 12:38–40 And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus....

October 31, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

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

Mark 12:35–37 And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet.”’ David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?” And the great throng heard him gladly. Daniel 7:9–14 “As I looked,...

October 24, 2018 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

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

Mark 12:28–34 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength....

October 17, 2018 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

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

Mark 12:18–27 And Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection. And they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no offspring. And the second took her, and died, leaving no offspring....

October 10, 2018 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

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

Mark 12:13-17 And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk. And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone’s opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?...

October 3, 2018 · 1 min · Joseph Louthan

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

Mark 12:1-12 And he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower, and leased it to tenants and went into another country. When the season came, he sent a servant to the tenants to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed....

September 26, 2018 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

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

Mark 11:27-33 And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, and they said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?” Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things....

September 19, 2018 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

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

Mark 11:15-19 And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’?...

September 12, 2018 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 11:12-14; 20-25 So That We Might Live and Never Die

On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it. (Mark 11:12-14 ) As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots....

September 5, 2018 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 11:1-11 So That We Might Live

Mark 1:1-11 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately....

August 29, 2018 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan

Mark 10:46-52 God Alone Receives Those Who Cannot See Him

Mark 10:46-52 And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!...

August 22, 2018 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 10:28-31 God Alone Receives the Last

Mark 10:28-31 Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life....

August 8, 2018 · 1 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 10:23-27 God Alone Receives the Outcasts

Mark 10:23-27 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! 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....

August 1, 2018 · 1 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 10:17-22 God Alone Receives the Brokenhearted

Mark 10:17-22 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 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....

July 25, 2018 · 1 min · Joe Louthan

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

Mark 10:13-16 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them....

July 18, 2018 · 1 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 10:1-12 God Alone Binds Us to One Another

Mark 10:1–12 And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again. And again, as was his custom, he taught them. And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away....

July 11, 2018 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 9:49-50 God Alone is Our Source

Mark 9:49-50 For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” Who created us? What is our source of life? What does life look like when you are plugged into yourself versus being “plugged” into God? In other words, what are your thoughts like when you just think about yourself or focus on yourself or trying to figure out by yourself?...

July 4, 2018 · 1 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 9:43-49 God Alone Is Far Above Sin

Mark 9:43-48 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out....

June 27, 2018 · 1 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 9:42 God Alone Is Strong

Mark 9:42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.” How serious do you think Jesus is about teaching about Himself? Why do you think he was so serious about teaching his little ones? Are little ones weak or strong?...

June 20, 2018 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 9:38-41 God Alone Over All Who Would Believe In His Name

Mark 9:38-41 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. For the one who is not against us is for us. For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward....

June 13, 2018 · 1 min · Joe Louthan

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

Mark 9:33-37 And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all....

June 6, 2018 · 1 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 9:30-32 God Alone is Over Death

Mark 9:30-32 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know, for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him....

May 30, 2018 · 1 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 9:14-29 God Alone is Over Life

Mark 9:14–29 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute....

May 23, 2018 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 9:2-13 Jesus Must Suffer

Mark 9:2-13 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here....

May 16, 2018 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 8:34-9:1 We Must Die

Mark 8:34-9:1 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?...

May 9, 2018 · 3 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 8:31-33 Jesus Must Die

Mark 8:31-33 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man....

May 2, 2018 · 1 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 8:27–30 Jesus Opens the Only Way to God Because He is the Only Way to God

Mark 8:27–30 And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him....

April 25, 2018 · 1 min · Joe Louthan

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

Mark 8:22–26 And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking....

April 18, 2018 · 1 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 8:14–21 Jesus Opens Our Hearts So That We Might Receive God

Mark 8:14–21 Now they had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread?...

November 2, 2015 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 8:11–13 Jesus Opens Our Minds So We Now Understand God

Mark 8:11–13 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” And he left them, got into the boat again, and went to the other side. Luke 24:44-49 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled....

October 21, 2015 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 8:1-10 Jesus Opens Up Our Mouths So That We May Now Be Fed by God

Mark 8:1–10 In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he called his disciples to him and said to them, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way. And some of them have come from far away....

October 14, 2015 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

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

Mark 7:31-37 Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue....

October 7, 2015 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 7:24-30 The Word of God Saves

Mark 7:24-30 And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter....

September 23, 2015 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

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

Mark 7:14-23 And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding?...

September 16, 2015 · 1 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 7:7-13 The Word of God is First

Mark 7:7-13 …in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)—then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down....

September 9, 2015 · 4 min · Joe Louthan

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

**Mark 7:1-6 **Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly, holding to the tradition of the elders, and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash....

January 22, 2014 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 6:53-56 The Word of God is Life

1. When we hardened our hearts against God’s love (we refuse to hear what God has to say, we refuse to believe what God has done), does God still love us? 2. When we hardened our hearts against God (mad at him, accuse him of being bad), does God still shows us his love? Mark 6:53-56 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore....

September 4, 2013 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 6:45-52 Jesus is the Lord of Glory

1. We know that Jesus is God and Lord. But what does it mean to be the ‘Lord’ over something?   2. When Jesus took just a little bread and fishes and fed thousands, Jesus would be the Lord over what? What about when he calmed a storm after taking a nap? How about when he raised that girl from the dead?    3....

August 28, 2013 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 6:30-44 Pt. 2 Jesus is the Bread of Life

1. In the feeding of the five thousand, what was the purpose of the story? Check and see what Apostle John says about this account: When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves....

August 21, 2013 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 6:30-44 Pt. 1 Jesus is the Giver of Life

Mark 6:30-44 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them....

July 3, 2013 · 3 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 6:17-29 Jesus’ Cousin Dies

Mark 6:17-29** For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because he had married her. For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe....

May 1, 2013 · 4 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 6:14-16 Jesus and John Are Not The Same

Mark 6:14-29 **King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” **...

April 24, 2013 · 3 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 6:7-13 Jesus Sends Us Out

Mark 6:7-13 And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts—but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there. And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them....

April 17, 2013 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 6:1-6 Jesus Is Human and Yet, More Than Human

Mark 6:1-6 He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon?...

April 10, 2013 · 3 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 5:35-43 Jesus Has the Power Over Death

Mark 5:35-43 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly....

March 6, 2013 · 3 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 5:25-34 Jesus Has The Power Over Disease

Mark 5:24-34 And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well....

February 20, 2013 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 5:21-24 Jesus Hears Our Cries

Mark 5:21-24 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live....

February 6, 2013 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 5:14-20 Jesus Commissions Us to Tell The Good News, Pt 1

Mark 5:14-20 The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened. And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs....

January 30, 2013 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 5:1-13 Jesus Rules & Reigns Over Satan and Demons, Pt 2

Mark 5:1-13 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces....

January 16, 2013 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 4:35-41 Jesus Is Lord Over The Storm

Mark 4:35-41 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion....

January 9, 2013 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 4:33-34 Jesus Teaches

Mark 4:33-34 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything. We have already spoken on how Jesus taught. What is a parable? A little story to tell us something bigger. How did Jesus use parables? He used to teach bigger crowds. Did he always explained what the parable meant?...

December 19, 2012 · 3 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 4:30-32 Jesus Builds His Kingdom

Mark 4:30-32 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade....

December 5, 2012 · 3 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 4:26-29 Jesus Loves; Jesus Obeys

Mark 4:26-29 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come....

November 14, 2012 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

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

Mark 4:23-25 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” If you ask for God, will you get God or something not God?...

November 7, 2012 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 4:21-22 Jesus is the Light

Mark 4:21-25** And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light.** John 1:1-13 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God....

October 31, 2012 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 4:13-20 Jesus Sows, We Grow

Mark 4:13-20** And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?** The sower sows the word. And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy....

October 24, 2012 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

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

Mark 4:10-13 **And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, so that “they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven.” And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable?...

October 17, 2012 · 3 min · Joe Louthan

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

Mark 4:1-9 Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it....

October 10, 2012 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 3:31-35 Jesus is Family

Mark 3:31-35 And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother....

October 3, 2012 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 3:28-30 Listen to the Holy Spirit

**Mark 3:28-30 “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”—for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.” ** What is blasphemy? Saying that God is something not when He is (i.e. goodness, faithfulness, just, loving, etc.) or saying that God is something when he is not (i....

September 20, 2012 · 1 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 3:22-27 Christ is Stronger

Mark 3:22-27 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” And he called them to him and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand....

September 18, 2012 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 3:6-21 Jesus is on Mission from the Father

People wanted to kill Christ ** The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.** … but fail and fail again because Christ is life.  People wanted to make him king because he makes food “magically” ** Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon....

September 12, 2012 · 3 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 3:1-6 Jesus Softens Hearts

What does it mean to harden your heart? Pharaoh hardened his heart. Exodus 7:13, 22; 8:15, 19, 32; 9:7, 34-35; I will harden his heart. Exodus 7:14; 9:12, 34-34; 10:1, 20, 27; 11:10; 14:8 I have harden his heart. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth....

August 29, 2012 · 3 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 2:23-28 Jesus is Our Rest

** Mark 2:23-28 One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?...

August 27, 2012 · 4 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 2:18-22 Jesus is the Bridegroom

Mark 2:18-22 ESV Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day....

August 22, 2012 · 4 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 2:13-17 Jesus is the Good Doctor

Mark 2:13-17 He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him....

August 17, 2012 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 2:1-12 Jesus Forgives Our Sins

Mark 2:1-12 And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay....

August 15, 2012 · 3 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 1:40-45 Jesus Will Never Reject Us

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 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 1:35-39 Jesus Prayed

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 · 5 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 1:29-34 Jesus Heals the Sick

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 · 3 min · Joe Louthan

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

Mark 1:21-28 And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. Be confident in God’s Word. If the Bible says it, it is as good as gold. It is as good as done. (See 2 Timothy 3:16-17) And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit....

August 8, 2012 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 1:16-20 Jesus Calls Out

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 · Joe Louthan

Mark 1:14-15 Jesus Is The Good News Pt. 2

**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.” ** 1. Is the kingdom of God right here, right now? What is the kingdom of God? Is it like a country like the United States—does it have a location? Does it include all of the earth, all of heaven and all of outer space?...

August 6, 2012 · 1 min · Joe Louthan

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

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. Was Jesus human? Was Jesus the Son of God? Did Jesus have in him, the Spirit of God? Do we have the Spirit of God? Are we sons and daughters of God? Romans 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God....

August 3, 2012 · 1 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 1:9-11 God is Three in One Not Three

Mark 1:9-11 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” _How many people were here with John? _...

August 2, 2012 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 1:4-7 Jesus Baptizes With the Holy Spirit

**Mark 1:4-7 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. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie....

August 1, 2012 · 2 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 1:2-3 Jesus Will Be Here Soon

**Mark 1:2-3 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,’”** 500 years before Jesus came as a little baby, the entire Old Testament spoke of Jesus Christ. Jesus said it himself: And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, Christ interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself....

July 31, 2012 · 1 min · Joe Louthan

Mark 1:1 Jesus is the Good News

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)...

July 30, 2012 · 3 min · Joe 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

Family 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 · Joe Louthan

Devotions in Mark: An Introduction

I still remember our first night of devotions. I was a brand new stepdad and barely getting to know my four new bonus kids, whom I loved so much. I was quite nervous because I had no clue how my kids would receive God’s words. I prayed and God reminded me that He sends out His Word according to Isaiah 55:10-11. His Spirit through His Word gave me peace. Now, it was time....

July 24, 2012 · 3 min · Joe Louthan