Day 3 of reading through the Gospel of Mark during Holy Week. We are on chapters 7-9. If you have not read the chapters for today, do that first. Then, listen to the video above and hear from Pastor Ron what caught his attention this morning. Finally, add your own thoughts of the places that made you stop and think. You can do that either on this page or on our Facebook page.

My thoughts for today on chapters 7-9:

The end of chapter 7 Jesus has an interesting way of healing.  The man was deaf and had a speech impediment. Jesus takes his fingers and puts them in his ears and then spits on his fingers and puts them on the man’s tongue. This is an unorthodox way of healing. But if you think about it, the man was deaf so he could not hear Jesus say a word to heal him. The way this man communicated was by lip-reading or by touch. Jesus puts his fingers into the mans ears to communicate with him and then at a word is still healed. It amazes me to see Jesus meet people at every level, whether whole or with imperfection.

Feeding of the four thousand, Jesus is amazed that the disciples didn’t realize he could do this. Jesus points back to the previous time he did it with the 5,000 people. How easily we forget what God can do. It is more like, what have you done for me lately?

Love the reminder of Jesus once again, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” This is a daily pursuit to follow after the one who did it all for me. Because “What would it profit a man to gain the whole world and yet forfeit his soul.” Amen to that!

Chapter 9- there is the father of the boy who is demon possessed. Jesus says, “All things are possible for one who believes.” And the Father said, “I believe, help my unbelief!” Jesus is the only way to combat doubts. If we try to confront doubt with anything other than Faith, doubt will win every time. Great reminder for me and all people of faith as we travel this Passion road with Jesus this week.

So what caught your attention? Look forward to hearing from you.