A Commitment Whose Benefits Far Outweigh its Cost (Mark 1:16-20)

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Mark 1:16-20

Commitment is waning in our society. Sociologist Peter Berger once said, “The modern mind is distinguished by this: to the modern person, our needs and our own fulfillment is more real to us than any other obligation.” Berger is saying that if it comes to choosing between fulfilling our own desires or fulfilling our commitment to another – say a child, parent, boss, our membership in a group, etc. – we have a greater tendency to choose fulfilling our own desires than we did several decades ago. Many sociologists say this trend has only gotten worse since Berger said this. Continue reading

The Mission of God’s Kingdom (Mark 1:14-15)

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Mark 1:14-15

The Gospel of Mark, and Jesus’ mission on earth for that matter, can be summarized in one verse: “‘The time has come,’ Jesus said. ‘The Kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’” (Mark 1:15) Continue reading

What Report Are You Following? (Joshua 2:22-24), Part 6 of “Get Ready”

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Joshua 2:22-24

Fairfax Community Church was preparing to sell their building. They were literally located on a dead-end street. Continue reading

Crossing Jordans (Joshua 3:6-8, 14-17), Part 7 of “Get Ready”

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Joshua 3:6-8, 14-17

The water licked their sandaled feet. You could hear the roar of the rushing waters. Their feet were ankle deep. Continue reading

Prepare Provisions (Joshua 1:10-11), Part 3 of “Get Ready”

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Joshua 1:10-11

After the attack on the naval fleet in Pearl Harbor in 1941, the nation united behind the war effort. Continue reading

Get Ready (Joshua 1:1-6)

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Joshua 1:1-6

We might be tempted to think that the mission of God was completed and closed when Jesus died on the cross and victoriously rose from the dead. Continue reading